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Spring Workshop Series with the Center for Transformative Change!

 

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With the tender aspiration of offering support and solace to foment transformation in troubled times, I am delighted to announce my Spring Workshop series in partnership with the Center for Transformative Change:

Register here for Healing for Change: Intergenerational Trauma, the Social Nervous System and Inner/ Outer Transformation.  The full workshop overview is below.  Overviews and registration information for the two other workshops coming soon! Check here and my blog for updates!

To RSVP for any of the workshops, for questions or to learn more about my individual and organizational services to nourish transformational healing, please feel free to contact me at:  mordecai@bodyeclectic.net.

Here’s an exciting Spring Spoiler!  ScienceOnOurSide will be spreading its wings and soaring as it becomes the Health Justice Commons. . . . . coming this Summer 2016 in partnership with Partners for Collaborative Change (formerly Practicing Freedom), a project of the Movement Strategy Center!!!!!

I hope to see you all soon!

In healing and in solidarity,

Mordecai


Healing for Change: Intergenerational Trauma, the Social Nervous System and Inner/ Outer Transformation

This interactive workshop for social change-makers provides participants with frameworks and tools for transforming trauma and distilling your own healing wisdom to nourish and inform your unique contributions to social transformation.

The workshop supports participants to co-create space for reflecting on and celebrating the inextricable connections between personal and collective healing. . . . being the healing and social transformation.

Space is Limited. Please RSVP and Register!

No one turned away for lack of funds! Please be in touch with any questions at: mordecai@bodyeclectic.net

 

The workshop offers:

* an overview of western trauma studies centralizing contributions by feminist, Native American, and African American psychologists, social scientists and activists such as Eduardo and Bonnie Duran, Joy DeGruy, and Judith Herman.

* an introduction to new findings in neurophysiology, epigentics and social epidemiology, which inform the conceptualization of the ‘social nervous system’ and which challenge fundamental capitalist myths that humans are inherently hierarchical and that evolution and innovation are driven primarily by competition

* experiential exercises based in somatics and contemplative practices to enable participants to ‘feel into’ the social nervous system and connect with their capacity and calling to contribute to and benefit from this collective field of transformation.

This workshop also provides safe space to reflect on the parallels of findings from the emergent ‘new synthesis’ in the biological sciences with universal spiritual truths while evaluating and critiquing the liberatory potential of science in the context of its oppressive history and ongoing role in enabling cultural appropriation and injustice.

 

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Facilitator: Mordecai Cohen Ettinger, MA, has over 20 years experience as a social justice change-maker, radical scholar, and healer. Mordecai serves as adjunct faculty at the California Institute of Integral Studies. His academic research focuses on the neurobiology of the social nervous system, and its implications with regard to collective trauma, healing and social change. More at: www.bodyeclectic.net

Co-presented by the Center for Transformative Change, the first national center entirely dedicated to bridging the inner and outer lives of social change agents, activists and allies to support a more effective, more sustainable movement of social justice for all. More at: http://transformativechange.org

 

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To honor disability justice and nourish the health of our bodies and of the planet, this is a scent-free event. The Center for Transformative Change burns incense some days. The Center will not burn incense the day of the workshop. For more about how to be fragrance free, please see the East Bay Meditation Center’s guide. If you want more information about the scents in the space, feel free to contact me at: mordecai@bodyeclectic.net .

The Center for Transformative Change is unfortunately not wheelchair accessible. I host other workshops in spaces that are wheelchair accessible – please be in touch if this is of interest.

 

****************Registration information****************

Please RSVP and Register. No one turned away for lack of funds! Please be in touch with any questions at: mordecai@bodyeclectic.net

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Science On Our Side Somatic Circle — September 28th

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September’s Somatic Circle will focus on connecting with inspiration. What makes you come alive? How can we cultivate our inspiration as a source of resilience, a force to help us overcome our obstacles, protect ourselves from the daily stress and pain of living in an unjust society, and as a means to more deeply connect with who and what we love?

Using clear scientific concepts, this session will provide participants with a foundation in the neurobiology of the social nervous system as a tool to help participants understand the ways in which our bodies are built for resilience and connection. We will also experiment with somatic techniques as a group and in dyads allowing participants to develop increased capacity in body awareness and transmuting negative feeling states into positive ones. By virtue of how the autonomic nervous system functions, this is the embodied alchemy we are all capable of.

If desired, as part of attendance, all participants will have the opportunity to receive:
1. individualized ‘homework’ and a 15 minute somacise check-in with Mordecai – that’s a check-in on how you are progressing on your somatic exercises & homework, should you choose to accept it. (Yes I made up this word especially for you – Science!)
2. Or, a 15 minute distant healing session

Event Logistics:

September, 28th, 7 pm – 9:30 pm at the Omicron in Oakland

Space is limited so please RSVP to enroll at: mordecai@bodyeclectic.net.  You will be provided with the address at this time.

The requested offering is $40. You will be welcome whatever you can offer!


About the facilitator:
Mordecai Cohen Ettinger, MA, is adjunct faculty at CIIS where he teaches Science and Technology Studies. He has over 20 years experience as a holistic healer, educator and social justice activist. Trained as a somatic, Reiki, and Cranial Sacral practitioner, Mordecai’s Masters research explores the social nervous system and the neurobiology of trauma and its transformation — particularly trauma stemming from injustice — as it relates to collective and individual resilience, healing and social change. Learn more at www.bodyeclectic.net or email Mordecai: mordecai@bodyeclectic.net 

What’s Somatics:
Grounded in the belief that the body in its wholeness is the foundation for healing, somatic practices bridge science with the sacred combining body awareness techniques with findings in neurobiology and neurophysiology. These practices support & enhance the body’s innate self-regulatory and resilience-building capacities. Used with focused intention, these practices can lead to symptom reduction and deeper insight about who we are, the world as a whole, and the catalyzing impact of inner and outer change.

UnWinding the Social Nervous System: 4 Week Learning Lab in Motion

Dance Event Photo 1Exploring social change and personal healing through somatics and contact improvisation.


In this 4 week learning lab we will use contact improvisation, somatic techniques, and lessons in neurobiology to create a vibrant lab for learning. We will use this container to explore how oppression resides in our bodies, how it manifests in our interactions with one another and how our society manipulates the social nervous system to maintain control. We will also explore the social nervous system’s power as a resource for authentic expression and creation, both for the self and community. 

Participants will be guided in a supportive space to understand the complicated dance of internalizing or enacting oppression and to play, explore and discover how to transform these patterns and co-create justice and healing.

During this 4 week lab we will:

> Co-create a safe, nourishing and non-judgmental space to play, explore and heal

> Develop proficiency in somatic techniques such as grounding, tracking bodily sensations and split attention tracking

> ‘Hack’ our neurobiology by learning about the body’s fight/flight/freeze responses, parasympathetic nervous system engagement/disengagement, and affect states (emotions)

> Discover how your sensations relate to neurobiological shifts in your body, how your neurobiology relates to how you feel, and how you feel affects how you can connect to others

> Learn about the neurobiology of touch

> Learn how to shift the body’s neurobiology individually and in a group through tricks, shifts in attention, and state-based work with movement

> Co-create rituals which contribute to a culture of social justice and healing

To honor the health of our bodies and that of the planet, this will be a scent-free event! This venue is wheelchair accessible.

4 Thursdays, February 19th – March 26th, 7 pm -9:30 pm , Subterranean Art House,

Cost: $120-160.

Contact Jote to register. jotemahern@gmail.com

Please contact us if you are in need of a scholarship or work trade arrangement. NOTAFLOF

This is an experimental collaboration between BodyEclectic and Underneath Us 


Mordecai and Jote will be co-facilitating.
Learn more about us:

Gentle outlaw and gender transcender, Mordecai Cohen Ettinger, MA, has over 20 years experience as a healer, educator, ritualist and social justice change maker. He serves as adjunct faculty at the California Institute of Integral Studies. His academic research focuses on the neurobiology of the social nervous system, collective trauma and healing. Trained in Somatic Experiencing, Reiki, and Cranial Sacral therapy, he has studied with Peter Levine, Bessel van der Kolk and Raja Selvam.

For Jote Mahern of Underneath Us dance and touch have been imperative to grounding myself in community with folks where I feel I can risk being my fullest self. The practice of dance and touch have also allowed me to grow into a person who can stand to bear witness and engage with the vastness of injustice in the world without collapsing under the weight of it all. For the past ten years, I have been exploring the flow of subtle energies in partner dance through contact improvisation and more traditional upright forms like tango, blues, contra, and swing. I think a lot about impulse, desire, and action- where our emotions begin, end, and what is happening in between- how the subtle shifts in attention and nervous system functioning can lead to vastly different possibilities for connection and collaboration.

Embodying Justice

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Exploring social change and personal healing through contact improvisation and somatics.

 

This afternoon intensive will use contact improv, somatic techniques, lessons in neurobiology and ritual to explore how oppression resides in our bodies and how it manifests in our interactions with one another, our communities, and the planet.  Using the practices above, participants will be guided in a supportive space to understand the complicated dance of internalizing or enacting oppression and to play, explore and discover how to transform these patterns and co-create justice and healing.

 

During this BodyEclectic workshop we will:

  • Co-create a safe, nourishing and non-judgmental space to play, explore and heal
  • Develop proficiency in somatic techniques such as grounding, tracking bodily sensations and split attention tracking
  • ‘Hack’ our neurobiology by learning about the body’s fight/flight/freeze responses, parasympathetic nervous system engagement/disengagement, and affect states (emotions)
  • Discover how your sensations relate to neurobiological shifts in your body, how your neurobiology relates to how you feel, and how you feel affects how you can connect to others
  • Learn about the neurobiology of touch
  • Learn how to shift the body’s neurobiology individually and in a group through tricks, shifts in attention, and state-based work with movement
  • Create rituals which contribute to a culture of social justice and healing

Saturday, January 24th, 1-5pm, Subterranean Art House, $40-$60

Facilitated by Mordecai Cohen Ettinger, MA and Jote Mahern

Enroll at Embodying Justice on Facebook! Or Village Craft

No prior dance or somatics experience necessary!

 

Somatics for Social Justice: Embody the Change!

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About the Workshop

The Somatics and Social Justice Workshop provides participants with an overview of: 1) somatic practices, how they ‘work,’ and what they are good for, and 2) the neurobiology and neurophysiology of stress responses and also of empathy, connection solidarity, and the social nervous system. Spoiler alert — the same neuro-anatomy and processes control all of these aspects of being, wow!

Through discussion and experiential exercises participants will learn somatic techniques for being and becoming the embryos of the better world we dream of creating. Participants will be invited to carry these practices into their lives however they wish to help to align with their personal goals for healing and social justice values.

This Workshop’s for you if:

  • You are interested in learning practices to embody the change you want to see in the world
  • You love science and want to geek out
  • You hate science and want to re-claim it as a tool for healing and justice
  • You want to build community in which to co-create transformative healing practices
  • If you want to feel better!

All are welcome, especially beginners!!

When: Thursday, December, 4th, 7- 9 pm at Take 5 Cafe’ and Gallery

Thursday, December, 18th, 7 -9 pm, at the Orange Castle in South Berkeley (address provided to those who enroll)

Cost: $20, No one turned away!

Enroll: at Village Craft

Questions: Contact me at: mordecai@bodyeclectic.net

What’s Somatics

Grounded in the belief that the body in its wholeness is the foundation for healing, somatic practices combine body awareness techniques with cutting-edge findings in neurobiology and neurophysiology. These practices work to support and enhance the body’s innate self-regulatory and resilience-building capacities. Used with focused intention, these practices can also lead to deeper insight about who we are, the world as a whole, and how we wish to inhabit it.

New Horizons for Health Six Week Intensive — Extended Enrollment until October 23rd!

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The Living Room Project and Village Craft Proudly Present:        

 New Horizons for Health: Concepts and Practices for Healing and Health Justice     

Extended Enrollment until October 23rd!

at the Living Room Project, 1919 Market Street, walking distance from 19th Street Bart

6 Consecutive Thursdays: October 16th – November 30th                               6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

$200-$250                     Exchanges and Barter negotiable.             No one turned away for lack of funds!

The vast amount of health information currently available can feel overwhelming.  This training series aims to empower people to get diverse health information and research, including information that seems so advanced only a doctor would understand it.  You are the primary expert on your body and you have the right and ability to use and understand all available knowledge about the body to your benefit.

Think you can’t understand the newest finding in neuroscience or epigenetics and how they pertain to you?  Think again!  Health knowledge, like many things in our society, is too often used as a form of control.  New Horizons for Health: Skills and Practices for Healing and Health Justice will provide concrete concepts, skills and practices to enable participants to engage with their own health and healing in a fresh, more confident and liberatory way.

Whether you are a person for whom standard healthcare hasn’t worked, a health-care professional, an activist, or someone who simply wants to feel better, this 6-week intensive training series will change the way you experience health.

This course will enable participants to:

  •   Re-think health beyond popular health myths
  •   Be Present
  •   Gain fluency in basic medical terminology, and learn the basics of conducting medical research
  •   Confidently engage in health-advocacy for yourself   and others
  •   Learn somatic techniques for healing trauma and for being and becoming the embryos for the change we strive to create in the world 
  •  Cultivate an understanding of emerging findings in neurobiology, neurophysiology and epigenetics
  •  Build skills for healthier living and using your intuition
  •  Envision and plan personal and community-based solutions to the health crisis

All participants will also receive a 20 minute health and wellness session.  Enroll Here!  

About the Instructor:

Mordecai Cohen Ettinger, MA, is adjunct faculty at CIIS and has over 20 years experience as a holistic healer, educator and social justice activist. Trained as a somatic, Reiki, and Cranial Sacral practitioner, Mordecai’s Masters research explores the social nervous system and the neurobiology of trauma and trauma resolution, particularly trauma stemming from  injustice, as it relates to collective and individual resilience, healing and social change.  Learn more here , www.bodyeclectic.net or email Mordecai: mordecai@bodyeclectic.net

This class will be a scent-free space!

What’s Somatics:

Grounded in the belief that the body in its wholeness is the foundation for healing, somatic practices combine body awareness techniques with findings in neurobiology and neurophysiology. These practices support & enhance the body’s innate self-regulatory and resilience-building capacities. Used with focused intention, these practices can lead to symptom reduction and deeper insight about who we are, the world as a whole, and how we wish to inhabit it. Come as you are, leave as you want to be, somatics for social responsibility!

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Announcing my upcoming class, co-taught with Joshua Muscat! Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions to Trauma: Exploring the Use of Constitutional Herbalism and Somatics for Healing Trauma

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Joshua and I are pleased to announce our upcoming class. Hope you can join us!

Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions to Trauma:  Exploring the Use of Constitutional Herbalism and Somatics for Healing Trauma

at the Sins Invalid Space, walking distance from North Berkeley Bart

Address to be provided to participants upon enrollment

6 Consecutive Tuesdays: August 12th, August 19th, August 26th, September 2nd, September 9th, September 16th, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Cost: $250-$300

Experiences of trauma are pervasive, yet many continue to feel stuck in emotional and physiological patterns stemming from unresolved trauma.  Within the complementary frameworks of constitutional herbalism and somatic awareness, there are tools we can apply to change these patterns and help people regain wellness however they define it for themselves. This class will discuss the underlying physiological and neurobiological consequences of trauma and the common resulting long-term patterns which can be altered by using herbs and somatic practices. It will also discuss more subtle emotional tendencies and the ways that herbs and somatic practices can be used to help people who feel trapped in these seemingly intractable patterns.  Short-term, acute de-escalation and relief will be covered, as will long-term interventions that help redirect and untangle more persistent patterns so that they recur less and less over time.  This class’s approach will emphasize allowing individuals and clients to decide for themselves whether or not they want to include a spiritual component to their healing.

Both Joshua’s and Mordecai’s professional experiences include working extensively with sexual abuse and trauma.  This includes trauma rooted in surviving injustice as a person of color; trauma which stems from poverty; family violence, neglect, and isolation, and trauma which arises from living as a queer, trans, or gender-nonconforming person in this world.

The course will use both lecture and experiential teaching methods.  Some of the specific topics that will be covered in the class include: panic attacks, depression, sleep disorders, anxiety, challenges with safety, emotional containment and intimacy, digestive issues, chronic pain, inflammation and other common physical ailments that often accompany trauma, and compulsive behavior/addiction.  The class will also present counseling skills and specific somatic practices for working with trauma.

Joshua Muscat has 20 years of clinical experience with the San Francisco Botanical Medicine Clinic, a low- to no-cost herbal clinic with a strong grounding in ethics and access. (More information about the clinic is available here: http://www.sfbmc.org/) Joshua has studied at Michael Moore’s Southwest School of Botanical Medicine, the Pacific School of Herbal Medicine, the California School of Traditional Hispanic Herbalism, the Blue Otter School of Herbal Medicine, and the South Star School of Traditional Tonic Chinese Cooking. He is a clinical herbalist and wildcrafter.

Mordecai Cohen Ettinger, MA, has 20 years experience as a multi-modality healer, educator and social justice activist.  Trained as a somatic practitioner, Reiki practitioner, and Cranial Sacral practitioner with a background in neurobiology and functional medicine, he has maintained a specific focus on trauma and trauma resolution using non-pharmaceutical interventions over the last two decades.  His somatic practice is grounded in Somatic Experiencing ©, the work of biophysicist and psychologist Dr. Peter Levine, with whom he trained along with Dr. Raja Selvam, and Dr. Bessel van der Kolk.  His Masters research explores the neurobiology of trauma and trauma resolution, particularly trauma stemming from systematic injustice, as it relates to collective and individual resilience and healing.  Along with working with clients, and educating about health, wellness and justice; Mordecai serves as Adjunct Faculty at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) and is a playwright.  Read more about Mordecai and his work here: http://bodyeclectic.net/about/ .

TO REGISTER:

contact Adriane via frogga@sfbmc.org or (415) 823-4277