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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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Towards A New Ecology of Justice: Intergenrational Trauma and the Social Nervous System Talk this Sunday at the Marxist Library!

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Happy Spring! I’m excited to announce my first of several Spring events! Please keep your eye out for other spring events and (spoiler alert!) big announcements about my new Health Justice project in collaboration with Partners for Collaborative Change (formerly Practicing Freedom)!

I am giving a free talk, Towards A New Ecology of Justice: Intergenerational Trauma and the Social Nervous System at the Niebyl-Proctor Marxist Library on April 10th at 10:30 am.

Talk of trauma is becoming increasingly prevalent, especially with the ongoing and shocking rise of violence in the US and globally. While western scientific knowledge has historically been produced and used to maintain hegemonic social control, a new synthesis in the biological sciences is emerging.  This emergent synthesis counters and de-naturalizes the central myth of capitalism, that competition and hierarchy are the primary motors of evolution, while offering new explanatory models and empirical evidence of how oppression and discrimination harm us down to the cellular level and is passed intergenerationally.

The material impacts of injustice on the individual body and across generations can no longer be plausibly denied nor can humanity’s radical connectivity with one another, our social world, and our histories.  Bringing the social theories of Gramsci and Foucault with post-colonial psychology and an overview of new findings in neuroscience and epigenetics, this talk will explore how we can understand the dynamic processes of social transformation and justice and critique the liberatory potential of science in light of this compelling paradigm shift.

I hope to see you all there!

Details:

Address: Niebyl-Proctor Marxist Library, 6501 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

Contact Number: 510-332-3865

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Scent-Free Event: Yes

Liberating Science: Intergenerational Trauma and the Social Nervous System

telomeresTalk of trauma is becoming increasingly prevalent, especially with the ongoing and shocking rise of racist police violence. While science has historically been used to oppress and silence many groups of people, emergent studies in neuroscience and epigenetics offer explanatory models and empirical evidence of how oppression and discrimination harm us down to the cellular level and how harm is passed intergenerationally.

This lecture provides an overview of research of over 10 years on the neurobiology of the social nervous system
and explores the causal dynamics of intergenerational trauma in individual and collective behavior, social norms
and social forms. This lecture uses science as a tool of liberation to help people understand how trauma lives in
the body and the mechanisms by which it is passed from generation to generation. It will invite participants to
consider how healing trauma individually and collectively can help create new power and possibilities for social change to emerge.

About the Presenter:

Mordecai Cohen Ettinger, MA, has over 20 years experience as an educator, holistic healer, and social justice change maker. He serves as faculty at the California Institute of Integral Studies where he is currently
creating a new Science, Technology and Society Studies Program.

His academic research focuses on the neurobiology of the social nervous system, and its implications with regard to collective trauma, healing and social change. Trained in Somatic Experiencing, Reiki, and Cranial Sacral therapy, he has studied with Dr. Peter Levine, Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, Dr. Raja Selvam and MaryEllen Sperling, PT.

Mordecai has served as Interim Executive Director of Caduceus Outreach Services, Interim Co-Director of Justice Now and co-founded the Transgender, Gender Variant, Intersex Justice Project in 2004. Other organizations Mordecai has had the gift of working include Advocates for Informed Choice (AIC), The Arab Resource and Organizing Center, Community United Against Violence (CUAV) the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, People’s Durham, San Francisco Women Against Rape, and Sins Invalid.

Space is limited! Please rsvp at mordecai@bodyeclectic.net

For those that cannot attend, there will be a live streaming webcast. More details to come!

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