Description: Healing and reconnection after harm come in so many ways. So many ways, and waves, and cycles, spiraling through time. Survivorship and Sovereignty is an offering to survivors of s*xual violence as a space to continue our healing journeys in sacred, intentional community. A space for us to be, to breathe, to deepen into resource.
This program is intended to serve as a gentle container for healing, reconnection to self, and/or reclamation of personal sovereignty. Participants will be encouraged to work with their personal survivorship stories through weekly invitations of deepening relationships with plant kin, creative expression, embodiment practice and ritual. Coming together for our weekly gatherings, we will continue this work in sacred community through practice and ritual together. We will witness and honor each other as both survivors and as sovereign beings.
This is a space for gentleness, for slowness, for listening to our bodies and to the whispers of magic all around us. This is a space to prioritize our healing, our journeys to wholeness, and to opening to the resource and nourishment all around. If you feel called to continue your journey of coming home to yourself after harm, please know you are welcome here. This space is for you, just as you are.
Dates: The program will run for six weeks from May – June 2021, meeting weekly via Zoom. Participants will choose their specific meeting day and time during registration.
Program Format: This container will include live weekly gatherings via Zoom for 2.5 hours. The videos will not be recorded. The calls will have the option of closed captioning. Additionally, participants will receive weekly suggestions for practices that may support their process via email – including deepening specific plant relationships, embodiment practices, journal prompts and rituals. Participants will receive a small package of supportive offerings to work with via snail mail during the program.
Program Container: This will be an intentionally crafted small circle of no more than 13 participants to allow for intimate connection. Additionally, this space is intended as a container for folks who identify as LGBTQIA2S+. Transgender, nonbinary, genderqueer, gender non-conforming, Two-Spirit, intersex, gender divergent, agender, and anyone else who identifies as not cis-gendered will be prioritized. Queer cis-gendered folks are also welcome to participate. Please honor the integrity and intentionality of this space.
Program Cost: This program will be offered on a sliding scale basis with various price points. Those who pay on the higher end of the scale will enable the participation of those who are no/low-income. Folks who have steady income that meets their basic minimum needs but does not stretch much further are welcome to pay $250. Folks making 50k or more without dependents, or those who meet their basic needs with ease, are invited to pay $400. This will support another participant’s partial participation. For folks experiencing financial abundance and/or upper middle class/upper class living, you are invited to pay $500 to fully sponsor a no/low-income participant. For no/low-income participants for whom $250 is a barrier to access, please indicate this on your registration and we will collaborate together on a way forward. Barter and trade inquiries also welcome. For payment options, Payment can be made through Paypal and Venmo. 7% of the proceeds from this program will be redirected in the spirit of reparations.
Registration: Registration is open from now until Beltane eve, April 30 at 11:59PM or until the circle is complete. If you are ready to join this program, please fill out and submit the Survivorship + Sovereignty Interest Form. I will be in touch with you in approximately 3-5 business days to discuss your participation!
Frequently Asked Questions
Is this program right for me?
Healing around survivorship is such an individual process that looks so different for everyone. I honor wherever you are in your process.
However, for the safety and support of participants, this program is intended for folks who have been working around their own survivorship, past trauma, and reconnecting to their power and worth as needed for some time. This is intended for people who have transitioned into a space where some feelings of embodiment and safety can be felt in their bodies, where they feel embodiment practices are actively supportive, and where they feel ready for more strategies and allies to support their continued process.
This may be a deep and potent process for you. Participants should have a therapist or other practitioner who is supporting their healing process around survivorship. We will proceed gently and slowly, but we cannot always know what we might find activating. Ideally participants would also have the support of community and kin (chosen or blood) for additional care in case this program unearths anything that needs deeper tending.
This program is meant to add another element to your already existing process, not serve as the only piece. This is not intended to replace professional support.
This space is not appropriate for folks who feel activated or triggered by being in community that is explicitly survivor-centric, by engaging with embodiment practices, or by general nonspecific conversation around survivorship and healing after harm. This space is also not suitable for someone who desires community in which to verbally tell their personal stories of survivorship and/or harm.
There will not be any direct discussion of personal survivorship stories, nor of any of the specific violence that folks might have experienced. Rather, our meetings together will be gentle gatherings of folks who identify as survivors and are seeking sacred space to continue their healing work in connection with others. We will witness and honor each other as both survivors and as sovereign beings. However, participants will be invited to work with their personal survivorship stories outside of our calls through proposed weekly practices.
Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions around this.