Our Offerings

Communal Consultations
in Somatic Abolitionism

for Black Bodies, bodies of culture, and white bodies

With Resmaa Menakem
and team of co-facilitators


A 9-month communal journey of healing and practice

Countering white body supremacy and the restoration of wholeness for all bodies requires an embodied approach. Cognition is ineffective in dealing with white body supremacy because the brain will always be part of the body. Any project, strategy, scheme or idea that is not embodied will be tossed into the cultural bonfire of “Curing Race-ism.” The roots of white body supremacy run deep and are often implicit to our experience. It’s from our embodied experience, therefore, that our work begins…

 What is a communal consultation?

Our time together will introduce students to a critical understanding of how personal, collective, cultural and historical trauma have impacted our individual and communal bodies. We will work with how and where trauma shapes our experience with one another, as well as our capacity to heal and return to our birthright state of embodied wisdom, connection, and wholeness. YOU ARE NOT DEFECTIVE, and you deserve to know that in your bones.

We use this time to build a cultural container through which our intrinsic value can be cultivated and held, and the energies of structural value can be contended with and metabolized. During this journey, there may be a need to slow down and work with a therapist or somatic practitioner in order to respond to what may be overwhelming. There is no shame in this. As ancestor Nelson Mandela stated: We don’t lose, we either win or we learn.

What is the commitment?

In the spirit of creating a common communal start, all participants are required to attend our Foundations in Somatic Abolitionism course on February 9th, 2023 with Resmaa Menakem. This event offers a foundational base for cultivating a practice of somatic abolitionism personally and communally.

There will also be a required retention space, held by Resmaa, on February 16th, which will support participants in integrating the information and practices offered in this course.

Following the Foundations course, the commitment for the communal consultation includes once a month meeting with facilitators for 2 hours, as well as 1-2 meetings a month with your communal triad, to which you will be assigned in order to work the practices in between our larger group sessions. If you have already participated in prior communal consultations and you already have a triad and wish to continue with them, this will also be possible.

Who is this for?

Resmaa Menakem, Karine Bell, & Erin Trent Johnson will meet once a month with the consultation group for Black Bodies.

Communal Consultations for Black Bodies (CCBB) are open to anyone who identifies as a Black body. This group is open to women, queer, trans, men, and non-binary Black bodies. We intend for this to be an inclusive space and wish for all bodies to feel welcome and nourished.

For Indigenous, Asian, Latine, brown or any other Body of Culture, we ask that you join the Communal Consultations for Bodies of Culture (CCBOC).

For white bodies, we ask that you join the Reparative Communal Consultations for White Bodies (RCCWB).

For white passing bodies of culture, we realize that part of the strategy of white body supremacy is to erase culture and dilute meaning. We ask that people who walk through the world with white privilege and have a lived experience of being treated as white in the world, please attend the group for white bodies. For those who are white passing and live as a body of culture in the world, please feel free to join the BOC group with the recognition that both your proximity to whiteness and your experience as a body of culture will be asked to be worked with.

“I never lose. I either win or learn.”

~ Nelson Mandela

Important Registration Details



ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENT: All participants are required to attend the Foundations in Somatic Abolitionism course in February 2023, and attend LIVE a minimum of 7 out of the 9 monthly sessions. Participants are also required to meet monthly with their assigned triads. We will be tracking attendance.

Recordings of sessions will be made available for private use only for two weeks following each session and will not be available after that.

These offerings are being offered online held over Zoom. Please come prepared to be fully present in a non-public space. Please do not attend while driving in your car.

  • February 2022
    9th / 8am - 4pm PST
    Foundations in Somatic Abolitionism Course
    Session for All Bodies with Resmaa Menakem

    16th / 12pm - 1:30pm PST
    Retention Space for Bodies of Culture with Resmaa Menakem

  • March 2022
    18th / 10am - 12pm PST
    Communal Consultations for Black Bodies
  • April 2022
    29th / 10am - 12pm PST
    Communal Consultations for Black Bodies
  • May 2022
    20th / 10am - 12pm PST
    Communal Consultations for Black Bodies
  • June 2022
    24th / 10am - 12pm PST
    Communal Consultations for Black Bodies
  • July 2022
    29th / 10am - 12pm PST
    Communal Consultations for Black Bodies
  • September 2023
    9th / 10am - 12pm PST
    Communal Consultations for Black Bodies
  • October 2023
    28th / 10am - 12pm PST
    Communal Consultations for Black Bodies
  • November 2023
    18th / 10am - 12pm PST
    Communal Consultations for Black Bodies


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Refund Policy

Cancellations requested up to 14 days prior to the event are eligible for a full refund minus a $75 administration fee.

Cancellations requested within 14 days of the event are not eligible for a refund.