In the face of compounding historical and present-day traumas, environmental collapse, and chronic uncertainty, we know as a species that we need something radically different, yet, many of us feel the pain of not knowing where to begin. This course will explore and exercise our creative muscle to strengthen our visionary selves. When we encounter and encourage the wild dance of the artist within, the imaginary self becomes part of the visionary collective needed for these times.
This journey is an extended interactive experience into the Imaginal, a place where the breaking becomes the opening. When we create with intention, our creations become the invocation, and the space inside and between us becomes the sanctuary.
During this six-week course, we will work with our bodies through what Alixa García calls Creativity Infused Somatic Practices that center the Earth and bring into focus our cosmic existence. We will sit with grief as ceremony and explore trauma as the doorway. We will coax the artist within, centralizing art and creative writing as political and spiritual practices. We will exercise and engage our intuitive body so that we may readily access intuition and come to trust it. We will visit ancestral, present, and future selves and explore the use of wonder and enchantment during times of breakage. We will centralize creativity as the means by which we commune with the inner self and the more-than-human realms.
The visionary inside each of us desires cultivation, attention, and permission so that we may help bring forth visions already brimming behind the cracks of a breaking world. In the heart of the 6th mass extinction, how do we fall without falling apart? How do we awaken the Imaginal within?
Come, let us sit together in circles of wonder and creative devotion in this 3-month experiential experiment.
“Behind the ethnographic journey towards wonder
a new cosmology cracks into existence
leaving behind the reductionist
the easy arrival
the answer “worth” giving.
The death of our illusions leaves us imaginal.”
Participation & Payment Details
SLIDING SCALE TUITION
$1,200 – $3,000*
(Please pay as high on the sliding scale as possible)
*We engage in solidarity economy and cycle back 50% of tuition to those in the frontlines doing crucial healing work with the Earth. From last year’s course we were able to send $45K to three incredible Indigenous women and youth-led organizations in the Ecuadorian Amazon and La Guajira, Colombia.
Payment in full at time of registration.
Pay in 2 monthly installments (this option is available until August 1st, 2023).
Pay in 3 monthly installments (this option is available until July 1st, 2023).
*All payment plan payments must be fulfilled by September 1st, 2023. In order to qualify for the payment plan option, you must consent to have your card automatically charged each month for your two or three payments.
Scholarships are available – see form below for link to scholarship application. All are welcome to apply and we will be prioritizing Indigenous, Black and POC.
IMPORTANT PARTICIPATION DETAILS
Please ensure you can be 100% available to participate when present. We ask that you be on camera as much as possible as the next-best alternative to not being in the room; this will help us to feel each others’ presence and deepen. The sessions will not be recorded to make room for full authenticity without the fear of being frozen in time.
The course centers somatics, so please be ready to engage your body. There will be a range of practices and options accessible to people of different abilities. Please note that we are intentionally working with the body since somatics is at the core of this creative work.
Two invitations: Processing and integration happens between the main sessions on an individual and group level. For this reason, participants will be assigned to a Triad and given by-weekly take-home practices where you can deepen outside of the main sessions. These are invitations. You only need to participate in a Triad if you wish, though we highly encourage it.
Optional Triads: meet once between sessions. When and how long they meet will be determined by its participants. Triads will change once during the length of the course.
THIS OFFERING IS BEING OFFERED VIRTUALLY VIA ZOOM. It is experiential and requires a live presence. We will not be recording the sessions.
September 20239th / 9am - 1pm PT
An Invitation to Fail: Coaxing the Artist Within
10th / 9:30am - 1pm PT
The Imaginal: Making a Home for Intuition & Soul Commitments
October 20237th / 9:30am - 1pm PT
Ancestral Tending I
8th / 9:30am - 1pm PT
Ancestral Tending II
21st / 9:30am - 1pm PT
Trauma is the Doorway
22nd / 9:30am - 1pm PT
Grief As Ceremony
November 20234th / 9:30am - 1pm PT
Encantamiento: The Song of Enchantment
5th / 9:30am - 1pm PT
18th / 9:30am - 1pm PT
Creating Spirit Cards I
19th / 9:30am - 1pm PT
Creating Spirit Cards II
December 20232nd / 9:30am - 1pm PT
Visionary Futures I
3rd / 9:30am - 1pm PT
Visionary Futures II
9th / 9:30am - 1pm PT
Registration open until September 6th.
Scholarship application deadline is September 1st.
Refund / Dispute Policies
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.
Your payment will appear on your credit card statement as “EDU for Racial Equity”. If your payment is disputed with your credit card company – we will be passing the $15 service fee that Stripe charges us for that process to the registrant.