Our Offerings

Tending the Roots

Parenting for Liberation

With Karine Bell

March – July 2022

Healing Trauma in the Family Line through a Radical Reimagination of Mothering

Parenting through a liberation lens is decolonial work, and the promise of our work is that we can begin to meet, metabolize and alchemize what we carry from our conditioning into a new legacy for ourselves, our children, and our children’s children going forward.  Parenting for liberation began, for me, in the childbirth experience and the early days of life with my two children; these mysterious beings full of possibility.

Parenting can be an initiation few anticipate.

Becoming a mother brought me to my knees.  Many, like me, understand that we can unconsciously transfer our conditioning and what we have inherited to the next generation of children (and future ancestors). Parenting was an experience I never dreamt of having—out of fear and an unconscious knowing that it would mean confrontation with all that I stood to pass onto my children unconsciously; all that I experienced in childhood and inherited via ancestral lines.

Over time and through reflection, study, and practice, I started to link how ‘individual’ experiences often interpreted as defectiveness or inadequacies were linked to larger systems and the hand of history. It was first through studies in comparative religion & culture, and social and medical anthropology that I developed a more critical lens to my ‘own backyard’ and the taken-for-granted way in which certain narratives and ways of being are normalized.  Traveling extensively has also expanded my frame of reference for identity and experience; what it means to live in these bodies and the glorious diversity of expression of life energy.

In the deepest most aspirational part of me, I see caretaking children as the tending of a flame. Given the right conditions, the light is luminous and takes a shape and a life all its own. The care-taking of children brings our deepest values into sharp focus—as well as the ways we are out of alignment with them. The personal overwhelm, exhaustion, impatience, and depression many parents experience is often symptomatic of disconnection and disembodiment developed and inherited from personal, familial, intergenerational, ancestral and even cultural trauma.  It also speaks to the varied ways in which the legacies of historical influence—coloniality/modernity, heteropatriarchy & paternalism—have normalized (for many) the conditions that we come to be parented and parent within.

A liberation-focused approach to parenting seeks to alchemize the areas where trauma—individual, collective, cultural, transgenerational—shapes experience and relationship. And it seeks to connect us with the technologies of liberation we’ve also inherited and cultivated, but wish to deepen and pass on.  Importantly, however, we hope to shift away from narratives of defectiveness to narratives of desire.

Liberating through parenting is to uncover more aligned and authentic, interconnected and intuitive orientations, ushering in a new legacy for ourselves, our children, and our children’s children.

This five-month course offers embodied and liberatory practices for healing through tending the roots of our conditioning and a radical reimagination of our role as caregivers in the act of parenting.

Some areas of focus include:

  • Learning to re-parent, reconnect and rewire our nervous system in ways we weren’t taught as children
  • Understanding the cultural and historical (ours and our ancestors) context for our experiences
  • (Un)learning and re-imagining how to cultivate the soil for future generations through the development of new ways of seeing, being and embodying our values
  • Integrating what we’re learning into our bodies and everyday lives and relationships
  • Developing a non-linear orientation to healing that knows the past can heal as we reimagine the future

Who is this course for?

The program will open up enrollment to all those who self-identify as mothers (inclusive of biological or non-biological children). Part of the aim of this initial program will be to challenge the heteropaternalism and heterosexualism within which ‘parenting’ concepts and experiences are often shaped.

It is with a tremendous amount of care for the community that I wish to share my own social location as the primary facilitator of this program. I am a ci-gender, bi-cultural Black woman, with ancestral roots that reach back to the African continent, Ashkenazi Germany and England/Wales. It is my deep wish and intention to infuse this shared learning container with care for all who join and to acknowledge the limitations that I (or our guest teachers) might have to speak to the complexity of experiences that come under the umbrella of ‘mothering’.

While the impact of trauma and oppression might be differentially experienced and embodied, this program will offer a framework for reflection and practice and a co-creative, co-learning process for enacting trauma alchemy. The souls who join us will be embodying a multitude of lived experiences; holding differing beliefs, and looking through different lenses. Within such a dynamic space of entangled experiences, discomfort and tensions can arise. We will offer guidelines for moving in community together at the start of the program in the hope that this supports our shared learning container.

What is the commitment?

A three-hour teaching session and a more intimate one-and-a-half-hour cohort processing session each month from March to July, 2022.

Teaching sessions will be held on Saturdays. Participants will be split into two cohorts, which will meet separately for processing sessions. Cohort A will meet once a month on Thursdays. Cohort B will meet once a month on additional Saturdays.

By joining this course you commit to the entire 6-month journey together.

“Liberating ourselves and our children from cycles of trauma starts with us. Personally and collectively.”

~ Karine Bell

Important Application Details

SLIDING SCALE TUITION
Please Pay Based on Income & Ability to Pay

Individual Parent:
$1,500 – $3,500
Set of Parents:
$2,800 – $4,500

One parent’ registration is for one individual signing up for the course. ‘Set of parents’ registration is for two parents who will join the course using the same Zoom screen. The set of parents must be parenting together.

Participants have two options to pay:
Option 1: Pay in Full at time of registration.
Option 2: Pay in Two Installments.
Payment 1: Non-refundable deposit equal to half of sliding scale amount due at time of registration.
Payment 2: Second half charged one month from initial registration.
This option is only available to those who register by January 16th, 2021.
In order to qualify for the payment plan, you will be asked to sign an agreement to have your credit card automatically charged for the final installment.

Scholarships are available – once you select your registration type on the registration form, the sliding scale payment option and scholarship application will appear.

All registrants will meet for the Saturday teaching sessions. Please choose the processing sessions that work best for your schedule by selecting either Cohort A (Thursdays) or Cohort B (Saturdays).
This course will have up to 100 participants.

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.

  • March 2022
    5th / 9am - 12pm PST
    Tending the Roots: Parenting for Liberation

    19th / 10am - 11:30am PST
    Communal Processing
    Cohort A

    22nd / 10am - 11:30am PST
    Communal Processing
    Cohort B
  • April 2022
    2nd / 9am - 12pm PST
    Tending the Roots: Parenting for Liberation

    23rd / 10am - 11:30am PST
    Communal Processing
    Cohort A

    26th / 10am - 11:30am PST
    Communal Processing
    Cohort B
  • May 2022
    7th / 9am - 12pm PST
    Tending the Roots: Parenting for Liberation

    14th / 10am - 11:30am PST
    Communal Processing
    Cohort A

    17th / 10am - 11:30am PST
    Communal Processing
    Cohort B
  • June 2022
    4th / 9am - 12pm PST
    Tending the Roots: Parenting for Liberation

    18th / 10am - 11:30am PST
    Communal Processing
    Cohort A

    21st / 10am - 11:30am PST
    Communal Processing
    Cohort B
  • July 2022
    16th / 9am - 12pm PST
    Tending the Roots: Parenting for Liberation

    23rd / 10am - 11:30am PST
    Communal Processing
    Cohort A

    26th / 10am - 11:30am PST
    Communal Processing
    Cohort B

Applications are now open

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.