ISMETA Study Groups
Live online gatherings for members wanting to dive deeply into a topic together. Study Groups are typically formed for a specific interested group for a specific on-going period of time.
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Current Study Groups
BOOK/PRACTICE GROUP, August 2021 - June 2023
The Politics of Trauma: Somatics, Healing, and Social Justice by Staci K. Haines
"Somatics has proven to be particularly effective in addressing trauma, but in practice it typically focuses solely on the individual, failing to integrate the social conditions, structural inequities, and systemic forces of oppression that create trauma in the first place. Staci K. Haines, somatic innovator and cofounder of generative somatics, invites readers to look beyond individual experiences of body and mind to name and examine the social, political, and economic roots of trauma—including racism, environmental degradation, sexism, and poverty. Haines helps readers identify, understand, and address these sources of trauma to help us bridge individual healing with social transformation."
This group, which meets online on the first Monday of every month from 1 - 2:15 pm Eastern U.S. time, will open to new participants when we begin a new book in the summer of 2023.
Past Study Groups
BOOK/PRACTICE GROUP, June 2020 - June 2021
My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Healing our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem
This guided study/practice group, originally coordinated by Karine Bell, explored somatic abolitionist work through applied concepts and practices from Somatic Experiencing. As author Resmaa Menakem says, "There's a way out of this mess, and it requires each of us to begin with our own body. You and your body are important parts of the solution... Your body - all of our bodies - are where changing the status quo must begin."
In addition to the regular meetings within Karine Bell's affinity groups, interested ISMETA members met monthly to discuss how the book's practices affected us personally and professionally, within the context of our somatic movement practices.
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