How do we as a multigenerational movement for collective liberation, utilize the resilience strategies that have sustained resistance for centuries towards supporting our frontline communities?
In the midst of our current political crises, as we continue to struggle against oppressive systems that force us to sever our connection to the earth, our ancestors, our selves and each other – our movement needs resilience practices that allow us to cultivate our personal and collective strength, and strategies that allow us to stay connected despite imposed boundaries.
Capoeira emerged from the Transatlantic Slave Trade as a black-led tactic for survival and resistance with deep African roots grounded in a holistic conception of body, mind, spirit.
Developed in the 16th century as a martial art, Capoeira was practiced in secret, designed to appear from the outside as though it was just a dance. This allowed enslaved people in Brazil to gather, train, build discipline, share principles and strategies, and pass on the teachings covertly. The songs and practices have been a form of embodied resistance practiced by people of the African diaspora for hundreds of years. Capoeira is a subtle and complex language that communicates deep ancient wisdom.
Capoeira Angola is not only an embodied physical practice of literally fighting back against oppression, but also a method of community building through the “roda,” a sacred circle within which Angoleiros engage in harmonized movement and controlled combat.
Capoeira is a teaching tool for forging community solidarity and building holistic wellness.
Throughout the weekend we will engage in movement and music classes, and engage in discussions exploring Capoeira as a teaching tool towards radical resistance.
The weekend will be led by master teacher of Capoeira Angola Mestre Lua de Bobó who is coming to the U.S. for the first time in over 2 decades from Bahia, Brazil to share the practice and philosophy of this martial art. Mestre Lua de Bobó is one of the most respected masters of Capoeira Angola.
In addition to Mestre Lua, the program will be held by a team of movement educators from Wildseed, The Brotherhood/SisterSol and Diaspora Solidaria.
This retreat is open to people of all skill levels who have an interest in Capoeira Angola, and its usage as a tool for liberation!
In the fight against injustice and oppression, going at our opponent’s head on is often not an option.
Direct confrontation is not how we are going to win our revolution.
We need strategies that are creative, complex, and covert.
We need movement tactics that can be sustained over time for the long hall, tactics that are multigenerational – drawn from the wisdom of our ancestors and passed on to our youth.
We are fighting for our culture, our communities, our connection to our bodies, our right to live, our very lives.
We see Capoeira – which allowed enslaved people to feel their strength, build community, unify, and move into collective action in solidarity – as holding precious wisdom for modern liberation struggles.
Movement for the Movement is a workshop that brings the brilliance of our long lineage and legacy of fighting for freedom to contemporary communities in resistance.