Relational Culture Training Series

Relational Culture training supports activists, organizers, movement builders and changemakers from diverse fields to build healthy, interdependent, relational culture.

In the trainings, we dive together into unveiling the forces that create separation from our own emotions, from the environment, and between communities and cultures, leading to systems of oppression and the climate collapse we face today. These are the same forces that generate undermining attitudes and habits of competition, isolation and suspicion that can derail organizing efforts, break apart relationships, and fracture organizations and movements.

We use relational practices to intentionally reclaim our interdependence, engaging in supportive, radically inclusive ways, without shying away from the challenges of diversity, power, and trauma.

The training series presents a nuanced approach to issues of identity, intersectionality, and privilege using an embodied, relational practice of narrative and somatic movement. Participants learn to teach and facilitate basic relational practices and bring relational culture to their organizations and communities, as well as join a growing community of practice with changemakers committed to shifting culture.

Training Calendar 2018

May 3-6
Relational Culture 1: Bonding

July 12-15
Relational Culture 2: Relational Somatics

October 4-7
Relational Culture 3: Bridging

December 6-9
Relational Culture 1: Bonding

Relational Culture 1: Bonding

This training explores the intentional practice of cultivating interdependence in our communities, organizations and movements. We learn practices for bonding and empathic communication that allow us to feel whole and connected, and to foster a safe and trusting community in the midst of a complex and painful world. Through storytelling and somatic movement we come to embody stories of connection in our lives, our bodies and our relationships. This training will prepare participants to teach and facilitate basic storytelling and resonance practice as a way to spread relational culture within social justice communities. *This training was formerly called “The Culture of Radical Engagement.”  

Relational Culture 2: Relational Somatics

In this *new* training we use developmental movement, supportive and accessible touch, storytelling and ecological principles to explore our relational body and reclaim its place in the ecology. We dive deep into somatic movement exercises that support a rich, embodied field, where participants are invited to weave their own personal “body-narratives” into a shared, vibrant story of connection with the land. In the process, we will mimic the evolutionary journey of life, discovering that the capacities for vitality, sensitivity, mobility, emotionality, and vulnerability are much older than human beings, reaching far back in the Story of Life. As we do this we remember the basic principles of life itself: enduring interdependent organization, profound mutuality and rich diversity. These key adaptations ensure that every part of the ecology will have a wired-in connection to critical resources for recovery and coherence. Participants re-energize their bodies in community, creating the needed support to confront trauma and systems of oppression, and come together to heal and shift culture.

*”Relational Culture 1 – Bonding” is recommended to attend this training but not required.

Relational Culture 3: Bridging

In this advanced training we use storytelling and somatic movement to explore the relational practice of Bridging, using resonance to grow our capacity to handle complexity and bridge diversity. Building on the bonding we explore in the first training, we learn advanced resonance practices to bridge disparities of power, access, and risk in our relationships. This creates a path to deep appreciation and understanding,  amplifying the resilience of our community and generating more equitable opportunity, decentralized agency, and collective learning. We learn relational approaches to conflict within groups, including those that emerge both in immediate, intimate relationships as well as along intersections of race, class, gender, generation and other forms of diversity. We explore identity as both an important site of inclusion and justice, and as a complex reality rooted in a long history of social construction and division, exploring how we can reclaim and honor the powerful stories that make up each of our lives and lineages.

*Participation in “Relational Culture 1 – Bonding” is required to attend this training. Those who have participated in “The Culture of Radical Engagement Introduction” or “The Culture of Radical Engagement Training for Trainers” may also attend.