1. our environment
2. our contexts
Our soma, (so-mah: the body in its living wholeness) is comprised of many aspects of our existence, including:
All of which determine & influence how we show up in the world.
Only by deeply understanding our soma and the "somatic shape" can we can identify what holds us back. Gaining access to that knowledge will help you break through areas in which you have felt blocked so you can live into your true leadership potential.
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align your body, mind & life force to power the big change that matters
the practicingJUSTICE model applies the principals of somatics, grounded in embodied leadership, to un-layer, unpack & reveal the many ways oppression limits your ability to align your leadership with the values & principles that drive your work.
by awakening deep understanding, this training enables individuals to generate new pathways towards a whole & complete shape that can hold our true individual & collective leadership potential in service of our liberation.
practicingJUSTICE offers significant value to, and expands the potential of anyone invested in deepening their self-knowledge, and tapping into their full leadership potential.
but if you're moving important work -- a CEO, executive director, and senior staff of movement-building organizations, an educator, community organizer, advocate, activist, yoga & mindfulness leader, coach, healer or socially-rooted entrepreneur -- and you view & navigate the world through a socio-political lens, this retreat was especially designed for you.
Embodied leadership is a methodology that combines the biological & social sciences to provide a framework for analysis and action. At its core, somatics empowers interconnection and balance of mind, body, & mood.
Embodied leadership begins by examining unconscious practiced behaviors, established by our interactions with family, community, & society throughout our lives, that blocks us from taking empowered action on your own behalf & ultimately aligning your behavior with your values & principles. It continues by establishing physical, emotional, & intellectual practices that shake up & shed those binds.
Start Here>> Get insight into how your conditioning shapes how you move through the world. "It's not your fault, but it's your responsibility." Construct your personal shield to counter negative self-talk before it derails you. Develop a roadmap for moving forward with a clear plan to accomplish goals you've always known were calling you forth. Establish practices that: enable making better choices from your center; increase stability; and reveal how you show up in your power.
Now the deep work begins. You've started the journey, applied the core practices in your life and have seen where you're strong and where you're still holding back. 2.0 introduces you to a refined awareness of your own deeper motivations and gives you the tools to redirect poor uses of energy and power. Learn how to interrupt unskillful habits before they cause calamity, and how to be graceful and take fierce responsibility when you don't.
Mastery takes many repetitions. Most of us go from one retreat to the next hoping the concepts will stay with us, but often fail at keeping up with the work once back in our day-to-day lives. Fortify your leadership with a multi-pronged structure of accountability with master-level coaching, community, check-ins, and more. Invest in this one year. You can become the leader you're meant to be, by getting the support you need and deserve.
Don't take it from us. For the past four years, people just like you -- and really different ones, too -- stepped forward and chose to get more right with themselves by Practicing Justice inside and out. (The retreat used to be called Oppression In The Soma, but that wasn't sexy.)
That's right, we said Investment. Because that's exactly what this unique opportunity is. An investment in becoming more whole for yourself and those you love.We also know money is real and different for everyone, so we've created a tiered system to automagically extend support if it can make the difference in you showing up. On the other hand, if financial resources are available to you, the invitation is here to pay it forward.
Rusia N. Mohiuddin, based in New York, is a master trainer/facilitator & somatic coach who pioneered the integration of somatics into an organizing framework. Her current mission, through UP, has been developing a holistic model for social justice change work that places in its center the necessary transformation of social change agents. Rusia brings a unique style to creating pathways for individuals to bring their best selves forward when enacting social change in their organizations & communities.
Rusia has developed a model for community organizing, called Embodied Organizing, and a model for coaching, called Embodied Coaching. She uses both in her teacher-training program, Warriors for Embodied Liberation (WEL), students of which serve as apprentices for all practicing justice retreats.
The yearlong retreat will be supported by Cohorts 1, 2, and 3.
This year’s planned retreats will be held at the watershed center in Millerton, New York, about 2 hours from Manhattan.
Rusia Mohiuddin and angel Kyodo williams are both master facilitators that teach, train and consult in situations that earn much more than the Practicing Justice retreats. But four years along, both of us continue to believe in this work. We know it must be made available to people that make movements happen, leaders of communities committed to love, and creatives and entrepreneurs of all stripes that are trying to create a better, safer, more just and sustainable world, society and nations for us all.