NOTE: The start the date for the course has been pushed back to April 11th and the registration deadline is now April 7th!

Summary

This 6-session 3-month course introduces you to the foundations of cultural somatics, an integrated approach to healing that combines somatics, ancestral-spiritual healing, and social change.

You can read more about the history of our school and cultural somatics here.


Invitation

Welcome,
blessings to you and all your relations.

Welcome to this inaugural online course for the Ritual as Justice School for Cultural Somatics.

We, Tada Hozumi and Dare Sohei, would like to begin this invitation by sharing why we have created this course.

Over the last few years, we have become more and more aware that there is an intimate connection between personal trauma and cultural trauma (what we commonly call oppression). We are beginning to see that dominance, that surfaces in our culture as colonialism, predatory capitalism, patriarchy, and other oppressions, are in fact symptomatic expressions of wounds that are buried deep in our individual and collective bodies.

The impact of these hurts cannot be escaped by merely disavowing these oppressions by name or tinkering with the systems of inequity they create, just as much as we cannot heal the roots of trauma by trying to stubbornly talk ourselves out of it or endlessly killing pain. Relief is commendable, even desirable, but it isn’t the same as deep radical change.

Reckoning with this reality is vital. Unattended, our collective pain seeps into our communal behavior as both internalized violence, in the form of system burn out, and externalized violence, in the form of authoritarianism.

As founders of the Ritual as Justice School, we have spent the last three years developing the tools and systems of cultural somatics in order to address these exact issues.

Through our stewardship of cultural somatics, we have found that the root cause of unnecessary violence in our lives to be a lack of belonging – a deprivation that extends far beyond our own lifetime and reaches back into our collective ancestral memory.

For humans to truly thrive, we do not just need secure and nurturing connections with our families of origin. We also require intimate and healthy relationships with our ancestral cultures and the many more-than-human beings they connect us to, such as ancestors, elemental spirits, and goddesses/gods. Traditional Western psychotherapy, the offspring of a violently de-indigenized world, has grown adept at working with the former but has been slow to understand the necessity of the latter, primarily because it has been caught in its own net of colonialist thinking.

This is why we have developed the Ritual as Justice School’s approach to cultural somatics to explicitly support the healing of these ancient attachment traumas, alongside the wounds we have picked up from our own lifetimes, by creating an open-source system that foundationally integrates modern trauma-based somatics with the elder ways of animist-indigenous ritual.

It is our deepest pleasure to offer our community the fruits of this work through this inaugural and introductory 3-month 6-session course with the following two major goals:

  • To offer our community somatic and ritual practices that curb highly cathartic states that reify dissociation, re-traumatization, cult-like group dynamics, and support a more natural and gentle path of healing.
  • To offer our community somatic and ritual practices that are non-appropriative, cross-cultural, and have the potential of healing our relationships across race, culture, gender, class, ability, and other axes of identity.

If the above feels like a calling to you, please keep reading below for more details and the registration link!

We also welcome any questions you may have at ritualasjustice@gmail.com.

Blessings,
Tada Hozumi & Dare Sohei (course instructors)


Course Content

The course will be comprised of 5 pre-scheduled group sessions, 1 Q&A group session (to be scheduled), and a series of pre-recorded lectures and exercises.


Time and Dates

All pre-scheduled sessions will happen live on Saturday mornings 10 am – 12:30 pm PST / 1 pm – 3:30 pm EST, March through May on the following dates:

April 11th, April 25th, May 16th, May 30th, June 20th*

All group sessions will take place on the free Zoom.us platform and recorded for replay for those who cannot make all calls.

* IMPORTANT!!: We have adjusted the start of the course to give people time to adjust to the COVID crisis in their daily lives and create a better container for the work


Modules

Developing secure attachment to body and earth

Dates: April 11th and April 25th

In this first module, students will be provided with foundational skills to cultivate their relationship with their own bodies and to the earth. This is meant to foster a better understanding of their nervous systems and strengthen their capacity for grounding. Both of these are essential skills for trauma-based healing.

Developing secure attachment to cultural somatic beings

Dates: May 16th

In this second module, students will begin to develop healthy and secure relationships with non-living-human presences we refer to as cultural somatic beings. These include but are not limited to ancestors, elemental spirits, and goddesses/gods. This is a critical step that allows us to widen our bandwidth for resiliently facing more wounded and challenging cultural somatics beings, such as the oppressive spirits of patriarchy or white supremacy.

Repatterning relationships to cultural somatic beings

Date: May 30th

In this third module, students will learn how, if ready, to repattern and heal their more troubled relations without retraumatizing their nervous system. This is an important step in undoing deeply internalized patterns of oppression that are reflections of unhealed spiritual relationships.

Closing circle and ritual

Date: June 20th

In this final module, students will gently integrate their learnings from the course and be blessed to welcome the future journeys they may embark upon.


Sneak Peek

Would you like to take a little peek into the course content?

Here is an excerpt from our introductory lecture, “What is Cultural Somatics?”, in which Tada speaks about the foundational principle of cultural somatics at the Ritual as Justice School.


Cost

All prices are in USD. IF you are based in Canada, please e-mail ritualasjustice@gmail.com.

Regular*Regular 3-month plan*Discounted **Discounted 3-month plan**
$4753 x $175$2753 x $100

* Because of the financial impact of COVID19 we have decided to keep our early bird rate as our regular rate.

** We have created an additional discount for those who now have the time to apply for the course but have been deeply financially limited by the impact of the coronavirus. Please self-select mindfully.

When you register, please make sure this is the right choice for you as refunds and cancellations are disruptive to our budgeting and only accept them in very extraneous cases.


Instructors

Tada Hozumi

Gratitudes for this encounter and blessings to you!

I’m Tada, a genderqueer (they/he) POC (Asian/Japanese) somatic therapist and dancer based in both Unceded Coast Salish Territories (Canadian Pacific North West). At the core of my practice is the understanding that all oppressions, including white supremacy, are energetic ailments of both the individual and cultural body. I believe that individual healing cannot be whole without tending to the cultural, and vice versa, that cultural change cannot be in good faith without tending to all of the bodies that make up the collective.

Some of my lineages in healing are:

  • The schools of modern creative and somatic therapies such as dance movement therapy and expressive arts therapy, the latter which I am certified in. (I would also like to acknowledge that these lineages of modern therapy derive their healing power from the traditional practices of cultures of color as well as European folk cultures.)
  • Asian/Japanese ancestral wisdom traditions such as energy healing and martial arts. (Please note that I am not a practitioner who can explicitly instruct on these subjects).
  • Street dance, particularly ‘popping’, an umbrella term for mechanical street dances that emerged from black and brown communities of the West coast of Turtle Island during the early 1970s.

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Dare Sohei

I’m Dare based in unceded Chinookan tribal lands (Portland, OR, USA). My people are from the Afro-Caribbean diaspora (Boriken – Puerto Rican, Taino & African), Spain, France, and Switzerland.

I’m a queer mixed-race somatic educator, ancestral healing practitioner, and neurodivergent ritual animist who specializes in helping humans heal relationships with their bodies, the earth, their ancestors, and the more-than-human world. I trained for many years in somatic movement practices, as a dancer/theater maker/trainer on Ohlone land in the SF Bay area, and have a long ongoing study/praxis into the human nervous system and trauma and how that relates to indigenous wisdom and medicine practices.

I come to the work of ancestral healing, and especially to this program, with the experience of someone who comes from a broken mixed-race family with unwell ancestral lineages. As a child to a white mother (French/Swiss) and my father, a Puerto Rican “immigrant” who refused to speak much about his family or heritage, I have navigated firsthand, white and POC ancestral experiences as well as the hinterlands in between.

It is a pleasure to bring the fruits of this learning to the course. Blessings to all beings known and unknown, named and unnamed, who make our lives possible.
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Beginner’s Mind

This course is for folks who are ready to wholly embrace an embodied approach to justice and healing that may sometimes radically depart from the traditional conversations in activist communities.

Our methodology deeply prioritizes neurology over ideology, and there are many intricacies about cultural somatics that may only reveal themselves once you have invested in exploring the unknown terrains of the body for some time.

Because of this, we ask every student in the course to take on this course with a beginner’s mind, with whole ownership of the discomforts they may feel as their previous thinking may be deeply challenged and suspend their immediate judgment until they have put in honest time to understanding the practice.


Code of Relational Conduct

Linked at the bottom of this section is a Code of Relational Conduct (CoRC) that is applicable to all current students, staff, and instructors of the RAJ School.

The CoRC embodies core capacities that we are proposing as requirements to participate in a healthy animist-indigenous society.

One of our goals through RAJ courses is to provide our students with tools that support them in being able to uphold it.

Take a look at the Ritual as Justice School of Relational Conduct


Acknowledgements

Foremost, many thanks and blessings to all of the Indigenous-Animist peoples worldwide, including ourselves and our ancestors. Thank you for maintaining our wise traditions worldwide, past, present and future that have carried these sacred relationships in a good way for the liberation of all beings.

While many of us learn about healing through modern Western i.e. post-colonial modalities, we recognize that the tangible nourishment in this work often comes from sources uncited and unrecognized going back to the pre-colonial cultural practices of many people, especially people of color.

With this said, we would like to acknowledge the work of the following people as influences and affinities in the development of our methodology, whilst knowing that the formation of ideas can’t easily be attributed to individuals and any such attempt creates dissatisfactory omissions by nature: Hideo Takaoka, Kenji Ushiro, Ryokyu Endo, Dr. Hideto Tomabechi, Shirley Turcotte and Indigenous Focusing Oriented Therapy, Sobonfu and Malidoma Some, Turtle Tank, Estelle Simard, Resmaa Menakem, adrienne maree brown, Eugene Gendlin, Dr. Daniel Siegel, Dr. Stephen Porges, Dr. Peter Levine and Somatic Experiencing, Steve Hoskinson and Organic Intelligence, Ron Kurtz and Hakomi Method, Dr. Rick Hanson, Dr. Daniel Foor, and Bert Hellinger.

Blessings,
Tada Hozumi and Dare Sohei


Any further questions?

Please feel free to e-mail us at ritualasjustice@gmail.com


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