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Ancestral Justice workshop

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Grey Dragon House (on the Territories of the Lekwungen speaking peoples)

426 Montreal Street

Victoria, BC V8V 1Z7

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The Invitation to ancestral justice

What happens to a people when they lose their ways?

Well, one thing we do know is that they lose their medicines.

They forget the names of plants and other beings in their world that can help them restore their balance. They forget the rituals that are able to activate the natural healing mechanisms of their nervous systems. They forget that their bodies are nourished when it is witnessed through touch.

But what if there was much more than medicine that we have forgotten, much longer ago, so there are very little ways to recover it through ordinary learning?

What if I told you that cycles and cycles before we lost our ancestral ways of repairing our individual bodies, we lost our ancestral ways of maintaining and repairing our communities?

Most of the conversations in social justice right now are set up for learning new things. You learn to categorize ideas, diagnose them for problems, and aggressively attack their symptoms. The problem is, justice is not something that can be just learned through stuffing our minds with information. Justice is also an ancestral skill to be remembered through our bodies. And we have atrophied this capacity to remember.

Now imagine a world that the people who knew the ways of whole medicine, who knew the names of plants, who knew the power of ritual, who knew the healing effect of touch, held leading roles in their communities. Imagine that these people, our ancestors, saw that the wisdom of their medicines, is the same wisdom by which they may oversee the maintenance and repair of their communities.

In this spirit, we, Tada Hozumi and Dare Sohei, invite you to this workshop and facilitated conversation, to explore what it may be like to see justice through the eyes of our ancestors.

We will gather together for an evening of ancestral justice, accessing the tools of trauma-based somatics and ancestral connection ritual, to explore emergent models for community-based justice that we believe will be necessary for our coming challenges, from economic crisis, the rise of white nationalism, and climate collapse.


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Tada Hozumi (https://selfishactivist.com)

I’m Tada (they/he). I'm a POC (Asian/Japanese) somatic therapist and dancer based in both Unceded Coast Salish Territories (Canadian Pacific North West) and Tio'Tia: Ke (Montreal). 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.

Dare Sohei (www.bodyaltar.org)

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.


Gratitude to the land and the people

We are in gratitude to the land and the Lekwungen speaking peoples whose unceded territories this workshop will take place on. We sincerely wish for this work to contribute to the restoring of well being for the land, its people, and all who share in the great web of relationships.


Accessibility information

There are 10 brand new stairs into the house with a very solid handrail on the left. One bathroom on the main floor where the the workshop will be happening. Participants will have full use of the kitchen. A space for resting and laying down will be set up during the whole workshop. Backjacks, pillows, mats and straight back chairs will be available for sitting. No scented cleaning products are used to clean the space. One dog lives in the house but won’t be present for the event.

All participants are asked to help make a scent-reduced space by refraining from wearing perfumes, colognes or other scented products (including essential oils). Scents make the residents of the house get headaches and other symptoms. For more information on how to support folks with multiple chemical sensitivities, check out Peggy Munson's writing.

ASL interpretation is not currently planned for this workshop; please be in touch if that's a barrier for you

We are excited to hear about your accessibility needs don’t hesitate to contact Captain for space related things liam@captainsnowdon.ca


Inquiries

Please e-mail Tada at: info@selfishactivist.com

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