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Fierce Vulnerability in Community: Trauma Healing for Systemic Change

September 30, 2021 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am PDT

In this one-hour gathering, we will explore ways in which community-based trauma healing can be a modality for effective direct action in the larger world.

The Sanskrit word for “Direct Action” – Satyagraha – means “truth telling.” Change being fractal, the question we will explore is “How can individual trauma healing transform a community through embodied truth-telling – and how can a community’s own truth-telling bring about social change?”

In our time together, we will first ground with a somatic and/or meditative practice exploring our relationship with truth. Then, we will spend some time discussing Fierce Vulnerability in the context of community living and trauma healing-based direct action. Finally, we will finish with a somatic exercise that will attempt to provide 1) an anchor for the experience of Fierce Vulnerability in our bodies and 2) a map to find the experience again beyond this workshop.


Astrid Montuclard Born in Paris and raised in Tahiti, astrid (she/they) is a Somatic therapist in training at the California Institute of Integral Studies with experience in several healing modalities, including body-full meditation, ashtanga yoga, and Nature-based practices. Currently passionate about nonviolent Earth-based activism, astrid focuses on activating and catalyzing the somatic and spiritual healing of individuals and communities, who seed the cultural (r)evolutions needed to experience the global climate collapse and racial reckoning as incredible opportunities for human transformation.

The question of how to return to the more-than-human, natural world in a restorative way is particularly on her mind as she currently lives in between two permaculture activist communities – Vine & Fig on Manhoac Territory, VA, and the Possibility Alliance on Wabanaki Territory, MN. Subliming the impact of Human Supremacy in her own life and others’ recently became her North Star. (Photo credit: Brandon Vance).


September 30, 2021
8:00 am - 9:00 am PDT
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