for information on individual sessions go to the practice together page
tenderspace weekly guided somaticized meditation
1st and 3rd saturday 9-10:30 am est
1st and 3rd wednesday 7-8:30 pm est
beginning february 2022
(2/5, 2/16, 2/19, 3/2, 3/5, 3/16, 3/19, 4/2, 4/6, 4/16, 4/20….. i will keep these updated and will post dates for the several months here so you can know if i need to miss or change the schedule)
in this guided practice space we journey through somatics and meditation from a trauma sensitive perspective individually and collectively.
each week is slightly different working with somatic practices, meditation, and the elements. no previous experience required! generally we begin with introductions, practice for 40 minutes and debrief.
monetary contributions appreciated but not necessary.
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A note on the tender space creating containers for queer ecologies:
Taking after the lichen, a possible gender identification one could inhabit is “multispecies collectivity” or “assemblage” or simply “multiplicity”, which de-emphasize the centrality of the human parts which comprise the superorganism or holobiont (holobiont is an assemblage of a host and the many other species living in or around it, which together form a discrete ecological unit) which we call a body and take to be a self. It is in the spirit of the lichen that tender space creates containers for queer ecologies, as a space for decentering normativities and opening to polymodal ways of being. Acknowledging that each of us contain multitudes and are ourselves queer multispecies assemblies, this space does not locate queerness in gender or sexuality specifically.
Exploring Ritual Through Tea
Exploring Ritual Through Tea
- Three Sundays in February
- February 6, 13, 20
- 10:00 Pacific 1:00 Eastern
- 1.5 hours in duration.
- $40 for all 3 gatherings. $15 single gathering drop-in
- On Zoom, and in your tea area
At these gatherings you can look forward to a few things:
- You’ll learn about tea and how to perform a tea ritual that you can do alone or with friends, to wake up your senses and renew your connection to the world around you.
- You’ll also have these gatherings themselves which allow for a slower pace, a sane and rejuvenating social ceremony that may offer you sustenance in your week.
- We’ll all be exploring the place of ritual in our lives and what it might mean to develop different rhythms and an enhanced relationship to time and space through the ritual of tea appreciation.
We’ll mix our format for being embodied in the tea-ritual, with conversation and topics of exploration. Being embodied, and slowing down has the benefit of rejuvenating our energy, letting our consciousness and conversation explore unexpected and seldom frequented places, and fostering a level of community that is unavailable at high speeds.
Descriptions of Individual Gatherings
Each gathering will have a primary presenter leading us through the exploration.
What is Ritual? Led by Una Chung, Feb 6
At our first gathering, Una Chung will guide an exploration of ritual—its history, meaning, and contemporary place in culture. We’ll see which components and traditional uses of ritual are more or less prominent or even desirable in our own lives, and how they are available in the way we drink tea.
Awakening the Senses with the Elements of Tea. Led by Michael Busby, Feb 13
At our second gathering, I’ll lead the exploration of direct perception, the nameless part of ritual that is free of constructs and concepts. Giving context for how the sense perceptions are an integral aspect of many rituals, and a personal taste of the renewing/transformative quality of attending to this part of life.
Making it your Own. Led by Tender Tierney, Feb 20
At our third gathering, Tender Tierney will lead the exploration of the personal elements that can enrich your ritual, and how one might adopt a tea-ritual that includes meaning, symbolism, and structure—sharing examples of how to incorporate your own traditions, ancestors, and personal contemplations into the tea ritual.
Una Chung is a Professor of Art and Media at Sara Lawrence College (complete bio in progress)
Michael Busby is the Tea Peddler of Via Tiempo, with a background in philosophical studies and Buddhist and Taoist practice. He is also a teacher of qigong is the Limitless Gate tradition of Taoism.
Tender Tierney is going to send me some info presently. You can view Tender’s website here.
What to Bring with you
For this course you’ll need boiled water, a vessel to brew tea in, some loose tea and a cup. If you’d like to up your game with some quality wares and leaves you can explore Via Tiempo’s selection of teaware and tea. We’ll let you know what we’re drinking with each class so you can join in if you’d like, but it is by no means required.
You may wish to bring a notebook to write, draw, or otherwise record your thoughts and note your questions and inspirations.
Please don’t let cost be a barrier. Inquire directly for need-based financial assistance.
somatic awareness, trauma, and working with the elements.
wednesday nights 7-8:30 est. oct 20-nov 17
over zoom. sliding scale $0-30. link given when you register.
A five week course inviting somatic awareness with practices, meditation, sensualization and the elements.
Using the elements and the five senses we will go on a journey together. i have been studying a lot and am looking to share what i have been learning! i will be presenting some information on trauma as i understand it, somatic practices from generative somatics and somatic experiencing, elemental practices, meditation/contemplation and some other things. this is a new thing and i expect it to be iterative. much of what i will share has been what i have been learning in my ongoing process of working with my own trauma. i am still a student and not a expert, but this is a good chance for you to get to know if you would like to work with me one-on-one.
if you have any questions email me!