A Four-Week Online Course with Dr. Rae Johnson

Embodying Social Justice

Understanding the Trauma of Oppression

COURSE SUMMARY

This course introduces an embodied approach to understanding and transforming entrenched patterns of relating to others based on inequitable social power dynamics. Grounded in current research, it offers a clear description of how oppression is experienced as a bodily ‘felt sense’ and identifies the mostly unconscious behaviors that perpetuate oppression. In particular, the course will address how embodied microaggressions contribute to the traumatic impact of oppression, how unexamined body norms can perpetuate body shame, and how privilege can be unconsciously embedded in everyday movements and postures.

Rae Johnson, Ph.D., RSMT is a scholar/activist and registered somatic movement therapist who chairs the Somatic Studies in Depth Psychology doctoral program at Pacifica Graduate Institute. The author of several books – including Elemental Movement, Knowing in our Bones, and Embodied Social Justice – Rae teaches and trains internationally on embodied activism, somatic research methods, and the poetic body.

COURSE INCLUDES

4 Live, Interactive Zoom Sessions
4 Q&As with Rae
4 Downloadable Videos & MP3s
Course Readings
10 Yoga Alliance Cont. Ed. Credits
10 Embodied Philosophy Credits
Private Pop-Up Facebook Group

COURSE OUTLINE

MODULE #1: Oppression and Embodiment

This module introduces the topic of embodied social justice and articulates the conceptual framework and scholarly literature in which the course is grounded. Building the foundations for the model of embodied social justice presented later in the course, participants review findings from current research that position the body as key to the transformation of oppressive interpersonal interactions. Specific topics include embodied microaggressions, nonverbal communication, and oppression as a form of complex trauma.

MODULE #2: Body Stories

This session offers a series of case examples drawn from a qualitative study into the embodied experience of oppression. These ‘body stories’ illustrate how racism, classism, ableism and gender oppression are experienced in (and through) the body. Participants begin to examine their own body narratives and explore how their experiences of social power have shaped their bodies.

MODULE #3: Both Sides of Body Norms

It has been argued that the more marginalized and subordinated a social position we occupy, the more we are identified as bodies, and the more pressure we experience to modify those bodies to mitigate our deviance from the norm. In other words, one way to enact oppression against members of a particular social group is to characterize them as bodily objects rather than sentient subjects, and to simultaneously depict those bodies as crude, weak, or ugly. In this module we will unpack implicit body norms as a strategy for dismantling body shame and interrogating body privilege.

MODULE #4: Embodied Activism

The final session introduces an experiential model that privileges body knowledge (e.g., bodily sensation, body image, and nonverbal communication) in transforming problems of social justice. In addition to descriptions and illustrations of each phase of the cycle, suggestions are offered for using the cycle in a personal process of embodied activism.

 May 2019

May 9, 16, 23, 30

Join Dr. Rae Johnson as they explore how oppression is experienced as a bodily ‘felt sense’ and identifies the mostly unconscious behaviors that perpetuate oppression.

Students who take this course will learn:

  • How implicit bias shows up on a body level
  • Strategies for undoing body shame and checking body privilege
  • Traumatic indicators of oppression – including somatic hypervigilance and dissociation
  • How asymmetrical nonverbal interactions can perpetuate inequity
  • The role of embodied microaggressions in everyday life
  • How posture, gesture, eye contact, and the use of space signal power differences
  • Strategies for enacting embodied activism and transforming the culture

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Embodying

Social Justice 

Understanding the Trauma of Oppression
A 4-MODULE ONLINE COURSE with Dr. Rae Johnson

Presented by Embodied Philosophy

A one-time investment of $127, or join the Wisdom School 

Tuition Options

ONE-TIME

$127

ONE-TIME PAYMENT

4 Zoom Sessions

4 Q&As with Rae

4 Videos & MP3s

Course Readings

10 YA Credits

10 EP Credits

Pop-Up Facebook Group

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PAYMENT PLAN

$49

3 PAYMENTS, AUTO-DEBITED FOR 3 MONTHS

4 Zoom Sessions

4 Q&As with Rae

4 Videos & MP3s

Course Readings

10 YA Credits

10 EP Credits

Pop-Up Facebook Group

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Monthly

$97

PER MONTH

Unlimited Access to Course Archive

Unlimited Access to Yoga Seminar

Unlimited Access to All Future Courses, Conferences & Seminars

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Annual

$997

ONE-TIME FEE

Unlimited Access to Course Archive

Unlimited Access to Yoga Seminar

Unlimited Access to All Future Courses, Conferences & Seminars

**Savings of $167 Off Monthly Price

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Live sessions: Thursdays 7 - 9 pm EST

NOTE: All Sessions are Live and Interactive through the Zoom Platform. If you cannot make the live session, it will be recorded and made available to you the following day.

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