ARTs + Change Virtual Conference
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Add Just is an experiential offering to cultivate a felt sense of justice in the body - balanced, respected presence in the body. Somatic practices of breath, visualization, and movement will be offered, to increase the frequency of peace and well-being in our ecosystems, sourced in self observation, improvisation, gesture and whole body movement meditations. All are welcome. No experience necessary. Live music and tender, playful forms will be offered by multidisciplinary artists and longtime friends, Leah Okamoto Mann (Co- Director, Lelavision ) and Soyinka Rahim (Founder, Director BIBOLove ). Both are certified InterPlay Leaders.

The workshop melts Soyinka’s BIBOLove signature elements of collective breath, affirmation and movement meditation with Leah’s play-full kinesthetic practices. Buoyed by Soyinka’s drumming, flute, and original compositions, participants will explore liberatory practices to cultivate a healthy eco system, micro to macro / self regulation for co-regulation. These somatic practices will be sourced in self observation, improvisation, gesture and whole body movement. We will explore being in flow with our “body weather” in order to bring more empathy, reciprocity and generosity into the world, in return for the privilege of each breath . This workshop is inspired by somatics practices of Resmaa Menakem, and Nkem Ndefo, as well as, writings of indigenous botanist, Robin Wall Kimmerer and ecologist, Suzanne Simard. All are welcome. No experience necessary.

Soyinka and Leah have collaborated on numerous art and social justice actions over their 15 year friendship, including: Hello/Goodbye Viaduct 2019 (dxʷdəwʔabš / Seattle) and The Human Murmuration at Duwamish/ dxʷdəwʔabš Waterway Park 2017(dxʷdəwʔabš / Seattle). Soyinka has presented with the Sacred Dance Guild, the Parliament of World Religions, Abby of the Arts, as well as, Facing Race. Leah's current projects include: DreamathonATL with Morehouse College & the Andrew Young Center for Leadership and The Indicator Species Project, a BIPOC Centered Art, Science, Eco Festival (Seattle).

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