Our programs develop embodied leadership, increasing vision, coordination, and connection. gs supports movement leaders and supporters to vision new possibilities and achieve powerful collective action towards freedom and liberation.
Want to join a gs program? Our current and past program participants include people who are active parts of movements, including racial justice, economic justice, gender justice, intimate violence prevention, environmental justice, and more.
We specifically prioritize the participation of those work in our two strategic priority areas: freedom from political repression and state violence, and climate and environmental justice. Learn more about our Strategic Priorities here.
BIPOC Embodied Leadership (online) 2021
Embodied Leadership courses are designed for people who work in social and environmental justice movements, including organizers, staff, members, and activists.
“At the last retreat (Embodied Leadership) I really saw the benefit and impacts of somatics. Some people have a spirit or attitude that is isolated and unapproachable—I am one of them. At the retreat—I saw transformation in people. We decided, we’re just going to be open and be me now, and be honest about what we need to feel whole. I like to feel and connect with people, and I was able to do that totally. Before, I might have been able to do that for a second, but then I dissociated off to mars. With somatics, I could center in my own dignity—in my length—and also center in my width. I could feel the genuine feelings of other people—I could actually feel them. I am loving somatics—it is a vital tool. Now that I know how to use it, it makes a real difference. I use it every chance I get.”
— Ms. Marilynn Winn, Director of Women on the Rise
We have worked with hundreds of movement leaders and their organizations through Movement Partnerships with organizations, alliances, and other formations. We began these partnerships in 2011 with Black Organizing for Leadership and Dignity (BOLD) and the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA).
We share vision and values with Movement Partners, an understanding of somatics as a holistic approach, and a commitment to have a significant impact. We engage with select partners deeply and develop programs that are relevant and supportive of the unique conditions and needs in those communities.
To learn about local and national practice groups, check out our social media for updates. If you’ve taken a gs program in the past, keep practicing with others who have too! We transform through embodying new practices over time and it is much easier to stay in practice within community.
Are gs courses accessible to poor and working class people?
gs is committed to economic justice and to challenging white supremacy, capitalism, ableism and all systems of oppression in every aspect of our work. As part of that, we have a commitment to making our programs accessible and affordable to poor and working class people and people of color who are on the frontlines of social and environmental justice movements. We are committed to making sure that money is not a barrier to participation. Check out our Course Fee Structure Sliding Scale.
How are program costs covered?
In past years, approximately 45% of the gs budget has come from earned income (course fees and contracts with partners). The other 55% comes from individual donations and foundation grants. Program costs are covered in multiple ways:
- Participants in our programs contribute to their fees with their own financial resources
- Organizations and foundations sponsor participants and pay for their program fees
- Participants fundraise their fees from other individuals
- Participants receive financial support from gs. These funds predominantly come from individual donations including solidarity funds contributed and fundraised by gs program participants and community members like you!
How do I donate or fundraise solidarity funds for your participants?
Thank you for your interest! Your support will provide financial assistance to over 80% of participants in our courses and programs. Contact email@example.com to donate and/or fundraise solidarity funds today. We thank you for reaching out to your friends, family, and community to support our programs either through contributing to your own course fees or toward solidarity funds that make it possible for poor and working class people (the majority of course participants) to participate! You are a part of a growing network of people whose collective support makes gs possible. gs offers embodied leadership development and trauma-healing to social justice movements. We prioritize the participation of poor and working class people and people of color; and choose movement partnerships with organizations and communities based on alignment with our political values and strategy, not on financial access and capacity.
What access info is there for your courses? How can I prepare for Disability Justice and access allyship before a course?
We’re in an ongoing commitment to embodying disability justice (DJ) in our theory and practice. gs has shifted key pieces of our coursework, including language and practice, and we continue to be disability justice learners. Our online offers have included closed captioning. We are also able to offer interpretation as needed. Thank you in advance for partnering with us as we continue to transform and deepen our DJ embodiment. If you have specific questions or access needs to discuss, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How can I be an ally in creating a scent-neutral/fragrance-free environment?
We make every effort to make our programs accessible to people with chemical sensitivities. Course applications ask you to share whatever you choose to about your specific needs. We ask all participants to please ally for those with chemical sensitivities by transitioning to fragrance-free products a few days before the course. Creating a scent-neutral/fragrance-free environment will allow greater participation for all and will support everyone’s post-training recovery time.
People of color and poor people often are exposed to highly toxic chemicals in the places we live and work due to capitalism and environmental racism. Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS) is a physical condition that often results from overexposure to chemicals, and can be acquired at any age.
We recognize that fragrance-free products are sometimes expensive and that financial access can be a barrier. It is our hope that resources can be sourced from the collective community of participants and teachers in gs trainings. Please take the time to review this list of fragrance-free resources.