“When I entered Somatics and Trauma in 2014 I was organizing in New York, winning campaigns, but not able to feel the impact of my work. I felt stuck and disconnected. Somatics gave me the ability to feel more, to connect to those around me, and to be a more impactful organizer in the movement. Since 2014 I’ve seen gs transform entire organizations, offering tools for organizers to deepen their ability to heal with both love and rigor.” - Che Johnson-Long, Community Engagement Specialist, Reimagine ACDC
"Over the last five years my personal and professional life has been transformed through the courses, coaching, mentorship, and community of generative somatics. I credit so much of my learning and growth as an organizer to generative somatics. In this political moment, gs is needed more than ever.” - Ileana Mendez-Penate, Communities United for Police Reform staff
“Being able to identify and communicate what I’m feeling opens up a world of possibilities. A lot of people look at me and the work I’ve done and think ‘he’s cool, he’s got this.’ They could assume that I don’t need support, but that’s not true. Now, I can say, ‘I am really afraid and I need you to hold this, I can’t keep holding everything and being at the center’. That’s completely new for me to have the awareness to say—‘this is what I’m feeling, this is what’s happening’. It opens up a door to say—I can be competent, and also afraid. I can lead, and also need support.” - Nate Mullen, Director of People in Education
"Somatics has opened to me a community and a methodology for integrating personal healing and transformation into political leadership. And as I've transformed, I've had more access to my own creativity and power. Today I'm designing more creative and impactful campaigns and I'm successfully cultivating new leaders who find this work liberating rather than demoralizing and draining." - Sendolo Diaminah, Carolina Federation Co-Director
"gs has allowed me to believe in the power of my self worth, renew my commitment to social justice work, and reclaim my dignity in profound and life altering ways. gs has taught me how to tap into the infinite power I have within myself, my histories, and my futures to better serve social and ecological justice movements across the world in ways that honor the inherent dignity and worth of land and people." - Sam Jung, gs teacher
"gs is the most powerful source of that healing I have ever come across. It is a rare space for personal inquiry and change that is actually grounded in the radical anti-colonial, anti-racist, feminist, queer politics that we love and need. It is the first place I ever felt like I did not have to set aside my politics, or swallow a harmful environment, in order to access group practice toward personal transformation." - Dean Spade, gs student
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