june 13-August 29, 2018
(no class on 4th of july)
7pm – 8:30pm
Community Movement & Meditation for Healing + Resilience
with Akeesha Simmons, Madeline Harmon, Renee Sills & Theresia Munywoki
HOSTED BY DON'T SHOOT PDX & SOLA SCHOOL
Cost: by donation
Location: Woodlawn MIC // 1425 NE Dekum PDX 97211
Join us at Woodlawn MIC for weekly movement & meditation classes led by experienced, trauma-informed teachers. We’ll move, relax, and breathe together with gentle and enlivening practices that are appropriate for all levels of experience and ability.
Classes will include physical movement and exercises that are accessible, and easily adapted for your body’s needs, simple breathing and meditation practices that can help release and shift energy and emotions, and opportunities for conversation and connection with community. Our aim is to support healing and integration for those whose lives have been affected by trauma of all kinds. Childhood abuse, domestic and sexual violence, neighborhood violence, racism and other forms of oppression and marginalization, poverty, immigration struggles, accidents and injuries, life threatening illnesses, death, experiences of war, neglect, and vicarious exposure through the experiences of friends and loved ones are just some of the circumstances which can turn our worlds upside down.
For some of us, these experiences and events lead to lifelong struggles physically, emotionally, spiritually, and in our relationships. These classes give many options for approaching your practice. We prioritize developing healthy boundaries, a clear sense of choice, and cultivating tools that help you to listen to, and trust, your own intuition and body. We teach non-religious meditation techniques for self-soothing and nervous system regulation.
Our teachers may include opportunities for conversation and sharing, and will be available for feedback and listening so that we can learn to better support you in your healing process.
About Don’t Shoot PDX
Our organizational work and activism, including direct community education workshops, support the outreach of our continued advocacy as first respondents, and has helped community members contribute through direct engagement and legislative value. There are a vast amount of policy-based assets influenced and being harnessed in our strategic building of relationships and networks used toward the shift in culture and systemic discrimination. Known for our bystander intervention work and community advocacy, its with great pride that in 2018 we moved our organization into a space in a gentrified North Portland neighborhood. The Woodlawn MIC is located at 1425 NE Dekum, and as a home to Don’t Shoot Portland, it houses our programming and community related events.