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Practicing Embodiment In Times of Deep Change

Friday, May 1, 2020
10:00am - 11:30am PDT
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As we move through this time of enormous collective and individual change, many of us are feeling a strong reactive pull to go into our thinking selves for immediate crisis management. Or we might be feeling triggered into our most practiced trauma survival strategies. These responses make a lot of sense given the pressures of this moment. And yet -- we also have a powerful opportunity to tap into our bodily wisdom to cultivate deeper experiences of resilience, grounding, and connection.

In this webinar, we’ll share some brief framing to understand more about why embodiment is relevant to this moment, and we’ll go through a few embodied practices that can support participants to feel more grounded, present, open and connected. We’ll also do a movement practice to feel more centered even when experiencing change. No equipment is needed except paper and writing instruments. Practices can be done both sitting and standing, even in areas with limited space.

Registration for this program is closed, if you have any questions please contact Monica Banks at [email protected]



Belia Mayeno Saavedra

Belia Mayeno Saavedra (she/her/hers) is a queer mixed-race Xicana and Japanese Transformative Coach, Trainer & Somatic Learning Practitioner based in LA. She works with Black/Indigenous/People of Color leaders to grow their felt sense of choice and spacious power in body and spirit. Belia has trained in the lineage of generative somatic since 2014 and trained as a coach in the social-justice-oriented Coaching for Transformation program in 2016-2017. She is a generative somatics teacher-in-training since 2017, and has also served as Program Director and lead trainer for The California Conference for Equality & Justice’s Restorative Justice in Schools program for six years. Her two decades of work with survivors of violence (with a special focus on incarcerated youth and women, and survivors of childhood sexual abuse) ground her working both trauma sensitivity and individual and collective resilience. Belia has extensive experience coaching social justice leaders in areas including skillful navigation of conflict and high-pressure change; future visioning; authentic interdependence vs reproducing patterns of over-accountability/self-reliance; and infusing creative and intuitive practices into leadership work. In her free time, she does beadwork and embroidery projects and serves her Lukumi spiritual community as a priest of Oshun Ibu Anya. 


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Who May Attend
Open to everyone

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If you have additional questions regarding these sessions, please contact Monica Banks at [email protected]

Accommodations for People with Disabilities
If you have a disability and require accommodation in order to fully participate in this activity, please contact our programs team at [email protected] or (213) 680-8866. You will be contacted by someone from our staff to discuss your specific needs.

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