IONS 18th International Conference

Strozzi Institute

Personal and Social Transformation

Being the Change at Scale

Presented by Staci K. Haines, Strozzi Institute

Thursday, July 18, 2019, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

How do we align our vision with our actions? How do we do that together, building powerful alliances for change? Conflict is a part of change. Can we engage vision, relationship and conflict toward a broader vision for equity and sustainability, a life affirming future for life? This is one of the core questions of our times.

From a somatic understanding, we are all shaped by our lived experiences, adapting dynamically toward safety, belonging and dignity. We are also shaped by the social conditions in which we live. Yet, these conditions are not always aligned with our values and hopes. In this pre-conference we will explore how we vision beyond how we have been shaped. We will discover how we have been shaped, somatically, and develop the embodied practices to act in alignment, together, toward a vibrant future for all.

Fee: $150

Staci K. Haines

Staci K. HainesStaci K. Haines is a national leader in the field of Somatics, specializing in social leadership. Staci has worked extensively with organizational leaders, including corporate executives, non-profits, and social entrepreneurs. She is the Director of Methodology and a senior teacher at Strozzi Institute and having studied and worked with Strozzi Institute since 1995.

She is the founder of generative somatics, a nonprofit ally organization of Strozzi Institute, bringing Somatics to social and environmental justice leaders. Staci is committed to the interdependence of personal, collective and systemic transformation.

We are shaped by our deeply personal experiences and our social conditions. Through embodied transformation and collective action we can move ourselves, communities and society toward what is life-affirming. The focus of generative somatics is to bring the transformative power of somatics to serve social and environmental justice movements.

She is also the originator of Somatics and Trauma, and leads courses teaching psychologists, social leaders, and other practitioners to effectively transform the impact of individual and social trauma and violence. Staci is the author of Healing Sex (Cleis 1999, 2007), a how-to book offering a somatic approach to recovery from sexual trauma and developing healthy sexual and intimate relationships. Her new book, The Politics of Trauma: Somatics, Healing and Social Justice is due out this Fall.

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