Join us at Finnriver for the Holistic Resistance Singing Circle:
An Embodied Music Connection Experience
In this 2-hour singing circle we will raise our voices together, using collective singing as a healing modality to build the deep connections we need to fight systems of oppression and to dismantle racism as it operates within and between us, releasing our distress in the container of song we build together. All voices are welcome.
So many of us have been hurt around our voices and are seeking healing. These circles create a space where we can receive emotional nourishment by disrupting the notion that we can not sing together. We are firm believers that music, tears, and laughter are not separate. We treat them all as a critical part of the human voice. Singing together, creating sound together, and practicing listening together are a few of the ways in which we reach for each other. Folx who have been told they can not sing are especially encouraged to attend. White supremacy is really invested in us believing that we cannot sing, especially when in community. Disrupt the racist messaging in your mind and lift your voices in song with us.
Register by contacting LB at firstname.lastname@example.org
$5-35/person suggested donation
About Aaron Johnson…
I am an earth builder, a teacher of closeness, and an activist. I graduated from the California Institute of the Arts in 2007 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts. I use intimacy to dismantle racism; I have made a lifelong commitment to use the skills I possess to end racism. The tools I frequently use for that end are speaking, teaching, closeness to blackness, and minimalism. Deep connection is one of the most powerful tools one can use in dismantling racism.
My goal is to help white people slow down their reality enough to see blackness, primarily through the use of deep questions. I also use questions as a lens that white people can use to look at themselves and see how their own wounds and trauma from racism are stopping them from being close to black people. I am a firm believer that if you cannot get close to black people, you cannot be a true
advocate for them. Being close to blackness is the revolution.
https://www.facebook.com/Turnitupnow1982/ and www.holisticresistance.com for more.
About Porsha Beed…
Porsha Beed is a twenty-four year old African American woman from Phelan, California. As an intimate activist and mentor, she specializes in
teaching young people and adults about the importance of deep human connection, holistic resistance, and the importance of self-love and
resiliency. Porsha is passionate about dismantling racism and oppression. As an earth builder and integrator of race, she strives to build a lifelong community to end racism. Her love for the Earth and for intentional community is the nest in which Porsha has chosen to fight systems of oppression. www.holisticresistance.com
About Jennie Pearl...
Jennie Pearl is the founder of Wake Up, a group for white-identified people to unlearn racism, unpack privilege, and untangle white supremacy from the
inside out. They explore how yoga and meditation can help them commit to and sustain the work without spiritual bypassing or diminishing racial justice. As an anti-oppression facilitator, yoga teacher and bodyworker, Jennie has been bridging the gap between social justice and healing work for over five years. A student of Christina Sell, her yoga
classes weave humor, love, and a social justice lens. A former outdoor leader, she feels most at home in the natural world and brings a strong understanding of earth-based knowledge into her facilitation. Jennie
lives in the Bay Area where she teaches public yoga classes, leads groups, and offers massage in her private practice. www.jenniepearl.com
About Dylan Wilder Quinn…
Dylan Wilder Quinn (pronouns: they/them are favorites, he/she also fine) works towards personal and systemic liberation with a lens of healing
our individual and collective traumas through connection, spirituality, pleasure, and autonomy. Dylan works with white people and people of all
genders to create trans-inclusive, anti-racist leaders and spaces. Dylan is a working class-encultured, trans nonbinary disabled white person. They are passionate about helping fellow white people reclaim their own indigenous heritage in pre-colonized Europe, to embody the pain of their own colonization and culture loss, and using that energy to fight
oppression of all groups from a true place of solidarity. They also provide oppression-informed trauma healing sessions focusing on embodiment and neurobiology, read tarot, create rituals, and
collectivize with people who know that another world is possible. Www.dylanwilderquinn.com
We focus on relationships first as we do this work. While dismantling systems, we also need to be building the world we want to live in. While anti-racism content like history and stories of lived experiences from People of Color are necessary in this work, we notice that all of this is already widely accessible in this world, largely from People of Color, through websites, books, articles, podcasts, social media, and other workshops. What’s not as accessible is authentic human connection around anti-racism, particularly with fellow white people. It is much harder to build relationships and our approach fosters this connection. We believe education, history and learning about systems is imperative AND best transformed when done in relationship with with others. Through this process we will also find wholeness and community.
If you'd like to get more familiar with the work of Holistic Resistance, check out these podcasts:
Join us daily— 12 to 9pm— for farmcrafted hard cider on draft, cider cocktails and non-alcoholic options available in our Tap Room, and guided tastings and orchard tours on weekend afternoons. The Finnriver Kitchen is now serving seasonally-inspired, locally-sourced foods from 12-8pm seven days a week. On weekends, we host an array of fabulous food vendors: Dented Buoy Woodfired Pizza, Hama Hama Seafood and La Crêpe de Quimper.