Social Change Sunday 3: Courtship, Kinship, and Consent (FREE)

with Christos Galanis & Tyler Rai

June 23, 2019 -
4:00pm to 6:30pm

Social Change Sundays is a series of 7 workshops for opening dialogue about intersectional social justice at Earthdance and across the region. Through critical thinking as well as creative, interactive, & movement-based tools for interrupting oppression, the intention of the series is to build authentic, equitable relationships and strengthen our collective resources for transformative justice.

We encourage local & regional community members, leaders, and organizers of all types to come learn and build with us! Advance registration required.

Workshop description:

Courtship, Kinship, and Consent
To what—or whom—might we extend the social? In this 2.5hr workshop, we will inhabit and invoke our responsive bodies to guide us into dialogue with the other-than-human world, extending the social realm beyond an exclusively human-centered framework. We will utilize somatic awareness and conscious listening to practice principles of kinship, courtship, consent and reverence for those who are other-than-human. Together we will ask permission, offer gifts, intuit protocols and nurture intimacy between ourselves and the land that holds us. Participants are encouraged to bring a notebook for writing and be prepared to stay for the entire 2.5hr timeframe. We will primarily work outdoors and participants are encouraged to wear clothes suitable for the weather that greets us that day.

*We are offering this event for FREE! The value of this event is $40 - $75. Please consider making a donation in any amount to help support this event and others like it at Earthdance!
*Earthdance is ADA accessible.
*Free childcare is available with at least two weeks advance notice. Email for more info.
*Trainings may be filmed to offer documentation to the general community as reference tools, and for further learning and engagement.



3:45pm Arrival
4 - 6:30pm Workshop 
6:30 - 7pm Light supper
7 - 9pm Open Jam

Stay tuned for these future Social Change Sundays: Sept. 22, Oct. 27, Nov. 17

Thank you to the National Endowment for the Arts, Easthampton Savings Bank, and the Springfield & Cummington Cultural Councils, our generous sponsors for this series! 

(Photo credits: Anna M. Maynard)


About the facilitators

Tyler Rai has been utilizing somatic practices for making kin with the world around her. Through performance and movement improvisation, her research questions how we embody relational empathy with the other/more-than-human-world. She is dedicated to interrogating her practice as it relates to settler colonialism and ongoing processes of extractive industry. She has performed in Europe and various venues in the United States, and is currently developing a body of research focused on grief and reverence for the glacial bodies of this earth. 

Christos Galanis has been exploring improv and movement for over twenty years, navigating the intersections of dance, nature, art, sexuality, race, gender, and community in both North American and Europe through his teaching, research, and art-making. He’s currently a PhD candidate in Cultural Geography at the University of Edinburgh, where his academic research praxis centres on both Native American and European Indigenous qualities of embodied, reciprocal relationship with Land/Spirit/Body through movement, ritual, and artistic practice. He is passionate and excited for exploring the potential for somatic/improv practices as tools for decolonizing relationships with Land/Spirit/Body.