September Somatic Practice Circles
These weekly somatic practice circles look at rewiring our brain through movement practices, connecting to plant wisdom, and uncovering ancestral and animist ways of resourcing which are always present within our individual, collective, and historical bodies. These circles are an emergent process of inquiry into our personal and collective ways of being in the world in an effort to decolonise our pan-activist culture-building praxis.
ginhawa is a Bisaya word that points us to the breath of life and reminds us of our aliveness. Even in the worst of times, how we breathe is an indication of our physical, emotional, cognitive, social, spiritual, and collective health. By engaging with an integrated self, we are building and enlivening our embodied knowledge to identify creative solutions to our problems, see the world differently, and meet our decolonised selves.
Working with Nawa has transformed our organisation’s culture, and ways of working. Since our launch, Nawa has provided ongoing somatic support for individual team members, held spaces for our entire team, and worked with both our directors together to work through organisational challenges.
This support has enabled us to challenge dominant cultural issues such as urgency, power hoarding, defensiveness, interpersonal conflict and excessive workloads, and has supported us toward calm and thoughtful decision making, creative brainstorming and strategising, noticing and preventing burnout and the creation of personalised working practices that meet individual team members’ needs.
Nawa takes an intersectional approach that has made every team member feel safe and understood, with antiracism, disability justice and queerness central to their practice.
Somatic client, May 2023
Mondays at 11AM AEST
Nawa (they/them/siya) is a multi-disciplinary healing practitioner of herbalism, somatics, hilot (Traditional Filipinx Medicine), divination and the death doula arts. Nawa is curious about integrating our individual and collective bodies as one of the ways in which we can transform the impacts of historical and inter-generational trauma due to white supremacy and colonialism.
Nawa is also joyous at the beach with their dogs, practicing martial arts, gardening at home, & spending time with friends.
We will be learning to:
dwell in place
integrate the natural cycles of the season
regulate our nervous system
embody ecosystemic perspectives
utilise ancestral medicine
practice kapwa kinship with human n non-human beings