Movement for the Movement

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Central Library
Van Deusen Room

Event Details

In order to transform our world, we need courageous leaders who are committed to resiliency
practices that support them in staying grounded while making lasting change. This workshop
will help participants rebalance their nervous system in order to downshift from the common
stress responses that come with being an organizational and community leader. This workshop
will help counter patterns of burn-out and stagnation by nurturing and cultivating compassion,
creativity, stamina, and resilience. In this integrative workshop, participants will experience
simple and accessible practices like systematic relaxation, somatic and creative movement, and
dialogue with fellow changemakers who share a commitment to effective, life-giving, and
transformative leadership.

Many of us spend much of our days being sedentary and we often get stuck in our heads as a
result. To counter this tendency, this workshop will facilitate joyful movement, which is the way
one’s body wants to move organically - let go of tension and stress, and reconnect to one’s own
needs, desires, and inner resources. The workshop will also include traditional African dance,
which occurs collectively, expressing the life of the community more than that of individuals. In
this way, when we engage with this sacred movement practice, with reverence, humility, and
respect for the roots of this tradition, we affirm community and counter the harmful myth of
individualism. It is possible to honor our unique gifts and individual creativity, while also
honoring that we are always part of a greater collective and community around us.

This workshop lives at the intersection of social change, community support, and internal
transformation. It is designed for new and emerging leaders, organizers, healers, wellness
practitioners, and activists ready to dive into the work of internal and external change. The
facilitators will strive to foster a space that is inclusive and supportive of all gender expressions,
sexual orientations, dis/abilities, racial identities, class backgrounds, and learning styles. No
prior movement experience necessary.

Facilitator Bios:
Kama Tai Mitchell ​ ​is a healer, mama, yogi, dancer, and doula. She co-founded Rootead, a
non-profit cultural and healing arts organization in Kalamazoo, MI where she currently holds
the position of Executive Director. She is a 500hour certified yoga teacher in the Para Yoga
tradition, and has completed numerous trainings with master teachers of the African Diasporic
culture. She also holds certifications in Zulu Birth Project (doula), reflexology, and massage. She
is a strong activist in the areas of birth justice, racial equity, and mental health awareness.
Kama was a Joint Regional Fellow with Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership in 2017. ​To
learn more about Kama’s work, please visit ​

Lillie Wolff ​is a politicized healer, facilitator, educator, organizer, and creative. Originally
trained as a dancer, she began practicing yoga and meditation in 2003 in order to heal and
befriend her body, mind, and spirit. Today she is a trauma-informed RYT500 yoga teacher with
10 years experience leading private and group practice. Lillie has also been engaged in the
social justice work for 14 years and is passionate about exploring the intersections of collective
healing and social change. She is an Organizer/Facilitator with Crossroads Antiracism and
served as a Co-Executive Director of ERACCE from 2014-2017. Lillie was a Joint Regional Fellow
with the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership in 2017. She earned a BA in Human
Development and Social Relations from Kalamazoo College in 2004. To learn more about Lillie’s
work, please visit ​

Event Type(s): ONEplace, ONEplace: Leadership
Age Group(s): adults
Ragan Savara

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