Irresistible (fka Healing Justice Podcast)

34 Trauma, Healing, & Collective Power with generative somatics (Spenta Kandawalla, adrienne maree brown, Prentis Hemphill, & Staci K. Haines)

July 5, 2018

This week, we’re listening in as a brilliant crew from generative somatics has a powerful conversation about trauma, oppression, healing and organizing for structural change. They dig into the connections between personal, collective and structural transformation, and between healing and building collective power. They also explore the term Healing Justice and ask: what does embodied healing have to do with creating liberation?

For this week’s practice, we recommend you dive back into the Healing Justice Podcast archives and listen to Practice 12: Somatic Centering with Sumitra Rajkumar. Sumitra is also part of the teaching body for generative somatics, and the practice she shares is one of the core practices in gs methodology.


Will you let us know what you’ve loved, what you want more of, how you’ve used the practices, and how you want to show up in this community? As we head into a summer break for discernment and planning, we want to shape season 2 based on your input! Click here to take the survey and let us know your thoughts:





adrienne maree brown is the author of Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds and the co-editor of Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction from Social Justice Movements. She is a writer, social justice facilitator, pleasure activist, healer and doula living in Detroit. She is on the teaching bodies of generative somatics and Black Organizing for Leadership and Dignity. adrienne can also be heard on episode 10 of Healing Justice Podcast.

Prentis Hemphill is a healer, Somatics practitioner, teacher, writer and organizer who works at the intersections of healing and justice. As the former Healing Justice Director at Black Lives Matter, Prentis committed to supporting and nurturing the brilliant strategies of organizers and healers to address trauma, move through conflict and center wholeness in the BLM network and in the broader movement for Black freedom and liberation. Prentis can also be heard on episode 13 of Healing Justice Podcast.

Spenta Kandawalla is a co-founder of generative somatics (gs).  She is an auntie, acupuncturist and herbalist, generative somatics teacher, and member of the Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC). Over the past 13 years, Spenta has been studying, teaching, and growing generative somatics work for organizers, movement builders and healers across the country.

Staci K. Haines is a co-founder and the Executive Director of generative somatics, where she integrates trauma and healing and a systemic analysis of power. Staci is also a founder of generationFIVE, which has the mission to end the sexual abuse of children within 5 generations, and  is the author of Healing Sex: A Mind Body Approach to Healing Sexual Trauma (Cleis 1999, 2007).


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Producer: Janvieve Williams Comrie
Music: Oakland-based collective Mass Bass
Mixing by Zach Meyer at the COALROOM
Intro and Closing music gifted by Danny O’Brien
Coordination & communications by Danielle Feris

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