This course introduces an embodied approach to understanding and transforming entrenched patterns of relating to others based on inequitable social power dynamics. Grounded in current research, it offers a clear description of how oppression is experienced as a bodily ‘felt sense’ and identifies the mostly unconscious behaviors that perpetuate oppression. In particular, the course will address how embodied microaggressions contribute to the traumatic impact of oppression, how unexamined body norms can perpetuate body shame, and how privilege can be unconsciously embedded in everyday movements and postures.
Dr. Rae Johnson, Ph.D., RSMT, is a scholar/activist and registered somatic movement therapist who chairs the Somatic Studies in Depth Psychology doctoral program at Pacifica Graduate Institute. The author of several books, including Elemental Movement, Knowing in our Bones, and Embodied Social Justice, Rae teaches and trains internationally on embodied activism, somatic research methods, and the poetic body.