From October – December 2020, RESURJ and The Coalition for Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies (CSBR) collaborated to bring together a Healing Circle for, with, by feminist leadersto explore the power and strength that can be derived from healing our bodies and spirits as a core part of our organizing continuum. We envisioned this 5-part workshop series as a joining of movements, minds and practices, aimed at unlearning self-care practices rooted in capitalism and sacrifice, through building and deepening collective knowledge of healing justice and care that can sustain cross-movement solidarity and community care.
We joined together from Brazil, Chile, Canada, Egypt, France, Indonesia, India, Malaysia, Mexico, Pakistan, Paraguay, Spain, Sri Lanka, Turkey, and the UK. Throughout the workshop, we created space to come together for grounding and reflection, sharing, celebration, ritual and festivities. These collective moments supported us to center pleasure and resiliency, as part of the core work of realizing safety, dignity and belonging. We also held respect for the environment at the heart of our encounter. We aimed to co-create the space to ensure we minimize our carbon footprint, while supporting and amplifying sustainable ecological practices and local economies.
We also helped us identify the manifestation of trauma & its impacts on the body, and develop tools to support healing at a personal level and in community. It helped us redefine our relationships to our bodies from a place of curiosity, pleasure, sexuality, self-love, empowerment and interconnection.
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