Daily Practices of Justice: Collective and Self Care to Prevent Burnout

Date: March 27, 2015
Start Time: 11:00 am
End Time: 1:00 pm
Location: Santa Monica College, HSS 263
Address: 1900 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90405
Where: Santa Monica, CA
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WAM!LA and the Yoga and Body Image Coalition are proud to sponsor Jacoby Ballard for this free, open-to-all workshop!

How can we deeply address in the world’s heartbreaks in a way that we can sustain for the long haul? What do self-care practices have to do with social justice? Why do some potent organizers burn out, sell out, or turn to careers in healing arts, and what insight can we gain to ensure the future of social justice? This is a workshop informed by legacies of social change work as well as the healing and spiritual practices that have sustained our most potent justice movements.

In our work to address and transform violence in the world that is perpetuated in both micro and macro ways, we can burn ourselves out if we do not engage daily practices that sustain this work. Building upon the work of black feminists, U.S. healing justice work in the U.S., and the ancient tools of yoga and meditation, this workshop will engage participants about their daily practices that sustain them in changemaking, and harness insight and wisdom available in the room, through activities, discussion, and reflection. This is a workshop to consider one’s skills, resources, knowledge, fears, and heartbreaks as information as to which way to head, and how to do so with kindness, clarity, and integrity.

Jacoby Ballard E-RYT 500 became both a yoga teacher and a community organizer in college 15 years ago, and has continued passionately on both the paths of heart-opening and social change. He has been engaged in solidarity work, environmental justice, anti-racism, anti-war, trauma work, queer justice, and found a way to connect all of his interests, skills, and passions through building transformative organizations that model the change he wants to see more broadly. He currently is the National Program Director for TREE, the Third Root Education Exchange, conducting anti-oppression trainings for yoga teachers, is Faculty for Off the Mat, Into the World, and is on the Advisory Board of the Yoga Service Council. He is invested in contributing to others finding their purpose and living a deliberate and responsible life.