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Vermont: TACT March 22-24, 2019

TACT is a three part cumulative ritual-learning container endeavoring to bring trauma-awareness & an anti-oppression framework into the skills of working with, and spectrumed analysis about, conflict.

Collective liberation necessitates that we hold conflict transformation as a worthy choice, and one which requires sitting with discomfort, befriending shadow, unspelling apathy toward justice & amends, and healing the wounds which divide.

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This course is for you if:
*You agree that we are in a perfect storm of global crises from political to ecological, and that the ability to move with agility into and through our personal and group conflicts is vital.
*You want to be part of emergent learning, culture shaping, and transforming painful conflict into collective resilience.
*You've been afraid of or harmed by conflict in the past, are currently in conflict, or are helping others with their conflicts.
Internalized oppression, abuse or other trauma history influence the way many people think about and engage with conflict. This course aims to apply an anti-oppression and trauma-aware approach to working with conflict. Current understandings about trauma explain how it lives in the body and impacts survivors in a multitude of ways which often show up in conflict processes, but which aren't always understood.
Oppression can distort and constrain mutual subjectivity and prohibit willingness to face challenging things. Learning more about both of these common experiences helps conflict workers, and all parties connected through conflict to cultivate empathy and responsiveness in our interactions and processes.
This course is for you if you want exposure to basic skills, strategies, templates and questions for approaching conflict in ways which don't reproduce common dead-ends and pitfalls.
And if you want to understand more about power dynamics: power-over, under, and within and be able to articulate how power is moving, or not, in conflict scenarios.
For those of us dedicated to collective liberation and regenerative culture creation, it is imperative that we come to the work with a willingness to take chances and grow. That means getting comfortable with the discomfort, complexity and messiness involved in conflict work. Ongoing patterns of conflict avoidance, and under-skilling create more schisms in our groups and networks precisely when we need more connection and strategy.
This course is for you if you want life-time access to a curated learning platform rich with perspectives and pathways.
And if you believe in authentic accountability, the possibility for redemption, and yearn for conflict work to be seen, valued, and potent.

How do we work with the shadow in the room-these parts of ourselves that are neglected, repressed or denied? How do we work with the group's shadow? Unaddressed and untransformed conflict creates toxicity in the social body.
How do we work with what is present with care, boundaries, creativity, courage and vulnerability? How can we as change-makers in all our ways stop enacting lateral aggression, perpetuating trauma spirals ,and rendering our groups and organizations torn, broken, eroded?
This course is for you if you need a boost, some language, some connections, or a foothold on approaching conflict with more confidence.
You are invited to join me in this exploration of some practical understandings about conflict, and some of the enduring questions we face. I bring a container for the work, framing to explore the content, and some approaches, skills, and questions born of my own experiences as an experienced and dedicated conflict-facilitator. Your thoughts, tools, experiences, and questions are welcomed into this cauldron of collective wisdom.
This is a three part cumulative course:
Part 1:

  • Your Personal Conflict Style and Core Fears About Conflict: Know Thyself including Thy Shadow

  • Philosophy & Approach: Introduction to Restorative and Transformative Justice

  • Strategy and Tactics: Plan: Anticipate, Contain, Transform

  • Oppression & Conflict: Social Injury from Abuse of Power and How Capitalism drives our Conflicts

  • Overview of Trauma: What is happening in the body during a trauma response? What might it look/sound/feel like when it is happening in oneself, in another? Where do we see it show up in conflict/work? How do, and could we, respond? What are the Top Down and Bottom Up choices for PTSI responses based on the current understandings and theories about complex trauma, developmental, and ancestral traumas. 
    Trauma & Conflict: Spiritual Injury and the Village-Making power to repair rupture

TACT Holistic First Aid and Metaskills for Everyday Use: Packing your Go-Bag

Part 2:

  • What are Neuro-Diversity/Divergence/Typicality and How come they matter?: The Brain-bow

  • Attachment Theory and Crafting Appropriate Security: To What do we Belong? How do we Know? What wounds are not of this life yet are in my life? From where do I come? How does my disconnect from place show up in my conflict?

  • Understanding Abandonment & Disposability: Roots and Seeds 

  • Forms of Power: Theoretical and Embodied examinations for Deeper Clarity about assessment of power dynamics, how they flow, and how they show up in conflict narratives and actions

  • Abuse as Irreparable Harm, Power Over and Power Under/Internalized Powerlessness : Grief and Rage

  • Calling Out/Calling In: Discernment, Regulation, Response-ability

Rejecting Shame, Control & Punishment Culture for Emergent Authentic Accountability: "Own, Apologize, Repair"

Part 3:

  • Meta Skills Deeper Dive

  • Complex Conflict: Mapping the Terrain:: Using layers of maps to create an understanding of the influences, timeline, power-flows, and more of any given conflict, in order to design an approach and a strategy for repair and amends. What happens when there are multiple marginalized identities involved? How do we intervene in historical patterns of serial/predatory abuse without reproducing the State? How could I differentiate between my unearned power from the system of privilege and a personal moment of disempowerment? And so much more.

  • Calling a Council: Contemplating Complexity with Intuition through Thoughtful Inquiry

  • Creating a local TACT Collective and forming the Webway: Why, How, What, When?

    Special thanks to Karen Hixson and to Lydia Bartholow who have both influenced my understanding of trauma as it could pertain to conflict, and who have both helped me in different and important ways.

    About me:
    I am an experienced conflict mediator and facilitator and process designer. I have worked with intentional communities, radical political organizing groups, spiritual and magical communities, non-profits, and many individuals. As a queer femme witch, I bring all my skills to the work. I do not have all the answers, and, I have a solid grasp on what hasn't been working, and what might work better. I have attended numerous and varied trainings and have learned the most from having "sat in the fire" of being in conflict myself. I thank all the ones who have taught me and fought with me.