I enjoy making group workshops which utilise somatics, movement, writing and creative practices. If you’re interested in any of these workshops, or developing one together please reach out!
March 1 2022: Somatic Tools for Gender Dysphoria
In this live session (open to transgender, intersex, non-binary and two spirit people) as apart of the CCA Glasgow's In Our Hands workshop series, we'll be sharing experiences and tools to gently understand the nebulous thing that gets called gender dysphoria. Moving away from the medical diagnosis that gatekeeps towards an understanding in the body, the session would like to question if it's possible to untangle the social phenomena and individual felt sense to ideally move towards moments of healing and a greater sense of freedom. In the session we will be working with somatic practices, group conversation and connecting to trans ancestors and lineages.
February 2020: Dysphoric Feelings/Euphoric Bodies
“In this experiential audio workshop Clay (They/Them) and Rusti (She/They), friends and somatic bodyworkers, use their own bodies and experiences as a form of collaborative research, attempting to understand this thing called Dysphoria. This inquiry began when Clay was unable to find resources on this topic and invited Rusti to explore dysphoria somatically together, both from the perspective of being trans and experiencing dysphoria themselves and working with trans and gender variant clients in their respective practices.
Starting from embodied research, they asked themselves questions such as, "How would you describe or give language to what happens in your body/mind when you experience gender dysphoria?”, and “Is it always useful and strategic to be embodied when you’re experiencing dysphoria?”
In exploring the ways that dysphoria is both a social phenomenon and an individualized felt sense that differs for different bodies, a tool kit of body practices emerged to begin to unravel the boundaries and fault lines of gender dysphoria’s tangled relationship between self and other. Clay and Rusti found themselves in a messy cosmos outside of pathologization, where the body’s knowledge innately holds physicality, politics, autonomy and ancestors.”
Listen to the workshop here
April 2019: Time Travelling – Moving Bodies as Writing Bodies
“Workshop with Clay AD (artist, bodyworker) and Isabel Gatzke (dramaturg).
Starting from somatic practices and science fiction narratives, we're facilitating a workshop to explore the subversive potential of writing and moving bodies as a political tool of resistance.
These two days are a space for time travelling & Organ Switch Meditations, for weaving relations and entanglements and for writing as a movement and the other way around: How can we imagine futures that are built by and for our bodies? How can the moving as a writing body as a possibility become a bridge between present, past and future? We would like to share these questions and practices with you within the framework of a workshop because we want to find out how the sharing of knowledge, thoughts and narratives can be an important tool to deal within the circumstances of late capitalism and ever shifting precarious states."
Read more about the workshop here