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Starr turn

May 21, 2015

Tags: Alta Starr, Gibney, somatics

I'm a fan & friend of Alta Starr, who I knew first as a funder of social justice projects. Her latest career is called Generative Somatics: "The mission of generative somatics is to grow a transformative social and environmental justice movement—one that integrates personal and social transformation, creates compelling alternatives to the status quo and embodies the creativity and life-affirming actions we need to forward systemic change."

That's a mouthful.

In a 90-minute workshop the other day at Gibney Dance, near City Hall, Alta made it much simpler: We stood & centered ourselves in every direction, & we learned to use our bodies to push towards, to radiate towards, whatever we most cared about: safety, poetry, yoga for politicians. Alta had just been part of a 5-day trauma-healing event in Ferguson.

I'm one of the many people who live in their mostly in their heads. This was an important (& physical) reminder that most of our thoughts, emotions, intentions come from our muscles, organs, nerves. I left energized & joyful.