Join Sharon Arnold and Vanessa Ainslie during this 4 part series on ancestral reconnection and healing, decolonizing, and unsettling settler colonialism. In this class we will explore how we’ve become severed from our lineages, how to acknowledge and hold space for who our ancestors were, how the trauma of loss shows up in the body, and how to reconnect to our ancestors through introductions, good practices, and building right relationships.
We are approaching this work from the framework and context of (white) European heritage, but as we attempt to hold space for the breadth and complexity of lived experiences and lineages, all are welcome to join us in this restorative work.
In this class we’ll cover the following:
The difference between DNA vs culture
Who our ancestors were before & after colonialism
Pain of assimilation and loss of traditions and language
How white supremacy adversely impacts us all
How we hold this in our body
Building resiliency through compassionate self-examination and self-care practices
How to be in right relationship with the ancestors
Accountability and restorative actions
Each 2 hour class will include a short grounding exercise, lecture and experiential components to help integrate the material viscerally. During our 4th and final class, we will offer an ancestral connection and healing ritual.
all 4 classes for a total of 8 hours of class time
Access to online teaching platform with all class notes and class recordings
We believe this work is important and should be accessible to all. Sliding scale is available with priority given, in order, to BIPOC, those who have limited ability/disabilities, those who are chronically ill and/or those who are living at or below the poverty line.
Sharon Arnold (she/they) Sharon is a queer independent scholar, writer, and diviner working in arts, activism, and education. Their areas of interest are in philosophy, divination, and connecting to a meaningful ancestral practice in reciprocity and right relationship with the land. Descended from multiple Northern European-American lineages, they identify themselves as a cunning/traditional craftsperson working within syncretic American folk traditions, primarily rooted in the study of Irish and Germanic traditions and folklore.
Vanessa Ainslie (she/her), LMT, CLC, CST, AWC Owner and founder of Madrona House Apothecary, Vanessa is a healing arts practitioner and educator striving to create an inclusive community based healing arts center. She brings 13 years of practice and offers Trauma Informed Bodywork, Energetic Healing, and Personal Ritual. Her practice is rooted in reconnecting to the pre-abrahamic land-based practices of her ancestors in right relationship with the Spirit of this land. Vanessa is a 4th generation immigrant from Greece, both Sephardic Jew (from the Middle East and Mediterranean areas ) and Ashkenazi Jew (from Poland, Russia, Hungary, and Lithuania), German, Blackfoot, and Cherokee."
This class will be held at Madrona House Apothecary + Healing Arts
1423 34th ave unit c seattle wa 98122
Look for the red cow restaurant and take the concrete stairs to the immediate left. Come up the wood porch to the right and through glass door that says Unit C! Street parking is abundant in the neighborhood.
Accessibility Info: We have an up sloping driveway with 5 concrete stairs that lead to a wood porch with 3 more stairs.
Due to the nature of being an Apothecary we are not a scent free environment. We do, however, strive to keep our space free of any synthetic fragrances and APPRECIATE YOUR ABSTAINING FROM WEARING ANY SCENTED BODY PRODUCTS.
*Please note: Due to the increasing demand for our events registrations are non-refundable and are non-transferable to another event.
Studio doors lock promptly at the start of all events to protect the privacy + belongings of students, as well as to promote sanctity of space once an event has started.