Announcing … our first ever Tu b’Av Festival!
Building on the theme of Self-Love & Liberation, the key questions guiding this year’s online festival are: How do we experience Judaism through our bodies? And how is our experience of Judaism affected by the bodies we’re in?
LOTS more details to come!
Registration opens July 20.
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Interested in being a sponsor? Want to teach a workshop or embodied practice session? Get in touch! Email festival (at) mitsuicollective.org
We are so excited to have the following confirmed teachers and presenters joining us to lead sessions & workshops ranging from racial identity and somatic experience to body liberation and body positivity; wilderness therapy, somatic awareness & Jewish spiritual practice to reclaiming & re-envisioning masculinity … and so much more!
April Baskin — Joyous Justice
Catherine Bell — Catherine Bell Consulting
Dor & Ophir Haberer — Embodied Brotherhood Facilitators
Jory Hanselman — BaMidbar Wilderness Therapy
Samia Mansour — jHUB Cleveland
Samantha Vinokur-Meinrath — @akiva Adolescent Initiative at Jewish Education Center of Cleveland
Sara Kupfer — Fit Jewess
Talia Cooper — Talia Cooper Coaching
Zack Finer — ApeCo Movement School
Plus! The one and only Molly Wernick (Camp Nai Nai Nai, Camp Galil) as our Virtual Campfire MC!
Stay tuned — we’ve got more teachers on the way!
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Here’s what else we’ve got to share so far:
Mitsui Collective’s Tu b’Av Self-Love & Liberation Festival is a pilot program centered around a multi-stage platform for live experiences, learning, and tool-sharing centered around love and care of self and cultivating personal resiliency as a justice-oriented spiritual practice. We’ll have a full slate of embodied Jewish movement and mindfulness sessions, workshops, roundtable discussions, and community building beginning the morning of August 5 and continuing throughout the day, culminating in a fun evening of song and celebration.
The festival is intended to fill a much needed opportunity to nourish individuals across the spectrum of Jewish life and particularly those who have been on a myriad of frontlines working for justice. Simultaneously, this program is intended to center voices long marginalized in Jewish life and particularly in areas of embodied practice and self-care, and to catalyze important conversations that will guide more equitable and anti-racist approaches to this work as it continues to evolve.
Some of our goals:
- Gather virtually from far-reaching locations for immersive experience of nourishing Jewish movement, learning, and large-scale community building;
- Strengthen and expand your toolkit for self-care and self-understanding;
- Identify & highlight embodied Jewish practitioners & orgs interested in investing in and helping grow the space particular through lens of anti-racist and anti-oppression frameworks;
- Center marginalized voices in inclusion of presenters and teaching materials / resources, particularly those of Jews of Color and Queer / LGBTQ identified orgs and practitioners;
- Catalyze conversation on Judaism & Jewish approaches to self-care, self-love in areas including (but not limited to):
- Healthy and nutritious movement
- Racial identity & experience
- Queer / LGBTQ identity & experience
- Health at every size / body positivity
- Nature connection and accessibility
- Self-care, self-preservation, and self-indulgence — interrogating the distinctions and subsequent roles of each in our spiritual and justice-oriented work;
Is this right up your alley? Want to be involved? Get in touch!! festival (at) mitsuicollective.org