Tag Archive | Body

Madeleine: Health and the Body in Maine

First of all, the blog documenting the interview project I talked about in my last post is now live (http://www.justiceinthebody.com/blog/). We’ll be adding many more in the next week or so, so stay tuned!
Other exciting news- I am now helping Justice in the Body launch the Community Healing Fund (CHF). The fund will support community-driven, trauma-sensitive healing projects, classes, and trainings. The idea is for projects to bridge mind-body wellness with trauma and justice informed strategies, as well as be accessible financially and linguistically to underserved populations such as the deaf, immigrants, and refugees.
Two projects currently in the works are trauma- sensitive yoga classes for survivors of torture and women recovering from sexual assault. To help make the yoga class for survivors of torture happen, I am collaborating with the yoga instructor, Maria, and City of Portland Refugee Services where I interned for my FWT last year. Other potential future projects include individual practitioner/ teacher scholarship support for mind-body trainings and Portland yoga teacher training for community members of marginalized populations. Ideally this fund will make different approaches to healing trauma both community based and more widely accessible. The first of what will become monthly community dinners will be happening on February 15 to fundraiser for the CHF. Emma Raine and I are helping to organize the event and the dinner will be a nice culmination to our FWTs.

Madeleine: Justice and the Body

I’m Madeleine and currently a sophomore studying anthropology and psychology. For FWT I am interning at a year-old grassroots organization called Justice in the Body (JITB) in Portland, Maine. The organization aims to make accessible both alternative healthcare and healing practices, as well as wellness workshops to anyone regardless of income or insurance. Some of the services offered by Justice in the Body include: Somatic Experiencing for healing trauma, an apothecary, restorative yoga, yoga for the queer body, messages, and herbalism classes. Besides accessible wellness and healing services, social justice is also an important element of the organization. JITB believes that social change can not only be addressed externally, but just as importantly can also take place internally within the body and the mind. Talks that have do with mind-body-justice are held weekly. This week’s, which I am excited to attend, is a workshop on interrupting racism.

Another Bennington student who is also interning at JITB, Emma Maasch, and I are currently working on a multimedia project to launch a blog around the question of what justice in the body means to different people. This past week we have been conducting interviews with various people asking them what justice in their body means to them and what it would feel/ look like if they had total justice in their bodies. What we mean by the latter question is if a person were free of external influences (culture, socialization, oppression, family expectations, friends expectations/ demands, etc.) that may or may not cause us to act and present ourselves in a manner which is true to who we are, what does that person think that would feel/ look like for them.
When the blog is up and active I will include the link in an entry, but in the mean time check out their website: justiceinthebody.com.