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With the healing energy of the garden, the New Moon, California Native plants and music, join us for an afternoon movement meditation journey guided by Joy.
We will move our bodies and breath to dance, connect, ground, release and receive divine guidance that will support us to tune into the magic of the present. You will be guided through a movement and stillness meditation throughout the garden with an integration of California native plant wisdom to support you to align with the potentiality of pure presence. A practice of presence allows us; to be open to receive, to move forward, to support the release of stuck emotions of the past or future and will create more space to dream up infinite possibilities beyond limiting beliefs!
We will create choreographies of presence using California Native plants, our senses, observation, deep listening, movement, breath and stillness to ground, connect and release to create more space for clarity, balance and harmony. Together, we will activate our New Year/New Moon intentions to bring healing to the land and each other.
All participants will receive a bundle of California Native plants to take home with you to use in your meditation practice.
This workshop series will be taking place at the El Sereno Community Garden:
What participants can expect: this is for all bodies, movement is improvisational and at your own pace. No experience with meditation or dance is necessary to attend this workshop. All are welcome. You are welcome to bring a yoga mat or blanket for sitting.
COVID safety and guidelines: out of concern for community safety we will be requiring masks at all of our in-person outdoor programs.
Accessibility note: The garden entrance is wheelchair accessible. At this time there is no ADA toilet but the garden is working to install one.
Joy Angela Anderson (Alegria) is a curator, movement/yoga/meditation facilitator and artist/educator from East L.A. She integrates dance, yoga, somatics and plant medicines as a healing, creative, meditative and regenerative practice for mental health and wellness.
As a Chicana, native of East L.A., Chicanx art and culture informed her social and political consciousness. Her background in arts, culture, performance and activism lead her to receive a BA in “World Arts and Cultures” from UCLA School of Arts and Architecture and a Master’s degree in “Art/Curatorial Practices in the Public Sphere” from USC Roski School of Fine Arts in 2011. After a career as a museum-gallery educator and public programs coordinator, working at several Los Angeles Contemporary art museums and artist/activist-run spaces, Joy’s devotion to healing arts and dance for mental health, lead her to work independently as a curator, dance/movement facilitator, yoga teacher, raw vegan artisan-chef and entrepreneur.
It was especially through Yoga Teacher Training and dance performances with Critical Mass Dance Company, WXPT and HomeLA, that Joy recognized and remembered the value of movement and meditation as transformative healing practices. Along this journey, Joy has offered classes at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), Human Resources Gallery, People’s Yoga, The Boyle Heights Conservatory, The Healing Center of Immanuel Presbyterian Church, Plummer Park Senior programs, Indigo Yoga, Self Help Graphics and Pieter Performance Space. She is currently working on her DIYPhd through the School for the Ecocene.
Joy is grateful for the opportunity to offer healing arts practices in collaboration to co-create sacred and supportive space and as a practice towards de-colonization in mental health through connections to the divine wisdom of ancestral, indigenous and nature based healing.