Bookings are closed for this event.
This movement-based performance laboratory begins with techniques to prepare the full body (body as physical, emotional, psychological) to then allow for creative exploration and discovery of; how do we emerge from the underground, the sacred darkness, the fertile void of the winter and maybe even (these past two years)? Come ready to play in comfortable clothes, shoes, bring your own water and snacks, sunscreen and a hat if needed for sun protection.
This collaboratively led practice is a safe space that is feminist and anti-racist open to all bodies and levels of experience.
This workshop series will be taking place at the El Sereno Community Garden. The wheelchair accessible entrance is located at:
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 guidelines: for the safety of those of us at higher risk, we will be requiring face masks at all our in-person outdoor programming.
Accessibility note: All entrances are wheelchair accessible and there is an ADA accessible toilet. If you have any questions or access needs, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Jenny Garcia is a Licensed Acupuncturist, a Healing Justice organizer, and a student of Somatics. She loves to dance and trained samba for many years. Her facilitation emphasizes building embodied awareness, connection, supporting imagination, play and healing in community.
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.