Professional Development

Program Description


This professional development program is for anyone interested in decolonized ways to tend responsibly to the power of our roles as practitioners/space-holders and to the trauma we carry.


This program will be facilitated by Jamila Jackson whose research is rooted in the connections between horses and African-rooted community movement practices. Her work examines the potential of equine culture to teach us more deeply about connection, belonging, trauma-informed practice, and non-predatory leadership. Through working directly with horses, embodiments of spiritual and physical power, we will be engaging in relational inquiry around what it means to work responsibly with our own power, trauma, and creativity. Through integrating Authentic movement, poetry, and creative composition we will playfully, contemplatively, and lovingly engage our bodies in conversation to meet the horses where they are - in the realm of embodiment and presence. No dance or horse experience is required.


We will work both in a movement studio and at the farm, building safety and community with one another and learning and moving directly from the horses. We will:


  • focus on connection.

  • work with creative movement and embodiment as a way to become integrated, congruent, and connected

  • learn from the horses and the land about honoring feeling.

  • engage in creative composition as both a practice of play and a framework for listening to the stories of the unconscious that are wanting to express.

  • acknowledge the stories of our ancestors that live and move within us

  • bring awareness to the rhythms of nature that cycle us through dimensions of our own feelings, perception, and perspectives.

  • slow down, practice the pause, and experience peace through togetherness.


This program will take place over 13 weeks, about 3 lunar cycles. This will give us the time to move slowly, cyclically, and spaciously. We will cultivate real bonds with each other, the land and the horses. These relationships are what will create the safety for us be able to integrate, be seen, and see ourselves more clearly. The intention is that this will awaken expanded levels of congruence, impeccability, and alignment in our work as practitioners, creatives, space-holders, and leaders.


We will not be riding horses in this program. We will work on the ground. No horse experience is necessary. Safety will be our first priority.


Program dates, times, locations and price:


This 13 week program will run between August 20th and November 19th, 2022.

We will be working in the studio in Northampton, MA and at the farm in North Brookfield, MA.

Studio times and location:

Our studio time will be at Carole's Dance Studio, Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley St. Northampton, MA 01060.

We will meet as a full group two Saturdays a month beginning August 20th and ending on November 19th.

Our studio times will be: Saturdays from 4-6 pm on these dates:

August 20th, 4-6 pm

September 3rd, 4-6 pm

September 17th, 4-6 pm

October 1st, 4-6 pm

October 15th, 4-6 pm

November 5th, 4-6 pm

November 19th, 4-6 pm

Farm times and location:

Our live work with the horses will take place at Ohana Farm, North Brookfield, Massachusetts (Please type this exact thing into your GPS as it gives the accurate directions to the farm. The street address directs people to the wrong side of the farm where there is no entrance)

You will be invited to schedule 1 -2 times a month to meet with me in smaller groups of 2-3 people at Ohana Farm in North Brookfield to do the live work with the horses. These smaller meetings will have more flexibilty to work with peoples schedules and negotiate with weather and farm issues that may come up. I have availability for these meetings on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays.


Price:

Sliding Scale $900-$1500, payment plans are available. Space is limited.