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There is a powerful historical relationship between our disconnection from the natural world and systems of human oppression. By grounding our social justice work in connection with nature, and our nature connection work in social justice, we gain access to new tools and strategies to bring healing and justice to all wounded places--our psyches, our human communities, and our ecosystems.
Join Pinar Ates Sinopoulos-Lloyd and Darcy Ottey of Youth Passageways’ Cross-Cultural Protocols Working Group for an experiential, body-based, trauma-informed workshop. Together, we will build an ecological understanding of power, privilege, and oppression, and explore our own niche within these contemporary structural dynamics.
We will explore power and privilege through the eyes of nature, gaining naturalist skills in awareness, observation, and tracking, and applying them to our social world. The skills and insights gained through our time together will further prepare you to show up with the community you serve, by providing new tools for working with trauma, addressing barriers to inclusivity embedded within your program or organization, and interrupting harmful behaviors.
The intention for our time is to build a community of practice from the region, who can continue to strengthen the intersection of nature connection and social justice work beyond our weekend together.
We will cover:
- A map of social positions
- Giving environmental educators a systems view of power and privilege
- Widening awareness
- Identifying our impact on the world
- Building a community beyond this day
Meet your Instructors
Pınar has always been allured by how the natural world mirrors one’s internal landscape and the intersections they carry. Enchanted by the liminal, Pınar is a genderfluid QTPOC (Queer/Trans Person of Color) with their mother’s side native to the Americas and father’s side from Turkey which is where they grew up. Their self-designed studies include a B.A. in “Somatic & Depth Ecopsychology” from Prescott College, graduating from the Wilderness Awareness School’s Anake Outdoor School and Wildlife Tracking Intensive as well as other immersive studies at School of Lost Borders, Animas Valley Institute, Naropa University, and Esalen Institute. Pınar is the co-founder of Queer Nature, a collaborative vision with their spouse, So, to cultivate an earth-based queer community rooted in decolonial and queer rites of passage.
Since her wilderness-based coming of age experience through Rite of Passage Journeys at age 13, Darcy Ottey has been dedicated to creating intentional rite of passage experiences to help young people mature into healthy, capable adults. As an initiated European-American woman (British/Ukrainian descent), she is particularly interested in how rites of passage can help develop both the individual capacities and the cultural will necessary to dismantle structures of oppression, as well as the role inheritors of race-based privilege can have in interrupting cycles of oppression those structures cause, helping to allow for the creation of truly thriving communities. Currently Stewarship Council Chair for Youth Passageways, Darcy has worked with a variety of youth-serving organizations as both rite of passage practitioner and administrator. She holds an M.A. in Environment and Community from Antioch University Seattle.