GROUNDWERK 8.2 // Grounding Exercises: Breath, Movement & Writing
// WED 23 SEP 6-7.30pm
// FREE & OPEN TO ALL
// ONLINE EVENT
What tools can we use to ground ourselves in times of uncertainty? With the term ‘crisis’ forming a repeat refrain in current events, how can we carve out space to acknowledge the toll this takes on mental health, find ways counter anxiety, and carve space out for personal wellbeing?
In this workshop, led by artist and embodied social justice practitioner Lateisha Lovelace-Hanson, we will explore rituals for reconnecting with our physical-spiritual bodies. We will use breathing, movement and writing to develop a sense of grounding, expansion and pleasure. Join us in examining what healing, self-connection and interdependent liberation can look like in times of instability and uprising. Please bring water, a notebook and pens, and any objects of personal meaning / sacredness.
This workshop is free to attend and open to all but booking is necessary, as spaces are limited. For this online session, we will be using video calling platform Zoom. It is possible to take part with or without setting up an account, and we will send instructions for joining ahead of the day. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for access needs / requirements.
Groundwerk is a monthly series of free practical workshops for artists and creatives wishing to gain the skills to support their practice. This workshop is one of a series of sessions Lateisha has developed, titled To The Ritual Knowledge Of Remembering. This workshop is supported by Arts Council England.
// ABOUT LATEISHA DAVINE LOVELACE-HANSON
Lateisha is a multi-disciplinary artist: performer, writer, theatre-maker, community healer, embodied social justice facilitator and educator. Lateisha draws upon the interconnectivity of her Afro-Diasporic ancestral spirituality, queerness and nature connection to create collective healing spaces towards liberation. For folks to restore agency and help build transformative pathways to self, each other and the land. Nurturing agency and imagination for envisioning future(s) free of oppression.
As a facilitator Lateisha has led creative community healing workshops with Healing Justice LDN – Black Healing Circle, MiseryMeets QTBPOC healing space, Ma Bra?(Feel Well)/Studio Voltaire. They are also a core artist facilitator with Camden Art Centre, leading the year long Youth Collective – an alternative art education programme for 15-25 yr olds.
Currently working on their project HIT THE GROUND (HTG)– working towards ‘S/He Breathe/S’ – afro futurist storytelling fusing dance, video and sound, set to change the course of our polluted colonised world with Camden Peoples Theatre. With HTG Lateisha also lead a 3 day immersive artist retreat called ‘To The Ritual Knowledge of Remembering’ with Live Art Development Agency and ]performance s p a c e[ exploring the body, memory and land.
Lateisha has collaborated with musicians Sampa The Great and Tapp Collective and artists collective The Queer House. She has performed her poetry with activist group Wretched of The Earth as well as festivals Green Man Festival and Roundhouse Poetry Slam.
To The Ritual Knowledge of Remembering artist retreat. Photographs Sara Lima.
Camden Art Centre Family Workshop. Image courtesy of the artist.
Shrinking Space. Image courtesy of the artist.