Empowering Activism – Healing into Resilience

We are mourning For the victims of the train crash, the loss of our freedom and rights, the privatization of water, the degradation of our degrees and the arts in general. For these and many other reasons imposed on us by the government and the capitalist system.
However, there is one good fact in all this: people understand the need for change and are raising their voices to demand a life of dignity. But fighting for our rights and a better life is very demanding and takes a lot of stamina and consistency. There we need to see how we will keep our stamina, we will not collapse from fatigue, instead we will continue to be dynamic.

This is why we invite you to our workshop on Empowering Activism and Resilience Therapy. We will share experiences and difficulties we face as well as the strengths and hopes that unite us. We will explore ways and therapeutic tools to enable us to maintain our strength and motivation so that we can continue the struggle with endurance and stamina. We will also look at ways to minimize the negative effects and take care of the trauma of all this.

This seminar is inspired by Social Psychology, specific methods of Somatic Psychotherapy and therapeutic techniques of expressive arts. We will create with our bodies, emotions and imagination a space of empowerment in which we can feel free to express and share in depth. Something very basic is that we will work on building a framework of psychological safety wherever we are. We will also look at practical ways to take care of ourselves and renew ourselves after a difficult situation such as a shock or trauma during our action. Within the seminar programme we will provide psychological first aid kits for on-site interventions.

The seminar will take place on the weekend of 22/23 April at the Self-managed theatre “Forward“.

Hours:
Saturday 10:00-18:00 and Sunday 10:00-15:00.
Participation is by free contribution.
Let’s bring comfortable clothes and maybe some food to share together.

Coordinators:
Valeria Koudoumogiannaki is a psychologist, with a Master’s degree in positive psychology, who works with expressive arts and alternative ways of healing. Like reiki and mindfulness. He has personal experience in activism and groups. For years she has been coordinating women’s circles and other ways of empowerment, creation, solidarity and unity for all genders. One of its main goals is to support people to create a world free of patriarchy and capitalism. So that together we can build a world based on collectivity and cooperation between people and especially with nature, in order to flourish as a whole.

Felix Metzger is an artist and activist from Germany, who holds a Master’s degree in Sociology from the University of Freiburg. Since 2017 he lives in Athens and later became co-founder of The Beehive Community which provides experiential tools for self-awareness, better communication and connection between people and groups. The big goal of the Beehive community is to help strengthen the movement (which can be environmental or gender issues, anti-capitalist, anti-racist, anti-fascist, anti-species) and especially the people involved in it to build resilience. so they can continue their commitment.

Participation is limited, book by email (felix.metzger@gmx.net) or by phone (6972344249/6955567701)