Water in the Desert: Brilliance Remastered Summer Intensives 2017
Begin: Seven Possible Futures for the Black Feminist Artist: Weds and Thurs June 21st and 22nd 3-6pm Eastern
In apocalyptic times all futurists are artists. This is for those of us creating despite everything. Whether you are a self-identified “artist” or a self identified “black feminist” or a person identifying as some other creative force, some other version of black love you are welcome. Based on Alexis Pauline Gumbs’s piece “7 Possible Futures” in the most recent issue of Obsidian ( which is an excerpt from her forthcoming book M Archive: After the End of the World), this is a space for us to activate a creative approach to our futures. To face the apocalypse capitalism has created with exactly the tools capitalism can’t value. This online intensive will use meditation, individual and collective art-making and a plethora of black feminist references (especially to Jacqui Alexander’s Pedagogies of Crossing) to offer insight and energy towards your creative future. The course is limited to 7 participants.
Reserve your spot with your $50 deposit towards the sliding scale ($150-250) fee here, and email email@example.com with your intentions for the course by June 18th.
Becoming Turquoise: Intergenerational Accountability Mon and Tues July 24 & 25 3-6pm Eastern
This intensive is designed for those of us who are ready to deepen the practice of dedicated art-making, intellectual work, activist work and community building. Who is your work dedicated to? If your work is accountable to multiple generations, how do you generate practice, measures and resources that sustain that work in the moment? Based on “Xuihatl: Becoming Turquoise” a poem by Alexis Pauline Gumbs in Imaniman (a recent anthology of poetry in honor of Gloria Anzaldua), this online intensive is for old souls and young elders whose work would not be imaginable without deep relationships of longing and accountability to the very old and the very young, the dead and the not yet born. We will use individual and collective poetry, stone and crystal work and meditation and conversation to deepen and resource our intergenerational work. The course is limited to 9 participants.
Reserve your spot with your $50 deposit towards the sliding scale ($150-250) fee here, and email firstname.lastname@example.org with your intentions for the course by July 18th.
When Wind and Water Got You: Place, Purpose, Past and Presence: Weds and Thurs August 23 & 24th 3-6pm Eastern
This intensive is for those us listening for place. Are you listening for signs to guide you as you decide the place you want to live? Are you listening for guidance on your place in our intersecting movements? Are you seeking more creative and spiritual technologies to use as you listen to the place you love, the place you live, the place that you are from? Drawing on a forthcoming experimental map and series of vignettes by Alexis Pauline Gumbs in issue 23 of Ecotone Magazine (the vignettes are excerpted from her forthcoming book Dub: Finding Ceremony which draws on the work of the theorist Sylvia Wynter) we will use individual and collective mapping, poetry and meditation to face displacement, place ourselves newly and open our senses to what place is teaching us right now. The course is online and is limited to 8 participants.
Reserve your spot with your $50 deposit towards the sliding scale ($150-250) fee here, and email email@example.com with your intentions for the course by August 18th.