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Vanissar Tarakali, Ph.D. designs and delivers embodied educational programs and coaching sessions for organizers, activists, healers, and therapists who work with individuals and communities facing violence and oppression. Vanissar embodies a unique combination of skills and experience, including intimate and social trauma expertise, anti-oppression education and facilitation, and a deep understanding of the body's intuitive, energetic, survival and healing mechanisms.
She is passionate about empowering and sustaining people and organizations that are working to transform the causes and/or impacts of systemic oppression, violence and intimate trauma. Former Education Programs Director and Healing Oppression Project co-lead at Community United Against Violence (CUAV) and current DiversityWorks trainer, Vanissar studies Generative Somatics with Staci Haines and Denise Benson, and Intuitive reading with Phyllis Pay.
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Embodied education is a transformative educational approach grounded in the body and direct experience. This approach works respectfully with our bodies to open up options beyond reactivity and trauma, allowing us to access creativity and responsiveness. Within compassionate community we learn about the traumatic impacts of violence and oppression on the body and practical ways to heal from intimate and social trauma. Together we practice behaviors that support sustainable healing, learning, allyship and social change.