surviving + thriving
strategies for self-care guide
leaders of embodied organizing
somatics + organizing = embodied organizers cultivating skills + leadership on the frontlines
UP | focus areas
what we love to do, most of all
UP has innovated a unique methodology for developing strategic plans that simultaneously attends to both short- + long-term goals using a somatic lens.
trainings (single or multi-day)
training imparts the analytical structure of somatics + embodied organizing, + teaches specific skills in each of our focus areas.
2-4 days retreats provide an uninterrupted environment that results in far more advancement than the equivalent time in episodic training.
UP’s work emphasizes personal leadership skills as the foundation for sustainability + effectiveness.
the overarching goal of UP’s work is to reshape organizational culture to prioritize wellness + dignity towards high efficiency + external impact.
UP engages the whole agency in every focus area + on every level using somatic coaching (individual, staff-wide, executive, + the board).
shaun lincivil rights organizer @ picture the homeless
“"i decided to participate in 3|One because i needed to re-center my life. a whirlwind of personal + professional change had knocked me off balance + left me disconnected from my sense of power. thanks to 3|One, i am ready to face the world in my full power - grounded with integrity + extended with dignity."”
earl skinneryouth programs coordinator @ the point
“"thanks for making this happen. it was a game-changing workshop."”
carlos amadorformer board member @ united we dream
“"rusia, you are a blessing in my life. i am so grateful that your wisdom came across my pathway. thanks for this + all the wisdom-sharing you have invested is us, me."”
claudia horwitzInterim Executive Director @ Rothko Chapel
“"thank you Rusia for doing what you do so well – putting out the truth with a fierce love. this has gotten me thinking about how much we have “othered” in ways that are so destructive + sad, + remembering that we have another option."”
danny peraltadirector of arts + education @ the point
“"i'm sure we all agree that the challenges ahead of us now seem less daunting since we have a better understanding of who we are as organizers, point staff, + individuals."”
our strongest + deepest partnerships
Rev. angel Kyodo williams
partner + #OIS facilitator: angel is a leading voice for Transformative Social Change, + coined the name for the field. angel is the co-lead for the Oppression In Soma retreats + UP works with angel + cxc on NY-based 3|One + Practicing Justice.
ian a. dudley
videographer + photographer: ian is an experienced, award winning cinematographer. with 18+ years of experience, ian approaches each project with a unique creative perspective that bridges the technical with the aesthetic.
at RoadMap, we believe that social justice organizations are critical to creating transformational change in our society. RM also believes that in order to achieve this transformational change, organizations need support to adapt to new challenges + changing conditions.
the watershed center
twc is a retreat + resource center for changemakers. teh center offers space to help people align their lives with their own deepest sense of purpose + to facilitate strategic conversations in service of democracy, ecology + liberation.