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.
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.