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what’s holding you back?

no matter who we are, & what we do, our leadership presence & style is deeply shaped by our environment & our contexts. Our soma, (so-mah: the body in its living wholeness) comprising of our biology, socio-economic status, histories, political environment, psychological & spiritual landscapes determine & influence who we are & how we show up in the world. It is by deeply understanding our soma & somatic shape that we can identify what holds us back & help us leap into & live through our true leadership potential.

what’s this retreat about?

the practicing justice retreats uses a somatic lens to un-layer, unpack & reveal the many ways oppression limits our ability to align our leadership with the values & principles that drive our work. by awakening deep understanding, this training enables individuals to generate new pathways towards a whole & complete shape that can hold our true individual & collective leadership potential in service of our liberation.

our approach

somatics is a methodology that combines the biological & social sciences to provide a framework for analysis & action. at its core, somatics posits interconnection & balance of mind, body, & mood.

the use of somatics in leadership, begins by examining unconscious practiced behaviors, established by our interactions with family, community, & society throughout our lives, that blocks us from taking empowered action on our own behalf & ultimately aligning our behavior with our values & principles. it continues by establishing physical, emotional, & mental practices that shake up & shed these binds.

who is this retreat for?

this retreat is specifically designed for women of color leadership in the philanthrophy field. women who are navigating their leadership in a white-male dominated field, seeking to deepen self-knowledge and tapping into their full leadership potential to carve a visual and loud path for themselves, other women, and those who will follow in their footsteps. 

this retreat is for those who are ready to shed their old ways of being towards deepening their commitment to their own liberation and the liberation of all peoples.


All the #practcingJUSTICE retreats are held at the watershed center.

The Watershed Center is located on a 73-acre farm adjacent to hundreds of acres of state forest, two-hours north of New York City in Millerton, New York. With 19th century farmhouses, post-and-beam barns, a 30-foot yurt, swim lake, hiking trails, waterfalls and a beautiful organic farm, the center provides a bucolic setting for visionary thinking. Central to their mission is making sure that their guests feel deeply nourished. Their farm fresh meals and homey accommodations allow the participants to relax and deepen into their learning experience.

this retreat will be take place from January 22nd through the 24th 2019.

this will be a 3-day retreat, held during the work week, to best accommodate the participants and their schedule.

interested in joining us? please apply for a spot, as spaces will be limited to 25 folks.

the cost for this retreat is $2000/per person.

this will cover:

  • tuition for the retreat
  • room & board at the watershed center
  • Jo staff to learn 3|one, an Aikido practice
  • body-based party to celebrate shedding our layers

facilitators + staff

participants' quotes

rusia mohiuddin, the Principle of Universal Partnership, is a master leadership trainer & certified somatic coach, who pioneered the integration of somatics into an organizing framework. Her current mission, through Universal Partnership, has been developing a holistic model for social justice change work that places in its center the necessary transformation of social change agents. Rusia brings a unique style to creating pathways for individuals to bring their best selves forward when enacting social change in their organizations & communities. Learn more about Rusia + UP…

rev. angel Kyodo williams is an early shaper and leading voice for Transformative Social Change, and coined the name for the field. She has developed comprehensive systems for illuminating both practical personal change and the profoundly liberating potential of mindfulness, yoga, and somatic practices coupled with wisdom teachings.  Both fierce and grounded, angel is known for her unflinching willingness to sit with and speak uncomfortable truths with love. She notes, “Love and justice are not two. Without inner change, there can be no outer change. Without collective change, no change matters.”  Whether in writing, teaching or speaking, her voice is unique. Learn more about angel…


participants' testimonials


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