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Climate Justice, Contemplative Practice and Performative Gestures

October 3, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Retreat with Devora Neumark

Climate Justice, Contemplative Practice and Performative Gestures

with Devora Neumark, PhD

To be broadcast live via Zoom on Saturday, October 3rd, 2020
12:00 – 5:00 pm EDT
(Registration will close at 10am ET on the day of the workshop. Connection information will be shared once registered.)

Sustainer rate: $100 / Supporter rate: $75 / Community rate: $50
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While the impacts of the global climate emergency are increasingly creating a sense of urgency amongst more and more individuals and communities, for many, they are also amplifying climate justice initiatives, which have their roots in decades-long struggles in the United States and elsewhere. For the most part, BIPOC communities are the ones most often negatively impacted by environmental policy and from the human-caused increase of CO2 levels, which have not been seen before in recorded history.

Participants in this 5-hour mini-retreat will be introduced to a series of different climate justice principles (e.g. the Bali Principles of Climate Justice, the Climate Justice Alliance’s Just Transition Principles, and the Front & Centred Principles for Climate Justice). These principles will serve as an entry point to explore performative gestures that engage contemplative practice with the intention of cultivating awareness about and addressing environmental racism and climate equity.

* No prior experience and knowledge of performance practice and/or climate justice principles is necessary; however, individuals with such experiences and knowledges are welcome also!


Devora NeumarkCurrently living in Iqaluit (in the Eastern Arctic), Devora Neumark, PhD is an interdisciplinary artist-researcher, educator and community-engaged practitioner with over 30 years of contemplative practice. Neumark is also a Yale School of Public Health-certified Climate Change Adaptation Practitioner. She has been a faculty member in the Goddard College MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts program since July 2003 and was a co-founder of its Indigenous and Decolonial Art Concentration in Port Townsend, WA. Her Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada’s-funded research-creation PhD titled Radical Beauty for Troubled Times: Involuntary Displacement and the (Un)Making of Home was an inquiry into the relationship between the traumas associated with forced dislocation and the deliberate beautification of home, including the problematics of home related to climate disruption and the continued increase in global climate refugeeism. Neumark is developing two new bodies of related artwork: one engages wellness and the cultivation of joy as radical practice; the other is focused environmental trauma and mainstreaming climate justice.


October 3, 2020
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm


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