I come to this work through my own healing journey and search for transformational work in myself and with others collectively. I continue to deepen and expand my understanding and awareness of the many ways systems of oppression reside in, around, and between our bodies - and how this work can be part of resisting, surviving, fighting, and shifting those systems and creating, remembering, strengthening, and sustaining other ways of being.
Theater of the Oppressed
I was introduced to Theater of the Oppressed through a workshop that I happened upon in 2007. I was both drawn to and immensely challenged by this work that involved accessing wisdom of our physical bodies, working collectively towards change within a group setting, and healing. Since that initial workshop series I have learned TO through many powerful experiences from many people including an internship with Jan Mandell at Central High School, and various workshops including with I come to this work through my own healing journey and search for transformational work in myself and with others collectively. I continue to deepen and expand my understanding and awareness of the many ways systems of oppression reside in, around, and between our bodies - and how this work can be part of resisting, surviving, fighting, and shifting those systems and creating, remembering, strengthening, and sustaining other ways of being. Hector Aristizabal and with the original creator of TO, Augusto Boal. Boal began creating TO in collaboration with many groups and people in Brazil in the 1960’s. He continued this work throughout his time in political exile in Europe and until he died in 2009. Since then TO has spread throughout the world and continues to change and grow in line with one of its core concepts of “multiplication” as a way for the work to spread and serve those in the work to shift oppression.
Bodywork and Craniosacral Therapy
I first experienced Craniosacral therapy and bodywork in 2010. Since then it has been a powerful source of healing and transformation for me. Craniosacral comes from a lineage originating in western europe that includes osteopathy and cranial osteopathy and before that Scottish bone setting that was a western european indigenous practice. I have learned craniosacral therapy through two schools - one is the Milne Institute (http://www.milneinstitute.com/) and one is Upledger Institute (http://www.upledger.com). I have also had brief trainings in various other modalities doing somatic (body-based) work and talk therapy techniques that come out of western european based lineages. I am also strongly influenced by Somatic Experiencing work which I have done independent learning around - which is a theoretical framework for shifting trauma that comes out of western scientific and therapeutic work. I am currently studying Integral Somatic Psychotherapy which also builds off of Somatic Experiencing work. I focus on meeting people where he are at - craniosacral is work that is centered on partnering with people’s own healing wisdom. That is also the approach of sessions - finding what makes sense for you in the mix of possibilities of talk and silence and touch and movement. I am also open to phone or in person conversations if that is helpful to learn more about the work before scheduling a session.
$40-80 sliding scale (place yourself) for 90 minute session. Open to barter and trade arrangements if money is a barrier.
To schedule an appointment please email email@example.com or call 612.385.7229.
Regular days at PMC are Tuesday afternoon/evenings and Saturday daytime - other times are also sometimes possible.
Theater of the Oppressed workshops are monthly on Sunday afternoons . 1:30-2pm is an Intro to Theater of the Oppressed. If you have never done TO you need to come to this before attending the main workshop. Main workshop 2-5pm. Sliding scale $10-40 suggested donation (self -determined amount collected in jar day of the workshop - no one turned away - offer what you can)
Griffen Jeffries is a bodyworker and facilitator who brings deep listening and integrity to all aspects of the work he does. He honors both the inherent wisdom of our bodies to heal, and the power and necessity of support from others. Griffen draws on diverse training to partner with people in healing - including different amounts of talking, movement, and hands-on work. He is trained and primarily does a kind of bodywork called Craniosacral therapy - a gentle touch approach that works with the craniosacral system including the bones (particularly in the head and back), muscles and other tissues, nervous system, and rhythms in the body to bring relaxation, support release of held trauma, and decrease pain. This work is all clothes on and done on a massage table. Griffen also has some training in general somatic work, myofascial work, and some forms of talk therapy and Integral Somatic Psychotherapy. Griffen does a variety of group facilitation, with a particular focus on Theater of the Oppressed work. Facilitation experience includes workshops with youth, support with workshops focused on uprooting white supremacy with other white folks, and facilitating internal organizational development processes. He arrived at this work through his own healing journey including ongoing re-connection to body. He bring his experiences and identities as a queer and trans person of European descent and work to be accountable and in authentic solidarity towards liberation and healing for all – individually and collectively.