About our pedagogy:
At Spring Up, we believe in the power of the liberatory arts, and use storytelling and dialogue to facilitate trauma-informed personal and collective transformation. We view education as a mutual process- everyone has wisdom to share and something to learn. We honor this through the methodologies we use to design, develop, evaluate, and adapt. We use human centered design to generate our courses, emergent strategy to respond organically to the needs of our learning community, and participatory action research to lift up the wisdom of all participants in evaluating and collectively designing the future we desire.
We are practicing liberatory education at bluelight academy of the liberatory arts. bluelight academy is a versatile learning community bringing people together to catalyze a shift towards a more imaginative and empathetic society. bluelight academy hosts Spring Up classes in summer and fall terms available to the public and to private cohorts.
"Cultivating a culture of consent & liberty for all"
Spring Up is a collective of care workers, transformative justice practitioners, liberatory educators, and coaches practicing and teaching the liberatory arts at bluelight academy. We cultivate a culture of consent and liberty for all through storytelling and popular education.
Nastassja “Stas” Schmiedt (they/them) and Lea Roth (they/them or he/him) founded Spring Up in 2013 after experiencing the challenges of organizing across difference firsthand and perceiving an urgent need amongst social changemakers for shared language and frameworks rooted in a historical lens, critical theory, accountable relationships, and tangible skills. Since then our collective has grown into an ecosystem of practitioners learning and adapting together.
WHO WE ARE
At Spring Up we have been practicing and teaching about Transformative Justice, harm reduction, and consent since our founding in 2013. Until now, our transformative justice curriculum has only been available to people in our personal lives, and in some private partnerships with organizations, collectives, and schools. If you are a private group interested in learning about Transformative Justice or Organizational Accountability, reach out to us here. We are so excited to have a variety of accessible resources to support people in building their accountability practice and learning about Transformative Justice.
Learn more about our consent practice by listening to our mini-podcast:
CONSENT, GENDER, POWER
At Spring Up we are deeply engaged in the work of preventing and responding to gender based violence (the violence we all experience rooted in the gender binary). Our first curriculum was an intersectional analysis of the root causes of gender based violence that we facilitated with campus based coalitions and organizers. Over the years we have adapted our curriculum based on community questions, feedback, and spaces of collaborative imagination. You can now get access to the tools and frameworks we have come to rely on in our practice of consent.
We build with communities and organizations to implement transformation and practice our shared values.
We provide equity and accountability training and consulting to mission driven organizations and collectives.
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Get our Transformative Justice Workbook
This workbook is a collection of frameworks and resources Spring Up has developed over the past decade to understand and intervene in systemic, institutional, inter group, interpersonal, and internal harm and violence. This work has taken place in academic and political institutions, community based and nonprofit organizations, informal family and friend group settings, and through much personal reflection and dialogue. Together, they can support you in understanding the dynamics and manifestations of violence and harm, how power and privilege operate, and the steps and composition of accountability processes around a variety of types of harm. If you are working specifically on gender based violence, we recommend reading this in partnership with Spring Up’s Cultivate Consent workbook , which you can also order here on our website or receive as a perk for subscribing to our Patreon.
We also offer limited coaching for those learning to facilitate or participate in community accountability processes and support groups for those healing from harm and seeking to take accountability within our Patreon community.
Our Transformative Justice Class
Our 6 part Transformative Justice Class (hosted on bluelight academy of the liberatory arts) is an opportunity for folks to learn more about everyday transformative justice tools, the roots of this philosophy and praxis, and build community around abolitionist, consensual, and liberatory ways of being. While there are a number of incredible resources available about TJ - learn more for free at https://bcrw.barnard.edu/building-accountable-communities/ or transformharm.org - we have found a gap in digital spaces that go beyond stand-alone or individual trainings and provide space for ongoing community building between folks with shared frameworks and values. bluelight academy is designed to be a container for lifelong learning, storytelling, generative conflict, and community care.
Our current classes are:
Our upcoming classes:
Our Transformative Justice Summer Class is an opportunity for folks to learn more about everyday transformative justice tools, the roots of this philosophy & praxis, and build community around abolitionist, consensual, and liberatory ways of being.
Resilience + Revitalization
Resilience + Revitalization is an invitation to imagine and create an abolitionist vision of tomorrow. We invite you to deepen your relationships to what it can mean to be accountable to your needs, desires, and healing.
Equity + Accountability for organizations and team leaders
To be released in 2022
To be released in 2022
Consent, Gender, Power
Our Consent, Gender, Power class is an opportunity for community educators, advocates, care providers, and people impacted by gender based violence to explore the roots of violence and frameworks of prevention and response. Early application now available!
Each of these curriculum is currently only available privately to organizations and collectives interested in learning together as a team. We can also offer private cohorts of our TJ & CGP courses. If your organization would be interested in getting a private class, fill out this interest form.
Get our Consent Workbook
Get our Consent Workbook with information to analyze power dynamics and coercion, practice open and ongoing communication, and utilize trauma-informed survivor response strategies in our relationships. This zine is specifically a translation of the core curriculum from our 4-month long Consent Fellowship program to develop local Miami community organizers’, especially young adults, capacity to develop healthy practices in relationships and prevent and respond to gender based harm and violence. Included in different sections of the zine are tools to:
Identify your internal boundaries, desires, and needs with boundary mapping and vent diagrams
Lay out and identify your support systems to enhance self and community resiliency.
Identify and honor your self-care and healing practices
Identify and practice non verbal forms of communication, as well as understand important signs of dissociation
Practice different ways of asking and answering questions, especially as it relates to our varied communication styles
Address harm and violence through a harm reduction framework.
Explore how you relate to gender based violence with historical context and background
Curious to use storytelling and fiction to guide consent and sexuality education? A few years ago, our founders Stas + Lea wrote their first 2 books: Millennial Sex and Millennial Sex Education, acknowledging the widespread lack of access to comprehensive sex ed for young teens and adults.
From birth through to adulthood, many navigate the world with false, often harmful, perceptions of what healthy sexual relationships look like. Identifying this as core contributing factor of gender based violence, especially sexual violence, we came up with sex-positive solutions that wouldn’t merely demonize the scripts of our culture, but instead would inspire people to new, liberating possibilities of sexual engagement. We decided to write the sex-ed curriculum we wished we’d had; the stories, the scripts, and scenarios that would have helped us engage in the sexual culture with more knowledge and maturity ourselves.
What is the difference between the two books? The white cover version (Millennial Sex Education) is appropriate for ages 16+ and is intended to be an educational resource for individuals, couples, families, and communities. It contains interactive, reflection questions at the end of each chapter. We cover themes of consent, trust, fetishization, trauma, intimacy, and respect. The black cover version (Millennial Sex) is written for more adult audiences and contains more explicit descriptions and narratives. It doesn’t come with reflection questions at the end of each chapter.
Learn more about the books and how we use them to facilitate consent and sexuality education by watching one of our TED talks: https://youtu.be/gonxNCxLrTg
Early application for our 6 part Consent, Gender, Power Class is now available.
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After working closely with organizational leadership teams across the country, we have found that our curriculum, peer educator support and coaching has a transformative impact on the way organizations and movements operate. Our previous clients have gained the tools and support to rebuild values, accountability structures, management structures and internal policies in ways that reflect their commitment to building equitable and accountable organizations. Our curriculum touches on everything from gender, race, power, shame, and conflict, all to the end of understanding how we can create systems and processes that actualize our values and build cultures of equity and accountability.
Our organizational training and consulting is built around the acknowledgement that conflict and harm will occur, because we operate within the exact systems we are trying to reform. So from that, the approach is about harm reduction- what can we do to decrease the incidence of harm, respond to them when they do occur, and adjust our work so the same instances don’t happen again.
We have a variety of packages and offerings to meet different budgets, time constraints, needs, and goals. We offer large group webinars, question and answer sessions with our team, leadership retreats, and 3 month to 3 year partnerships including training, coaching, and consultation. If you are not sure what to start with, we recommend beginning with an introductory webinar to learn more, or an organizational equity audit which includes interviews, surveys, and materials review to create a report highlighting your strengths and areas to grow which will guide the curriculum and consulting plan moving forward. You can add on individual coaching based on the size of your team and your budget.
EQUITY & ACCOUNTABILITY
Resilience & Revitalization
Resilience & Revitalization is an invitation to imagine and create an abolitionist vision of tomorrow. We invite you to deepen your relationships to what it can mean to be accountable to your needs, desires, and healing.
The class & zine brings together the abolitionist visionings of 15+ young, queer, trans, of color, disabled, and incarcerated community members.
Course now available at bluelight.academy