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Learn more about our Public Retreats 

For the first time, our public retreats take some of our most requested content from our work with groups and organizations, and make them available to a broader audience. Upon completing a one-day retreat, participants will leave with both theoretical frameworks and concrete resources to support their work within their community.

This coming spring we will be offering four different public retreats on 1) Conflict Analysis, 2) Liberatory Facilitation, 3) Harm Systems Design, and 4) Safety and Care Planning. Each of the one-day retreats will be scheduled twice in the spring of 2022 and you can sign up now to be the first to know when those dates are finalized. Please read the brochure linked above for more information about each retreat and how you can get involved!

 

Before each retreat, participants will learn about our values, community agreements and harm response systems, have an opportunity to introduce themselves to their fellow students, and to submit questions to inform the facilitation and direction of the live event. At the conclusion of each retreat, participants will receive a list of additional resources and are invited to submit a personal artifact or reflection to the group to signify their learning. Additionally, each retreat includes optional coaching to support in personalizing the collective’s learnings.

See our upcoming retreats on the calendar below or visit the retreats page HERE to learn more & register!

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At Spring Up we are 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.

Spring Up is a social enterprise founded by Nastassja “Stas” Schmiedt (they/them) and Leander “Lea” Roth (they/them or he/him) 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. We are funded by a mix of community revenue from the courses and training that we provide and from aligned foundations that want to support our efforts.

Spring Up cultivates a community of patrons and alumni driven by and coalesced around non-binary abolition feminism practicing consent and accountability together. Our seasonal meetups create a place of gathering and belonging for the group, and we practice collective learning by sharing resources and book recommendations. And participants--current students and alumni alike--strengthen the collective through their curriculum reflections and feedback, and by lending their own creations/artworks to resources like our R&R Anthology.

All our efforts are organized around our foundational values that connect with the four elements of nature: Air, Water, Fire and Earth. Our work begins with imagination of what could be--ideas that float around us in the air we breathe. Water, as a life-giving force, supports us as we create the reality we wish to inhabit. From fire comes our creations--our tools and models rooted in the possibility of what we imagine. Then, we build (like the earth) upon what we imagine to create communities and organizations to implement transformation and accountability in our collective spaces.

We offer a variety of products for people, communities and organizations that align with our values and want to practice transformation and accountability in their lives. Depending on your interests and budgets, we offer four core curricula aligned to what our future participants are searching for: Transformative Justice for those seeking to practice a radically different version of justice, Consent, Gender and Power for those looking to cultivate consent in their lives, Liberatory Education for educators, and facilitators looking to practice liberatory and participatory learning, and Equity & Accountability for those aiming to increase accountability within their organization. Within these three groups, we offer stand-alone resources, webinars, coaching and facilitated experiences that can meet a variety of specific needs.

Fill out the form below to receive additional information on our current offerings & to see if Spring Up is the right fit for you.

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