Shape of Belonging
Ritual performed at Introductions, at Root Division, San Francisco, on September 10, 2022.
I created a series of intimate rituals for people who have left or been cast out of a religious community, or had a major shift in that relationship. Grounded in my own somatic practice, I asked reflective questions about what it feels like (in color, in a body) to detach and then find a new sense of belonging. Participants responded to these prompts with embodied, abstract descriptions on their experiences, which I assembled into a collective poem.
I formed a small cup for each person, guided by the specific reflections they shared. Each participant used this cup to drink a small sip of a special drink of their choice. We drank in honor of their leaving, and toasted to their new felt sense of belonging.
WITH THANKS TO
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