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ABOUT HOLISTIC RESISTANCE

Holistic Resistance is a team dedicated to undoing racism and oppression through questions, connection, embodiment, and slowing down to see ourselves and each other. We lead workshops, coach clients 1-on-1, and facilitate custom programs for businesses and organizations.

Holistic Resistance is made up of a core team of facilitators who hold many different identities around race, gender, sexuality, and disability. We use a trauma-healing approach to honor both our own experiences and the experiences of the people we work with. We use these lenses to share our own experiences of both systemic and interpersonal oppression, and invite people to notice their own lenses. We meet people where they are at with compassion while also inviting them to grow beyond the lenses they carry. With an emphasis on personal relationship and closeness, we aim to build life-long connections and transformation in the communities we work with.

Our approach:

  • We use a trauma-healing approach to honor both our own experiences and the experiences of the people we work with. We share our own experiences of both systemic and interpersonal oppression, and invite people to notice their own lenses. 

  • We meet people where they are at with compassion while also inviting them to grow beyond the lenses they carry. 

  • We prioritize the wellness of People of Color and LGBTQ2S+ people while we work to create a new culture where anti-racism and queer liberation is possible. 

  • Because the trauma of oppression and privilege is stored in the body, we focus on embodiment and body sensations to lead our work. We’ve found that slowing people down and inviting them to notice what is happening in their bodies is an essential part of this work.

  • With an emphasis on personal relationship and closeness, we aim to build life-long connections and transformation in the communities we work with.

ABOUT THE TEAM

AARON JOHNSON

Aaron Johnson (he/him) is an earth builder, teacher of closeness, and activist. He graduated from the California Institute of the Arts in 2007 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. He has made a lifelong commitment to use the skills he possesses to end racism. In addition to using intimacy and closeness to blackness as a primary means to that end, the tools he frequently uses are speaking, teaching, singing, photography, filmmaking, and minimalism. Aaron leads a mentoring program called Turn It Up Now that focuses on elevating the power, talent, love, and work ethic of youth. He believes that deep connection is one of the most powerful tools one can use in dismantling racism.

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