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.
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.
ABOUT THE TEAM
Porsha Beed (she/her) is an intimate activist and mentor who specializes in teaching young people and adults about the importance of deep human connection, holistic resistance, and the importance of self-love and resiliency. She is passionate about dismantling racism and oppression. As an earth builder and integrator of race, she strives to build a lifelong community to end racism. Her love for the Earth and for intentional community is the nest in which Porsha has chosen to fight systems of oppression.
Camillea Johnson has been an educator of students in special education, spanning grades K-12, for over ten years. They have been journeying with themselves for much longer in trauma healing and recently have been walking in the truth of creative abilities that trauma had dimmed for a long time. Beyond their role as a teacher, Camillea is also a writer, an intuitive healer, and continuing to do the self-healing work that would allow them to claim dancer, singer, artist, performer, and facilitator without hesitation. Camillea’s current method of deepest healing work happens with bare feet in motion on and in the earth, dancing for the elements, paired with deep internal listening. Camillea is actively investing time into each one of these budding roles, wanting to show up in their community in a powerful way as others have shown up for them.
Jennie Pearl (she/her) is a facilitator, yoga teacher, and bodyworker who leads from emotion and embodiment in liberation work. She is committed to bridging the gap between racial justice and healing work. She founded and facilitates Wake Up: a group for white-identified people who want to unlearn their racism and white supremacy culture from the inside out. She believes cultivating ongoing anti-racist relationships is a necessary aspect of the work white people must do in order to dismantle racism.
Dylan Wilder Quinn
Dylan Wilder Quinn (they/them) believes closeness is necessary to dismantle oppression. Their balance of life experiences as a childhood abuse survivor and holding both oppressed (trans, queer, nonbinary, living with PTSD and chronic pain) and oppressor (white, masculine) identities drives their empathy for others, and they have committed to social justice for their life. They work with others to hold more complexity about the world and people around them. They are passionate about mentoring trans and queer people, teaching about gender and sexuality, and reaching for community with fellow white people who care about dismantling our racism. They are building a world with others that moves beyond shame and judgment and lifts each other up to grow and continue in this work.
Misha Kellner-Rogers (she/they) does not separate this work of social justice, from their life and life’s work. Misha believes in healing and continues to give up attempts to be free from the discomfort that it requires, to touch and hold the complexity that it engenders. She continues to turn towards community and inquiry; building and staying in relationship as trauma unwinds in the process of working towards anti-racism. Misha has a background in trauma-centered bodywork and yoga. She stays in process with accountability to hold space as a cis, currently able-bodied white person. Misha supports Holistic Resistance on the admin side of things and in facilitation which provides many opportunities for learning and growth. Although they have never been much of a hat wearer, wearing various hats feels like the right fit, as this work has no one shape nor role.