Foundations of Somatic Racial Safety for SSE
March 8, 2023

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Somatic Sex Education and Sexological Bodywork are counter-normative healing and wholing professions - as a field, we strive to be anti-oppressive and liberatory. Yet as a collective that is still populated by a majority of white practitioners and teachers, we have much to learn about weaving both racial safety and racial justice into our work. The stories of racialization, racism, and colonization are woven deeply into our bodies, in an infinite number of ways, and these stories hold huge implications for the ways that intimacy and touch can either heal or harm.

In this live webinar, Kai Cheng Thom, SSE and Adjunct Faculty at the Institute for the Study of Somatic Sex Education, will present some basic concepts and practices that we may use to work towards "somatic racial safety" in the field of intimacy and erotic healing. We will explore frameworks such as cultural humility, embodied attachment, sexualized racism, and collective trauma healing, and experiment with practices for feeling and attending to the impacts of racism and racial privilege in our bodies.

Please note that this will be a mixed space - that is, Black Indigenous, and People of Colour as well as white folks are invited. We ask that all participants come prepared for a deeply care-filled and sensitive discussion, and that those with white, light-skinned, and other forms of racial privilege come ready to share space with response-ability and account-ability. PLEASE READ BEFORE WATCHING: We recognize that during the beginning of the webinar it was awkward and inappropriate for Corinne, a white-bodied practitioner, to take up so much space with her own thoughts and feelings, when the topic of this webinar was “somatic racial safety”. We want to say “Oops”, recognizing that this had a harmful impact for some BIPOC attendees. We are committed to doing better in the future

Kai Cheng Thom

Kai Cheng Thom, MSW, MSc, is a certified Somatic Sex Educator, Qualified Mediator, Clinical Hypnotherapist and Certified Professional Coach based in tkaronto/Toronto. She is also the author of five award-winning books in various genres. Kai Cheng’s work focuses on the intersection of social justice, pleasure activism, and transformative approaches to healing conflict. A noted speaker and practitioner of somatic wellness, healing, and group process facilitation, Kai Cheng supports individuals and groups who are seeking to repair relationships and make transformative change.

Hosted By: Corinne Diachuk

Corinne Diachuk is a Certified Yoga Therapist, a Certified Somatic Sex Educator, and one of the founders of the ISSSE. For decades, she has worked intimately with humans in the realms of touch, care, embodiment, ritual, yoga, sex, and celebrating the beauty of each moment. She is the past president and ongoing treasurer for the SSEA. Corinne is passionate about SSE, consent, and pleasure. She teaches courageous communication and radical self-responsibility as tools for intimacy and sacred sexuality. You can find her online and in person, teaching a yoga class, hosting a consent workshop, or for private sessions.

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