What is the Emotional Self-Defense Course?

The course is for *women and nonbinary folks who want access to an intensive feminist study of how to name the systems effecting our lives. (Please note the term women at Feminism School is trans inclusive, always.)

The course is 12 videos and 12 extensive workbooks of research, teaching, contemplative practices, and creative-writing based learning. The curriculum was researched, written, and built during the instructor's 2nd Ph.D. program (the research and writing done between 2015 and 2019), then was launched in January of 2020.

This is Dr. George's "signature course"—a body of work that will most certainly change your life's journey if you show up to the depth and breadth of the teaching, contemplative practices, and somatic recognitions. The Emotional Self-Defense Course has now been taken by people all over the world, including Australia, Mexico, the UK, Spain, Canada, and the U.S.
  • Patriarchy and white supremacy coerce us to sever connection from our body's felt knowledge of our own experiences.

  • These systems silence the language we need for naming their harm and connecting the personal to the political.

  • The Emotional Self-Defense Course combines training in somatic awareness and trauma with the feminist analysis we need to name and transform together the systems shaping our lives.

The Online & Self-Paced Emotional Self-Defense Course Provides:

  • Trauma informed teaching and research

    But we also question and reframe the patriarchal, white, and class-privilege based assumptions in neuroscience trauma studies. I offer distinctly feminist and decolonial frameworks for intergenerational healing, somatic reconnection, creative awakenings, and community care models. Our goal is to catalyze systemic change.

  • Feminist theory for naming power dynamics

    Feminist theory is a source of life-changing creative power. I recommended dozens of key readings of feminist foremothers. Readings are optional, but you will be introduced to women's intellectual history that is silenced in most of our education! Even better, the readings are centered within a vast range of vibrant and intersecting feminist history —including Black, Indigenous, postcolonial, Arab, Jewish, and Chicana feminism.

  • Feminist stories, self-assessment guides and contemplative exercises

    This course is designed for sustained reflection and to support new choices as we connect the feminist teaching to our identities, relationships, wounds, and desires. The 200 + page workbook blends feminist non fiction essays, innovative learning practices, and creative and contemplative prompts developed through a decade of research on transformational learning practices.

  • Is this course only talking about patriarchy?

    No! Any sound feminist teaching is rooted in the decades of research in intersecting systems (gender, race, sexuality, colonialisms, etc.). This research for this course was created while doing a Ph.D. in Ethnic studies, focusing on women-of-color theorists.

  • Can I do the course on my own timeframe?

    Yes! The Emotional Self-Defense Course is 12 online modules of teaching videos (4.5 hours) and the 12 ESD Course Workbooks (200 pages). The course is fully online and self-paced.

  • Can I Zoom with the instructor for 20-minutes before deciding to invest in this course?

    Absolutely! I welcome that. Please go to my website (kimberlybgeorge.com) and you'll find there's a contact form at the bottom of the home page. Let's discuss if this course is right for you!

Why take The Emotional Self-Defense Course?

(And why have I given my life to studying, holding, and teaching these knowledges?)

My life's work is teaching the transformative texts of feminist history and theory, as well as helping to translate the ideas into spiritual practices. 

The language of "theory" can feel distancing.
feminist theory isn't about being elite and academic. 

It's about the fact that feminist writers, scholars, and artists have given us language for the realities we live within.

It's about recognizing that most of our education still denies us their contributions.

Over and over, my clients and readers say to me:

 "Thank you for the language."

The language I offer you is rooted in my 20 years of devotion to studying feminist theory and textual histories.

The language cuts through gaslighting.

The language connects you to your body.

The language honors community-based power.

The Emotional Self-Defense Course draws on my body of work and research in my most distilled, accessible format yet.

~Dr. Kimberly B. George

The Journey

  • 1

    Introduction to the Emotional Self-Defense Course

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    • Introduction_ESD_Workbook

  • 2

    Module 1: Mind-Body Reconnection as the Foundation of Emotional Self-Defense

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    • Module_1_ESD_Workbook

  • 3

    Module 2: Trauma as Feminist Knowledge and Labor

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    • Module_2_ESD_Workbook

  • 4

    Module 3: Patriarchy’s Looking Glass

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    • Module_3_ESD_Workbook

  • 5

    Module 4: Engaging Men Who Use the Language of Feminism

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    • Module_4_ESD_Workbook

  • 6

    Module 5: Preventative Feminist Medicine: Deprivation Assessment & Joy Assessment

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    • Module_5_ESD_Workbook

  • 7

    Module 6: Patriarchal Emotional Abuse, Gaslighting Patterns, & Male Defense Mechanisms

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    • Module_6_ESD_Workbook

  • 8

    Module 7: Mirroring, Exhaustion, and the Naming Labors of Feminist Life

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    • Module_7_ESD_Workbook

  • 9

    Module 8: Feminist Grief Work

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    • Module_8_ESD_Workbook

  • 10

    Module 9: Community Care Practices as Emotional Self-Defense

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    • Module_9_ESD_Workbook

  • 11

    Module 10: Earth Reconnection as Emotional Self-Defense

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    • Module_10_ESD_Workbook

  • 12

    Module 11: Intergenerational Healing as Emotional Self-Defense

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    • Module_11_ESD_Workbook

  • 13

    Module 12: Cultivating Your Creative Power as Emotional Self-Defense

    • Module_12_TeachingVideo_KimberlyGeorge

    • Module_12_ESD_Workbook


Course access is for 365 days. Please note all Feminism School courses are nonrefundable.

If you'd like additional 1:1 support, consider the Mentorship Program launching September of 2020. The 1:1 Mentorship Program does not include the purchase of the course tuition (which is $1397 and is paid below). Please read about the Mentorship Program here.

What Participants Are Saying

Laura McCaffrey
(New York)

Life Coach

This course has completely changed my life. As a woman with a bachelors and masters degree in engineering, I had never taken a formal women's studies course in either program. Dr. George's course made this material accessible and easy to digest in the time that I had between work, caring for my family, running my business, and pursuing my PhD. The course has validated so many things that I intuitively and experientially knew, and now have academic support for. Also, the way that Dr. George shares her personal stories and reflexive practices ensures that this course does not replicate the oppressive academic methodology that most of us are used to. She offers a chance for us to weave in our own stories to develop our embodied knowledge of our feminist roots that incorporate our foremothers' wisdom. This course is a much needed resource for the feminist community and the world.

Rosemin Nathoo
(Inuvik, Northwest Territories)

Wildlife Biologist

"I was just gushing to my partner about how you have structured Module 1...Even though I've read many of the fundamental feminist texts, I've never been introduced to the idea of mind-body connection and disconnection so effectively (if at all in those words!). Your course deserves to be a 101 feminist coming-of-age course...this is the first time I have begun to learn about feminism through my own body and emotional experiences. If only I had that intro when I was starting university!"

Jenna Ward

Feminine Embodiment Coach

"Through illuminating the structures & subtle systems that are built to diminish women, the emotional self-defense class provides such liberation & permission for power. I found Kimberly's teachings incredibly informative & well-referenced, while still real & relatable."

Jessica Farrell

Creative Leadership Coach

"If, like me, you find that trying to get a feminist education from social media alone is deeply unsatisfying, you snoozed past any opportunities to learn what Women's Studies was actually about when you might have had the option to study it, and reading ALL the books is a nice idea but it's just not going to happen... Kimberly's work merges present moment exploration of what it is like to live in a non-cis-white-male body with an in depth and elegantly articulated synthesis of the history."

Instructor and Feminism School Founder

Dr. Kimberly B. George (she/her)

Dr. Kimberly B. George (Ph.D. Ethnic Studies UCSD, M.A. Religious Studies Yale University) is a somatic psychosocial theorist, feminist ethnic studies scholar, educator, and consultant. She partners with individuals and organizations to facilitate workshops and programs that dive deep into feminist research on transformation. Interdisciplinary and rigorous in how she approaches her teaching, with a commitment to contemplative, holistic study, she has trained across five graduate programs, stretching from the Ivies (Yale University) to the more culturally radical UC system. Her areas of study focus on race, gender, and colonization; religious history; feminist intellectual and activist history; trauma studies and psychodynamic research; and pedagogy and contemplative studies. She's been building accessible, graduate-level courses outside the university since 2006. She identifies as a mystic and contemplative, as well as a scholar. She is published in numerous outlets, including OnBeing, The Washington Spectator, and the Feminist Wire. She is the co-editor of the book Football, Culture, and Power (Routledge).