Trauma informed teaching and research
But we also reframe the patriarchal, white, and class-privilege based assumptions in neuroscience trauma studies. The course offers distinct feminist decolonial frameworks for intergenerational healing, somatic reconnection, creative awakenings, and collective change.
Feminist theory for naming power dynamics
The curriculum recommends 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! Readings draw from Black, Indigenous, postcolonial, Arab, Jewish, and Chicana feminism.
Feminist essays, self-assessment guides, and contemplative exercises
The curriculum was designed and developed through Ph.D. Ethnic Studies research on holistic feminist learning methods. The feminist essays, contemplative writing prompts, and reflection exercises invite you to listen within, connecting to your body as you learn.
The course is 13 videos and 13 extensive workbooks of research, teaching, contemplative practices, and creative-writing based learning. The curriculum was researched and written during the instructor's 2nd Ph.D. program (2015–2020). The course was then released January of 2020. A new 2.0 version launched September 1, 2020.
This is Dr. George's signature course—a body of work that will most certainly transform your life's journey if you show up to the depth and breadth of its feminist reframings, somatic recognitions, and transdisciplinary concepts.
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.
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 13 online modules of teaching videos (4.5 hours) and 13 ESD Course Workbooks. The course is designed to be self-paced. It is recommended that you do the curriculum in order of the modules, since the content is scaffolded accordingly. We also suggest that each module receives at least 1 week of study to metabolize the content. In other words, we don't recommend trying to do multiple modules in one week, as the ideas need time for contemplation and integration work.
Are there any live components?
Yes! For fall of 2020, office hours will be offered the third week of the month in October and November. Times/dates are still TBD—we will do our best to accommodate time zones. Office hours will be a Zoom group call. Intensive workbooks are also being planned for this winter, though those are not included in the cost of the course curriculum. Stay tuned for fall and winter programming for the ESD Course. Please note that spots for intensive workshops will prioritize folks who are actively doing the course curriculum or who have already completed it.
What has changed in the new September 2020 version of the course?
The new version of the course has newly designed course workbooks by ritual specialist Kamya O'Keeffe. (The content itself has undergone only slight revisions.) On September 1, we released the first 7 new workbooks; please note the remaining 6 will be released by the end of the month. Most people take at least 1-2 weeks with reading and metabolizing each workbook and the contemplative exercises, so we promise you won't be slowed down!
Do I need to print the 13 course workbooks?
Everyone feels differently about whether to work from a digital or printed workbook. Dr. George, from extensive teaching experience, believes that most people learn best if they invest in printing the workbooks and doing the course not in front of a screen! While this is an investment of finances and trees, contemplative learning practices work best away from computers for most (though not all) people.
What is the best way to print the workbooks?
Like most graduate-level courses, our courses at Feminism School do involve additional investment in printed materials (and optional purchases of recommended books by feminist foremothers). You have several options for printing based on your budget, though. While the workbooks are in color, you might choose to print them in black and white for a less expensive option. At Fed Ex, printing the 13 course modules in black in white will cost around $65 dollars (in the U.S.). The online service Best Value Copy has the most affordable color printing options, with additional charges for shipping. The workbooks are absolutely foundational to the learning experience, so we encourage you to invest in quality printing for the best experience of the contemplative material.