Trauma informed teaching and research
The course research in trauma reframes 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 teaching was designed and developed through Ph.D. Ethnic Studies and Gender 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 (4.5 hours) and 13 extensive workbooks of research, teaching, contemplative practices, and creative-writing based learning. The new ESD Mentor-Scholar Program now adds 12 live workshops September 2021–March 2022.
This is Dr. George's signature course and workshop series—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.
In addition to the 13 self-study modules of the ESD course, the training now includes 12 (optional) workshops with Dr. George.
- Workshops are held noon-1:30 pm EST the FIRST and LAST Wednesday in the months of September, October, November 2021 and January, February, March 2022.
- If you cannot make them live—we realize time zone differences are hard!— please know the workshops are recorded and archived for you to access.
- ESD Mentor-Scholar Workshops for our 2021/2022 cohort focus on the themes of Reimagining Trauma Studies (6 workshops, 1st Wednesday of the month) and Claiming Your Voice w/Feminist Methods of Knowing (6 workshops, 3rd Wednesday of the month).
Please see recommended book lists below! While the readings are not required, our workshop teachings on these texts will supplement your study of the ESD curriculum.
Therapeutic Nations: Healing in an Age of Indigenous Human Rights
(by Dian Million)
Islands of Decolonial Love
(by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson)
Trauma and Recovery
(by Judith Herman)
Aftermath: Violence and the Remaking of the Self
(by Susan Brison)
The Holocaust and the Nakba: A New Grammar of Trauma and History
(ed. Bashir Bashir and Amos Goldberg)
My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies
(by Resmaa Menakem)
Zami, Sister Outsider, Undersong
(by Audre Lorde)
Blood, Bread, Poetry
(by Adrienne Rich)
A Border Passage
(by Leila Ahmed)
On the Arab Jew, Palestine, and Other Displacements
(by Ella Shohat)
(by Gloria Anzaldúa)
Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants
(by Robin Wall Kimmerer)
What do I receive upon enrolling this July?
You will immediately get access to the 13 Modules of ESD, so you can start right away. Within 24-hours of enrolling (as the first 10 to register for the Early Bird by July 20), you will receive the bonus course, Caliban and the Witch in a Time of COVID-19. Our 12 live/recorded workshops run September-March.
I can't attend the live workshops. Can I still join the cohort for the 2021/2022 ESD Mentor-Scholar Program?
Yes! This course and the 12 workshops are designed to be accessible to self-study. We realize that with time zones across the globe, work schedules, caring for dependents, etc., that participants need live sessions to be optional. THAT said, we will encourage everyone to have a feminist study partner so that you do have a live dialogue partner!
I already am enrolled in ESD. Can I join the ESD Mentor-Scholar Program?
Yes! And you receive a significantly reduced tuition price. Contact us for details before you register.
Do you offer payment plans? Are there scholarships?
Payments plans are always available at no additional charge. We do ask for a deposit upfront, and then monthly payments that work for you.
As to scholarships: There is a waitlist for limited scholarships and we prioritize people in true economic hardship— those for whom the cost of tuition would interfere with their secure access to food and housing. We also often ask for bartering skills sets when it is possible, vs. scholarships, because we have found that investing (even in a different currency than money!) strengthens the overall outcome of the learning experience.
I am new to feminist studies, and I have questions about whether this is the right program for me.
Questions are very encouraged! Please contact us and we will be in touch to help you decide if the ESD Mentor-Scholar Program is right for your next steps of learning.
Can men sign up?
This particular program is for women and nonbinary people. But you might be interested in our self-study course, Feminism for Men!
I would like 1:1 trainings or a small group cohort instead of a large group workshop series to support my individual learning and leadership training. Do you still have 1:1 ESD Mentorships or the small group Feminist Doula Cohorts from 2020?
We have very limited 1:1 Mentorship spots at Feminism School for 2021/2022. Reach out and let us know about your situation, and we will assess fit and availability for our personalized, specialized 1:1 ESD training. Our small group trainings—called Feminist Doula Cohorts (3 students)— will also be very limited enrollment (and generally invite only). Our ESD Mentor-Scholar Program is designed to give depth of support for more people to access Feminism School.