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New Seneca Village : An Invitation for Healers

New Seneca Village (NSV) is an emerging retreat and network space for cis and trans Black, Indigenous, and Women of Color social justice leaders.

 

Our goal is to provide social justice leaders with nature-based retreats centered on restoration and care while creating intentional community and visioning opportunities for folks from across a wide array of social movements.

With this offering, we hope to contribute to both the personal and professional development of leaders restorative practices, supporting their long-term sustainability, which we believe is critical to ensuring a Just Future. 

Our intention in bringing together leaders and healers is to explore as a community what is possible when restoration, connection and visioning are centered in our lives and work. 

Healers are intended to be an integral part of the NSV community, supporting our leaders with healing offerings while also more deeply engaging and embedding your own restorative practices.

THE INVITATION FOR HEALERS

Healers are invited to join New Seneca Village to provide restorative practice offerings - sessions and experiences -  for leaders on retreat.

 

We are looking for healers across a wide range of modalities; energy, movement, somatic, therapeutic, ancestral and expressive arts. 

Healers will be asked to provide both individual and group offerings focused on restorative practices during residencies which will range from  6 to 7 nights long.

 

Three to  five healers will be a part of each residency and offerings will be spaced so that healers can have their own restorative space and time.

Healers will be expected to attend 3 prep meetings (one of which will be on site) and 3 cohort circle sessions to begin to build relationship with the community. All Villagers including healers will attend opening and closing circles while at the residency.

At the residency healers offer approximately 8-10 hours of group and individual offerings.

Healers will receive payment of $1,000 - $1,500 (depending on length of residency), travel stipends of up to $1,000 and accommodation and food while on retreat.

More About the Leaders Residency Program

New Seneca Village will host up to three in-person residencies annually. Residencies will be centered around access to nature and the time and space for leaders to explore self and community restoration practices.

New Seneca Villagers on retreat will have the opportunity to connect with one another and the space to expand their vision for their work and their communities, supported by light programming.

Healers are a key part of New Seneca Village and each residency, providing restorative individual and group offerings as a way of connecting leaders with a range of healing modalities.

Healer Offerings@ Residency

Plan for Healer Offerings

Healers will provide 1-2 group offerings per day or 2-3 individual offerings a day (or a blend), depending on your modality and preference.

It is our intention that everyone on residency with New Seneca Village experience time and space to tend to their own restorative practices, including day(s) off for healers who participate in our 6-7 night residencies. 

We will design residency schedules for healers that support this intention. 

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Invitation

To join New Seneca Village as a Healer

We invite you to join New Seneca Village as a potential healer for our upcoming residencies. 

We are looking for cis, trans and non-binary women healers who are interested in supporting women of color leaders.

We will reach out to healers based on the needs of the leaders invited to each residency with the goal to pair healers with leader cohorts based on the emergent and shared requests expressed by the group.

If you are interested, please review our Living Values and if you align, complete the below application to be part of New Seneca Village: 

Completed applications are not a guarantee of residency invitation.

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Venues + Dates

2023 dates will be shared in Winter 2022/23.

Thanks for your patience!

What Comes Next?

Open Houses

Healer Application

Healer Consults + Invitations

Starting in the fall, we will host open houses to connect, discuss the invitation, offer clarity and hear your feedback.

 Open House dates below. 

Healer applications are live now! New Seneca Village will choose healers to invite to residencies based on the needs of the leaders within the residency cohort. 

Completed applications are not a guarantee of residency invitation.

If your restorative offerings are a match for our residency cohorts, we will reach out for a 20 minute consultation to see if we are aligned on the invitation.

It is our goal to invite healers to a particular retreat 2 months in advance, so that you will have ample time to accept, book travel and participate in our Cohort Circle (details below in the Practices section) if you choose.  

Open Houses

​To connect, share about the New Seneca Village offering, hear your feedback and answer questions​.
Please note: This space and opportunity is for cis and trans women and non-binary folks.
If you do not identify this way and still are interested in learning more about NSV, please visit our FAQ page or email us at team@newsenecavillage.org.
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Pre - Residency Circles

New Seneca Village will offer each cohort the opportunity to connect, build relationship and support your ability to be present and grounded during your residency. 

  • Monthly Cohort Circles: Leading up to your residency, we will ask you to connect as a group with the leaders in your retreat cohort with the goal to build relationship, share thinking and gain support on preparing for the retreat and the longer-term practice of integrating restorative practices into your work and life.

Time Commitment: 3 Months - 4.5 hours

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Feedback

In order to co-create tailored residency experiences, evolve our programming and further define (and fundraise for) the intentional community of New Seneca Village, we will rely on your feedback.

 

For Healers: We anticipate asking for 3-4 hours of your time providing feedback via surveys and potentially one interview over a 6 - 8 month time period.

Your participation in this feedback process during the NSV pilot years will enable opt-in feedback for future Villagers.

It will also support our ability to fundraise if we can gather and share about the impact of this offering. 

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intentional community 

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Village Exchange

Participation in New Seneca Village is complimentary and we believe in energetic exchange.

 

Our request is that you exchange at least 12 hours of your time - within the year following your residency - to connect with, learn from, share with and support others within the NSV community.

We know how much brilliance lies in our collective community. And that brilliance shows up beyond your work in the world.

 

We encourage you to bring your full self to this exchange - what delights and intrigues you, in addition to your areas of professional expertise. In this way, we intend to build a strong community of sustained leaders who are uniquely interconnected with one another.

Practices for Mutual Sustainability
New Seneca Village leaders and healers are asked to commit to the following. 

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Invitation to Pause

As You Consider This Invitation for Your Self 

Sit quietly and comfortably with your feet on the ground. 

 

Take 8 cleansing breaths. [In through the nose. Out through the mouth.]

 

Imagine the feels, smells, tastes and sounds of intentional community. Sense the energy of those around you as you gather virtually and physically to co-create spaces centered on restoration, connection and visioning.

~ Is this an invitation I want to say yes to?

 

~ What am I willing to offer to this space? 

 

Close with 3 deep breaths.