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Healing Justice Podcast

118 EpisodesProduced by Kate Werning - Social Justice Organizer & Trainer; Healing PractitionerWebsite

Healing Justice Podcast is a virtual practice space, bridging conversations at the intersections of collective healing & social change. Hosted by organizer and healing practitioner Kate Werning, each week we share a conversation with a powerful social justice leader, and an accompanying audio practi… read more


37 Practice: Somatic Check-In (Feeling the Pulse) with Lucién Demaris of Relational Uprising

This practice is a Somatic Check-In to feel one another's pulse and breath, and experience the possibility for awareness of co-regulation of our social engagement systems. It is simple and intimate, and can be practiced in a pair or group of 3 - it's good for a room to do together, divided intro groups of 2 or 3 (more people = more support). It involves watching the breath move in one another's bodies, and touch of the hands and wrists, so it's important to get consent for that level of closeness before beginning. You can also listen through and practice noticing your own breathing and pulse to get oriented before deciding if and how to share it.

This practice is part of a set of corresponding conversations and practices that also include Season 1's episode 20 (Relational Culture & Undoing Individualism) and episode 32 (Bridging Complexity Collectively).


Welcome to Book Club! 📚

Welcome to our new gathering place for our listener community to learn, explore, and practice together. Our first selection is Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good. Get your copy now from our partners at AK Press with code PODCAST for 15% off!

Join Book Club at any reward level $10 & up on our Patreon at to get members-only access to a 30% off discount code at AK Press, a discussion guide for hosting your own gathering around this book, and be invited to a virtual hangout with adrienne, Amita, and Monique Tula this summer to talk further about Pleasure Activism.

And check out our Community level, Reciprocity level for practitioners, Redistribution level where we share 15% of money raised with less visible less resourced frontline healing justice groups, and our Donor Circle level on Patreon too. Every membership tier above $10 includes Book Club. See you there! xo



Lucién Demaris is a Somatics-based healer, educator and consultant, training in the US and internationally for the last 15 years. Lucién is formally trained as a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner of Somatic Education, a California Licensed Acupuncturist and a Nationally Certified Bodyworker. Lucien identifies as mestizo and is from Ecuador.

Relational Uprising, the organization of which Lucién is a part, is a training and coaching institute that supports social movements to foster a relational culture of embodied support, interdependence, and inclusion in their organizations and communities. Learn more and apply for their trainings at



Last week, we talked Relational Somatics with Lucién. I love listening to how Lucién perceives and understands the world in such an insightful web of relationship and interaction -- our bodies in relation to one another and the ecology as the foundational way we co-regulate. This understanding of somatics as relational is an important and unique offer in that way, challenging the idea of self-mastery and replacing it with an invitation for ways we can all be tuning in more closely in mutual support. Check out the previous episode to listen in to that conversation, and SUBSCRIBE/FOLLOW this podcast to make sure you don't miss future juicy conversations & practices!



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Thank you to our incredible production volunteers on this episode: Sonja Hanson for audio editing and production, Zach Meyer at the COALROOM for music and mastering, and Josiah Werning for graphic design.

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