With Ryan Bemis
Guest speakers: Will Hall, Andy Wegman, Ken Carter, Elizabeth Ropp, and Fr. Joe Mulligan
The dawn of the liberation theology movement in the Americas came around the same time in the 1970s when activists began to integrate acupuncture into US addiction recovery communities. With Covid-19 now challenging the foundations of modern society, how can these two historical social movements inform our work in acupuncture today? We don’t know what acupuncture will look like ahead, so what can acupuncture providers learn from the liberation theology’s option for the poor, social justice, and base community grassroots organizing?
Tiny Needles to the Root
Base Christian communities in Latin America have used acupuncture for decades as an outgrowth of the barefoot doctor model developed in China. In 2011 base communities used the NADA acupuncture model in response to violence in Cd Juarez, Mexico. Churches utilize volunteers within self-help groups to mobilize social projects and create safe space, sanctuary, and silence. Volunteers offer acupuncture for people sitting in pews after church services as nuns go door to door visiting the sick and homebound. Sanctuary churches sheltering migrants offer care for refugees under siege. Base Christian communities offer acupuncture for Campesinos in rural Central America. The first-ever Catholic-sponsored acupuncture school has taken root in the once murder capital of the world: Barefoot Health Promoters. We’ll look at the cultural, systemic, and paradigm shifts that have happened along the way in the course of this project’s synthesis of action and contemplation.
Integration of Action and Contemplation
This course will explore the basis for acupuncture within any community project working to integrate action and contemplation into social change and personal development work. If action means activism and acupuncture can change the world and healing the sick with needles and creating successful businesses, then contemplation could be just sitting in silence with needless, caring for the soul, maybe even, sinking into that deeper truth answer to the question: What is the next right thing for me to do at this moment?
Becoming Agents of Change
We will review key lessons about how liberation acupuncture implicates us as community workers in solidarity with the most vulnerable communities in the world. How can we be agents of liberation and systemic change using tiny needles in any part of the planet, no matter what the economy is like? Join us to explore what radical responsibility and personalist approaches we, if we choose, all might have as acupuncture providers as humanity recovers from itself in the decade ahead.
Who The Course is For
This course is a primer for anyone wanting to get involved with the Barefoot Acupuncture Movement. This course is also designed to help you build confidence as acupuncture or acudetox teacher around the world. This is also an introductory training for NADA and acupuncturist providers wanting to expand their skill-sets around cultural competency and how to do humanitarian aid, disaster relief, and international community development work.
These classes are designed for ADSes, acupuncturists, community organizers, and anyone interested in learning how to start an acupuncture program within a humanitarian aid project.