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Somatic Dreaming Lab (SDL) is a creative experiential workshop that aims to foster connection, healing, and empowerment within a community context. The lab blends various elements, including somatic healing, communal activities, social justice, and artistic expression to create a unique space for individuals to engage with their senses, bodies, and surroundings in a deeper way.

Key Values of Somatic Dreaming Lab (SDL):



















Somatic Healing and Sensual Reconnection: The SDL provides a platform for individuals to reconnect with their bodies and senses, emphasizing somatic healing techniques. This approach recognizes the importance of bodily experiences in promoting emotional well-being and overall healing.

Communal Activities and Connection: SDL facilitates communal activities that encourage people to come together, fostering a sense of belonging and interconnectedness. This is especially valuable for marginalized communities offering safer, braver spaces for shared experiences and support.

Mutual Empowerment and Radical Hospitality: SDL is designed to empower individuals collectively, creating a space where participants uplift each other. The notion of radical hospitality emphasizes inclusivity and welcoming, ensuring that diverse voices and perspectives are valued and integrated.

Intersectionality and Social Justice: SDL intersects with migrant cognitive labor and social justice initiatives, and is committed to addressing broader systemic issues beyond the workshop experience. This inclusion of intersectionality aligns with the focus on solidarity and creating a more equitable society.

Artistic and Esoteric Engagement: The incorporation of art and esoteric elements into the workshop experience adds a creative and spiritual dimension to SDL. This allows participants to explore different forms of expression, engage with their own spirituality, and tap into alternative ways of thinking and being.

Joyful and Inclusive Praxis: The SDL is a joyful and inclusive praxis. The syllabus design aims to evoke theory or abstract ideas as a means of orientation or departure. The deep concern of the lab centers the various brilliant ways we conjure and manifest the world around us, putting these concepts into practical, positive action. 

Personal Dream Intentions and Continuation: The idea of creating personal dream intentions for embodying critical practices beyond the SDL suggests a commitment to sustainability. Participants are encouraged to apply what they've learned to their lives moving forward, ensuring that the impact of SDL extends beyond the immediate event.

The Somatic Dreaming Lab is a visionary space that brings together elements of healing, community building, artistic expression, and social activism. Its emphasis on somatic experiences, intersectionality, and mutual empowerment could contribute to positive individual and collective transformation.


We offer 3 full scholarships for Black, Indigenous and People of Color [BIPOC] folks in each session. As well as 3 Work Trade spots in each session. If interested please select 'BIPOC Scholarship' OR 'Work Trade' when registering via the link below. For more information about the work trade exchange, go to the Work Exchange page.


jaamil olawale kosoko (they/them) is a multi-spirited Nigerian American author, performance artist, and curator of Yoruba and Natchez descent originally from Detroit, MI. In Fall 2020, they were appointed the 3rd annual Alma Hawkins Visiting Chair in the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance at UCLA. Additionally, they are a 2020 Pew Fellow in the Arts, 2019 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow in Choreography, 2019 NPN Development Fund Awardee, 2019-21 Movement Research Artist in Residence, 2018-20 Live Feed Artist at New York Live Arts, 2017-19 Princeton Arts Fellow, 2019 Red Bull Writing Fellow, 2018 NEFA NDP Production Grant recipient, 2017 MAP Fund recipient, and 2017 Cave Canem Poetry Fellow. 


Their creative practice draws from Black study and queer theories of the body, weaving together visual performance, lecture, ritual, and spiritual practice. Their previous work Chameleon (The Living Installments) premiered virtually in April 2020. Séancers (2017) and the Bessie nominated #negrophobia (2015), have toured internationally, appearing in major festivals including: Tanz im August (Berlin), Moving in November (Finland), Within Practice (Sweden),TakeMeSomewhere (UK), Brighton Festival (UK), Oslo Teaterfestival (Norway), and Zürich MOVES! (Switzerland), among others. Season 1 of their interview-based podcast, American Chameleon, can be found on all podcast platforms. Their book, Black Body Amnesia: Poems & Other Speech Acts is forthcoming in 2022. Additionally, they lecture regularly at Princeton University, The University of the Arts Stockholm, and Exerce Master at ICI-CCN in Montpellier, France. Connect with jaamil on IG at jaamil_means_beauty

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