Facilitation for conflict transformation, community building & creative group processes

Approach

My approach is informed by my studies in Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychology & Process Work facilitation. I have trained in conflict mediation, social justice frameworks & anti-oppression modalities. To my work, I bring five years of professional experience in operations & people management.


Process Work is a method of using awareness in service of the process that is wanting to emerge for a group, couple or individual, facilitating a relationship between what is more known & lesser known, and finding meaning & medicine in conflict & disturbances. Hakomi is the assisted self-study of one's somatic experience using a state of mindfulness in order to access deeper feelings, the nuances of our lived experience.


My facilitation style is always infused with humor, creativity & play, incorporating elements of visual art, movement, improv and storytelling. I wish to facilitate change that is sustainable, aligned with justice and in service to emotional, social and spiritual healing. I seek to create spaces that support deeper levels of connection and mutual understanding.

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Why "Gather"? At the core of my being lies the love of strongly-knit community. Gather is my favorite verb. I am most fulfilled when I have all of my people around me weaving a supportive & generative network. My approach engages our deepest human yearnings to be connected and feel whole both within ourselves and with each other. My work is in service of a vision of the world where dismantling systems of oppression makes space for embodied collective liberation and joy. Gather practices radical hospitality by supporting us all to find home and belonging.

Offerings

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1:1 Sessions

I support you to make creative contact with & integrate the many parts that live inside of you. As an adventure doula, I utilize embodied techniques to help you explore how your inner landscapes, dreams and body symptoms are connected with your soul journey.

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Conflict Transformation

By creating safe space and addressing the roles & experiences that often go unaddressed or unnamed in relationships, I facilitate individuals, pairs and groups to see conflict as the starting ground for cultivating deeper mutual understanding, healing & expansion .

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Group Facilitation

I facilitate trainings, group conflict mediation and community building processes. I also design curated experiences for participants to explore curiosity and tap into innate creativity.

Rates


Please get in touch with me to schedule a free 15-minute consultation, and request further information and pricing!



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About Elena Pinsky

I am a facilitator and artist working at the intersections of creativity and connection. To all of my Gather offerings, I bring empathy, compassion, a keen understanding of relational dynamics and a social justice lens. I hold a vision of an interdependent & thriving world close to my heart. I dance equally with the sacred and the profane, and I love exploring the unknown. I see the value in all sides of a a conflict.

My work is infused with a spiritual tenor, as I weave in learnings from my Jewish heritage, a two-year women's rites of passage journey and Buddhist teachings in meditation and mindfulness. I am never without a project, be it cooking for a dinner party, watercoloring or singing and songwriting.

Elena Pinsky Headshot

About Elena Pinsky


I am a facilitator & artist working at the intersections of creativity and connection. To all of my Gather offerings, I bring empathy, compassion, a keen understanding of relational dynamics and a social justice lens. I hold a vision of an interdependent and thriving world close to my heart. I dance equally with the sacred and the profane, and I love exploring the unknown. I see the value in all sides of a a conflict.

My work is infused with a spiritual tenor, as I weave in learnings from my Jewish heritage, a two-year women's rites of passage journey and Buddhist teachings in meditation and mindfulness. I am never without a project, be it cooking for a dinner party, watercoloring or singing and songwriting.

Past Events

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Past Events


Terra Incognita—An Embodied Retreat for the Creative Soul | December 2021 | Nevada City, CA

Join us this Hannukah for a special journey into the unknown!
  • Make contact with that which inspires us to create
  • Explore the forces that both move us to & block us from alchemizing our dreams into matter
  • Guided movement, storytelling, watercolors
  • Time for personal inquiry & group sharing
  • Get to know the landscape of your own possibility
  • Ask how our Jewish lineage informs this holy process
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Feeding the Self—interactive multi-sensory shabbat experience | Nov. 2019

So often, we eat rushing, standing up, while talking to friends. The intimate relationship between ourselves and our food is diminished. What happens to our taste buds when our sight is blocked? What does it take to bring pleasure to the act of feeding ourselves? Participants will be asked to wear a blindfold and observe silence while they are served a 4-course meal.


Feeding Another—interactive multi-sensory shabbat experience | Dec. 2019

What is our relationship to giving and receiving nourishment? How do we negotiate these themes in relationship? Participants will be asked to bring a partner to dinner, during which they will only be able to feed one another - never themselves - and communicate non-verbally.


“White | Woman | Shame | Blame | Game”: workshop | June 2019 (Co-facilitated with Annie-Rose London) at Feminism All Night

Moving past guilt in service of becoming stronger anti-racist humyns. This workshop explores the ways shame and guilt - particularly as internalized by female-identified and assigned people - intersect with white fragility and vigilance and can make us, as white women, less resilient and capable as anti-racists.

How does our guilt and shame and lack of self-assurance make us fragile and terrified of "messing up" with race, and thus afraid to speak out or over-react when being called out/in? How does it make us hyper vigilant of other white people, severing ties with them rather than leveraging our access and privilege to build bridges and educate? This workshop focuses on working out the experiences of white-identified women and AFAB folks of all genders.




Education + Trainings

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Partners

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