lead learner

(noun)

  1. Facilitates critical dialogue;

  2. Encourages curiosity & investigation;

  3. Has an expertise to explore & share.


Knowledge sharing, creativity, and dialogue are all important aspects of healing and community building. Each year, a group of individuals or pairs are invited to lead workshops that investigate a specific area of interest related to our humanity, and in particular, creative life force energy.

Lead Learners express a specific expertise or area of curiosity that they have committed themselves to and would like to share with others, and are engaged in the process of learning and healing themselves. While a two day workshop takes place over a weekend, Lead Learners are asked to spend a series of days at Succurro in retreat for preparation, reflection, and personal work before engaging with others.

 

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2019

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MariA ELENA POMBO

@fragmentario_

Maria Elena Pombo started Fragmentario in 2016 to explore natural dyes a in a modern context and inspire conversations about cultural heritage, collective memory and slow living. A former designer at Michael Kors, she studied fashion design at Parsons School of Design and engineering in Venezuela and in France. Based in Brooklyn, she works on different personal and commissioned projects involving textiles and plants. She has taught workshops on natural dyes and textile experimentation at the New York Botanic Garden, the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, A/D/O and different venues in Italy, Spain, Germany, Japan and New York. With her work, she hopes to inspire others to question and create.

Mari is leading BEYOND COLOR, June 21-23 to celebrate the Summer Solstice.

 
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Marlee Grace

@marleegrace , @personalpractice

Marlee Grace is an improviser and writer living in many places but mostly Michigan.  She works with improvisation as a method for navigating being alive and making work through movement, quilting, writing, and hosting the CENTER residency.

Marlee has a BFA in Dance from the University of Michigan and has a project called Personal Practice that exists on a photo sharing app. This daily dance documentation project has been featured in the New York Times, The Huffington Post, Uppercase Magazine, and more.   

Marlee is leading COMPOSITION + PRACTICE May 17-19 -- a weekend of improvisational movement + writing in the studio and open field.

 
 

2018

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Amanny Ahmad

Amanny is an artist, chef, forager, ikebana enthusiast, writer, food activist and traveler based in New York City. Born in Utah to Palestinian immigrants, she spent her early life traveling back-and-forth between the southwest and her family’s village in the West Bank, where her interest in foraging began, evolving as a way of preserving the culinary traditions of her family. Since then, Amanny, who is a self-taught chef, has studied culinary traditions and wild food ways in Italy, Mexico, Palestine, and North America, in an effort to record and help preserve indigenous culinary traditions and methods of survival. 

Amanny hosted our OPENING CELEBRATION August 4, a dinner to honor the emergence of this space. 

 
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Marlee Grace

@marleegrace , @personalpractice

Marlee is an improviser and writer living in many places but mostly Michigan.  She works with improvisation as a method for navigating being alive and making work through movement, quilting, writing, and hosting the CENTER residency.

Marlee has a BFA in Dance from the University of Michigan and has a project called Personal Practice that exists on a photo sharing app. This daily dance documentation project has been featured in the New York Times, The Huffington Post, Uppercase Magazine, and more.   

Marlee led COMPOSITION + PRACTICE -- a weekend of improvisational movement + writing in the studio and open field

 
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Jacob Schaffer

@jacobschaffer

Jacob is a music based multimedia performing artist holding studies in mindfulness practices. His singer/songwriting roots expanded growing up in the improvisational vocal community led by Bobby Mcferrin and members of Voicestra. Also, a former producer apprentice at Quad Studios. This unique blend of music and mindfulness has also led to the cultivation of Sound Bath Meditations. After years of musical study, bedroom recordings and soul searching, Jacob’s self-produced album Good Chi was debuted and celebrated with a Solo European Tour making stops in various countries and the UK. In Holland, began production for the ‘Other Side’ EP, a serendipitous meeting of the minds and co-production with Mishal Zeera.

Jacob led an evening SOUND BATH pulling from all his experiences leading groups, performing, and layering sound.

 

BECOMING A LEAD LEARNER

Becoming a Lead Learner is by invitation or nomination. Each year we select a few individuals or pairs engaging with audiences to examine their humanity and question what we assume to be true about ourselves and environment. This means a wide variety of topics, expertise, and curiosities - we will prioritize those who are creating space for our humanity and healing through creativity.

Workshops are full weekend immersive experiences for participants. Participants pay a fee for attendance that includes lodging and food, and several scholarships are available for each. Lead Learners spend a series of days at Succurro in retreat in preparation, reflection, and personal work before engaging with others. For this time, Lead Learners have their own spacious apartment and receive sessions as well as support in carrying out their work. Ideally, a Lead Learner may arrive on a Sunday/Monday, spend the week, followed by the weekend workshop, and departure as needed on Sunday or Monday after participants leave. We hope that by covering travel, food, and accommodations, and providing a fair leading fee that this experience is intangibly beneficial for you and those coming to learn with you.

If this appeals to you, and we do not yet know you — there are ways to get involved at Succurro first. We believe it is important that you understand Succurro, and we are familiar with eachother’s work before engaging in this way. Please feel free to reach out to start a conversation, or simply peruse the website for ways you can be involved.


 

From Lead Learner, Marlee Grace:

“My time as a lead learner at Succurro was nothing short of transformational.  This visit felt like the beginning of a profound shift in how I see myself in the world and in relation to the earth and to others.  In working with Damian and Owyn I was able to truly get in my body, work through past trauma and old ideas, all in a container that was so so safe and gentle. 

The structure of staying for 5 days before I taught was the catalyst for me being able to fully show up to the students in a way I truly don't think I would have been able to otherwise.  Through SourcePoint Therapy we worked through boundaries, how I can hold space for myself and trust that my students will hold space for theirselves also - putting this new trust in myself and those participating made me feel so generous with my knwoledge and energy and not burnt out - while usually after a 2 hour workshop I'll feel completely depleted 

This place, the people, and the experience were exactly what I needed at this moment in my career and practice - I look forward to returning on a regular basis to continue this research in a community of others dedicated to the same sense of healing and aliveness.” —— Marlee Grace