Self-Care in Social Justice

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42 ACRES Shoreditch

66 Leonard Street

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EC2A 4LW

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When talking about activism, the cultural assumption that self-care is an expression of egocentrism looms large. However the ‘put on your oxygen mask before helping others’ principle is very much applicable in social justice work and in order to be an effective activist, one ought to attend to one’s own needs.

The mission for the day will therefore be how to do social justice work that is adaptive, focuses on the small things that make up all the large systems, and prioritizes critical connections over critical mass. We will try to figure out collectively, how to best rest our bodies & minds so that we don’t burn out our spirits in our steadfast commitment to liberation & equity.

The urban retreat at 42 ACRES Shoreditch is a space for breakthrough conversations and interactions. This participatory session will explore the meaning of self-care, the diversity of care practices, burnout and ways to keep it at bay, institutional versus personal wellbeing, as well as ways in which we can make social justice work the most pleasurable experience we can have.

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The day will include guided group sharing, music meditation, creative expression exercises as well as time to connect with others & explore ways in which self care truly embedded in your life could look like for you.

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Lunch and refreshments included.

We want anyone who wants to be able to attend this workshop to feel able to. We're keen to cover costs, but if to attend you'd like a reduced price place, they are available. Get in touch if you'd like to apply.

Led by Aubrey Vora Chantée, Ivan Juric, Elsie Bryant & Felipe Viveros of 42 ACRES


About our Facilitators

Elsie is an activist, organiser and artist with a focus on systemic change that eradicates dehumanising inequity and facilitates environmental regeneration. She works in leadership and supporting roles to challenge dominant narratives in pursuit of more just economic and political systems with interconnectedness and anti-colonialism at their heart.

Elsie is currently the Digital Communications Director of The Rules, a global collective of activists and organisers addressing the roots causes of inequality and poverty. She also runs a project: 'British Empire State of Mind' to challenge Britain's colonial mentality and authors 'Development Truths', a critical development blog that challenges the workings of the 'international development' sector.


Ivan has worked as a community organiser & researcher for indigenous rights & environmental justice in West Africa and the Americas. He draws upon years of experience as a campaigner for People & Planet, Greenpeace International & Oxfam, and is currently working with the activist/grassroots-movement focused, Guerrilla Foundation in order to support, promote, develop & reframe activism across Europe. He is also part of The Wellbeing Project, that is cultivating a shift in the field of social change toward one that prioritises inner as well as outer wellbeing. Ivan is a massive Tolkien nerd, sci-fi junkie, camping addict and when not busy at work he can be found reading Emerson, Seneca or Tolstoy in a hemp hammock somewhere near a waterfall.


Aubrey thinks Existence is a pretty neat mystery worth exploring, and is fascinated by the diversity of the human experience. She considers herself to be a student for life and a student of life, learning from adventures and encounters with interesting characters along the way. It is her hope to use her creativity and compassion to empower her fellow human folk as they navigate through the unknown twists and turns of life. Since 2011, Aubrey has been creating pages inspired by people in her life, places she explores, wild dreams, and brainstorming sessions in classrooms she visits. Since 2013, she’s been been supporting creative empowerment in cities across the US, as well as the UK, Spain, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taipei, Dubai, and beyond! Coloring with people of all ages across the world have really strengthened Aubrey’s belief in the transformational power of creativity, imagination and play.


Felipe is responsible for Programme Development and Social Innovation at 42 ACRES. He is also a strategist and consultant specialising in campaigning, programme design and fundraising. Throughout his career he has championed environmental campaigning and indigenous people's rights including groundbreaking work with the Kogi people of Colombia.

Find out more about Felipe here: http://42acres.com/about/#team

Please note that 42Acres is housed at the top of an old building and there are several flights of stairs, currently without lift access, to reach the floor where this event will take place. If this presents you with any difficulty, or you have any accessibility needs, please get in touch to discuss how we can make it possible to support you to attend.

Please do also email us with any particular dietary requirements: Felipe@42acres.com.

Children are very welcome.

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42 ACRES Shoreditch

66 Leonard Street

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EC2A 4LW

United Kingdom

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