Beginning with Presence: Healing the Wounds of Oppression

An immersive, week-long service learning experience at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation

August 20-26, 2022, Apply here by 9/20/21

This workshop will give participants the opportunity to spend one week volunteering at Re-Member, a nonprofit organization that serves the Oglala Lakota people on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation (the Rez) among a group of people interested in the practical applications of Gestalt Therapy Theory.

The Rez is one of the most impoverished places in our nation, with a population that has been subjected to oppression over many generations, resulting in generational trauma, among other things.  One of these ongoing traumas is when outsiders, often coming from the same population as those that oppressed them, arrive on the Rez with the intention of helping them but often end up reenacting the same trauma over and over.  These interruptions in contact create harm across relationships and result in a culture of mistrust.

This workshop will encourage participants to begin with genuine presence, curiosity, humility, and awareness. We will divide our time between: doing direct service work building outhouses and bunk beds and learning from the Lakota people. “Forming relationships with the Lakota people and studying their history, culture and spirituality are as important as the volunteer projects we undertake” (Re-Member.org) We will offer reflection at the end of each day with our workshop participants. We will share lessons learned, experience creative new ways of being together, and the hope of relational possibilities yet to come from true healing across difference.  Please see the sample schedule below for a more comprehensive outline of the week.

This workshop will occur concurrently with weeklong programming offered by Re-Member.  Facilitators and participants will spend the week living on the Rez, staying at Re-Member’s volunteer housing, eating meals prepared by Re-Member staff, and following the mission of Re-Member.

It is recommended that you attend the Informational Zoom meeting on Wednesday, September 8th, 2021 from 7-8 p.m. to learn more about this workshop and have the opportunity to ask questions. Please email [email protected] to RSVP for the Info Session and obtain the Zoom link. Q&A from the Info Session will be posted here on September 9, 2021.

All visitors to Pine Ridge Indian Reservation must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. No prior experience with tools or machinery required.

Learning Objectives

In this workshop, you will:

  • learn the importance of accountability and relationship in social justice work,
  • have the opportunity to practically apply Gestalt Therapy Theory principles and values in working across difference and healing the wounds of oppression, and
  • gain an understanding of the necessity of presence as a foundation for the work of dismantling White supremacy culture.

Target Audience

  • Anyone with a curiosity about the practical applications of Gestalt Therapy Theory in working across difference,
  • Anyone with a desire to learn the true history of some of the Indigenous people of the US,
  • Anyone with a curiosity on using relationship as a foundation for social change and moving toward healing.

Workshop Facilitators

Kelly Kampf, LCSW (she/her) is the Executive Director of GTIP and a therapist in private practice in Philadelphia, PA.  She has a BS in Psychology and a Masters in Social Work. She worked as a hospice social worker and bereavement counselor for various nonprofit hospice organizations in the Philadelphia region for twelve years. She completed her Gestalt training at GTIP in 2015.

Kelly is interested in constantly examining how her social location shows up in interactions and impacts relationships. As a white, queer, GNC femme person, who is able bodied, Buddhist, middle class, child free by choice, neuroatypical, and a U.S. Citizen, she is interested in holding herself accountable to how her privilege impacts her relationships and work. Kelly has training in grief and loss, trauma, somatic therapy, EMDR, Trans-allyship, Somatic Experiencing, hypnotherapy, anti-racism, improv comedy, and is also a Death Doula. In her spare time, Kelly enjoys woodworking, running, cooking, reading, tarot, spending time with animals of all kinds, and taking on DIY construction projects.

Seth Fisher, MDiv (all pronouns) is currently a second year trainee at the Gestalt Training Institute of Philadelphia and the minister of the First Unitarian Fellowship of Hunterdon County, where he has been serving since 2016. He previously served Peoples Church of Chicago—a dynamic, diverse, urban congregation in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood, as well as congregations in Annapolis, MD and Evanston, IL.

Seth invited Kelly to join him on a volunteer trip to Re-Member in the summer of 2018 when they were dating and they both knew that this was a profound experience. They got married in August 2020.

CEUS

10, CEU Processing Fee $25

GTIP offers Continuing Education credits to: LSW, LCSW, LPC, LMFT, PSY, GENERIC. Should you be requesting CEUs, please indicate what license you hold and your license number when you apply.

This session is co-sponsored by Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research for a maximum of 10 credit hours. Bryn Mawr College GSSWSR, as a CSWE School of Social Work, is a pre-approved provider of continuing education for Social Workers in PA and many other states.

GTIP is approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Psychology to offer 10 hours of continuing education for psychologists. GTIP maintains responsibility for the program. The Pennsylvania State Board of Psychology requires Psychology workshop participants to furnish their license number to receive a certificate of attendance.

Tuition

The workshop itself is free, however there is a fee of $695 which covers food and lodging at Re-Member (inclusive of a 4.5% tribal sales tax). Participants will need to purchase their own flight to Rapid City, SD or arrange their own transportation. Re-Member provides shuttle service to and from the Rapid City, SD airport for a small fee.

Location

Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota

Workshop dates

Saturday, August 20, 2022 (arrive between 2-4 p.m.) – Friday, August 26, 2022 (depart by 9 a.m.) You must be able to travel on these dates and arrive at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation by 4 p.m. on Saturday, August 20, 2022 and stay for the entire duration of the workshop until Friday, August 26, 2022 at 9 a.m.

Registration

Space is limited. Apply here by 9/20/21.

Once accepted, payment is due in full within 2 weeks to reserve your slot. All fees go to Re-Member for food and lodging. Travel information must be sent to Kelly Kampf at [email protected] no later than 1/1/2022.

Sample Itinerary

Please note that this is a sample only and is subject to change. However, it will give you a good idea of what to expect.

Saturday

3-4 pm – Welcome – Kelly + Seth
4:15 pm – Orientation – with Re-Member Staff, and Kelly + Seth
5 pm – Dinner – prepared by Re-Member Staff
7 pm – Travel to Powwow (if available) – with Re-Member Staff, and Kelly + Seth
9:30 pm – Quiet time, reading, bathroom/showers
10:30 pm – Lights out, or head out to your tent

Sunday

7 am – Wake, bathroom/showers
7:45 am – Breakfast – prepared by Re-Member staff
8 – 9 am – Preparing for the Day – Group Time – with Kelly + Seth
9 – Wisdom of the Elders – with Re-Member Staff, and Kelly + Seth
10 am – Cultural Program – Wounded Knee visit – with Re-Member Staff, and Kelly + Seth
12 pm – Picnic Lunch – prepared by Re-Member staff
1 pm – Visit Badlands National Park – with Re-Member Staff, and Kelly + Seth
5 pm – DInner – prepared by Re-Member Staf
6:30 pm – Cultural Program – with Lakota Tribe
8 – 9 pm – Reflections of the Day – Group Time – with Kelly + Seth
9:30 pm – Free time, reading, bathroom/showers
10:30 pm – Lights out, or head out to your tent

Monday

6:30 am – Wake, bathroom/ showers
7 am – Breakfast
7:30 – 8:15 Preparing for the Day – Group Time – with Kelly + Seth
8:30 am – Wisdom of the Elders – with Re-Member Staff, and Kelly + Seth
9 am – Work day begins – Groups of 4 paired with Re-Member Staff for the day
12 pm – Lunch at worksite, prepared by Re-Member Staff
1 pm – Work day, continued
5 pm – Dinner, prepared by Re-Member staff
6:30 pm – Cultural program – with Lakota Tribe, Kelly + Seth
8 – 9 pm – Reflections of the Day – Group Time – with Kelly + Seth
9:30 pm – Free time, reading, bathroom/showers
10:30 pm – Lights out, or head out to your tent

Tuesday

6:30 am – Wake, bathroom/ showers
7 am – Breakfast
7:30 – 8:15 am – Group Time – with Kelly + Seth
8:30 am – Wisdom of the Elders – with Re-Member Staff, and Kelly + Seth
9 am – Work day begins – Groups of 4 paired with Re-Member Staff for the day
12 pm – Lunch at worksite, prepared by Re-Member Staff
1 pm – Work day, continued
5 pm – Dinner, prepared by Re-Member staff
5:45 – 6 pm – Midweek volunteer cleanup
6:30 pm – Cultural program – with Lakota Tribe, Kelly + Seth
8 – 9 pm – Reflections of the Day – Group Time – with Kelly + Seth
9:30 pm – Free time, reading, bathroom/showers
10:30 pm – Lights out, or head out to your tent

Wednesday

6:30 am – Wake, bathroom/ showers
7 am – Breakfast
7:30 – 8:15 am – Group Time – with Kelly + Seth
8:30 am – Wisdom of the Elders – with Re-Member Staff, and Kelly + Seth
9 am – Work day begins – Groups of 4 paired with Re-Member Staff for the day
12 pm – Lunch at worksite, prepared by Re-Member Staff
1 pm – Work day, continued
5 pm – Dinner, prepared by Re-Member staff
6:30 pm – Community Dinner – with Lakota Tribe
8 – 9:30 pm – Reflections of the Day – Group Time – with Kelly + Seth
9:30 pm – Free time, reading, bathroom/showers
10:30 pm – Lights out, or head out to your tent

Thursday

6:30 am – Wake, bathroom/ showers
7 am – Breakfast
7:30 – 8:15 am – Group Time – with Kelly + Seth
8:30 am – Wisdom of the Elders – with Re-Member Staff, and Kelly + Seth
9 am – Work day / Tour day
12 pm – Lunch at worksite or tour site, prepared by Re-Member Staff
1 pm – Work day/ tour day, continued
4:30 pm – Final volunteer cleanup
5:30 pm – Dinner, prepared by Re-Member staff
6:30 pm – Finish cleanup/ packing
7 pm – Final sharing/ Sunset & Sundaes – with Re-Member Staff
8 – 9:30 pm – Reflections of the Day – Group Time – with Kelly + Seth
9:30 pm – Free time, reading, bathroom/showers
10:30 pm – Lights out, or head out to your tent

Friday

6:30 am – Wake, bathroom/ showers
7 am – Continental Breakfast – prepared by Re-Member staff
7:15 – 8 am – Group Time + Goodbyes – with Kelly + Seth
8 am – Packing/ final sweep/ mop
9 am – Departure

* We will travel to a powwow if there is one happening locally. This is much more common in the summer months.

** Cultural programs may include: speakers, Lakota singing and dancing, and/or traditional Lakota games.

*** Tour Day may include: Visits to museums, the tribal college, and area craft outlets and businesses.

Work projects consist of building/installing bunk beds, outhouses, trailer skirting, wheelchair ramps and entry steps, and cutting/splitting/delivering firewood.