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Susan Raffo

8 Podcast Episodes

Latest 24 Sep 2022 | Updated Daily

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Being in the Awkward, Longing for the Slowness, Conversation with Susan Raffo

Long Body Prayers

When I invited Susan to be a guest on this newly sprouting podcast. I said the subject of the episode would be about "Choice," exploring layers around "sovereignty, ability to modulate connection, discernment, just right amount, literacy around tracking the felt sense, dissociation especially from low body, impact and relationship betrayal, consent." I think that many of the themes from this original intention did find their way into this podcast, but sideways, implicitly in the relational space between us. So much of this conversation was about us trying to find the rhythm, to navigate the messy awkward terrain of being two people meeting each other as elder/student/peer/community/stranger. One interesting thread to track is the way we modulate through different kinds of relationality, from more left brain factual narratives towards a space of ceremony and slowing down together.  Another layer that Susan and I navigated during the conversation was the difference between communication and expression. We come from different cultural contexts—Susan more from movement and healing justice culture, me more from animist ritual and creative process—and so there were a lot of places where I think we missed each other in terms of comprehension. But in some ways that was ok because allowing ourselves to explore being "incomprehensible" was part of what later opened up that space of richness for ceremony.   Re-watching this conversation, a lot of my self talk has been retrospectivly wishing that I had been more intentional around preparing questions and having more of a guiding thread to carry through the conversation. My intuition was to just go with what showed up and trust that what needed to be in the field between us would emerge. It has taken me a while to have some spaciousness around the layers of vulnerability and longing that came up in the call for me and feel able to share it with people. The call was originally two hours and I have edited it down to under 90 minutes, cutting some parts that feel too personal for public sharing right now. I think I was longing for that dropping into ceremony the whole time, but I've never known how to ask for it until the navigation between us revealed that as an option.   You can see the video version of the podcast at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bYaSfb0CRM and learn more about the project at www.earthpoetedgeweaver.com.   Blessings on you and the mycelial webbing of your relationships.

1hr 24mins

2 Oct 2021

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The Haters: Eugenics Conversation with Cara Page and Susan Raffo

Our Dirty Laundry

We are joined by Cara Page and Susan Raffo for a conversation about eugenics: where we fit into the deeply embedded and continuing history of eugenics in politics, reproductive rights, legal systems, education, settlement, climate change...truly, truly everything around us is so intricately connected with the ideas we've been discussing in this series. We are grateful to Cara and Susan for helping us process this and encourage you to look more into their work. Register for the Dismantling Eugenics Convening and head to the Healing Histories Project to dive deeper and do the work!

1hr 23mins

17 Sep 2021

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CST 143 - Susan Raffo - Healing Justice ... for Minneapolis and the Greater World

The Craniosacral Podcast

Susan Raffo practices craniosacral therapy in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She has studied with Hugh Milne, The Upledger Institute, and Body Intelligence. While cranial work is her primary modality for individual healing work, she largely sees the world through the lens of social justice. Of special interest to her is the exploration of where systems of power and oppression are held in the tissues of the body. She also facilitates groups and organizations in matters of conflict support and cultural change, and is passionate about healing justice for all people of color. In this episode I ask Susan to share with us some of her perspective on what is happening on the ground in Minneapolis through her cultural lens. We also discuss the importance of taking a closer look at the roots of Osteopathy with a more sensitive and honest evaluation of the role of indigenous spirit in its birth. Susan's Resource Page for this Interview White Fragility: Why It's So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism

1hr 27mins

10 Jun 2020

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To be in the middle of what is here: Susan Raffo

Living in this Queer Body

In this episode, recorded in the midst of a global pandemic, we explore, with such tenderness and fierceness, what it means to be in the middle of what is here.  Susan talks about mutual aid initiatives as "collective nervous systems" and emphasizes the importance of acknowledging what is unfinished in us (intergenerational trauma or other complex traumas that many of us hold in our bodies) while we work towards shared liberation. Susan and I talk about how death rests right alongside our embodied aliveness and much more. Susan Raffo is a queer bodyworker with ancestry in both the colonized and the colonizer. She has studied craniosacral therapy through the Upledger Institute, the Milne Institute, and with Body Intelligence. She is also informed by Global Somatics, a practice that emerged out of Body Mind Centering and by a range of nervous system integration models. For the last 16 years she has focused her work on the connection between what happens in systems and communities with what happens within individual bodies both through work with the US Social Forum movement, as well as most recently through the People’s Movement Center. Based in Minneapolis and from Cleveland, Ohio, Susan happily lives with her partner, Rocki, and their daughter, Luca.  To find out more about her work, go to www.susanraffo.com SEND ME A VOICE MEMO for the Dispatches from our Queer Bodies in Pandemic Times livinginthisqueerbody@gmail.com or ANCHOR https://anchor.fm/asher-pandjiris LITQB Podcast: This is a podcast about the barriers to embodiment and how our collective body stories can bring us back to ourselves. This is a podcast for people who identify as queer or for people who might think of their relationship between their body and confining social narratives as queer. This can feel like an isolating experience.  Our wounded bodies need spaces to talk about struggles with nourishment/disordered eating, body image issues, dysphoria, racism, heterosexism, transphobia, xenophobia, substance use/abuse, chronic pain/disability, body changes in parenthood, intergenerational trauma, the medical/wellness/therapy industrial complex and its lack of inclusion of queer bodies and much more. Hopefully this podcast can illustrate the connections, and resonant pain points, that we have with one another. Livinginthisqueerbody.com  @livinginthisqueerbody The Host:  Asher Pandjiris Psychotherapist/ Podcaster/ Group Facilitator SUPPORT https://www.patreon.com/livinginthisqueerbody Music: Ethan Philbrick and Helen Messineo-Pandjiris --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/asher-pandjiris/message

58mins

6 Apr 2020

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Susan Raffo - Part two

Fortification

We're back and we are so excited to be bringing you part two of this juicy conversation to launch our third season between Caitlin Breedlove and Susan Raffo. See our first part of the conversation in the May 1 episode.  More about Susan: I am a queer woman on the other side of menopause who was raised white and uses she/her pronouns. My ancestral lineages represent the colonizer and the colonized. I am descended from southern and western european people and from people native to this land. I have experienced early and deep grief and loss and I have experienced different kinds of violence directed towards my body as well as the people around me. I am also loved really, really well. These are some of the things that inform how I do my work. I have almost always lived in midwestern spaces. I come from a mixed class background. I am currently able-bodied but have been in family with and continue to be in family with people living with disabilities. As a bodyworker, I feel pretty fiercely (and oh how many mistakes I make) about constantly uprooting ableism in this work. I am a mother, oh how I love being a mother. And I love the butch Brazilian woman I’ve lived with for a quarter of a century. I believe that identity is not an individual thing but a collective thing, meaning, my identities are as much about the people I share them with as it is about the things I name here. I work as a bodyworker, a cultural worker and a writer. You can find my blog and other things here: www.susanraffo.com. referenced in this episode Heteropatriarchy & the Three Pillars of White Supremacy by Andrea Smith  The Peoples Movement Center Beloved Child: A Dakota Way of Life by Diane Wilson Emergent Strategy by adrienne maree brown  Southerners on New Ground Revolutionary Mothering and the work of Alexis Pauline Gumbs tell us your thoughts about fortification in this short survey. thank you! intro music by Abhimanyu Janamanchi. production by Nora Rasman.

44mins

8 May 2019

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Susan Raffo - Part one

Fortification

We're back and we are so excited to be bringing you this juicy conversation to launch our third season between Caitlin Breedlove and Susan Raffo. More about Susan: I am a queer woman on the other side of menopause who was raised white and uses she/her pronouns. My ancestral lineages represent the colonizer and the colonized. I am descended from southern and western european people and from people native to this land. I have experienced early and deep grief and loss and I have experienced different kinds of violence directed towards my body as well as the people around me. I am also loved really, really well. These are some of the things that inform how I do my work. I have almost always lived in midwestern spaces. I come from a mixed class background. I am currently able-bodied but have been in family with and continue to be in family with people living with disabilities. As a bodyworker, I feel pretty fiercely (and oh how many mistakes I make) about constantly uprooting ableism in this work. I am a mother, oh how I love being a mother. And I love the butch Brazilian woman I’ve lived with for a quarter of a century. I believe that identity is not an individual thing but a collective thing, meaning, my identities are as much about the people I share them with as it is about the things I name here. I work as a bodyworker, a cultural worker and a writer. You can find my blog and other things here: www.susanraffo.com. referenced in this episode Heteropatriarchy & the Three Pillars of White Supremacy by Andrea Smith  The Peoples Movement Center Beloved Child: A Dakota Way of Life by Diane Wilson Emergent Strategy by adrienne maree brown  Southerners on New Ground Revolutionary Mothering and the work of Alexis Pauline Gumbs tell us your thoughts about fortification in this short survey. thank you! intro music by Abhimanyu Janamanchi. production by Nora Rasman.

56mins

1 May 2019

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Healing Justice with Susan Raffo (BZP011)

The Beth Zemsky Podcast

Happy Hanukkah! In this episode we sit down with Beth’s longtime friend and colleague Susan Raffo to talk about Healing Justice. We talk about its history, how the concept itself is rooted in the ancient wisdom of cultures around the world, and how it’s just recently begun to gain greater visibility in the broader Social … Continue reading "Healing Justice with Susan Raffo (BZP011)"

1hr 2mins

5 Dec 2018

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Healing Justice with Susan Raffo (BZP011)

NONPOD PODCAST COMMUNITY

Happy Hanukkah! In this episode we sit down with Beth’s longtime friend and colleague Susan Raffo to talk about Healing Justice. We talk about its history, how the concept itself is rooted in the ancient wisdom of cultures around the world, and how it’s just recently begun to gain greater visibility in the broader Social Justice movement in the United States, thanks largely to the work of Queer Black women in the South combating the lasting effects of the legacy of slavery. We talk about how healing has traditionally been understood in Western and American society and offer some alternatives to the parts of this understanding that continue to contribute to the very things we aspire to heal – both on an individual level and collectively. We also discuss a few ways that practitioners of all kinds can integrate Healing Justice concepts into their work and how anyone can implement it in their daily lives. We also talk briefly about Beth’s upcoming Facilitating Cultural Change workshop and her all new website! Roll up your sleeves and join us for a deep-dive discussion of a heavy topic that might actually be a lot simpler on some levels than it seems to be, and that in a lot of ways couldn’t be more timely.

1hr 2mins

5 Dec 2018