[xmca] FW: [mandala] Re: T.O. Facilitator's Training in Port Townsend, WA June 25-30

From: Peter Smagorinsky (smago@uga.edu)
Date: Wed Jan 17 2007 - 14:00:47 PST

From: Mandala Center <marc@mandalaforchange.com>

Subject: [mandala] Re: T.O. Facilitator's Training in Port Townsend, WA June

Mandala Center for Change presents our 9th annual:


(A 6-day intensive workshop w/ community performance for beginner as well as
more experienced T.O. practitioners seeking to deepen their work.)

Facilitated by Marc Weinblatt

When: June 25 ­ 30, 2007
(M-Th 9:30 AM - 6 PM; Fri 1-10 PM; Sat 10 AM - 4 PM)

Where: Port Townsend, WA (see info below)

Cost: US$400; $350 if registered before 5/15 ($$ arrangements available
based on need; no one turned away.)

Registration: Send $100 (per person) non-refundable deposit to:
Mandala Center
510 35th St.
Port Townsend, WA 98368

For more info, contact:

As created by Brazilian visionary, Augusto Boal, Theatre of the Oppressed
(T.O.) is a form of popular community based education which uses theater as
a tool for social change. It's basic aim is to re-humanize humanity.
Originally developed out of Boalıs work with peasant and worker populations,
it is now used all over the world for social and political activism,
conflict resolution, community building, therapy, and government
legislation. Designed for non-actors, it uses the universal language of
theatre as a springboard for people and whole communities to investigate
their lives, identify their dreams, and reinvent their future. Not a
soapbox, T.O. invites critical thinking and dialogue. It is about analyzing
rather than giving answers. It is also about "acting" (taking action)
rather than just talking. With T.O., people can and often do discover
empowering solutions to their own struggles. And they have a good time
doing it!

Our 9th annual version of this intensive workshop is designed to train
participants to use these tools with both adults and youth. Focus will be
on community building games, Image Theatre, Forum Theatre, some Rainbow of
Desire techniques and it will culminate in an interactive public Forum
Theatre performance / community dialogue on Friday night.
(Participants must commit to the full 6 days in their entirety.) In order
to best understand the real life power of the work, subject matter will come
directly from participants' personal and collective life experiences. Each
day will include time to discuss the previous dayıs work and the art of
facilitation, as well as applications in the field. The week will also
include training in basic "Systematic Oppression" theory (power-based
analysis of the ³isms²) to help illuminate an important layer of group
dynamics. A simple manual will be provided.
These highly adaptable techniques can be immediately applied by teachers,
social workers, psychotherapists, activists, community organizers, and
theatre artists, etc. in their own contexts. Also for anyone interested in
exploring themselves and the society in which we live. Absolutely no theatre
background necessary!

The entire training will take place at the Masonic Hall in Port Townsend,
WA. PT is a small yet remarkably vibrant seaport on the Olympic Peninsula
about 2 hours from Seattle. (Go to http://www.ptguide.com/ for lots of
info.) During the summer, it is a major tourist destination hosting
internationally renowned jazz and blues festivals among other events. It is
also at the doorstep to the Olympic National Park and rainforest.

People flying in from out of state or abroad should fly into Sea-Tac airport
by Sunday, June 24th. Car rentals, buses, or puddle jumper flights to PT
int'l airport are available directly from Sea-Tac.
Travel from Seattle and other locations are possible as well.
Directions provided upon registration.
** We will also do one FREE door to door van pool from the Bainbridge Island
side of the Seattle ferry about 5:00 PM on the 24th. Please contact us by
June 10th if you want this free service.

A variety of housing options are available including inexpensive hostel,
Victorian bed & breakfasts, motels, etc. You will need to reserve early
(especially for the hostel) as this is high tourist season.
** As we are committed to making this training accessible and affordable for
all people, we will also provide FREE billeting
(homestays) for those who are in genuine need of this. Please contact us
for list of housing options and/or billeting needs.

Based in Port Townsend, WA, the Mandala Center is a multi-disciplinary
education organization dedicated to community dialogue, social justice, and
societal transformation. Through experiential workshops, performances, and
other creative events, the Mandala Center invites people to be more awake
and alive as well as empowered to take action toward a more just and joyous
life for all people. The Center is an active hub for the training and
grassroots practice of Theatre of the Oppressed. It is also the parent
organization for the Poetic Justice Theatre Ensemble, a multi-generational
(16-78 years old) troupe of actor/activists using T.O. and Playback Theatre
based interactive performances to generate dialogue around burning social

Mandala Center founder and director, Marc Weinblatt, has been a professional
educator, activist, artist, and workshop facilitator since 1980. An
internationally recognized leader in the use of T.O., he has worked
extensively with both adults and youth and with diverse communities ranging
from police to homeless youth, academics to refugees in Azerbaijan. Marc
regularly facilitates T.O. based events in a wide variety of contexts
locally and across the U.S. with a commitment to bringing a deep sense of
spirit and humanity into social justice work.

Mandala Center for Change
510 35th St.
Port Townsend, WA 98368
360-301-5321 (cell)

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