teaching & facilitation
What is food healing?
Cooking is mind, body, spirit work.
I teach cooking classes that invite people to get curious about the feelings and stories our food holds. These classes are political in the feminist sense-- that our everyday practices tell a story of who we are, where we've been, and what we long for.
They are erotic, in the Audre Lorde sense: to return to ourselves and listen to the "power which rises from our deepest and nonrational knowledge." What happens when we listen to the emotional, and therefore political, texture of the food our hands make? What lives on through these hands?
I believe the food we make can tell us multitudes about ourselves. As a teacher, I find creative ways for us to get clarity about what those personal truths are and support people in building a deeper sense of purpose in their life's work. Food is the spiritual material we work with to get there. The reason for this is because I believe cooking (aka the peoples' medicine) reflects back our resilience and sustains our inner fire. And it's what people of color have been practicing across lifetimes, as a way of convening and shifting culture.
In most food healing classes, we will cook and share a meal together. Participants are guided through a process of noticing memories, feelings, narratives, and sensations that reveal information about our personal truths and clearer vision of what we're fighting for. Food healing classes are inspired by the work of feminists of color, somatic healing, herbalism, and my Bengali family.
Who are these classes for?
Class themes vary but each provides a kitchen table strategy for building wellness in our communities and in our movements. (Wellness is defined broadly - not solely regarding nutrition, but more so building a sense of wholeness within.)
I design classes for individuals, schools, organizations, collectives, and community groups who resonate with this vision of food healing. I collaborate with groups to create content that speaks to what's real for participants and typically hold classes in a kitchen space (often, my home kitchen). I also hold workshops open to the public (see previous classes above). I prioritize working with people of color.
Classes where participants cook tend to be small in size (approximately 6-8 participants) but modifications for larger groups are possible.
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