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Free Virtual Class

via ZOOM live on: Saturday, September 14th 2019

@2pm EST / 11am PST

(Can’t attend live? We’ll send a recording following the live class)

Sacred Leadership: Leadership as healing ritual of initiation to be more human

Why Sacred Leadership as healing ritual (to be more human)?

At Turtle Tank, we define ritual as: an infrastructure within which we are rebirthed towards or realigned with a specific purpose.

In fact, we believe that all systems emerge out of ritual practices. Ritual practices are the building blocks that create, recreate and maintain a system.

All socio-cultural, natural, interpersonal and personal systems emerge out of and are maintained by ritual. Those rituals, when repeated, engrave a system in place.

We believe that in order to create healthy, equitable and sustainable systems, we must investigate the rituals that birth, rebirth and maintain them.

From the most personal and interpersonal rituals to the most wide-scale that dehumanize us, burn us out and even kill us.

In order to counteract the destructive rituals that bombard our every day, we must create regenerative rituals that remind us of our humanity: rituals with the purpose of birthing, rebirthing and maintaining systems that are aligned with natural law.

This is why we need our Radical Leaders to be conscious and experienced Ritualists.

FIRST, we need to ensure that our own personal rituals (as leaders) constantly initiate us into being more human - more of who we are, not less. Ever more anchored in our personal joy, desire, pleasure, purpose and freedom in our own everyday lives. Leadership should not be a burden but a deep love and joy.

SECOND, we need to ensure that our collective rituals create systems that are aligned with natural law. Systems that uphold the humanity, desires, joys, freedom and sacred unique value of every person.

In this free class, we will share:

  • What we mean by Sacred Radical Leadership as a healing ritual of initiation towards being more human

  • What it means for Leaders to be Ritualists leading our evolution into worlds of love and freedom

  • Our homegrown framework, based in natural law, that supports us in creating ritual containers that birth, rebirth and maintain radical systems, projects, organizations and communities of love and freedom


We, as Radical Leaders, are much more powerful and impactful when we tap into the art and science of effective ritual: the internal code that creates new systems, heals diseased systems and evolves archaic ones.

Join our class to learn more about Sacred Leadership: leadership as healing ritual of initiation towards being more human.


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Sacred Leadership: Leadership as healing ritual of initiation to be more human

For Radical Leaders: Activists, Community Organizers, CEOs, Executive Directors, Spiritual Leaders etc.

via ZOOM live on: Saturday, September 14th 2019 (recording to follow)

@ 2pm EST / 11am PST

NOTE: Sacred Leadership: Leadership as healing ritual of initiation to be more human is an introduction to our framework. To dive deeper into our framework and practice you can either join our Sacred Radical Leadership live 4-part virtual course (which will be offered following the free class).

***You must complete either Sacred Radical Leadership the live 4-part virtual course OR Radical Purpose Compass digital course to be eligible to join our Collective School.***

SIGN UP BELOW TO GET GET THE LINK TO ACCESS THE LIVE CLASS AND THE RECORDING FOLLOWING


 
 

Over the years, I (Samia) have struggled to embrace my humanity in leadership.

I have struggled to honor my personal rhythm, the way that I’m designed to work best despite what anyone else needed. I have struggled to make mistakes because no mistake felt affordable to either myself or my community. I have struggled to put my desires at the center of my work. I have struggled with boundaries and been drained to the ground. I have invested in other people’s lives and well-being ahead of mine. I have struggled to set reasonable expectations of myself and from others.

I have struggled to be human.

I have struggled to create and sustain the rituals that uphold my humanity.

In our experience working with leaders (and as leaders ourselves), particularly marginalized leaders of color, we’ve found that our greatest challenges stem from one root cause: not being able to embody and express our fullest humanity under the unpredictable and tremendous pressures of the creation process, under the weight of our responsibility to others.

When we, as leaders, learn to embrace rituals and practices that center our full humanity under any condition we co-create the most effective, impactful, desire-driven and long-lasting projects and communities.

How do we, at Turtle Tank, embrace our full humanity? We do so through a practice of Sacred Radical Leadership.

Sacred Leadership:

A leadership practice that grows our ability to embrace our fullest humanity by engaging with our leadership journey as a ritual process of initiation, healing and evolution into ever more love and freedom for both ourselves and the collective.


Samia’s story: losing my humanity and my shift towards Sacred Leadership

When I was under pressure, all of my personal patterns were put under a magnifying glass.

Over-giving, not setting proper boundaries, putting duty over desire, putting others’ well-being ahead of my own. All of these stemmed from old core wounds around belonging, worth and value that I was already trying to address through my personal healing work. Of course, they were going to come up in and through any creation or endeavor I was engaged in. That was expected, as I’ve come to understand more about how the creation process works...

Over the years, I have given too much.

As my work started evolving and growing, I was getting increasingly more angry with people’s unrealistic expectations of me. The more I gave, the less people appreciated what and how much I was giving. No matter how much I gave, people would express dissatisfaction -- even as they were learning and their lives were radically changing for the better, even as they were actually satisfied for the most part. I was unhappy with how I was being treated and growing bitter at the site of all the invisible work I was doing that nobody could fathom or understand.

I took too much responsibility for people’s processes and outcomes, their work, their mistakes.

I wanted to ensure that everyone (be it my team or my community) had as much support as possible to be who they came here to be. And the way I went about that compromised my time and energy and completely drained the joy and love from my work.

There were so many places where I had erased myself, my desire… the me that wanted to do things that I’m absolutely in love with.

There were parts of me, particularly my creative self, that took a back seat to all of the other more ‘important’ and ‘time-sensitive’ work that it takes to maintain an enterprise and a community. And even though I’ve been fairly aware of my purpose in the work and world for a while now, I kept going through ever deeper layers of realizing how much I was still holding back on it. How I was not fully living into my Radical Purpose, my reason for being here. And how that had impacted my ability to express my fullest potential and to create ever more loving and freeing work.

As I sat with my feelings and self-reflections, I started to realize that I was actually angry at myself mostly.

I was angry at my inability to set clear expectations that honored my humanity. I was angry at myself for not honoring my deepest desire. I was angry at myself for not putting what I love front and center.

In fact, I was responsible for creating an ecosystem of rituals (habits, patterns, systems) where what I was doing was not what I wanted to do. Where people felt they could treat me as non-human, where they could forget my humanity and my purpose. Where people felt excessively entitled to my time and energy, far beyond reasonable bounds because I didn’t set bounds. I had set unreasonable expectations of myself, mostly to prove my worth and value, my deserving to belong.

Something had to change or I was going to disappear myself completely and off this earth. I had to regain my humanity in leadership.

This story is not uncommon for most leaders, especially marginalized leaders of color.

The truth is, being a leader (especially a queer person of color) under the pressures of both the creation process and systemic abuse is extremely, extremely challenging and deeply trying.

But what I’ve learned is this: when I engage with my journey of leadership as a healing ritual of initiation towards evolutionary transformation (for myself first), my work can move into unimaginable realms of desire, creativity, possibility and power.

This approach of centering my healing and self-expression has changed the entire way I work, create and lead. It has given me back my life, my love, my community and is bringing in more abundance than I could have imagined before.

At Turtle Tank, we believe that what we’re actually signing up for as leaders is the challenging journey of becoming more human, and by extension supporting others in doing so. And becoming more human means healing, evolving and learning to love our whole selves while we do our transformational work, no matter the waves of intimate and public pressure. In fact, we believe that our works (our projects and creation processes) are initiation rituals towards our evolutionary transformation - if we choose to set them up as such. And we believe that the approach of thinking of our journey of leadership as ritual of initiation in and of itself is where our greatest, juiciest, most creative and powerful work comes from.

We call this journey and practice: Sacred Radical Leadership.

Sacred Leadership:

A leadership practice that grows our ability to embrace our fullest humanity by engaging with our leadership journey as a ritual process of initiation, healing and evolution into ever more love and freedom for both ourselves and the collective.

Join our class to learn more about Sacred Leadership: leadership as healing ritual of initiation towards being more human.

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Sacred Leadership: Leadership as healing ritual of initiation to be more human

For Radical Leaders: Activists, Community Organizers, CEOs, Executive Directors, Spiritual Leaders etc.

via ZOOM live on: Saturday, September 14th 2019 (recording to follow)

@ 2pm EST / 11am PST

NOTE: Sacred Leadership: Leadership as healing ritual of initiation to be more human is an introduction to our framework. To dive deeper into our framework and practice you can either join our Sacred Radical Leadership live 4-part virtual course (which will be offered following the free class).

***You must complete either Sacred Radical Leadership the live 4-part virtual course OR Radical Purpose Compass digital course to be eligible to join our Collective School.***

SIGN UP BELOW TO GET GET THE LINK TO ACCESS THE LIVE CLASS AND THE RECORDING FOLLOWING

 
 

Why (The School for) Radical Purpose?

We are each here to evolve through a journey of fulfilling and expressing our Radical Purpose. Radical Purpose is the lens through which we experience our evolutionary process.

From examining our Radical Purpose, we learn who we are, why we are here, how we work, what our gifts and wounds are, how we heal them and what we’re made of (when the sh** hits the fan). Our journey through Radical Purpose drives us to know ourselves and our potential and with that knowing, learn how to co-create our world anew.

Radical Purpose reminds us of our unique, sacred power and value on this earth. It is what instinctually and inherently drives us to survive, thrive, evolve and contribute to the collective. It is our core guiding force on the evolutionary journey.

At Turtle Tank, we say that Radical Purpose is our unique, individual, internal compass that directs each of us through effectively navigating our personal journey of transformation and evolution towards our fullest collective potential.

And when we each root in our unique Radical Purposes, we create a movement of transformation that honors the sovereign evolutionary process of each individual. And that honoring contributes to a collective evolutionary process guided by radical love and freedom. We create the conditions for the emergence of a world that no single culture, group, system or human being could have imagined alone.

Each individual’s unique purpose is the community’s source of value, power, well-being and wealth. We define Freedom as the ability of each person to know and fulfill their unique purpose on this earth. We define Love as the fullest expression of our purpose.

Through Radical Purpose, we are driven and guided by the mysterious creative force of the universe into worlds of radical love and freedom.

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Turtle Tank: School for Radical Purpose

Turtle Tank is a radical modern-day mystery school where we ignite Radical Purpose, support the evolution of consciousness and harness creative power to bring forth worlds of Radical Love and Freedom.

Our aim is to reintegrate old and new wisdom into practical tools to revolutionize all of our diseased human systems and evolve into worlds of ever deeper balance.

At the School for Radical Purpose, we focus on three core paths:

Radical Creators: looking to co-create a fulfilling and impactful life and desire-filled work by rooting in their unique radical purpose through a nature-based creation process aligned with sacred ritual

Radical Entrepreneurs: looking to co-create a radical enterprise rooted in their unique radical purpose and desire-filled work as sacred ritual to contribute to just and balanced systems of well-being and wealth.

Radical Leaders: looking to ignite and amplify the purposes of others through radical forms of teaching, leading and organizing towards worlds of love and freedom.

HOW YOU CAN JOIN US

…by getting started with our || Free Virtual Class on Sacred Radical Leadership (or any other Free Virtual Class||

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HOW WE WORK / WHAT WE TEACH

We, Ije and Samia, the co-founders of Turtle Tank are on our own journeys of healing, self-discovery and evolution. Our work is to learn the graceful dance with the mystery (aka the universe), to understand the process of creation and our responsibility and power in it. We investigate the most effective ways to co-create purposeful, fulfilling and impactful lives for all towards collective balance, well-being and wealth.

From that personal work, we’ve created a community of Sovereign Learners to teach and learn with.

We are not a conventional mystery school, nor do we belong to a specific lineage as a school though some of us are initiated in our respective foundational cosmosystems. We bring a diversity of lineages together, in conversation, towards our collective human evolution. We are still (and always will be) students on the journey of life with our dear mentors and teachers.

We teach our own wholistic, nature-based frameworks inspired by our personal creative, healing and transformational journeys. Our work is rooted in metaphysics, somatics, human development, consciousness evolution techniques, ecology and natural systems, radical entrepreneurship and economics, afro-indigenous and other indigenous cosmosystems and radical, queer people of color creative & artistic processes.

We are also in the process of bringing our own mentors and teachers to the Tank to create and share their transformational and evolutionary teachings. Right now, we are preparing our community of Sovereign Learners and our infrastructural space for those teachers. What we teach at this time is foundational for all that is to come.

As a community, we practice (re)aligning with our unique Radical Purpose, designing our work and life as Sacred Ritual and creating lives, relationships, projects, enterprises and communities of collective wealth and well-being.

Meet Samia and Ije, the Purpose Igniters and Creative Directors facilitating this experience…


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Samia Abou-Samra (Co-Founder and CEO)

Samia Abou-Samra is an igniter of purpose towards a world of Radical Love. An Alchemist: they create music as Wailing - the cry, the longing prayer to inspire the deepest love. A Director of Genius: they facilitate the creation process for geniuses and design strategic systems to support them and have supported the creation of many Radical Enterprises and projects including Lumos Transforms, Finding Voice (the virtual course) with Sharon Bridgeforth, Balade Black, At The Crossroads: Finding Your Purpose with Yeye Luisah Teish. A Hakim: they practice, invest in and teach about intuitive analysis, old wisdom and the elevation of consciousness. They are the founder of Whale Wonder: a playspace and incubator for the elevation of consciousness. And the co-founder of Turtle Tank: School for Radical Purpose. Samia enjoys all aspects of the creative process particularly in the areas of music/media, entrepreneurship, indigenous knowledge and radical health.

Their years of study include:

Samia has a BA in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (with a focus on Ritual, Medicine & Performance) from Stanford University and an MBA in Environmental and Social Management from Antioch University of New England

Relevant Certifications:

Music, Voice and Sound Healing (CIIS), Domestic Violence Prevention Training, Visual Basic, JavaScript, C++, Food Systems Certificate

Relevant Training and Mentorship (ongoing):

Extensive study under the mentorship of Cherrie Moraga and Celia Herrera-Rodriguez through the lens of Xicana Indigena art practice

Initiated to Ifa: received one hand of Ifa and are Olorisha initiated to Orisha Babaluaye / Omolu in 2018 after 12 years of study and practice in Ifa. Currently undergoing training with their godmother priestess Iyanifa Ifalade TaShia Asanti presiding priestess of Ile Ori Ogbe Egun.


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Ije Ude (Co-Founder and Chief Transformation Officer)

Ije Ude is a midwife of deep, gentle change. She resources herself and others to be their freest, fullest selves and give birth to their precious dreams. As Nwachi, she dances, crafts and studies metaphysics to experience the mundane and magical ways god expresses through us. As the Freedom Midwife she designs transformational programs for those of us who are often forgotten and facilitates our remembering of how powerful we are. As a Memory Maker, Ije connects with loved ones to share and experience unconditional love and respect through the crucible of intimate relationships. And as the Inspiration Cocoonist, she makes art that inspires her to honor her inner knowing and teaches others how to do the same.

She is the co-founder of Turtle Tank and proud facilitator of Lumos Transforms’ Resilience Toolkit.

Her years of study include:

B.A. Human Biology with a concentration in Black Women’s Health and Well-Being and an M.A. Integral Counseling Psychology

Certifications:

Coaching for Transformation, Indigenous Focusing Oriented Therapy, Resilience Toolkit, International Trauma Studies Program, Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises, Tiny Habits Coach, Empowerment Workshop Facilitator, Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Association of Labor Assistants and Childbirth Educators, Human Design Consultant.

Relevant Trainings:

Lead, Gather, Relate Leadership Program, Radical Relating: 4 Skills, Theater of the Oppressed, Education for Liberation, Gestalt-Based Group Facilitation, Somatics and Social Justice, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Sexual Assault Violence Intervention Advocate Training.

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SIGN UP TO ATTEND LIVE OR ACCESS THE RECORDING

Sacred Leadership: Leadership as healing ritual of initiation to be more human

For Radical Leaders: Activists, Community Organizers, CEOs, Executive Directors, Spiritual Leaders etc.

via ZOOM live on: Saturday, September 14th 2019 (recording to follow)

@ 2pm EST / 11am PST

NOTE: Sacred Leadership: Leadership as healing ritual of initiation to be more human is an introduction to our framework. To dive deeper into our framework and practice you can either join our Sacred Radical Leadership live 4-part virtual course (which will be offered following the free class).

***You must complete either Sacred Radical Leadership the live 4-part virtual course OR Radical Purpose Compass digital course to be eligible to join our Collective School.***

SIGN UP BELOW TO GET GET THE LINK TO ACCESS THE LIVE CLASS AND THE RECORDING FOLLOWING