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Activism|Conversations|SAUNA – Sweat It Out

Sun, Dec 9 2018 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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One event on Thu, Dec 13 2018 at 1:00 pm

One event on Sun, Dec 30 2018 at 1:00 pm

Sweat it Out offers free Wintertime public access to a beautiful, handmade mobile sauna (courtesy of the DS Institute,) which also acts as the site for and prelude to frank but friendly, mediated conversations. We bring the rejuvenating health benefits of sauna out of the spas and back to its community-strengthening origins, and then apply the well-being and camaraderie it generates towards exploring local tensions and disputes. Sweat it Out will base its initial offerings along Fort Point’s beautiful, MBTA-accessible waterfront, where rapid real estate development presents immediate fodder for conversations about Boston’s conflicted desires for growth and authentic local character.

This is a public art project by Caitlin FoleyHeather Kapplow and Misha Rabinovich.

The following events will be held in conjunction with this project:

Sunday December 9th from 1-5pm: While the sauna is steaming, Elizabeth Aliu, a mediator and conflict specialist, will facilitate thinking focused on “how a city defines, creates and maintains its identity” using an approach called “dialogic feedback” to create a safe atmosphere of sharing, reflecting and learning. Elizabeth says “I’m looking forward to sharing, learning and relaxing in the mobile sauna with attendees.” And suggests that anyone reading this in preparation for visiting reflect on a place, thing or a symbol that creates a sense of belonging.

This event will also include a special closing tea ceremony led by artist Christen Shea.

Thursday December 13th from 5-9pm:  We’ll be imagining what a future Boston we’d be all happy to live in would feel like, and seeking new, creative ways forward after community rifts and trauma with Orion Kriegman.

Orion is Executive Director of Boston Food Forest Coalition, and former Co-Director of NET New England, where he co-founded and led Jamaica Plain New Economy Transition (JP NET), a community-driven project in Boston pioneering a “new” economy that is place-based, sustainable, and reduces race and class inequity. Orion was also Project Officer for Reflecting on Peace Practice, a practitioner’s learning about peace-building efforts in internal armed conflicts, and worked for two years in Guatemala with the Organization of American States to help government and civil society implement the policies outlined in the peace accords.

While the sauna steams, Orion plans to lead relaxing (but lively) small group visioning exercises “so that we can learn and share with each other about our values and hopes for what is possible for our communities here in Boston.” If you want to prepare in advance, Orion suggests that you “reflect on what it means to belong to the community that is Boston, by thinking about all of the communities that you belong to here.”

This event will also include a special closing tea ceremony led by artist Christen Shea.

Sunday December 23rd from 1-5pm:  Herbalist Anna Booth Cohenwill be guiding visitors through a series of embodied processes to help facilitate connection to the land in its present, past, and future states. Anna works with Western folk herbalism, plant spirit medicine, and principles of family constellations to connect people with plant, ancestral, and consciousness resources.

During our closest-to-the-solstice sauna session, Anna will lead “meditations with plant resources” and do guided work in small groups, “using the heart as an organ of perception to access and work with the consciousness of the land and the factors and archetypes which have influence in its state.”

Anna  encourages vistors to come with an open mind, with a willingness to step into the unknown, and with a readiness to share from a place of authenticity and non-judgment.

Anna says “I am excited to be able to connect with the community and to bring resources and context to what is active in the field of consciousness that is a part of this place.”


Sunday December 30th from 5-9pm:  Ride the post sauna heat elation and sweat out the last of 2018 with a closing dance party with DJ BCKWLD DJ IBG!

You can also visit our project’s immersive art installation during FPAC Space at the Envoy’s normal gallery hours: Wednesday 4-8pm, Thursday 12-5pm, Friday 12-5pm, Saturday 12-5pm.




Sun, Dec 9 2018
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Fort Point Arts Community Center
300 Summer St
Boston, MA 02210 United States


All Ages
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