Welcome to my Blog. Thank you for visiting. Thank you for commenting and engaging in dialogue with me on issues and questions that are important to me and important to you.
I am a dancer, musician, herbalist, healer, thinker, gardener, friend, sister and partner. I am a trainer, facilitator, educator, mentor and speaker. I identify as a U.S. American, Jewish, middle class, cis-woman of whiteness. I am an evolving human being – a human becoming. My understanding of myself changes as my understanding of the world changes. I use the best words I can. I make mistakes. I learn.
I am uplifted and guided by the movement of stars and moon, by the sweet medicine of the plant world, and by the wisdom of my own body. Indeed, the wisdoms of the stars and moon, of the plants, of thunder and of rain, of crashing waves and of desert soils, are the wisdom of my body. I am committed to long-term community relationships and trust. I am motivated by the healing and social change potential of my work as an educator.
I have spent every summer at camp since I was six years old. Summer camp was transformational and formative for me. I learned to love myself, to take pride in my strengths yet to stay humble, to be a good listener, to embrace the woods even and especially at night, to approach relationships with integrity and respect, to approach myself with integrity and respect. In my work as a program coordinator and director at summer camps and immersive university programs, I find great fulfillment in co-creating spaces that honor the unique gifts each person brings, and that help us to restore generative cultural practices.
I have always been interested in how people heal, and in how individual transformation fosters collective transformation. As an undergraduate student at Grinnell College and then Prescott College, I studied relationships between inner and outer landscapes — between the physical terrain of the places we inhabit and the mental and spiritual terrain of our psyches and souls — through an interwoven tapestry of religious studies, environmental studies, and educational pedagogy. As a graduate student at the SIT Graduate Institute in Vermont, I earned an M.A. in Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation with a Training Specialization. In my capstone work, and indeed in my professional work today, I bridge the often-divided fields of social justice education and conflict transformation by bringing a critical lens to the field of peace education and a healing lens to the field of social change work. I am most interested in how violence and oppression land in our bodies, and how we can tap wellsprings of resilience and strength within ourselves to reshape and repattern our ways of knowing and being in the world.
I live with my partner on Pocumtuck and Nipmuck land in the Kwinitekw waterscape, also known as Wendell, Massachusetts, U.S. in the Connecticut River Valley. There are lots of trees, owls and stars here. There are no streetlights. The roads are unpaved. I do not have cell service. I like it this way.
There is lots more to say about “who I am.” Today, this feels like the right parts to tell you. Please be in touch if you’d like to connect further, or have me speak or present in your organization or institution.
Cara Michelle Silverberg