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 woman with white privilege. 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. (I am 32 years old now.) Summer camp was transformational and formative for me. I learned to love myself, to take pride in my strengths, 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. As a camp director, I find great fulfillment in co-creating camp cultures that honor the unique gifts each person brings, that invite campers and staff to take risks and support each other in successes and failures, and that encourage us to be more loving and capable people. This world needs deep healing, and I find summer camp to be a magical catalyst for bringing about that healing.
I am currently in graduate school at the SIT Graduate Insitute in Vermont, where I am pursuing an M.A. in Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation with a Training Specialization. In my studies, I examine the limitations of and synergistic opportunities for intersecting bodies of knowledge in the fields of conflict transformation and social justice education. I explore somatic expressions of trauma and oppression and ways of anchoring conversations about power and leadership in our bodies. My capstone (thesis) research revolves around how critical embodied pedagogy in place-based and environmental programs can enhance peace education efforts.
I live in Western Massachusetts with my partner. There are no streetlights here. The roads are unpaved. I do not have cell service. I like it that way.
There is lots more to say about “who I am.” Today, this feels like the right place to stop. Please be in touch if you’d like to connect further!
Cara Michelle Silverberg