Consent, Power and Abuse
Workshop facilitators Rupert James Alison and Wilrieke Sophia have co-created two documents intended to encourage awareness of abusive power dynamics in groups. Both are available for free download below.
Our first document introduces a series of coloured flags (red, orange, yellow and green) to indicate a range of healthy and unhealthy power dynamics - particularly as found in schools of yoga, spirituality and tantra.
Our second document addresses other key elements in maintaining unhealthy group dynamics - the roles of enablers, apologists and bystanders.
The same unhealthy power dynamics - from the relatively minor to the seriously abusive - are played out again and again in different organisations. Being able to recognise these dynamics is invaluable for anyone involved in a purpose-driven, hierarchical organisation - particularly unregulated groups such as yoga and tantra schools whose practices work with the vulnerabilities of students’ own bodies and psyches. Our hope is that with greater awareness, people can feel safe enough to experience the profound benefits of many of these practices, while better protecting themselves and each other from systemic harm.
You can download our two free pdf booklets here: