This class is for autistic and allistic (non-autistic) teens and adults. A lot of this introductory class focuses on common autistic and non-autistic differences, in terms of how we perceive, process, and organize our experience. We will explore what kind of boundaries are healthy and supportive for you, depending on your relationship with your inner signals, communication, your sensory life, safety considerations, and your values and ethical decisions.
Whether you are autistic or allistic, this class is meant to support you in opening to your own and others’ experience and needs. We will also explore these questions relative to our other layers of experience, in addition to neurotype. We will explore the joys and challenges of being who we are, and consider how our experience is similar or different from others’ experiences.
So much of presence and witness is being connected with and aware of ourselves, and being clear on what lenses we are bringing to interactions. So much of boundary work is understanding how our experience and existence fits into the whole.
If you are an autistic person, this class is designed to support you in connecting with and celebrating yourself, and in navigating what makes it challenging for you to exist in the world as your core healthy self so you can connect with others who are similar and different from you in more satisfying and meaningful ways.
If you are an non-autistic person, this class is designed to support you in having more appreciation for your own and autistic people’s needs, boundaries, inner process, and expression. This class is also a jumping off place for understanding the pressures and misunderstandings that autistic people face, as well as exploring possibilities of beholding and supporting yourself and others’ authentic ways of being.
This class is of course also open to anyone who is questioning whether they are autistic or neurodivergent.
Moriah Williams (pronouns: q/they/surprise me) is a holistic practitioner who works primarily with people who are autistic or who are exploring their neurodivergence. Moriah offers education and private sessions. Q has presented for the Alternatives Conference, Southwestern College, Indiana Disability Justice, Multicultural Efforts to End Sexual Assault, the National Empowerment Center, and others. Moriah lives in the southwestern U.S. Some of Moriah’s favourite special interests include trees, birds, poetry, goofy songs, asking questions, and exploring our embodied relationship to power, liberation, and joy.