My experience with Liberation Spring (and in particular, the Just Pleasure course) is that Anjali is inexplicably adept when it comes to seamlessly weaving learning objectives into readings, assignments, and group discussions. She has the uncanny ability to create a safe, brave space for connection, critical thinking, and integration of the introduced concepts into her students’ lives—not as distant theories but as lived practices with distinctly political ramifications. As with all of Anjali’s undertakings, her courses are incredibly rigorous and nuanced, and also anchored in deep respect for her students’ lived experiences. There is something incredibly vitalizing about being in a Liberation Spring course. I can expect to be challenged, perplexed, and delighted. I can expect to have my intellectual horizons stretched, to come back to beginner’s mind, and also to know that I’m an integral part of the learning community. This is the kind of consciousness-raising that nourishes me deeply—and reminds me on a daily basis of how my everyday choices impact not just my life, but the collective.
I am deeply impacted by Liberation Spring and the space Anjali has created for questioning, consciousness-raising and discovering the vast areas of work that are being cultivated in the spirit of decolonization, across the planet. Educational spaces have historically been traumatizing for me, and this has been a revolutionary and healing experience for me to see how a learning space can exist in support of un-learning, and ‘pulling out the weeds’, all the while making space for new wisdom and creativity. Every week of the class, I find myself humbled to witness the warriorness of Anjali and so many class-participants who actively resist the powerful tides of dominance and oppression that colonial systems and societies are built on, while acknowledging ancient wisdom traditions that continue to resource these movements of resistance. In a world where I find myself frequently manipulated to believe that my vulnerability is weakness, where my subjective realities are considered inferior to the objective rules built to maintain the status quo of power-dynamics, Liberation Spring has given me the energy to identify and name the phenomena of oppression, and to reclaim my truths as I strive to exist in service of authenticity and collective liberation.
This class and the instructor Anjali Nath were so transformative for my growth. At the time of this course I was processing deep sexual trauma that I had just acknowledged that I was holding, and this space not only opened my mind tremendously through a thorough and scholarly framework, but also helped to call into my awareness the knowingness of my being. This community class and space taught me how to be more deeply in tune with my truth and power. Anjali and the other participants did an excellent job in creating a space that felt safe and filled with so much authenticity and vulnerability. The discussions that we had were so rich and deeply personal, with each week it seeming like a new classmate was having deep epiphanies about themselves and their stories. It was so beautiful to heal together with women-identified folks around such a deep and often shamed part of ourselves that really ties into our whole humanity. To see myself reflected in women from different backgrounds and ages (myself and Ozichi Emeziem being the youngest participants) was so inspiring.
Liberation Spring has been an incredible source of learning and a place to come together for our collective unlearning. The process of discovering the roots which are the foundation for creating a more just and loving relationship with life itself are just the beginning of the gifts of this education. I’m immensely grateful for Anjali and the way in which she holds the challenge and opportunity of this path of learning which allows me to step into becoming the most powerful force for collective healing that I can become.
Liberation Spring empowers and motivates me through my process of unlearning and learning. I am consistently inspired by the work of my peers and mentor, who move with humility and groundedness, and intentionality. I appreciate the value of intellectual knowledge as well as the somatic, the spiritual, the emotional knowledge that comes from our lived experiences, knowledge that is not found in books or technology, but in our bodies and ancestral roots. The education I’m receiving from Liberation Spring is absolutely foundational in my work as an artist and activist, and for me this is a lifelong commitment. Now more than ever we need communities like this to thrive.
Liberation Spring is a vital wellspring that has quenched a thirst I didn’t even know I had. Like a moving body of water, ever-flowing, dynamic and powerful, participating in this community has consistently generated insight, resonance and inspiration in my experience. It has washed through my life and re-shaped the way I relate to learning. I had no idea what I was stepping into when I came to my first class and looking back I’m not sure I could have anticipated it. Anjali’s warmth and guidance has brought new insights into sharp focus and helped me to see into my blind spots. I have begun to take more seriously the invitation to stop living in ways that are killing me/us/life and that feels like a step towards greater integrity. Amidst the crumble of some long held identities and beliefs, LS has offered a nourishing ground to grow upon. I feel a renewed sense of commitment to life and an expanded relationship to possibility. I am absolutely humbled and honored to have the opportunity to engage this journey in such unapologetically brilliant company.
This class held space for me where I would not have thought to do so, for myself. After reflecting on the lessons, I’ve learned more than I thought I did. New relationships, sisterhood, and people who come to me to hold space have helped me realize that. I am more clear about my boundaries and I have tightened up my character. The lessons in self expression and practice of consent helps me to be more aware and available to myself (being true) and to my community. I’m definitely moving toward my purpose with this knowledge. Thank you Anjali!
Liberation Spring was the first time I truly analyzed, on a micro and macro level, the status-quo-building-blocks that I thoughtlessly built my life and identity upon. Liberation Spring was a refreshingly challenging exercise that showed me the full spectrum of my impact as a human in society. It fundamentally changed my perspective on myself and the way I conduct myself on a daily basis because it reminded me that I can question the systems around me.
My first quarter at LS elevated my awareness and continues to enrich my life by the kinds of conversations I’m now able to have with people around me. I’m so thankful for finding this magnificent group of curious learners, and to be fortunate enough to grow along side them while being gently pushed by Anjali to continue expanding my consciousness. For folks who are ready to roll up their sleeves and do some hard work on yourselves: I can’t recommend this journey to clarity and self discovery enough.
What an honor it is to experience community like the one we held in
my Winter Quarter ’18 Liberation Spring Session. As someone who hasn’t
before done learning and unlearning in this community-based learning
type classroom, I really gained the ability to self-reflect on a deeper
level and learned how beautiful learning from those around you is.
Anjali is the most amazing person who leads sessions with such grace and
wisdom. Anjali makes the classroom environment conducive to having
challenging discussions while maintaining community guidelines ensuring
folks are okay. I always leave sessions feeling inspired about our
conversations and anticipating the next week’s session. I look forward
to taking more courses with Anjali through Liberation Spring to continue
the important work it is we are doing in each season.
Anjali Nath MA² is a brilliant, deeply compassionate decolonial
revolutionary feminist philosopher and teacher. Her Liberation Spring
adult freedom school is a superb opportunity to connect or reconnect
mind, body and spirit in service of our collective liberation. As a
former participant in the critical race theory workshops, I found
resonances in our weekly sessions with that other intellectually tough,
politically grounding, and for me also spiritual experience. Liberation
Spring though goes further emphasizing nourishment in multiple meanings
of that term. Nath’s class offerings, designed to pull weeds, plant
seeds, and build beloved and liberatory community, are recommended for
all creative radicals, left wing activists, and revolutionaries.
Liberation Spring is game-changing. The work is deep, and supported by Anjali’s meticulous, comprehensive guidance paired with a group of brilliant, dedicated un/learners. The experience is nothing less than radical transformation.
What I appreciate about Liberation Spring most is the fact that it has re-framed what an educational setting, teacher, and learning looks like for me. There is something magical about learning in a family friendly environment, over a delicious meal, in a home lovingly selected for our classes. If you have never tried it, I invite you to take a class with us.
What I appreciate most about working with Anjali is how educated, non-judgmental, and experienced she is. Anjali does not act as if she is better than or knows more than you. Anjali just simply offers you another lens to see the world or your situation from. Every time I communicate with Anjali she challenges me to dream bigger, expand past the limits of my own lived experiences and she gives me new authors to research. Anjali is a phenomenal teacher and personal mentor. I am honored to be one of her students.
My favorite part of LS has been the holistic weavings of wisdom, intellectual pursuit, creative inquiry, community building, and medicine. In a world where the fragmentation of self and commodification of knowledge is cultivated and rampant, LS feels like a nest of abundance where I can welcome home all aspects of myself in pursuit of a focused interest. This is a place for me to walk the walk- not just talk the talk. A place for me to courageously grow in the support and nurturing of others who share a passion for self and societal transformation. The investment of time and money has already been life changing because we are recreating structures of learning and distribution of resources, building sustainable and supportive community, and authentically weaving spiritual, personal, and political revolution.
What I deeply appreciate about Anjali is her authenticity and courage. I appreciate how deeply she cares for us as individuals. I appreciate her unapologetic, badass presentation of her truth all the while encouraging us to further hone our own. On a more logistical level, I appreciate Anjali’s accessibility and approachability. I admire and respect her ability to hold space for potentially uncomfortable and challenging conversations with seemingly such ease and connection. I appreciate her organization of curriculum all the while allowing for organic growth and change.
My favorite part of LS has been the growing sense of empowerment and awakening I feel as a result of working through resources in a non-hierarchical community of fellow thirsty travelers who share a longing for imagining and creating realities that are juicy. No matter how “crazy” I have felt for most of my life, LS affirms and encourages me to believe in my own bones. I can hardly believe it.
I can’t remember how I originally described our meeting. Something like, ‘i’m meeting with a group of folks who went rogue from the University, including my favorite professor. We’re starting our own school of community education and it doesn’t cost $10,000 a semester. We meet weekly and discuss all sorts of things from political theory to pop culture to dismantling the patriarchy. We’re decolonizing ourselves. I feel held and affirmed and challenged in this group. My crazy is actually an asset here.
Having just completed my first class with Anjali, I am deeply moved by all she offers. In the last three months of my participation in this solidly held container of unlearning, the transformation and movement towards greater liberation from the matrix has been profound. There is a wisdom she shared and an astute understanding of the greater energies at play that not only brought understanding to the waters I swim in as a white woman, but as a human longing to discover deeper self love and belonging in this world. Definitely confronting, but in all the most delightful ways. Thanks again, Anjali for your passion and commitment to truth and liberation. I am looking forward to next season.
This past season of Liberation Spring titled: Our Spirits, Ourselves was a truly trans formative experience that allowed me to better understand how North American culture attempts to narrow which belief systems are valid while others are kept on the periphery of acceptance. The class allowed me to see how these attempts are a direct assault on my ability to connect to the teachings and practices of my ancestors. I am Mexican American but my ancestral connection is to the land, the skies, and waters that nurtured my bloodline, Before attending this class I hesitant to accept the “accuracy” of my abuelita and abuelitos. However, now I am honored and humbled to revisit their lessons, the use of plants, and connection to the land. I feared being labeled as an atheist or someone that is “making all this stuff up.” However, this class has allowed me to see how these attempts at questioning my spiritual understanding was a result of an attempt to limit my relationship to the land and its energetic influences over my livelihood. This class allowed me to see how important it is for people who are engaged in conscious raising efforts toward liberation to also consider the role spirituality has on our ability to connect with one another through our differences and also our similarities while also recognizing their artificiality.
I am a lifelong student, and Liberation Spring is one of the most deeply satisfying learning environments that I have ever been a part of. Anjali is extraordinarily gifted at curating exceptional content from diverse sources. I also love that the content is accessible to all, even those not enrolled in the class. Anjali creates a deeply experiential, trauma-informed classroom where all class participants can express themselves authentically in a process of learning and un-learning. I’ve had many mind-opening experiences, including a renewed interest in exploring, reclaiming, and re-imagining my ancestral heritage, as well as new frameworks and perspectives for understanding a variety of subjects relating to sexuality and justice. I look forward to future seasons with Liberation Spring, and continuing to put into practice what I have learned and un-learned. I highly, highly recommend any of Liberation Spring’s courses to anyone seeking to expand their intellectual and political horizons.
Liberation Spring provides a unique and much needed space for critical thought and personal reflection. At a time when the effects of militarization, environmental degradation and profound racial injustice are becoming obvious to more people, it is all the more important that we have spaces to learn how we got here and re(imagine) where we can go. So much of this critical information is not taught in school and not shared on mainstream media. The sessions are truly a model of liberatory education – provocative, insightful, and transformative. What makes them so special, other than the material and Anjali’s masterful facilitation, is the invitation to engage on a deeply personal level. How else would we get free?! Are we unwittingly replicating within our organizations or relationships the same oppressive forces we are trying to combat? Are we taking the time to heal our own trauma so that we don’t pass it on to others? The only way out is through… Knowing that the personal is not separate from the collective allows us to offer and receive more support, all in service of the whole. Anjali’s ability to offer feedback with compassion is very helpful as many of us leap and stumble on the path of collective liberation.
Participating in Liberation Spring’s Summer program “Just Pleasure” was the absolute best investment I made this year. Anjali’s carefully curated writing prompts, content and leadership set me on a trajectory into much deeper inquiry and shifts in my work. As a placeholder for other female leaders, I was struggling with finding the balance in language-ing and direction in the fast-paced shifts in our cultural landscape, and this program allowed me to sit with those changes without having to move too quickly through it. Anjali is way ahead of our times in terms of what we need to bring more balance in human relations. What reverberates the most for me is the piece around anti-oppressive and trauma-informed approaches to consent and building boundaries — it is a framework that will carry me through my lifetime, and one I get to pass down to my son. I am deeply grateful for this program and how it has taught me to be my own permission giver.
I found Liberation Spring during a confusing and frustrating time in my life. As a Muslim American, I constantly felt rejected by the place I called home and was struggling to reconcile and honor all of my identities. LS was a space in which I could sit with the discomfort, gather my strength, and channel my energies into learning, growing, and serving my community. The topics of the season are incredibly relevant to the times in which we are living, and Anjali is a master teacher and facilitator that brings out the innate learner in each of her students. I’m excited to rejoin LS in the summer, and eternally grateful for Anjali, the space, and the community members that make LS a true gem of the Bay Area.
I happened to stumble upon Liberation Spring- by chance, a friend invited me on the very first day of the summer gathering. It was a pleasant surprise and I found myself eager to return. These weekly gatherings were perhaps the core of my summer, which was essential in redirecting my energies, uncovering layers of feelings, unsilencing myself, and returning to my body. A return to my body and the present- that is my greatest appreciation. It was also extremely relieving to find myself in a community of women that could cultivate a brave space to share our hxstories, experiences, and voices; as the youngest in the group, I gained an extensive amount of knowledge to aid me in my own journey to feel diving in my being. I felt affirmed in my lived past, my unstable present, and my hopeful present. If I were to recommend Liberation Spring to a friend, I would pass on my experience of community, liberation, and empowerment- if one is looking to expand their horizons with a group of radical women through thought, conversation, lived experiences, and food, to honor our ancestral knowledge, affirm our stories, and liberate our minds from the exclusionary, normative education/history that has been fed to us, Liberation Spring offers a beautiful chance to do so.
I have most enjoyed the space that you have fostered for all of us to come in with our full selves and share; the fact that it is a popular education space where there is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ was truly comforting for my soul. I also appreciate the facilitation style, it felt like there was room for all of us to share. I am just really grateful for all of the knowledge that you left me with as well as the time and support throughout the summer!
I’ve had the joy of learning from Anjali Nath since Fall 2015. She brings her vast knowledge of social justice, community building, and creating change to education. I was deeply impressed by her passion and genius. Her articulation of ideas is incredibly engaging. She is actually the best speaker and presenter I have ever heard – and I’m not exaggerating. She is eloquent, clear, and engaging. And. her voice is so melodious that one feels captivated by what she is expressing.
Actually, I think her poise and clarity of speech is reflective of someone who walks the talk on all levels. Anjali is deeply spiritual and has done the inner work to engage with people in a highly inspiring, transformational manner. And, that is what we need today: people committed to the evolutionary path to create a happier, healthier world for all.
I consulted with Anjali regarding a particular controversial topic I was challenged by in my own activist and academic work. Our conversations helped me to navigate the subject with more clarity and courage moving forward.
Anjali is a visionary of our time. Anyone would be blessed to learn from her and be guided by her.
I absolutely love the topics, the amazing and passionate community, the kinship we have, the friendly and safe environment you create when we meet in group. Anjali, I absolutely LOVE how you are a walking encyclopedia! You offer so many amazing resources it’s mind-blowing! If you want to expand your intellect and your heart, meet extraordinary people and gear up to change the world, you must join this group!
Taking courses with Liberation Spring has been a global learning experience for me. Within Anjali’s courses I have been challenged, expanded, created community and have learned about new ways of seeing the world and what is possible in education. This classes are transformational personally and professionally and although the content can be confronting, I am inevitably met with a safe space where everyone has a voice. I cannot recommend this work enough.
Prepare to stretch. Prepare to be amazed. Give your humanity the reboot you didn’t know it was craving. Liberation Spring is a game changing adventure for the intellect, heart, and spirit. LS offers practical community-based solutions for both living in and re-imagining the modern age of late-stage capitalism in which we find ourselves embedded. Unfurling the fabric of colonial rule and global domination is neither a project for the complacent nor the faint of heart. In fact, it takes a brave and open one. The processes and curriculum are simultaneously enlightening, confrontive, confounding, exhilarating, and gloriously messy (like all worthy and noble pursuits). Anjali Nath is the brilliant thumping pulse of this freedom school project. She’s the brainchild and lead facilitator of Liberation Spring’s sophisticated decolonial curriculum and intimate learning environment. The pedagogy invites students to learn by unlearning; to engage with innovative and ancient approaches for reclaiming land-based and indigenous knowledges for the sake of planetary renewal; one that’s equitable and just for every global citizen and stakeholder.
The most significant take-away for me, personally, was the opportunity to examine and re-examine my relationship to / with culturally appropriated ritual, ceremony, and practices. This segment of the course–with Anjali’s apt and mindful guidance –connected me to my own ancestry and mother tongue of origin. Anjali expertly and graciously led us home to deeper understandings of self and heritage by inviting all students to research particular words from our ancestral homelands. This simple yet profound assignment launched my personal journey of inquiry that has now expanded to include the study of Celtic language, Tarot, and DNA testing and mapping.
Anjali Nath’s very warm and cozy Liberation Spring freedom school is comprised of a robust,, generous, engaged, and compassionate community of people who truly care about each other and who are fervently committed to the formation of a renewable world. Liberation Spring is a rare standout from the crowd of many contemporary activist spaces and modern affinity groups which get bogged down in bureaucracy, infighting, and the prevalence of hostile call-out culture that shames members who are in the early stages of waking up from the collective sleep walk of imperial supremacy. Liberation Spring is the antithesis of shame-based anything and is one of the safer and more intimate learning spaces available.
One of our Liberations Spring cohort recently spoke during a sesh of creating a brave space. In our collective, we do just that: work in solidarity to create a brave space, at once interrogating, transgressing, and transcending dominant learning paradigms, putting theory into practice, and turning conventional academic practice on its head—all in third-space style.
Anjali is (re)born to teach. Her proclivity for facilitating discussion, her gift for carefully crafting curricula, her profound knack for connecting students with a staggering array of spot-on resources, and her obvious love of conspiring to unlearn is immense. In both one-on-one meetings and in our weekly group gatherings, she supports, inspires, and cuts to it: if we want to myth make, reimagine what is possible, dream, think-feel, nourish ourselves and one another, and get down, this work is not luxury—it’s necessity.
A collective exists to uplift, challenge, unify, and liberate ourselves and the various communities in which we exist! Since attending Liberation Spring I have been completely supported in decolonizing and reclaiming the existence of my Ancestors. Anjali brings an incredible, truly captivating, engaging, and profound Spirit to our group which is Beyond what I have ever received in any “traditional academic setting.” I am extremely grateful for Liberation Spring the Collective and Teachings have meant so much to me.
As I sit and reflect on my favorite aspects of our Liberation collective…Consciousness raising. Love. Positivity. Awareness. Sharing. Nourishing. Consideration. Powerful. Soulful. Openness. Safe. Dedication. Helpful. Knowledgeable. Supportive. Information. Connection. Revolution. Awakening. United. Accountability. Community. Uplifting. Respect. Liberating. Diligent. And Effectiveness are a few characteristics that flow through my mind. We are new wave feminist. We are activist. We are artivist. We are environmentalist. We are on a path of spreading righteousness. I deeply feel this is just the beginning…
I feel utmost grateful for the resources and personal experiences that are constantly exchanged during our gatherings. From the care we put into nourishing one another to a member intentionally initiating our spark of the evening, each session is truly therapeutic. Meeting with these lovely folks is the highlight of my week. We are jointly deepening our understanding of systemic oppression, the hurtful effects of colonialism, capitalism, imperialism, and removing the layers of mental slavery.
Our main facilitator is a breathing and high vibrating collection of encyclopedias. This phenomenal woman’s wealth of knowledge is as deep as Badwater Basin, high as Mount Whitney, and wide as the Milky Way. Anjali’s dedication to educating is a blessing and inspirational. She is deeply in touch with her existence and ancestry; superbly supportive in our individual awakening journeys as well as collectively. She has been a pivotal partner in my journey of uncovering and relearning the history of my ancestry and my power. I feel eternal gratitude for this collective.
I started Liberation Spring looking for a space where I could continue to understand who I am and what each of my identities represents. From the very beginning it was clear that LS would provide me with the community, knowledge, and critical lens to empower me to discover and continue discovering just that. Each class is a tight knit community, full of love and support, something that traditional forms of education deeply lack. I would never be at the place where I am in tune with my body at this level, aware of how I contribute to systems of oppression, and optimistic that collective liberation is possible if not for these courses and the people who took them with me.
Each season of Liberation Spring is a beautiful, deep dive examining your past, current and future self with expert guidance from Anjali along the journey. With educational information, personal challenges, and collective goals in mind, Anjali creates a brave space where nuance and discernment flood every class. There is no end to the hard work and no end to the healing while you navigate throughout each season. I highly recommend investing in yourself and all of humanity by partaking on a season of learning and unlearning with Liberation Spring.
This work is ground-making. This learning and unlearning literally allows new earth to emerge beneath our collective feet to gently and consciously stand in our truth and growth. My edges were met by the course material and I was able to move through some painful unlearning and since then feel more whole in myself. I am passionate about being of the best service to my children, the future holders, and this course supported my instincts to resist dominant culture structures and values. This course offers alternatives to dying narratives about bodies, boundaries and sexuality born out of the conquest of this land space so called ‘America’. I highly recommend Liberation Spring learning space, Anjali as a facilitator, and this learning material to all humans. So grateful for this community and for the opportunity to participate. Thank you.
Intimately transformative, soulfully cleansing, mentally gripping. A brilliant celestial shower of thought and experience that encompasses lifetimes of generational struggle; all well crafted and presented in a way that exposes oneself to both ancestral paths of grounding, and a true wellspring of liberation. For the activist, this is an opening to the infinite possibilities of growth and the work of decolonizing one’s personal being.
Colonization’s ancient, insidious agenda is NO MATCH for the Cosmic Oasis that is Liberation Spring. Sacred space for the radical healing of amnesia and imagination, Liberation Spring study is guaranteed to rock to you to the core.
Should you accept the challenge, get ready to see the complexities of the matrix and come face-to-face with the “you” that is both complicit perpetrator and Decolonial Revolutionary. Get excited.
Participating in Liberation Spring has been a transformative experience for which I am truly grateful. I initially joined, almost a year ago, largely out of curiosity and the desire for some kind of community with the priority of fighting against injustice. I was really blown away by the knowledge I gained, the connections made, and the deeply personal and political work it inspired for me that will stay with me for life. The coursework is real-life work, and on many levels: political, intellectual, spiritual, relational, and somatic to name a few. Liberation Spring offers an invitation and the tools with which to critically examine and confront challenging issues in the world and in our own personal lives. Liberation Spring also provides an incredibly supportive, healing, and loving space and community – so necessary and yet so rare! I believe all Liberation Spring participants are continually inspired by and grateful for Liberation Spring and each other. Each participant I know is fighting against oppression in their own way, doing incredible work and continually cultivating new ideas and projects, individually and collectively.
On a personal level, Liberation Spring has provided a framework and vocabulary for me to grow as a human being and begin the critical process of un-learning destructive patterns of thinking. Liberation Spring has helped me to heal old wounds, build healthier relationships, cultivate a deeper connection to my roots and ancestors, re-examine my work and its impact, and examine for the first time my relationship to the land which I occupy. Anjali is an incredibly knowledgeable, thoughtful, and supportive teacher, and her care and commitment to our well-being and collective liberation is an inspiration, to say the least. The gratitude is endless, and I recommend Liberation Spring to anybody and everybody – this is about us all getting free!
Liberation Spring has been an invaluable experience for me. Anjali’s engaging pedagogy and the radical material she covers has challenged me to deeply reflect and critically question the ways in which I have been conditioned to move through the world. I have come away from my first season of Liberation Spring with a heightened sense of mindfulness and an eagerness to learn more about all the ways I can begin to decolonize and detoxify every aspect of my life. The (Kitchen) Counter Intelligence curriculum alone has enriched my relationship with food, the earth, other living species, my body, my culture, and my ancestry. I’m extremely grateful to have found such a powerful learning community.