Netta Sadovsky, MFA, LSW (she or they) is an artist and therapist living in Philadelphia, PA. She provides group and individual counseling specializing in alternative sexualities and relationship structures at West Philly Therapy Center, and is a teaching artist at Center for Creative Works. Netta is a student of Internal Family Systems, Tavistock Group Relations, Relational Psychodynamic Therapy, Mindful Facilitation, Theater of the Oppressed, and Psychodrama, and makes artwork that borrows from and experiments with these practices under the moniker Suso Phizer.
Love Games is a 10 week workshop exploring romantic love. We will use a variety of therapeutic, somatic, meditation, and pedagogical practices to structure our time together. We will learn from our group members’ experiences in the past and present, and support one another's imaginings into the future. We will sometimes explore our experiences of love in the here-and-now of the group, which will be aided by an agreement that no romantic relationships may be started during the 10 week workshop. These here-and-now explorations will allow us to also notice and investigate love’s relationship to other feelings that often show up alongside it, including hate, like, shame, euphoria, and arousal. We will set a norm of acceptance towards the many forms love can take, with a special attention to sending acceptance towards the ways that differences in gender, sexuality, race, age, ability, neurodiversity, and other identities can inflect our preferences and norms. We will work together to maintain and grow the safety of the space so that our group’s diversity can be seen and worked with.
I will draw from a series of practices to help us deepen our questions, including Psychodrama, Process Work, Internal Family Systems therapy, Contact Improvisation, Tavistock Group Relations, and Theater of the Oppressed. These methods will aid us to move beyond analytical conversation into more embodied and experiential ways of learning and knowing. Our time together will also be supported by readings including On Love by Eve Sedgewick, Polysecure by Jessica Fern, and All About Love by Bell Hooks. We will use these texts to help us wonder about how our understandings of love have political roots and implications.
As a group we will collaborate to find our questions about love. Some that I anticipate bringing into the space with me include: what is love? How has the concept been taught to me? What about love have I given up on? How does my understanding of love relate to my ethnic/cultural backgrounds? How does my understanding of love reflect a political project beyond me? What happens to love when it intersects with judgments and disliking? What happens with love when boredom is present? What has it been like to love while also hating?
DATES: Oct 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov 2, 9. 16, 30, Dec 7, 14 (10 sessions)
TIME: Tuesdays 7:30-9:30pm EST
LOCATION: MAAS Building, 1325 N Randolph St. Philadelphia
TUITION: $500 Early Bird Registration before Sept 27
(please contact us for sliding scale tuition options)
COVID POLICY: All participants will be required to show proof of covid vaccination, and will be required to wear masks at all times during the workshop.
Deadline to apply is Sept 30th