Archived Workshop

Ecopoetics as Ritual, Part 2

Water Mapping


Sunday, May 26 2024


Prospect Park, East Lake Drive Entrance


11:00 am - 12:30 pm


Alma Valdez-Garcia



Max # of Participants:


About Facilitator

alma (they/them) is a trans herbalist, landworker and poet who is from northern New Mexico. They have resided in NYC going on 9 years and are forever committed to making connections between land being, surviving and dreaming. Their practice emerges from Audre Lorde’s question, “What words do we not have yet?,” and Natalie Diaz’s assertion that “the answer is Palestine.” They are committed to thinking and making work as survival. 


Water as magic being/as crystal structure/as kin.

Water is intrinsic to life—it feeds, moves, cares and makes itself known. In this workshop we will be water mapping and water tracing as a way of connecting and honoring our relationship to what builds and grounds us. 

We will be listening to what is underneath. The land & water is always here, they lie beneath the concrete and can still be heard. They reach their way back up so you don’t forget. We are here to hear the waterways/rivers beneath nyc.  

Water is one of the easiest ways of practicing somatics. Think on how sound can be traced to build connection. How do we build the sensation of listening in relation to water? 

Each session will end with a poem and a writing prompt for reflection.

What's Included

  • Tea (hydrating & heart healing)
  • Spring water 

What to Bring

  • Notebook and pen
  • A special object you’d like to carry with you for shared altar 
  • Small vessel for drinking/communing 


This activity is rain or shine. If weather is inclement, we will email participants 2 hours before the start of the event. Wheelchair accessible. Bathroom accessible.