Creativity As Self-Compassion - Anne Heaton
Join us as we harness the power of creativity to cultivate compassion for ourselves! With the help of a few guided processes, we'll use colored markers, crayons, free-journal-writing and other creative tools (possibly singing) to be kind to ourselves, to understand things we may be going through on a deeper level and to allow a conversation to emerge between our personalities and our higher wisdom. People always leave these creative exercises with an insight or happier or more relaxed expression. The intention is to make peace with parts of ourselves that want to be expressed and integrated but haven't known how!
ANNE HEATON is a singer-songwriter and pianist who has captured audience imaginations for over fifteen years with her songs that are, by turns, “tender, barbed and spiritual” (Washington Post). She’s been featured by the New York Times Popcast, toured widely in North America and shared the stage with artists such as Jewel and jazz drummer Max Roach. She teaches at Berklee College of Music and is the founder of Soul Songs School online songwriting program. She loves coffee, Lake Michigan and being a mom to two freethinking daughters. She lives in Milwaukee. www.anneheaton.com
Gardening : The Nightshade or Potato Family - Marleny Franco
These are the most popular vegetables that are grown and we will discuss in detail how to grow these and the pest that the problems you are likely to encounter and how to prevent them. How to grow giant tomatoes or just a bumper crop. All about growing potatoes, tomatoes (many varieties, from cherry to steak tomatoes), eggplants, and peppers.
Marleny’s passion for growing fresh and healthy foods were first ignited visiting her uncle’s farm in the temperate mountains of Colombia as a child. Later in life, she went on to receive her master’s degree as a Horticulturalist. After college, she was recruited to be a County Agent to lead a highly successful urban gardening program.
- We’ll explore their habits and required growing conditions
- The best time to harvest these vegetables
- Some problems, and how to avoid them.
- I discuss special techniques for best production
- How to prune them for maximum production.
Her connection to nature, and love of teaching to garden in the urban setting, pushed her to found and executively direct a horticultural and environmental not-for-profit conservancy for 14 years. Their goal was to teach vegetable gardening. Her award-winning educational programs reached over 200,000 urban residents and transformed the landscape (literally) of urban areas throughout the state. She went on to start her own landscaping business for 18 years, where she helped clients work with native species to bring their land to life, and to create a self-sustaining biome that brings joy to others.
Marleny recently wrote a book, Garden the Organic Way, where she shares her many years of experience in organic gardening with her readers. Information that every gardener should know and practice in order to feel a connection to the earth is kept within these pages. She hopes to help others form these connections so a deep love of nature can be achieved, and the blessings of plentiful food can be received in return by gardening and living the Organic Way.
Reconnecting with Ourselves: Pleasure After Trauma - JJ
“I touch my own skin, and it tells me that before there was any harm, there was miracle.” -Adrienne Maree Brown, Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good
Trauma can impact our ability to connect to pleasure. This workshop will explore common trauma responses, strategies for reestablishing a sense of safety and comfort in our own bodies, and tools to begin building and repairing our intimate connections with others. Please note, we will be discussing trauma, pleasure, and our bodies--topics that some participants may find triggering. To support participants in honoring their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs as we move through this work, we will begin our time together by sharing and learning grounding techniques, and we will incorporate moments throughout the workshop for participants to return to themselves. No preparation is required for this workshop, though participants are encouraged to be prepared with something to write or doodle with. This workshop is open to survivors and those that love them, and welcomes people of all genders, orientations, and expressions.
JJ (she/they) is a Black nonbinary dyke, fisting enthusiast, and tiny top who cares about her InstantPot, ancestral healing, and racial and reproductive justice. When they aren't plunking away at work, you can usually find them comparing hand sizes with new crushes. You can reach JJ at firstname.lastname@example.org
Finding Emotional Wellness and Balance - Sandra Rovira
In this workshop I will address the basic causes of emotional imbalance and share natural ways to uplift the spirit. We will discuss several aspects of true health, including sleep, hydration, positive thoughts, food, exercise and essential oils. Various holistic practices will be suggested, including morning affirmations, nutritional tips and the use of essential oils to uplift spirits.
After a career as an attorney, and the owner/director of a day spa, Sandra decided that she wanted to do what her mind, body and spirit called her to do, and that is to teach yoga. Then Sandra discovered essential oils and made a life-changing decision to become a distributor for Young Living Essential Oils. Sandra now combines her goal to help students understand and work with their body alignment and form through the never ending adventure of yoga with her passion to help others transform their lives through the use of essential oils and healthy life choices.
Survival Skills 101: Just In Case There’s Ever Social Unrest
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Que is an Architect, contractor and business owner in the DMV area. In the many years that she’s lived in DC, she’s participated in activism movements around Marriage Equality and Financial Equality. As of late, she has refocused most of her time to encouraging and teaching survival skills due to the social unrest. Her goal has become to ensure the survival of a DIVERSE America. Ultimately our survival will be based on unity and commitment of multitudes of people learning and working together in conditions far different than anything we know today. She began working on that goal by starting the Tubman Survival Academy, which provides a vessel to learn skills, building local teams, creating accountability systems, building relationships with like-minded people across the country.