Are you trans/non-binary/agender/bigender/etc? Are you trying to choose a new name? Do you want to change your connection with your old or dead name? Do you feel like you didn't get a chance to experience a community naming ceremony with your chosen name? This workshop (the first of its kind!) is designed to give participants the tools and space to explore their name lineages, name meanings, significance of naming, and release traumas associated with dead names. The workshop culminates in a naming ritual ceremony which participants can perform for friends/family/community.
The workshop is best with groups of 5-15 participants. It takes place over two separate days (preferably with reflection/research time in between the days). Ideally, the first session is 3-4 hours, and the second is 3-4 hours plus performance time for the naming rituals.
I offer a remote version of this workshop which is 3-4 hours over 1-2 sessions, 2-10 participants.
You can read about some of the techniques I use here.
Images from Naming Workshops at the Pride Youth Theater Alliance Conference and the Transformative Feminisms Conference
Is your community (or individuals within your community) facing oppression, impassible power structures, or discrimination? This workshop is designed to train strategies for overcoming external oppressions, providing participants with a forum in which they can better examine the issue and rehearse potential actions they might take.
This workshop ranges from 4hrs to several weeks depending on the desires of the group (from learning some immediate skills to developing a stage-ready Forum Theatre performance). I will enter as a joker, facilitating based on the goals of the community. This is best done with a group of 5-10 people, but can be made flexible. This is an in-person workshop.
Images courtesy of Morgan Andrews