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meeting monsters: a skillshop on shame

some of you know: i'm obsessed with shame.

i've spent years learning how to engage & unwind this shadowy monstrous beastie that lives in all of us, whispering (or shouting) that we are bad, unworthy of love, useless, eternal fuckups. going to the shame place can be confusing, overwhelming, and immobilizing. often when conflict becomes a mindfuck, shame is at play. often when we victimize ourselves instead of responding compassionately to someone we have wounded, shame is at play. this shame is deep in queer communities: and no wonder! we on occupied turtle island live in a colonial, white supremacist culture of puritanism where sex is dirty, bad, and wrong, and queer bodies are nonconsensually made sexual by default.

when we learn to engage shame, to digest it & let it move through us, we spiral the power it had to drain us back into ourselves. we become more reliable & resilient in our relationships of care & solidarity. more & more, the folks i work with are coming to me explicitly seeking tools to digest shame, which is why i am so excited to offer what i have learned in a more accessible form!

just as the moon begins to wane, we will gather together to meet & gentle our shame monsters. participants will learn what shame is, how it is a survival response whose true purpose is to sustain connection, and how to unwind its intensity through somatic practice. space is limited so that your practice will receive individual tailoring & attention.

this skillshop takes place on unceded territory traditionally cared for by the kanien'kehá:ka people, past, present & future. tiohtià:ke / "mtl" has been a meeting place of many nations & has supported my life since 2006.

artwork is the strength card from noel arthur heimpel’s NUMINOUS TAROT, used with payment & permission.

my office is near métro lionel-groulx in st. henri (you will receive the exact address 3 days before the workshop). it is up one flight of stairs from street level, and has a gender-neutral single washroom on the same floor. there are no cameras, security guards, or receptionists in the space. we keep the office itself as low-scent as possible, and ask that you come scent-free, but scented products are used in the washroom and in other spaces on the same floor. please email me at hannah at bodywitch dot com with further access questions. please note, i regularly offer this workshop online as well, for many different accessibility reasons including the inaccessibility of my local office. (as always, if you have tips about available wheelchair-accessible space in the southwest, i'm all ears & always on my own lookout!)

at-cost, this skillshop is $40, with an invitation to those who can afford extras in life, who earn in USD/GBP/EUR, or who have access to family/generational wealth to pay $60, and a couple spaces for those who need to pay $20. if you are Black &/or Indigenous to turtle island, you are welcome to a reparations spot at no cost. as always, 10% of all money collected for this workshop is directed towards settlement reparations.

please register through eventbrite if you are using a credit card or accessing a no-cost reparations spot! if you need to pay by interac e-transfer or dropping cash in my office mailbox in tiohtià:ke, email me at hannah at bodywitch dot com.

Earlier Event: August 18
meeting monsters: a skillshop on shame