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Holding Space for survivors @ The Tranzac - November 4th 2-5pm

Event Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/events/244479912886561

Recently we have had an increase in requests for community healing workshops that focused on healing from the trauma of sexual assault and violence. Through a lot of learning we found the most profound healing comes from being heard and seen, just as you are. We are proud to be able to bring you our "Holding Space for Survivors" session. This session will practice peer support using a trauma informed and harm reduction lens. We will create a space for survivors to share what they are feeling, experiencing, thinking about, hurt by, harmed by, oppressed by or just confused by. Healing from sexual violence is not linear and there is no standard way for survivors to heal. Although this is true, it is also true that being listened to, feeling heard and seen and being validated by other survivors is very healing for us all. 

We will be holding this space for participants to share and talk, there are a few norms around this sharing to ensure it is safer for the people in the room:
1. No homophobia, racism, sexism, transphobia, Islamophobia or hatred of any kind will be tolerated, you will be asked with kindness to leave. No second chances. 
2. Please no cross talk- when someone is sharing just allow them to share, they may ask the facilitator a questions or advice allow them to dialogue. 
3. Relfect and Regulate- we will have small workbooks for you that you can journal or write in- if you have something of your own please feel free to bring this. This is a great way to collect thoughts and learn but also a great way to write down resources and help regulate when others are sharing
4. Triggers/Support- People will be triggered when sharing personal experiences with sexual violence, as a survivor led organization this is why we prioritize safety in dialogues and self care. If you feel triggered please use the room as you need, take a break and step outside, call a friend, send some texts, look at cute dogs, call the TRCC line or stay afterwards for some support from our facilitator.

After participants have shared we will take a formal break and return to do some guided reflection work, community conversation where you can ask specific questions and then we wrap up with reviewing some resources and tools available for survivors.

We hope to bring survivors together in a safer space, held up by mutual experiences, love, understanding, empathy and listening. There is a profound healing in just being heard. 

Information about the session:
There is a 20 person max and you can register by sending us an email ourdandelioninitiative@gmail.com 
This session is $15 a person, we accept payment through interac or paypal. 

The tranzac is accessible and has GN washrooms on the main floor. We will be meeting in the front room with the comfy chairs. There will be light refreshments and coffee + tea, but please bring what you need as well. We cannot guarantee this space will be scent or nut free, many apologies but we encourage folx to not wear heavy perfumes or bring nutty treats. 

This session will use a trauma informed and peer based approach, we cannot provide individual counselling during this session but we can help you with referrals.

 

Past workshops

Missed Consent: Gender Stereotypes and Rape Culture @ U of T, Friday March 2, 2018 4-7pm.

You and Me: trauma informed peer support for survivors @University of Toronto, organized by the Jungian Society, Facilitator: Viktoria Belle, founder DI.\

In the wake of the #metoo campaign, many survivors have been triggered by reminders of violence that they have experienced, and many allies are asking what they can do to support. You & Me is a student-run peer initiative by the University of Toronto Jungian Society and other student allies to help start learning and discussion about what peer support looks like. 

We will be hosting a 4-part workshop series on trauma-informed peer support for allies and survivors, with guest speakers at each session. Our sessions will begin with a presentation from community activists. The second part of our sessions will be facilitation of open source trauma informed-peer support content created by the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors, followed by discussion. There will be snacks and drinks!

Join us in room 2008 in Wilson Hall for the first 4 Fridays in March. We have an attendance capacity of 15 people. Please email jungiansociety@gmail.com to register. It is ideal to attend all sessions, but not necessary. This is a free event series for UofT students, and otherwise by PWYC donation for non-students (suggested $10). 

Friday March 2, 2018 4-7pm
Consent, Resources - Viktoria, Dandelion Initiative
Trauma and its Impact, Cultural Considerations

See event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/419171711875576/

 

Art As Activism- Feb 22nd 2018 @ TPW Gallery 

Art as Activism will offer space for participants to consider how art can be used to reclaim power. 

What serves and respects our experiences as survivors of violence? How can art or creative exploration be harnessed as a tool, a weapon and a communication channel in finding our voice? 

Participants will have an opportunity to engage with sound creation, collage and printing on textiles, with options to explore individually, and/or contribute to a collective piece.

This workshop is facilitated by Melisse Watson. Melisse is a disruptionist, earthworker, counselor and multidisciplinary artist, utilizing direct action, performance, visual, aural and installation art that work to provoke an experience, and an opportunity for the viewer to engage with critical analysis and self reflection. All while being intentional around access and audience. Through the archiving of activism work done by Black and Indigenous peoples on Turtle Island and the explorations of spirituality, Blackness, gender, abolition and liberation, Melisse explores speculative futures and their preparations. 

Melisse has presented work internationally through the LAAW Program at the Santa Fe Arts Institute, New Mexico, and locally at Tangled Arts and Disability, Gladstone Hotel, Gladstone Art Hub, Whippersnapper Gallery, Summerworks Festival, Rhubarb Festival and more. They are a member of the Black Artists for Black Lives collective and Drawing With Knives Shadow Puppet Collaborative. In 2014 Melisse wrote and directed an award winning performance "I Was Born White" for the Toronto Fringe Festival. instagram: @coyotewatson

Art materials are provided.All costs for the workshop will go directly to our community workshop facilitator. If the cost is a barrier for your attendance please email Viktoria Belle at ourdandelioninitiative@gmail.com

Accessibility information:This workshop is being held at Gallery TPW (thank you again so much for your generous donation of space) everything is on the ground level (including the bathroom) - but there is a very slight ramp/lip to access the front door, and there isn't an automatic door button. Please include other accessibility accommodations needed for participating in the workshop when you register, our goal is to reduce environmental fatigue by making the space as accessible and welcoming and cozy as possible so we can create a space of learning and healing together. Please also include dietary restrictions because there will be snacks!

We have 10 spots max available for this workshop.

Self Care For Resiliency- Sunday Jan 28th @ TPW Gallery, Toronto.

Resiliency is the ability to recover from stress, burnout, trauma, and illness. It is built by caring for the body, emotion, mind, and spirit as connected parts of systemic wellness. 

This workshop uses an intersectional, trauma-informed lens to help you increase resiliency by identifying self-care acts that work for you, and then developing them into routine practices. There are educational, collaborative, and crafting components to this workshop as we learn how about resources and resiliency, brainstorm self-care acts, and make a zine to act as a guide to caring for yourself based on available personal resources. Craft materials are provided.

All costs for the workshop will go directly to our community workshop facilitator. If the cost is a barrier for your attendance please email  ourdandelioninitiative@gmail.com

Accessibility information:
This workshop is being held at Gallery TPW (thank you again so much for your generous donation of space) 
everything is on the ground level (including the bathroom) - but there is a very slight ramp/lip to access the front door, and there isn't an automatic door button. 

Please include other accessibility accommodations needed for participating in the workshop when you register, our goal is to reduce environmental fatigue by making the space as accessible and welcoming and cozy as possible so we can create a space of learning and healing together. Please also include dietary restrictions because there will be snacks!

This workshop is facilitated by Laur, a researcher and mystic who works to empower clients to reclaim their sense of thriving. Laur is a graduate of the Canadian Association for Astrological Education, and the founder of Uranical. As a student at University of Toronto, they use a trauma-informed model of chronic pain and chronic illness to develop mindfulness-based and educational content that makes chronic pain management programs more accessible and effective. 

We have 10 spots max available for this workshop. 

Social Justice Class- Pay Equity and The Gender Wage Gap, May 11 2017.

Presented by Viktoria Belle, for Bar Institute, Check out the RAD ZINE from their event! 

 

 


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