PUSSY & PERMACULTURE: BODY ECOLOGY & CONSCIOUS CONTRACEPTION W/ SAMANTHA ZIPPORAH
Ecology comes from the Greek “oikos” which means home. In this offering we will study body ecology centering pussy & the the divine design of the ovulatory cycle as place of origin & zone zero. Being aware of the nuanced phases of your fertility cycle not only empowers the ability to avoid or achieve the conception of human life, it connects you to the rhythmic nature of divine creative energy & the opportunity to thrive in harmony with it. This offering invites us to learn from the immense power of female fertility & sexuality in the context of permaculture principles. Discussion will center around respecting natural cycles as teachers & inspiration. Sam will offer practical tools, techniques, & strategies for integrating the power of female fertility while avoiding pregnancy.
Samantha Zipporah is a practical & radical medicine woman. She serves her curiosity & community by offering love & education for navigating the womb continuum. Samantha has been tracking her menstrual cycle for 20 years & her ovulation for 13, has taught sex ed classes for youths, adults, & practitioners, been a doula for birth, abortion, miscarriage, & infant loss. Her approach is grounded in a solid understanding of biochemistry & biology, & nourished by playfulness, sass, & reverent spirituality.
LET’S GET CYCLICAL: AN INTRO TO THE JUSTISSE METHOD OF FERTILITY AWARENESS W/ VIENNA FARLOW
This class will provide you an introduction to the Justisse Method of Fertility Awareness which can be customized to fit your personal fertility goals, whether you're avoiding babies, desiring babies, or learning more about your fantastic cycle. Over two hours, we will review the anatomy and physiology of the female reproductive system (the sex ed you should have had but didn't), what a healthy menstrual cycle really looks like, and how to observe and chart signs of ovulation, including cervical mucus, basal body temperature, and cervix positioning. At the end of this class, you'll have a whole new understanding of your cycle and know when you can and cannot get pregnant (prepare to be shocked!). You'll have all the information necessary to start charting your cycle right away, even if you're still on another form of birth control. Necessary charting materials will be discussed but are not included.
Vienna Farlow is a Holistic Reproductive Health Practitioner intern and the founder of The Cuntsultant, Your Vagina’s Consultant. She is currently studying at Justisse College and is a member of the Association of Fertility Awareness Professionals. Her work is focused on demystifying the female body and teaching women and people with vaginas ways to connect with their bodies. The Cuntsultant is the culmination of her lifelong pursuit to learn as much as possible about the vagina and the people who have them -- physically, emotionally, and spiritually. She believes that all female bodied people should be empowered to know more about their bodies and the way they work. She is passionate about reproductive justice, LGBTQ+ inclusion, full spectrum care, abortion access and provocation in the name of education.
TEND: NERVOUS SYSTEM & MENSTRUAL HEALTH W/ MARISSA CORREIA
Fast-paced, production-oriented time around us will ask us daily to dishonor our bodies and push past our limits. In this class we will look at the real impacts of this on our bodies and discuss ways that we can come back to a body-centered way of living which supports the vitality of all of life. We are dynamic, cyclical beings and we have so much to learn about regeneration from our own bodies. More coming soon on this class!
Marissa (she/her) is a menstrual cycle educator and holistic womb wellness guide working with folks one on one and in group settings from an earth and body based praxis. she offers workshops, consultations and healing sessions with the ultimate intention to remind us that the body is a place of wisdom. she believes that as we go deep into the body, we make our way to the cosmos.
EASTERN DIETICS FOR PELVIC WELLNESS W/ JEEVAN SINGH
“Food is much more than nourishment: Food is medicine. Food is nutrition. Food is ceremonial. Food is sacred.” - Leslie Korn
In a modern time, when western research dictates what we “should” eat and “how much,” traditional systems of eastern medicine, such as Ayurveda and Chinese medicine, remind us that food is not just what and how much we put into our bodies. Food is medicine, ritual, resonance, connection and so much more. When we listen to our bodies in relationship to the unfolding of the natural world, we learn how to nourish ourselves and bring balance to our lives. In this class, we will explore the science and beauty of eastern ways of approaching diet and nutrition, with a specific focus on the pelvic bowl. This includes considering common imbalances that show up in our bowls (like fibroids, cysts, endometriosis, menstrual pain and more) and how to harmonize this sacred place in our body through food. Jeevan’s hope is that you walk away feeling empowered and inspired by the wisdom of eastern dietetics, and that you gain tools that you can immediately begin to use in your own life.
Jeevan comes from the Sanskrit जीवन (jīvana), meaning life, or more specifically that which animates every living being. A name that’s fitting, as it speaks to her life’s work - guiding womxn and people with vaginas back into the sanctuaries of their bodies, to reclaim their birthright of aliveness and embodiment. As a visionary, womb-keeper, guide and doctor, Jeevan offers work that is experiential and holistic. She believes that one of the most radical things we can do we can do for ourselves and the collective is to cultivate tender self-friendship. In her seasonal practice, Jeevan offers womb + pelvic healing, as well as embodiment coaching. Additionally, she teaches workshops and leads groups on herbal pelvic steaming, holistic menstrual wellness and somatic mindfulness. Jeevan aims to provide a container that is inclusive to all identities. Jeevan holds a doctorate in East Asian Medicine, and is completing a masters in integrative mental health. To learn more about Jeevan, visit her website: flowerhandwellness.com
::more classes announced spring 2019::