2018 empowHER sessions: 6th & 7th grades
Brazen: Self-care as power
Loving yourself is an act of bravery. Join Tashmica, Violet, Stephanie and Ana in an artistic exploration of how you can create a brave-and-zen (brazen!) regimen of self-love, practice mindfulness and amplify your body, mind and spirit. In this workshop, we'll discuss how we deal with hard times, tough situations and uncomfortable emotions. It may not seem like it when we are anxious or freaking out, but we have a lot of power available to us to take care of ourselves — it just takes a little self-reflection and practice. Together we'll create some artistic pieces to remind us of what we learned in this workshop after we leave empowHER.
Tashmica Torok is the founder and executive director of the Firecracker Foundation and a survivor of child sexual abuse and incest. She's the mother of three boys, wife to a talented tile guy and best friend to a dog named Lucy. She's a roller derby skater, kitchen witch and preacher of militant self-care.
Kathleen "Violet Defiant" Livingston is a community-based artist and teacher. She works as an assistant professor at Michigan State University, teaching classes about writing and consent. Violet also works professionally as a circus performer and instructor, specializing in the upside-down arts. She is the vice president of the Board for The Firecracker Foundation.
Kathleen "Violet Defiant" Livingston is a community-based artist and teacher. She works as an assistant professor at Michigan State University, teaching classes about writing and consent. Violet also works professionally as a circus performer and instructor, specializing in the upside-down arts. She is the vice president of the board for the Firecracker Foundation.
Stephanie Onderchanin is a writer, gardener, creator and cook. Her day job is managing a garden-based nutrition education program; during the rest of her time, she participates actively in food and creative communities in Lansing. She loves projects, sharing a meal with friends, a good tangent in conversation and letting her curiosity lead her in learning.
Ana Holguin is a writer, artist, yoga teacher and educator. She taught English and writing for many years and loves getting people excited about learning, being curious and expressing themselves. Ana is invigorated by pop culture, her two grumpy wiener dogs, Rupert and Enzo, and Care Bear levels of kindness. She's a smart, nice, funny person who likes to get into pretzel postures a lot.
Big Words to Little Me: Tools for a confident self
This workshop serves as a creative approach to self-development that addresses personal and collective challenges in order to discover the power of choice and determination within each individual. Using movement, the dramatic arts and the book "Big Words to Little Me," each participant is guided toward discovering the steps to overcoming their obstacles and beginning the journey of goal setting and building positive self-esteem. Through dialogue, discussion and creative expression, we work toward developing the tools that will help us grow as capable, confident and secure people.