Workshops

We are currently working on our workshop offerings for 2017. If you have a workshop proposal for the 2017 Gathering, then please fill out this form ( workshop document) and return it to gathering@twinoaks.org no later than July 18th, 2017 .

Here is our line up from 2016:

Acu-Detox Workshop

The Acu-Detox Program started out about 30 years ago in New York as detox from heroin instead of methadone, then moved all over the country. The protocol showed positive results in drug courts with all different kinds of addiction. When the towers came down the NADA protocol helped people sleep so they could process what was happening to them, it was used after Katrina and the disaster in Haiti…. We’ll talk about the current uses and participants will be offered to experience the NADA protocol first hand so they can encourage their mental health and substance use providers to integrate the program. – Thea Page

Be Present With You

You’ll have the delightful experience of allowing your imagination to flow as the auricle listen to etheric stories of your oneness with all of Creation to the background of soothing music.  As you relax to the wonderful scents of relaxing essential oils, filling your nostril. You’ll also have the option of experiencing relaxing acupuncture treatment as your senses are being stimulated. – Lolita Smith

Construction Basics: Measuring, Marking and Cutting
For those of us who didn’t get to grow up using tools and building things, learning the basics of carpentry can be daunting indeed. If you’ve always wanted to dip your toe into the world of nails and sawdust, here’s your chance! This workshop will start at the very beginning: how to measure, mark, and cut material accurately and safely. Never fear: it will be assumed that you have absolutely no prior knowledge whatsoever!
If you enjoy the workshop and would like to get more hands-on experience, please join us for a small building project on Monday after the conference; time and place TBA. All materials, tools and safety gear provided.  – Nina Cohen

Couples Massage

Come talk about comfort and communication while exchanging massage in a private space. – Spice

Creating Goddess Spaces

In this workshop, we will describe and discuss the creation of Feminina Sube on Isla Mujeres, and Handmaids Gate, both participatory on-going goddess installation spaces, one on Isla Mujeres, MX and one iin Floyd VA. Both are dedicated to unleashing women’s creativity, bring together women to create goddess art spaces, bringing and celebrating and educating each other, one on fertility goddesses from around the world, on Isla, and the other, dedicated to the Ancient Winged Hittite Goddess Shaushkah, chased out of her own domain by ISIS. Come see what part you can play, how you can get involved, and talk about the importance of re-opening these kinds of channels throughout the world. – Batya Weinbaum

Embodied Peacemaking

Finding your power and resolving conflict under stress is challenging. We are hard wired to react to stress and threats with the distress response: freeze, give up, fight, flight, or dissociate. In this state making peace from a position of calm power is impossible. In this workshop you’ll learn tools that help replace the distress response in our bodies with calm alertness and compassionate power. This workshop will use body exercises and movement experiments as a teaching tool. – Sabine Dibowski

Examining Our Whiteness – a two-part workshop. You may attend either or both parts.

We are living in a patriarchal, white-supremacist society. As such, we all carry internalized oppression. When we acknowledge that we all hold internalized racism, we are able to acknowledge that our space is not yet safe as a whole to our sisters of color and work toward a truly equal safe space for all attending women. In part one of this workshop, we will specifically investigate our internalized racism as individuals and in the context of the gathering. After spending some time reflecting, we will gather for part two to brainstorm solutions to creating safe space. – Facilitated by Sara Tansey & Sapphyre Miria

Flag Football For Everyone – Learn to Play, Coach, Officiate

Time to get physical! We will warm up, exercise, run practice drills and end in fun scrimmage game. After taking this workshop, you will be able to play , coach and officiate flag football. We would love it if you would: coach a girls team, start your own women’s team, officiate in womens & girls flag football tournament. We use the sport to teach life skills – uniting females all over the world. See flier: IWFFA-2016-promotional-tour – IWFFA

Healing Circle using Quartz Crystal Bowls with Energetic, Sound & Vibrarional Toning

Come circle & be surrounded by healing vocal sounds, chants, energy work (such as Reiki) & the vibrations of quartz crystal bowls. Each attendee will have the opportunity to be in the center of the circle. In this special space you can relax & absorb the healing powers that all the sisters joining have to beautifully offer. Please bring a blanket or towel to sit upon. – Pam Karthik

Intersectionality 101 and 102 : Race, Class, and Gender

Intersectionality is the study of overlapping social identities such as race, class, and gender and the related systems of oppression. In this workshop, we will explain the basic theory and terminology of intersectionality and explore the concept through group discussion following the guiding principle, “the personal is political.” – Julia Griffin

Kink Women Sharing Circle

Sexuality and feminism have a complex history, especially around issues related to BDSM and sexual kink. Clementine and Erin will hold space for a shared discussion on kink through a feminist lens. This is a support/discussion group open to women who actively engage in sexual power exchange or top/bottom role-play to share their joys, fears, questions and concerns within a safe and accepting environment of women. People who are unfamiliar or who feel opposed these practices are respectfully asked not to participate. Please be 18+

Kombucha

Join in to learn how to Make Kombucha, with starter kit included. – Winnie Twin Oaks

LightenUp

Stretch, Breathe, Shake, Move, Dance and Meditate into Joy and Well-Being! Come join in on this experiential playshop, exploring simple but powerful Breathing and Mindfulness practices, which can be used anytime and anywhere throughout the day to bring more energy, calm and equanimity into our lives. We also will incorporate easeful stretches, shake and move our bodies to music, to loosen up and releasing any tension and dance freely to untether our souls. This allows us to enter into deep stillness and relaxation, to bring about full integration and healing. By tuning inward, we will discover that everything we need to know is already within and we are more able to embrace all aspects of our lives with more compassion and love.  No experience needed and it can be enjoyed by anyone regardless of age, fitness or ability. Please bring towel, blanket, yoga mat or cushion, if you like. – Maria-Ranjani

Marvelous Mushrooms Cultivation GIY

Fungi can be helpful in your garden and delicious in the kitchen. This workshop offers a peek into the fungi kingdom at large and addresses Grow It Yourself (GIY) indoor growing and cultivation methods with the option to transfer your fungi to your outdoor garden. In addition to a demonstration of basic propagation techniques, the class offers resources for finding mushroom materials to work with as you set about on your homegrown mycological pursuits. – DNA

Poly 101 – Curious about this “polyamory” thing you’ve heard so much about?  Considering opening up your existing relationship, single and considering converting to polyamory, or just want to better understand this relationship style?  Come listen, learn, ask questions, and hopefully have fun! – Erin & Rachel

“Silence Equals Consent”: How to Recognize Anti-Feminist Legislation and Political Action

This workshop will take several recent North Carolina laws, including HB2, and go beyond headlines to look at the laws’ functional provisions and effects. We’ll also look at how these right-wing laws being promoted by Republicans form a program (quite successful so far) to dismantle the middle-class and subsidize the wealthy. The burdens of these laws have fallen most heavily on women. The Koch Brothers and similar right-wing/ 1% groups promulgate model laws that protect and promote the interests of ultra-wealthy men, but make these laws sound and look facially neutral. After attending this workshop, you will be able to smell the sexism in proposed laws that look facially neutral. If you don’t like ‘politics,’ think of this as being about democracy and your own self-interest. – Sherri Zann Rosenthal

Unlocking Universal Life Flow

Through intentional practice of flow arts, we have the opportunity to grow closer to ourselves and the Universe. This workshop will guide you through different techniques for movement meditation, with a focus on the implementation of Reiki energy healing. We will discuss how to channel Universal Life Force not just into your flow, but into all parts of your being, so that you may thrive in your most optimum human existence. Together we will explore how you can approach your hoop practice from a more sacred standpoint, using your hoop as an instrument of ascension on your self-healing journey. – Laura Carmody

Welcome to the MUD TRIBE~ Embracing your wild woman self!
In this experiential class, we will break out of our comfort zone and do something most of us have been told not to do, for most of our lives.  Yes! That’s right, we are going to get down and dirty and covered in mud! Be ready to dive in, let go and find freedom and empowerment in embracing your wild woman self! And yes, you will get officially welcomed to The Mud Tribe! – Kate Knott

Women in Community

How do we as women build and participate in community? Come hear women from various intentional communities share their stories of what it means live communally and cooperatively. We’ll talk about the bigger picture of sharing income, decision-making, our houses and our lives, and also delve into the day-to-day realities of living this lifestyle. Format will be fluid presentation and Q&A style. – facilitated by Sapphyre and Rachel

YogaSong

Come sing and stretch! We’ll move through a combination of flowing yoga movements while singing gentle sacred chants. No yoga experience necessary. Please wear stretchy clothing (nothing tight) and bring a towel or blanket or mat to sit on (we’ll be on the ground for some of the time). – Valerie

Here are the workshops that we had in 2015:

Acu-Detox Workshop

The Acu-Detox Program started out about 30 years ago in New York as detox from heroin instead of methadone, then moved all over the country. The protocol showed positive results in drug courts with all different kinds of addiction. When the towers came down the NADA protocol helped people sleep so they could process what was happening to them, it was used after Katrina and the disaster in Haiti…. We’ll talk about the current uses and participants will be offered to experience the NADA protocol first hand so they can encourage their mental health and substance use providers to integrate the program. – Thea Page

The Art & Practice of Vaginal Steaming

Come join Liz of Talking Drum Herbals in story, and herbs while you journey into the Art and Practice of Vaginal Steaming. Discover the physical benefits of including the practice of steaming in a self care routine, in addition to helping provide mental and emotional wellbeing.  Learn how to do a steam, what herbs to use for different purposes and how to address specific needs.

Basic Energy-Field Exploration:  grounding, auras and boundaries,

This hands-on workshops covers basic and simple techniques. We will cover: how to ground your body and/or energy; how to open your hand-chakras and feel your own energy-field, how un-groundedness effects your power, recognizing other’s boundaries & making your own boundaries strong or permeable. – Hawina Star Falcon

Body of Knowledge: Learning to Listen and Respond to Sensory Experience

This experiential workshop is an opportunity to explore and develop your relationship with your physical, sensory self.  We will play with listening and responding to messages from our bodies about our physical, emotional, and spiritual experience of life, and take a deep personal look at what resistance we may have to being present in our bodies.  This workshop is for people who want to get out of their head and into their body, as well as for people who delight in physical experience.  – Rev. Kate Adamson

Chi Running and Chi Walking:  A Revolutionary Approach to Effortless, Injury-Free Movement

Chi Running and Chi Walking combine the power and energy of running and walking with the form and focus of Tai Chi to create the conditions for effortless movement.  We will practice the four elements of posture; the form focuses; body sensing; and how to focus attention to move yourself forward. No previous experience is required. www.chirunning.comwww.chiwalking.com – Kathy Graham

Creative, Sage, Warrior? Locating Yourself in Images of Archetypal Women

Think of yourself as a nurturer? A firestarter? A peacemaker? Join a totally open-ended, interactive, and gentle exploration that will reveal how what you say about yourself influences how others perceive you, how you see yourself, and how you would like to see yourself. Artists and photographers through the centuries will provide the images that express these key feminine characteristics. – Karen Mulder

Croning Ceremonies: Embracing your Inner Crone

Come join us for a discussion of aging in the 21st Century: how we define ourselves in the third age as crone, how crone is being reinvented in a more positive image, finding your inner crone at any stage of life, how to create your own croning ceremon. – Moira Jackson

Creating Sacred Space

Come play and learn how to create your own sacred space, Liz Henke will offer her insights on altar creation, how to setup, use and maintain an ever evolving personal energetic space. This playshop will include designing and creating small personal items to take home and use on your own altar.

Drawing Out the Peasant Witch

Erica Joy is not an expert, just a truth seeker who would like to host a discussion about how we can get back in touch with the peasant/folk witch within. Using magical herbalism shouldn’t be complicated. Everyone has intuition about how to heal ourselves if we listen well enough and ask the right questions of other women who are committed to their own healing practice. She’d like to see herself and other women empower themselves more and remember what used to be common sense, for our own sake and that of our children, considering the duress of the medical profession. Everyone will talk about how each person’s belief systems hinder our own healing and what we can replace them with, with the support of others on the same path.

Elaborate Doodles 

Doodling is an intrinsic part of human art development. It can aid in relaxation and mindfulness as well as help you gain focus, retain information and find creative solutions to problems. Richmond artist, Dana Frostick, known for her Elaborate Doodles, will demonstrate her artistic process and lead participants in the creation their own work of art using her techniques.

Giving Mother Nature a Hand

Learn what to do if you find injured or orphaned wildlife.  Share stories about up close and personal encounters with robins, skunks, turtles, bats, etc.  Find out what wildlife rehabilitators do (and don’t do), and see photos of some of the critters in re-hab. – Brenda “Bee” Lambert

Healing Circle using Quartz Crystal Bowls with Energetic, Sound & Vibrarional Toning

Come circle & be surrounded by healing vocal sounds, chants, energy work (such as Reiki) & the vibrations of quartz crystal bowls. Each attendee will have the opportunity to be in the center of the circle. In this special space you can relax & absorb the healing powers that all the sisters joining have to beautifully offer. Please bring a blanket or towel to sit upon. – Pam Karthik

How to Start a Red Tent Temple / Women’s Circle in Your Neighborhood & Speak Our Truth, Empower & Heal

In January 2006 I started a monthly women’s circle. The initial intension was to gather with women to help heal MotherEarth. What transitioned was a circle to connect & help heal ourselves, so we in turn can heal the earth.
Women gathering in circle is a powerful way to connect, share and grow together in community. In circle the importance of honoring each woman’s voice is critical for healing & empowerment. Join me for a talk and a talking circle on how to find and use our voices and how to help other women do the same. If you have even considered or if you hold a Red Tent / Women’s Circle in your community, this is a great forum to gather and share your experiences, questions & thoughts. – Pam Karthik

Introduction to Women’s RugbyAs a sport, women’s rugby promotes body positivity, physical and mental self-awareness, strong communication, camaraderie and respect. Come learn about the way rugby is revolutionizing women’s sense of self across the globe, and a little bit about the women’s rugby culture and community through a lesson on the basic skills of rugby. These include passing, tackling, communication, and movement. All are welcome, regardless of ability. – Alina Yarman

Kink Women Sharing Circle

Sexuality and feminism have a complex history, especially around issues related to BDSM and sexual kink. Clementine and Erin will hold space for a shared discussion on kink through a feminist lens. This is a support/discussion group open to women who actively engage in sexual power exchange or top/bottom role-play to share their joys, fears, questions and concerns within a safe and accepting environment of women. People who are unfamiliar or who feel opposed these practices are respectfully asked not to participate. Please be 18+

Lesbianism for Straight Women

Sorry, this isn’t a how-to!  Instead, we’ll read and discuss powerful lesbian-feminist writings, and talk about our own experiences of desire.  What is compulsory heterosexuality?  How does our culture construct our desire for us?  How, and why, might we choose to love women?  Lesbians and bi women welcome too. – Brittany Lewis

Meditation Made Easy: Learning and practicing the benefits of inner peace and better sleeping

The human mind, body and Soul work in harmonious concert together in terms of wellness or illness (“dis-ease”) in maintaining and restoring our overall equilibrium. Being in clear emotional and spiritual contact and connection with ourselves and others, being “in touch” has a profound effect upon how we feel and function on a daily and lifelong basis. We will learn about and explore the role that meditation has played historically throughout the world, as well as how it is being effectively used to treat a wide range of emotional and medical issues in many diverse and surprising settings. – Lara Fine

Mime-Chi

This is pantomime combined with Sun style Tai Chi.   We warm up with qigong and temple exercises, then some of the 12 basic Sun moves (some standing meditation included).  Then we move into classic mime — box (mini to maxi),  nature mime and group connection mime (blooming flower).  Come play! – Beth Spillman

Off the Grid in a Feminist Community

Going “off the grid” often has macho survivalist connotations, but simple living on a village scale- living in community- is the key to weaning ourselves from fossil fuels. Debbie has been living off the grid for five years building Living Energy Farm, a project which aspires to be a multi-generational feminist community for the post fossil fuel era. Learn about LEF’s successes and challenges, and also how you might be able to incorporate some of our methods and technologies into your own life. – Debbie Piesen

Poly 101 – Curious about this “polyamory” thing you’ve heard so much about?  Considering opening up your existing relationship, single and considering converting to polyamory, or just want to better understand this relationship style?  Come listen, learn, ask questions, and hopefully have fun! – Gryphon

Psychic Development
Have you ever been aware of intuitive inklings coming through to you in the form of dreams, visions or sounds? Do they sometimes frighten you away from persisting? Do you get strong impressions when encountering others, perhaps even animals? Come and learn how to discern and distinguish the various types of psychic skills that most of us naturally possess in order to develop them further. You will amaze yourself and others! – Lara Fine
Radical HealingDo you feel like it is hard to be fully present with people for fear of being hurt? Do you find it hard to get your past out of your present? Then please join us in a sharing discussion where we will explore how to process and release past trauma, face our fears and be present with each other with our whole selves. – Sapphyre Miria

Relaxation Massage Techniques for Self and Partner

In this participation workshop, I will demonstrate techniques for self and partner massage, while answering questions and explaining about the benefits and importance of self care. – Natasha Titus

Sacred Chants and Songs Circle

Come and sing and learn new songs! Chants and songs range from Goddess chants to Native American chants, women’s empowerment songs. Songs will be accompanied on Shruti box (Indian drone instrument), guitar, drums and Native American flute. Will be great fun ! – Blue O’Connell

Shakti Rising Yoga

Awaken your inner goddess in this workshop. The powers of meditation, mantra, yoga postures, and song will strengthen your connection to divine feminine energy and leave you feeling blissfully refreshed. Please bring a yoga mat or towel. – Hannah Moon

Shamanic Journey for Healing

Shamanic journeying is a types of meditation, where you can have a direct, conscious experience of our Spirit.  In a shamanic journey, we meet with our personal Spiritual Guides and Power Animals. You may receive life-changing guidance and healing through insights and direct revelation. – Flame Bilyue

Sisterhood of Seeds

As Dr. Vandana Shiva starkly says “[Big Agricorps have been] taking away the art and science of plant breeding from women who have been doing seed breeding over millenia [and handing it over] to hands of corporations whose only incentive is greed”. Come find out the herstory of how women have been integral players in maintaining healthy food supplies for their families and communities for thousands of years and why it is so crucial to reconnect with this ancient science today. Sapphyre will also demonstrate hands-on seed processing techniques as well as give a tour of the seed farm in operation at Twin Oaks. – Sapphyre Miria

VISIONING: Manifesting your creative enterprise through conscious design.

Do you need a brand or logo? Want a clear focal point to drive your work towards your goals? Using movement, deep listening, stream of consciousness, creative visualization and basic design techniques, we will work through your ideas & dreams to help manifest a logo or brand to represent your project, business, or creative enterprise. – Mihr Danae Walden

Women Building “Cooperative Culture” in Community

Do we women have within us a divine, healing, connecting force? Women’s socialization in the value of cooperation makes us especially valuable as community-builders seeking alternatives to patriarchal, competitive culture.  Cooperation is an essential part of strong communities, and, when we focus and honor that value, we can live
with integrity, and possibly change the world. Presenters from Twin Oaks, Acorn (Virginia), Ganas (NYC), and We’Moon (Oregon) discuss work, leisure, relationships, spirituality, child rearing, and elder care within community.- Aurora DeMarco

Women’s Spaces Matter
Why are we here, anyway?  After examining our beliefs about women-only spaces, we will situate those spaces within the broad spectrum of feminist separatism—and the results may surprise you!  Learn how women everywhere use this feminist tool set every day, and gain new appreciation for women-only spaces. – Brittany Lewis