Program Offerings

Winston-Salem

Antiracism

Learning Circle

Space: Zoom

Time: Every 3rd Thursday 6:30-8:00 pm

Price: Donation to Institute for Dismantling Racism

Winston-Salem Antiracism Learning Circle

 

~a community space for learning and practicing antiracism~

 

Led by Reverend Willard Bass of Institute for Dismantling Racism 

and Reverend Christy Clore

 

This monthly community meeting space is open to all who share the value of dismantling personal, cultural and institutional racism in Winston-Salem and beyond.  This group grew out of HOPE TANK W-S which formed to study and practice nonviolent social change.  It was formally named “Communicating Effectively about Racism”.

 

Each meeting includes:  time to review the “wall of history” and discuss past and current events, quiet time for reflection and centering, a review of nonviolent principles, and discussion of what is coming up for members of the group as they work to dismantle white supremacy.  We invite you to bring stories from your own experiences to share, or to just come ready to work with whatever emerges in the group.  

 

This is a space for coming together across lines of racial difference as well as differences in age, experience, religious/spiritual beliefs, sexual and gender identity and political affiliation.  The only requirements are a willingness to engage in honest and respectful conversation.


 

When:  3rd Thursdays, 6:30-8:00 pm

Where: This group traditionally meets at SHARE Cooperative.  We are currently meeting virtually due to Covid-19.  Once you register, we will email you a Zoom link.

Fee:  A donation of any amount to Freedom Tree at Institute for Dismantling Racism.  Donate HERE. (If you are unable to make a donation at this time, please join us anyway!)

 

To inquire, to ask about accessibility needs, or to register, please contact Sydney Hughes-McGee at bodyandearth18@gmail.com or Willard Bass at wbshare@outlook.com. 


 

Cosponsored by Institute for Dismantling Racism 

and 18 Springs Community Healing Center

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Program Offerings

Wisdom Circle for White People

Space: Zoom

Time: Every 2nd Thursday at 

6:30-8:00 pm

Price: Free/donation to 18 Springs

Confronting Racism and White Privilege
 

Collaboratively Led

 

The overall mission of this community group is to better the environment for Black, Indigenous, People of Color by providing an avenue for white people to improve their understanding of racism and white culture. Tools will be provided that increase white awareness and inform constructive action to better dismantle systems that continue to disrespect and harm BIPOC. This program will provide education, a format for discussion, as well as meditation practices for transformation.

 

  • Learn the history of race and racism in the United States.
     

  • Identify cultural conditioning as it pertains to race and racism and the way it operates within our lives in the present.

  • Work constructively with uncomfortable emotions such as anger, shame, guilt and sadness.

  • Deepen sensitivity to the dynamics of power that arise in relationships between white people and BIPOC.

 

  • Become actively anti-racist.

When:  2nd Thursdays, 6:30-8:00 pm

Where: This group traditionally meets at 18 Springs.  We are currently meeting virtually due to Covid-19.  Once you register, we will email you a Zoom link.

Fee:  A donation of any amount to 18 Springs. (If you are unable to make a donation at this time, please join us anyway!)

To inquire, to ask about accessibility needs, or to register, contact Sydney Hughes-McGee at bodyandearth18@gmail.com.

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Program Offerings

New Moon Ceremonies

 

Space: Zoom

Time: TBA

Price: Donation to 18 Springs

New Moon Ceremonies

 

~connecting with ourselves, each other, and the elements~

Each ceremony will be led by a different teacher, healer, or space holder and each offering will have a different theme or focus as we move through the process of gathering and releasing. New Moon Ceremonies have been commonly known as a space exclusively for cis identified women to come together under the moon, but as we are breaking down the gender binary and dismantling harmful systems, we welcome folks of all gender identities to these gatherings. We commit to doing our best in supporting and protecting those most marginalized.

New Moon Yoga with Marilyn Granger

May 11th 6:30-7:45pm

Moon in Taurus New Beginnings and Keeping it Real in a Time of Innovation and Change

 

The new moon energy is a time for clearing and moving inward to tune into your higher self for guidance. Take this time for reflection. Be in the moment. In the feminine energy of the moon be real with who you are with love and acceptance. Explore within to find out how you are to show up on the outside. Yoga movement and yoga nidra will support the process of moving forward into the next phase in the cycle of life

Offered on a Donation Basis.
The suggested donation is 25.00. 
If unable to make a donation at this time, please come anyway!

To get the link, email your confirmation HERE.

About Marilyn:

Marilyn Granger, MD, RYT-500 is retired from practicing psychiatry for over 34  years and a yoga practitioner over 20 years. She received her medical degree from Jefferson Medical College and her psychiatry training from Brown University. Dr. Granger initially completed her 300 hour yoga teacher training at Triad Yoga  Institute in Greensboro, N.C. then went onto complete her 500 hour yoga teacher  training from the American Viniyoga Institute. She then completed the American Viniyoga Institute yoga therapy training. She is a certified Yoga therapist through the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). She has a level II training in Emotional Freedom Technique. She has explored transpersonal realms through Stan Grof’s Holotropic Breathwork. Dr. Granger’s path has also intersected with shamanic practices. Travels have taken her from the sacred site of Assisi, Italy to the  mountain spirits of Peru, and the sacred shines in India. Her ventures from the science of medicine to the transpersonal  provides her with a rich perspective of body, mind, and spirit relationship. She likes to explore ways to apply the ancient teachings of yoga to the modern world of medicine and health.

***More Details to Come***

Next Upcoming Dates & Guides:

June 10 -Gemini- Lucinda Brogden

July 9 -Cancer- Shakira Bethea

August 8 -Leo- Shakira Bethea

September 6 -Virgo- Marla Gene

To inquire, to ask about accessibility needs, or to register, please contact Sydney Hughes-McGee at bodyandearth18@gmail.com or Marla Gene at 18springscommunity@gmail.com

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Program Offerings

Yoga Nidra

 

Space: Zoom

Time: 3-4pm

Every 3rd Sunday

Price: $18

Yoga Nidra with LaShanda Brown

Sunday May 16th 

 

In this fast paced society that we live in, taking time to rest has become an act of radical self love. We can all find a dozen reasons to push forward juggling multiple tasks rather than slowing our pace….until our body speaks so loudly that we have no choice but to stop.

Yoga nidra provides the perfect vehicle to rest body, mind, and soul. Yoga nidra, also known as yogic sleep, is a guided meditation suitable for all levels from beginners to advanced yogis. You will begin with gentle stretching, then led through a series of progressive relaxation.

Yoga nidra helps relieve stress, muscle tension, and insomnia. And it also improves creativity, mental clarity, intuition, and energy.

Come join us on this adventure of radical resistance through sacred rest!

 

What to expect:

Practice of yoga nidra is done lying on a mat, the floor, or your bed. All you will need is a comfortable surface to lie on, a quiet space where you won’t be disturbed, a blanket to stay warm, and an open heart. Additional props that might be helpful and supportive are eye pillows and extra rolls for your knees and neck.

To inquire, to ask about accessibility needs, or to register, please contact Sydney Hughes-McGee at bodyandearth18@gmail.com or Marla Gene at 18springscommunity@gmail.com

About Dr. LaShanda Brown:

Dr. LaShanda Brown is a nurse practitioner and yoga teacher who researches self care practices of nurses and caregivers with a focus on building and maintaining resilience.  Her past research looks at the roles of nurses in the community and the impact of their selfless service on the lives that they touched. She is interested in exploring the impact of their service as caregivers on their own personal health and well being, as well as the benefits of contemplative practices like mindfulness, yoga, meditation, and reflective journaling.

 

Dr. Brown teaches yoga and meditation in the community, and has witnessed firsthand the positive impact that these practices can have on individuals in the healthcare professions. She facilitates womens’ circles and mini retreats to offer spaces for women to reflect, learn tools for resilience, and form supportive communities.

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Program Offerings

Somalumina Yoga

 

Space: Zoom

Time: 6:30-7:30pm

Weekly

Price: TBA

Somalumina Yoga with Marilyn Granger

Monday May 17th

 

Somalumina Yoga is for stress management and personal transformation. seeks the deepest truth for our human existence with the aim to awaken a better inner world to achieve a better outer world.This goal will be informed through the teachings of the ancient methodology of Yoga along with the modern discoveries of science to enhance personal, social, and environmental wellbeing.

About Dr. Marilyn Granger:

Marilyn Granger, MD, RYT-500 is retired from practicing psychiatry for over 34  years and a yoga practitioner over 20 years. She received her medical degree from Jefferson Medical College and her psychiatry training from Brown University.

Dr. Granger initially completed her 300 hour yoga teacher training at Triad Yoga  Institute in Greensboro, N.C. then went onto complete her 500 hour yoga teacher  training from the American Viniyoga Institute. She then completed the American  

Viniyoga Institute yoga therapy training. She is a certified Yoga therapist through the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). She has a level II training in Emotional Freedom Technique. She has explored transpersonal realms through Stan Grof’s Holotropic Breathwork. Dr. Granger’s path has also intersected with shamanic practices. Travels have taken her from the sacred site of Assisi, Italy to the  mountain spirits of Peru, and the sacred shines in India.

Her ventures from the science of medicine to the transpersonal  provides her with a rich perspective of body, mind, and spirit relationship.  She likes to explore ways to apply the ancient teachings of yoga to the modern world of medicine and health.

To inquire, to ask about accessibility needs, or to register, please contact Sydney Hughes-McGee at bodyandearth18@gmail.com or Marla Gene at 18springscommunity@gmail.com

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Program Offerings

Body Respect Yoga Workshop: Dismantling the Body Hierarchy 

 

Space: Hybrid (virtual with limited in person spaces)

Time: 10-3pm EST

Price: 

$125 payment for yourself and support of our community

$85 full payment

$50 unable to pay full amount

For additional sliding scale options, contact Debra@bimnutrition

Body Respect Yoga Workshop: Dismantling the Body Hierarchy with Debra Benfield

Saturday May 22

 

We go about our days within a Body Hierarchy, with or without our awareness. This system is upheld by Diet Culture and is rooted in racism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, ageism, and patriarchy.  

 

The limiting beliefs born of this Body Hierarchy fractures us. It creates an “ownership” mentality with our bodies, a belief system that our bodies are a problem to be fixed, to be contained and controlled, frozen, showing no change over time.  This causes us to believe that we are “less than”, “not enough”, and deficient. 

 

As we wake up to this “story”, we become aware that this illusion leaves us in perpetual discontent with the bodies we live in. 

Then what?

 

This workshop is dedicated to 

1-Healing the fracture,  disconnection, and discontent created by diet culture 

2-Cultivating a partnership with your body based on respect and trust

 

Through Gentle, Accessible Yoga, discussion, journaling, guided meditations and an Embodied/Mindful Meal, you will:

 

•   Shift away from objectifying your body

•   Connect and attune with your body

•   Apply Embodied/Intuitive Eating Principles 

•   Relate to your Body as Partner

•   Cultivate Self-Compassion as a Skill and Practice 

  • Experience Embodied/Mindful Eating

 

This workshop is inspired and informed by Sonja Renee Taylor’s The Body Is Not An Apology.

 

You will have the option of joining us in person at 18 Springs Community Healing Center or virtually via Zoom. (If in person-Spaces will be limited for social distancing.  Masks will be required)

 

We will be eating lunch as part of our practice. If you would like privacy you may turn off your screen. If you are with us in person, we can create privacy at 18 Springs. 

 

I would love to see you there!

To sign up, select one of the options below:

$125 payment for yourself and support another

$85 full payment

$50 unable to pay full amount at this time

To inquire, to ask about accessibility needs, or to register, please contact Sydney Hughes-McGee at bodyandearth18@gmail.com or Marla Gene at 18springscommunity@gmail.com

About Debra:

Debra Benfield, M.Ed., RDN, LDN, CEDRD-S, RYT

 

Debra is passionate about creating movement offerings that invite you to dismantle your internalized Body Hierarchy. She has dedicated her more than 30 year career as a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist to preventing and treating disordered eating.  She is a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian (CEDRD) as well as an IAEDP-Approved Supervisor.  Debra is aligned with the principles of HAES (Health at Every Size).

 

About 15 years ago, Debra began to integrate somatic practices and yoga into her offerings with clients and students.  She is a Certified Curvy Yoga teacher, with additional training in Accessible Yoga and Trauma-Sensitive Yoga, as well as Trauma-Informed Mindfulness.  

 

Debra Integrates somatic and yoga practices into her work as a CEDRD in order to heal the fractures created by our culture’s oppressive Diet Culture and Body Hierarchy, which is rooted in racism, patriarchy, ableism, ageism, homophobia, transphobia and fat phobia.   She is committed to making her Body Respect Yoga Classes and Workshops brave spaces free of body and food shaming where all foods and bodies are seen as neutral.  All foods fit.  All bodies are worthy.

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Program Offerings

Tai Chi

 

Space: Outdoors in-person

Time: 2-3pm 

6 Week Series

Price: $90

Tai Chi 

Six Week Introductory Course with Misako Kay

Thursday May 27th

Tai Chi is a Chinese internal martial art practiced for defense training, health benefits, and meditation. It is a series of gentle physical exercises and stretches. Each posture flows into the next without pause, ensuring that your body is in constant motion. It is sometimes described as moving meditation because it promotes serenity through gentle movements - connecting the mind and body. 

In our class, we practice one of the oldest styles, Chao Family Tai Chi Chuan. We believe in our physical and mental wellness on individual levels. Tai chi has been shown to improve awareness, relaxation, mood elevation, aerobic capacity, natural breathing, balance range, flexibility, and muscular strength. It is perfectly suited to helping us repair our bodies, quiet our minds, and enrich our spirits.

And another great thing is that we can get to meet like minded people!

About Misako:

Misako Kay is originally from Japan. She was teaching Tai Chi at Robinhood Y, WGW Y, Shepherd's Center, Pfafftown Baptist Church, and Tinderbox Fitness Center before the COVID shut down. Since the pandemic, she has been teaching mainly at Miller Park and other outdoor places. She truly loves Tai Chi and chances to meet participants who come to her class. 

 

She is still continuing her training, not only Tai Chi, but extended Martial Arts called 'Emperor's Long Fist' at Blue Ridge Kung Fu Arnis Academy with Grandmaster Eric Marks. She believes Tai Chi is such an internal mental work as much as external physical work. It is giving a breath, in other words, she believes Tai Chi is life itself. She will always be a student of Tai Chi.

To inquire, to ask about accessibility needs, or to register, please contact Sydney Hughes-McGee at bodyandearth18@gmail.com or Marla Gene at 18springscommunity@gmail.com

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