Join us to self-generate, reflect, release and shed light on ourselves individually and in a community with other women in this 2-day workshop.
We’ll be deepening our awareness of our multiplicity within, including our powers and conflicts; and with the upcoming turn of winter from autumn, we'll practice the art of letting go and calling in, and bringing sight to the multitude and shades of ourselves.
Who is this weekend for?
We seek to bring together a diverse group of self-identified women across:
Racial & cultural identity
We anticipate exploring and deepening into these questions:
How does my past affect how I show up in the world today?
How can I recreate a self-narrative that’s more empowering and purposeful?
What do I want to release from my past?
How do I use my senses and body’s feedback to ground more in the present?
How can I clarify and speak my needs effectively?
What’s my personal statement for the current season?
How can I step more fully into an expanded realm of possibility?
Some of the modalities we will leverage during the weekend include:
Yoga and body movement
Positive communication and conflict resolution training
Inspirational literature study
Ceremony and ritual
Meditation and mindfulness
Evidence-based tools in self-regulation and stress-management
When, where and how much?
The workshop will run on Saturday, December 8th and December 9th from 9am to 6pm.
We’ll gather in Chicago; receive the specific location after you apply.
Tuition to participate is offered on a sliding scale:
1 ticket for $195
2 tickets for $295
Student ticket: $100
Tuition covers program materials, breakfast and snacks foods + tea and coffee, and location, as well as organizing time and honoraria for facilitators.
Why participate and what will you get?
Natalia Smirnov is a human, writer, scholar, educator and media and experience maker. Born and raised in Russia and molded in the suburbs of New Jersey and art colonies of Philadelphia, Natalia carries the grit and glory of each of her homes as part of her deeply nomadic identity. Natalia’s current home is Chicago, where she is completing a PhD in Learning Sciences at Northwestern University.
Natalia holds a B.A. in American Culture & Media Arts and a graduate certificate in Diversity Leadership (with training in Transformational Social Therapy) from Temple University. Natalia has a long history of creating and supporting youth, girls', and women's empowerment projects through social justice and arts-based organizing. She has taught video production, civic journalism, media literacy, music making, web development, human-centered design and multidisciplinary art-making in Philadelphia and Chicago.
In addition to research and teaching, Natalia designs and facilitates immersive game experiences to engage participants in critically examining issues of social inequality and cultural difference; organizes nurturing gatherings and writing retreats; and collaborates with educators and organizations to help them analyze and improve their pedagogy and assessment practices.
Emily Harburg is the co-founder and Director of Programs for Brave Initiatives, a nonprofit dedicated to helping women build skills in coding, design and leadership for social impact. Emily is also a doctoral student in the Technology and Social Behavior PhD program at Northwestern University where she builds and researches online tools to improve motivation, collaboration, and self-efficacy. Her work has been published in academic journals, Harvard case studies, and news publications.
Emily has industry experience working for Walt Disney Imagineering in the Disney Research behavioral sciences team, and as UX Researcher at Facebook. She is also the cofounder of Youth Lead the Change, a global youth leadership organization that empowers youth to reach their full potential as leaders.
Emily received her B.A. in Social Anthropology and Psychology from Harvard University, where she played on the Varsity Women's Volleyball team. In her free time, Emily enjoys spending time outside and gathering together for shared meals.
Chetna Mehta is a folk mixed media artist, creative entrepreneur and mental wellness consultant impassioned by merging spirituality and the healing arts with psychology and education.
Her background includes international teaching in Colombia, India and Thailand, where she facilitated cultural exchanges, language and arithmetic learning through study and play; she specialized in staffing operations management at Netflix, Inc., overseeing immigration, relocation and recruiting coordination. She was a high school mental health and behavioral counselor in San Francisco's Mission District, collaborating with urban youth via talk therapy, case management and expressive arts workshops. Her professional mixed media work includes painting, illustration, commercial/fashion modelling, acting, artistic direction and photography.
She received a BA in Social Sciences with a concentration in Organizations from Cal Poly University SLO, and a MA in Counseling Psychology from The Wright Institute in Berkeley. Her work today is with purpose to help up realize ourselves, our fullness and power, particularly through radical self-reflection in community circle; and to remember the interconnectedness between all of us.