Welcome to the starter pack of this toolkit! In this workshop we get to know each other in verbal and non-verbal ways, through fun games inspired by dance, movement and theater. We spend time setting the scene and making sure we are all able to safely and comfortably explore the knowledge and experience offered in the various upcoming workshops.
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As a medic, Maddalena could not start with anything but an anatomy workshop. However, this time we will take a radical turn.
Why do my tubes need to be Falloppian and my glands Skene's? Starting from ourselves instead of from textbooks, we will literally and not literally look into ourselves to get to know what we are talking about.
Everyone is training arms, legs, the core, but who is training the pelvic floor?
Nevertheless, the pelvic floor muscles are some of the most important muscles in the body.
Throughout three different sessions, Annabelle will guide us through a gentle yet energizing Yoga practice with a focus on activating the pelvic floor muscles.
This workshop provides the basic theoretical and practical knowledge to encounter our prostate, a territory historically colonized that is in need of care and healing. A space to discover ourselves and wake up our ejaculatory potential, a political pleasure that we have been denied for too long. This workshop is a space for decolonization, re-appropriation and reconnection with our bodies, and ultimately ourselves.
In this workshop we will reflect on intimacy. What does intimacy mean to you? How do you create intimate moments? What are our needs, boundaries and wishes regarding relationships?
We will look at our self awareness and somatic boundaries and become confidant in communicating about consent.
Hormones are held responsible basically for everything: bad moods, high libido, attachment issues, ice cream cravings.
What is the deal with them? Do they really affect all the aspects of our lives? Are the hormones of the pill so bad for us?
Through horizontal learning, we will confront experiences and knowledge to understand which roles hormones play in our lives and how these can be used in contraception.
Performances, visual arts, pleasure dances. This workshop aims to show our erotic energy and how it intersects with our creativity. A collective ritual of perception and radical self-expression. Every participant will be given the opportunity to realize a short art piece, a symbolic materialization, of how we get in touch with our vital force and of the mysterious ways in which we can unblock our personal powers.
Understanding public health/ Maddalena
Covid-19 changed our lives in so many different ways we find it hard to even describe. Numbers and statistics seem to have taken the lead of the world and “flattening the curve” suddenly became the #n1 goal. While conspiracy theorists are finding food for all kind of different explanations, it is remains difficult to understand public health in these times. What do numbers really show? What do they make us oversee? How are public health policies made and who is in charge? Thanks to interactive infographics, we will play with numbers and flattening curves for a nerdy hour of entertaining education.
Sex can be as funny and original as we wish. It’s a territory to explore creativity and action for our pleasure’s sake. Everything at our reach can become a tool for playing from kitchen equipment to garden gear. Together we are going to explore the wide range of sensations generated by different objects and fabrics on our skin. Bring your favorite tools with you and everything you’d like to try for a space of infinite amusement.
In this brief lecture, Maddalena will present the result of her intersectional feminist research about Indigenous midwivery in the Amazon Forest of Ecuador. She will explore the implications of this ancestral knowledge for our understanding of sexual health.
In this playful workshop we will integrate all we have learned and offer ourselves some quiet moments of reflection to see what we want to take home with us. And needless to say, there will be consensual cuddles!
Although many of these workshops include a intimate component, you will not be required to do anything that you are not comfortable with. It is absolutely fine to attend workshops even if you don't feel like showing some parts of your body.