workshops & trainings

Interactive remote and in-person education on holistic mental health for individuals, groups, and organizations.

Our world is in transition from one way of being to another. Dominant systems and structures are being called to account for their violence and oppression. More and more people are investigating Black diasporic and worldwide Indigenous philosophies and coming to understand that these knowledge systems hold the key to humanity’s survival.

Part of this transition has us learning to honor the role of spirit in mental wellness and in the etiology of how disorder arises in our psyches. When we are starved of the spiritual nourishment all human beings require, we can become disordered. As our spirits stretch far beyond the limits of our physical bodies, so too are they impacted by happenings far beyond our immediate vicinity. To ignore the effects of the spiritual on our mental health is to only draw part of the picture.

In my group offerings, I use an alternative model of mental wellness and disorder I call the biosociometaphysical model. This model reaches beyond individualist concepts of chemical imbalance and vulnerability to consider ways we are embedded in a collective consciousness, understanding that everything in this universe is interdependent and treating mental disorder accordingly.

My workshops include facilitated support spaces as well as interactive educational presentations, both remote and in-person (currently only offering remote due to COVID-19).

Contact me to book a workshop session for your group or organization. I’m excited to share the labor of birthing this new world with you.

($300-$750)

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Collective & holistic mental health

available workshops

These small deaths will kill us: Working with mad disabled grief

Sick & disabled, mad, and neurodivergent folks know what it’s like to live through the end of the world. We resurrect ourselves so many times, from so many small deaths, and rarely get the chance to deeply process all we’ve lost. Every day we survive in a world that is actively trying to kill us may be an act of defiance, but we still grapple with complicated feelings like grief around the loss of an ideal future self, loss of independence, and loss of relationships. When we share our experiences, it can lighten the load and help us realize we are not alone or abnormal.

These small deaths will kill us is a 2-hour guided discussion workshop for Mad, Mentally Ill, and Neurodivergent folks as well as sick/chronically ill, Deaf, Blind, and disabled folks who are seeking strategies for working with grief around their condition(s), peer support, and camaraderie.

Visualizing mad & magical futures: Towards a biosociometaphysical model of madness

Forced drugging, psychiatric incarceration, and barbaric treatments like ECT regularly transform the life chances of people of all ages. The dreams of mad, mentally ill, and neurodivergent folks are disappeared, our futures stolen—all under the guise of treatment. We deserve the right to vision a future unclouded by our supposed pathology. We also deserve to expand our treatment options beyond toxic medications and procedures and into collective holistic care.

Visualizing mad & magical futures is a 2-hour interactive workshop that explores what a life without the medical model could look like. Discussion questions encourage attendees to vision their own mad & magical futures and share their imaginings with others. The workshop includes a brief history of the medical model, an explanation of the biosociometaphysical model, and practices for enacting collective holistic care in our day-to-day lives.

Magical depressive realism: The metaphysics of mad liberation

What if mad & neurodivergent realities were dominant realities? What if the “crazies” led the world?

Synthesizing sociological theory, Black feminism, Afrofuturism, queer theory, and magic, Magical depressive realism is a six-hour, three-part series that lays out the case for mad & neurodivergent realities overthrowing consensus reality.

My kind of crazy: Femmes at the intersections of queerness and madness

Femme labor makes the queer world go ‘round. From intimate partnerships to event planning, femmes are often expected to manage care work simultaneously with managerial and administrative tasks. When we burn out and break down, the care we poured into our community is too often not available for us. Mad, neurodivergent, and mentally ill femmes are left to struggle with caring for themselves while shouldering the same burdens of community and family. We experience difficulties with access to culturally competent mental health services and discrimination by providers, and we regularly go without the support we need to maintain our mental health.

My kind of crazy is a guided discussion workshop meant to provide a source of peer support and camaraderie for femmes who are mad, mentally ill, or neurodivergent (MMIND). Through a series of discussion questions, we explore identity, community, relationships, and experiences with treatment professionals and medication. Resources are provided for further exploration of topics and direction to support services.

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My kind of crazy: Femmes at the intersections of queerness and madness

Femme labor makes the queer world go ‘round. From intimate partnerships to event planning, femmes are often expected to manage care work simultaneously with managerial and administrative tasks. When we burn out and break down, the care we poured into our community is too often not available for us. Mad, neurodivergent, and mentally ill femmes are left to struggle with caring for themselves while shouldering the same burdens of community and family. We experience difficulties with access to culturally competent mental health services and discrimination by providers, and we regularly go without the support we need to maintain our mental health.

My kind of crazy is a biweekly peer support group meant to provide a source of camaraderie for femmes who are mad, mentally ill, or neurodivergent (MMIND). We lift each other up, witness each others’ struggles, hold space for difficult conversations that otherwise would go unspoken, and act as a balm against erasure and oppression. While we can’t remedy structural inadequacies, together we create safe(r) spaces for the full expression of our humanity.

Upcoming dates: Biweekly from September 12 – October 24 at 5pm PT (-7 UTC)

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These small deaths will kill us: Working with mad disabled grief

Sick & disabled, mad, and neurodivergent folks know what it’s like to live through the end of the world. We resurrect ourselves so many times, from so many small deaths, and rarely get the chance to deeply process all we’ve lost. Every day we survive in a world that is actively trying to kill us may be an act of defiance, but we still grapple with complicated feelings like grief around the loss of an ideal future self, loss of independence, and loss of relationships. When we share our experiences, it can lighten the load and help us realize we are not alone or abnormal.

These small deaths will kill us is a 2-hour guided discussion workshop for Mad, Mentally Ill, and Neurodivergent folks as well as Deaf, Blind, sick/chronically ill, and disabled folks who are seeking strategies for working with grief around their condition(s), peer support, and camaraderie.

Upcoming dates: Fridays, October 28 – November 18 4-6p PT (-7 UTC)

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Magical depressive realism: The metaphysics of mad liberation

What if mad & neurodivergent realities were dominant realities? What if the “crazies” were empowered to lead the world?

Synthesizing sociological theory, Black feminism, Afrofuturism, queer theory, and magic, Magical depressive realism lays out the case for mad & neurodivergent realities overthrowing consensus reality.

Upcoming dates: TBD

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based in kizh/tongva land (pasadena, california)

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initial consultations conducted over Zoom due to COVID-19

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