Past Events

Mutual Aid for Survival and Mobilization: a talk by Dean Spade

  • DATE: March 21, 2021
  • TIME: 5 pm - 6:15 pm
  • ACCESSIBILITY: ASL interpreted, Live-automated captions
In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change-induced storms, fires, floods, and droughts, the crisis of racist policing and imprisonment, and growing wealth concentration and poverty, more and more people are building grassroots projects to help meet each other's basic needs. This kind of work, when it is tied to organizing aimed at getting at the root causes of crisis, is called "mutual aid." In this one-hour session, Dean Spade, author of Mutual Aid: Building Solidarity During This Crisis (and the Next), will give a talk about what mutual aid is, why it is so important given the crises we are facing, how it is different from charity and social services, and how it builds movements for transformative change.

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Buongiorno Core led by Alice Gosti

  • Every Monday
  • TIME: 9:30 am - 10:30 am
  • The clase takes place on Instagram live @gostiaa
This is a dance class for anyone hungry to get their body moving.  No prior dance experience is required - just a desire to have fun and learn through your body.

"A Ritual For Losing Oneself” or “HOMEBODY: An Embodied Practice for Gratitude and Presence" by Stefan Richmond

  • DATE: Monday, March 22nd, 2021
  • TIME: 5 pm - 6:30 pm
  • ACCESSIBILITY: Live-automated captions
A Ritual For Losing Oneself or "Homebody" is a movement meditation class that is designed to hold the time and space for you to find autonomy. To return to yourself. In this class we will use movement/dance infused with the power of imagination and magic to explore elements of cultural somatics, meditation, music, and yoga to connect back with ourselves. How can I create ritual around healing from inherited trauma? How can I create rituals around preparing myself for future ancestry? How can I create portals that connect my inner and outer world? How can the power of imagination and creativity help me create a better world? How can I offer autonomy as a gift? EVERYONE is invited, regardless of dance or movement experience/level. I have designed this class so that you as the participant have full autonomy to show up and move as you are.

Chair Aerobics by Alice Gosti

  • Every Tuesday
  • TIME: 9 am - 9:45 am
  • The class takes place on ZOOM. Email [email protected] for link
This is a 45 minutes chair exercise class designed for seniors or people recovering or working thru injuries. Please note that the last part of class transitions to standing, but the same exercises can still be done sitting.

PIC Abolition Reading Group facilitated by Tim Smith-Stewart and Stefan Richmond

  • DATE: Tuesday, March 23nd, 2021
  • TIME: 5 pm - 6:30 pm
  • ACCESSIBILITY: Live-automated captions
How can we continue to find spaces as a community to learn together, dream together, and take the steps towards building a world without police and prisons? Join us for a facilitated and participatory discussion. We will be utilizing Nikkita Oliver’s community syllabus for source materials. For this reading group we will be focusing on materials from Week One- Introduction: Reform or Abolition? (Part One) of Nikkita Oliver’s Let’s Talk About Abolition Community Syllabus.

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TOUCHPAD: encoding our bodies for digital realities led by Alyza DelPan-Monley

  • Every Wednesday
  • TIME: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Feeling overwhelmed by doom-scrolling or Zoom fatigue? Does technology cause in you a sense of discomfort and anxiety that have just become a part of daily engagement with work and gathering? TOUCHPAD is a weekly gathering space for embodiment practices as a way to explore the digital realm.

Equal parts movement, discussion, and experimentation, TOUCHPAD is a place to discover expansive possibilities within these screens.

Transformative Justice Reading Group facilitated by HATLO

  • DATE: Thursday, March 25, 2021
  • TIME: 5 pm - 6:30 pm
  • ACCESSIBILITY: Live-automated captions
How can we find ways to “proactively practice” a world that transforms harm- in our relationships and in our communities? This reading group is designed to offer a space for collaborative learning about the practices of Transformative Justice and imagining of how we might begin or deepen these practices in our everyday lives. Join us for a facilitated and participatory discussion.

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Franco to Franco — a conversation about health

  • DATE: Friday , March 26th, 2021
  • TIME: 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
  • ACCESSIBILITY: Live-automated captions
This event will be a conversation between Sophie Franco and their dad, Dr. Al Robert Franco. Dr. Franco will share his experience and research about infections and their connection to rheumatic diseases; information about nutrition and the antioxidant effect of certain foods; everything you ever wanted to know about Vitamin D; some methods to cope with symptoms of fibromyalgia; and some personal tips from Dr. Franco to keep you healthy during this pandemic. If folks have questions, there will be time for a few at the end.

Dr. Franco has used nutritional supplements and antimicrobials to treat scleroderma, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus, inflammatory myopathies and other autoimmune diseases for over 40 years.

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Bite-Size Skill Share facilitated by Alyza DelPan-Monley and Sophie Franco

  • DATE: Saturday, March 27th, 2021
  • TIME: 11 am - 12:30 pm
  • ACCESSIBILITY: Live-automated captions
This event is to remind us of the abundance of skills and knowledge that we contain within ourselves and our community as a whole, and to highlight some of the more everyday skills that we take for granted. Share your life hacks, tips and tricks, and passed-down knowledge. If you are bringing a skill you’d like to share, we will have signs up at the beginning of the event. It’s also ok to just come and listen.

Remember, no bite is too small! Got a special way you make your coffee? Any crafty tips for upcycling old t-shirts? Did you know that if you freeze your compost, it won't be stinky in the summer? To ensure that there’s time for everyone’s share, let’s keep contributions between one and five minutes long (10 min max). Come nom nom with us!

let’s make a mixtape to dance to, by ourselves, at a distance facilitated by Alice Gosti

  • DATE: Saturday, March 27th, 2021
  • TIME: 5 pm - 7 pm
  • ACCESSIBILITY: Live-automated captions
Since I can remember I have made playlists and mixtapes. I made them in my head, and I made them on cassettes, then cds, on youtube and virtually. I still make them. They are my love language. Watching people feel compelled to move because of your selection of songs, seeing them feel with the song you chose for them, is one of the greatest joys I have ever experienced. It’s like a spell. A togetherness spell. My obsession with music is as rooted inside of me as my obsession for movement and embodiment practices. Please join me in this experiment of mixing the two things I love the most—making a playlist and moving our bodies. Both sustain us. Both radical acts of pleasure, deep feeling, and listening.

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Mutual Aid: Imperfect People Doing Imperfect Work - A workshop with Dean Spade

  • DATE: Sunday, March 28, 2021
  • TIME: 4 pm - 6:15 pm
  • ACCESSIBILITY: 4 pm - 6:15 pm
In this two-hour interactive workshop, facilitated by Dean Spade, we will look at some common questions and stumbling blocks that emerge for people who are collaborating to build transformative change. This will include: what are the onramps that bring people into organizing for change? What discourages and encourages us to get involved in things we care about? How can we use what we know about this to help more people enter more deeply into collaborative work for transformation? How do the groups we are in create group culture that intentionally resists dominant culture? How do we redefine leadership together, departing from what we learn about "leaders" in dominant culture, so that we can build more horizontal, participatory ways of being together?

This workshop is appropriate for people with varying levels of experience working for change in groups. It may also be useful for people working together on a variety of creative projects.

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Ethereal Embodiment - Hosted by Opulent Witch

Connect to the multi-facets of your spirit in this cosmic container. Explore the ethereal realms through dream-like journey and creative visualization, energetic work based in traditional magic, and the celestial allies. This is a 90 minute group session that is a combination of a group reading, guided visualization, and sound and energy healing.

BASE: Building Autonomy and Safety for Everybody facilitated by Rosie Diño and Laurie Torres

  • DATE: Wednesday, March 31st, 2021
  • TIME: 4 pm - 6 pm
  • ACCESSIBILITY: Live-automated captions. All moves are adaptable to accommodate any physical limitations or range of motions which will be explained in the workshop.
Building Autonomy and Safety for Everybody is a response to the violence happening to women, trans and queer people in Seattle and all over the world. We see self-defense as a community-based strategy to defend our bodies, livelihood and communities and as inherent to self-determination. We believe that cultivating healing and resilience combats trauma from violence and oppression. We want to create a space where survivors can build power to transform systems that perpetuate violence in our lives.

This workshop is a condensed version of the 8-week formal BASE workshop. The BASE curriculum comes from Home Alive and is informed by the anti-violence work of API Chaya. The classes are designed for all genders and abilities that center survivors and people with trauma. We do want to emphasize that we prioritize Queer, Trans, Black Indigenous and POC attendees, however we are open to all participants attending keeping in mind of who we center.