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3rd Annual Free Empowered Womyn’s Health Workshop

March 16, 2011

Empowered Womyn’s Health
1 to 5 p.m. Sat. March 19.
The Bloom Collective
671 Davis NW (Steepletown Center)
Corner of 5th & Davis, Grand Rapids

The Bloom Collective invites women of all ages for a free workshop, Empowered Womyn’s Health, 1 to 5 p.m. Sat. March 19. The workshop is a skill-share with all women attending encouraged to share their health wisdom with each other.

The workshop is intentionally free because access to health information, or healthcare for that matter, should not be based on one’s ability to pay. Volunteers from the community are facilitating the following sessions.

  • 1 – 2 p.m. Foods for the Feminine: how healthy real foods relate to women in various life stages of life. The workshop starts with a potluck lunch and healthy foods cooking demo with GRCC Dining Services Chef Nancy Rutledge. Enjoy samples of Nancy’s healthy creations and bring a dish to pass! The Bloom will provide vegan options.
  • 2 – 2:45 p.m. The Childbearing Year: natural pregnancy, homebirth, breastfeeding. Midwife Shannon Pawson facilitates this session. Whether or not you plan on motherhood, our world needs all women as sisters in the cause of organic birth.
  • 2:45 – 3:30 Bitches Brew: hands-on herbal decoction in the kitchen with women’s needs in mind. Take some home to try. Bloom intern, Bethany Scheffer, facilitates. Steepletown volunteer coordinator, Claire AK, will share advice on vitamins and supplements.
  • 3:30 – 4:30 Shared Wisdom: How to pee standing up, sew your own pads, talk back to cat-callers… bring your best sister tips. Farmer Kelsie Hakeem will facilitate.
  • 4:30 – 5 p.m. Yoga Nidra Session for Deep Rest. End the workshop by experiencing a session of yoga nidra, a meditative technique that provides opportunity for deep rest, renewed energy and setting intentions.

Materials will be available for those who want to sew their own woman-healthy menstrual pads.  Participants are encouraged to bring jars with lids to bring home their herbal tea and a blanket and pillow for the meditation session, if desired.

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