2017 Workshop Schedule

Wednesday, January 18th


Tantric Methods of Cultivating Compassion

Beth Emilie

The Pink House

601 E Wright St.

8pm - 9:30pm


Participatory tantric fem feast to celebrate and teach basic elements of tantric methods of healing, protecting, and cultivating compassion. Elements will include intention, breath, refuge, visualization, art, song, and dance! These are crazy times and the world is filled with violence and hate. Learn ways to change that by starting from within. Supplies included.

Please pre-register by using this form so that the instructor has a count for supplies.


Thursday, January 19th

Using Poetry to Close the Wounds: The Art of Milk and Honey

Mikey Murry


Colectivo Conference Room

2999 N. Humboldt Blvd.

7pm - 8:30pm


Inspired by the bestselling book, "Milk and Honey" by Rupi Kaur, this workshop will focus on using poetry and creative writing to self-love and self-heal. Participants will be able to share their personal experiences and stories, as well as get an opportunity to write them down. Following the writing portion of the workshop, if folks are willing, the space will be opened up for a mini "open mic", giving them a chance to share their masterpiece.


Friday, January 20th


"What's So Bad About the F-Word?"

femTALK, Monica Miller & Katie Loughmiller

Woodland Pattern

720 E Locust St.

6pm - 8pm


Feminist is a loaded word. It often elicits negative reactions that span from an eye roll to extreme and open disdain. These reactions are expected from close-minded Trump supporters, but why is it that those who are philosophically in support of feminist principles are often just as repulsed by this word? What is so bad about the "F-word" and how can we reclaim, rename, or redefine the term feminist?


​*This discussion includes a potluck, if you are able, please bring a dish to share with the group.​

Presented by femTALK, an assembly of individuals who identify as females created out of a request for support from other female artists that associate with an art world primarily dominated by white males.

Loving More: The Poly Feminist Perspective

Lyndzi Miller

Colectivo Conference Room

2999 N. Humboldt Blvd.

7pm - 8:30pm

This workshop will delve into the basics of polyamory and ethical non-monogamy from a feminist perspective. The community is plagued by many myths and misunderstandings, and many folks tend to assume, sometimes rightfully so, that polyamory is a relationship structure steeped in patriarchal bullshit. This doesn't have to be the case. I'll go into why these ideas prevail and how we in the community and those outside the community can combat them.


Saturday, January 21st


The Criminalization of Self-Defense: Examining the Abuse to Prison Pipeline in the Case of Bresha Meadows

Santera Michels

Colectivo Conference Room

2999 N. Humboldt Blvd.

1pm - 2:30pm

This workshop will explore the legacy of the criminalization of self-defense in the United States with specific attention to 15 year old Bresha Meadows who was charged with the aggravated murder of her father. Bresha spent her entire life terrorized by her father eventually leading her to make the choice of accepting her father's death threats or fighting back with the very weapon he threatened her family's lives with. Join us as we examine the history and prevalence of the abuse to prison pipeline with particular attention to womyn of color and learn how you can get involved with efforts to Free Bresha!


Fighting for Justice as a Unit

Coalition for Justice, Nate Hamilton

Company Brewing

735 E Center St.

2pm - 3:30pm


Join Coalition for Justice for a workshop about their current movement, momentum, and how to be a part of their work.


Mental Digest and Rest Yoga workshop

Rebecca Schuster

The Pink House

601 E Wright St.

2pm - 3:30pm

Restorative yoga poses for tired feet and legs; guided body scan style meditation for mental rest and digestion. Props will be provided by Pink House Studio.

*pay what you can suggested


Finding and Reviving Vintage Clothing

Michelle Eigenberger & Sarah Busch

Bolted Vintage & SarahBelle Alterations & Designs

Woodland Pattern

720 E Locust St.

3pm - 4:30pm


Ever walk into a thrift store and feel totally overwhelmed and unprepared? Or unpack your thrifted finds just to realized the clothes you bought have damage? Build the skills you need to hunt down the best vintage clothing by learning the secrets of dating and identifying vintage clothing from the 1920s to the 1970s with vintage retailer and expert Michelle Eigenberger of Bolted Vintage. PLUS! Learn how to rescue and restore those vintage finds by making simple fixes and repairs to buttons, seams, hems and more with tailor & seamstress extraordinaire Sarah Busch of SarahBelle Alternations & Design. Workshop attendees should be prepared for hands-on activities including dating various vintage garments, learning hand stitching techniques and quick fixes. All supplies will be provided, but attendees are encouraged to bring an item of vintage clothing they would like help dating and an item of clothing that is in need of a small-to-moderate repair (no zippers, denim or heavy canvas).


Ecofeminism: What It Is and Why It Matters

Chris Diehm


Colectivo Conference Room

2999 N. Humboldt Blvd.

4pm - 5:30pm


An overview of some of the key components of ecofeminist theory, and thoughts about why it might be an important lens through which to view some complex environmental and social issues.


Sunday, January 22nd


What It Means To Be An Accomplice to Your Trans Peers

Jack O’Grady & Evilyn Rose

Riverwest Radio

824 E Center St.

1pm - 3pm


Transgender individuals are a growing part of our community. Due to the outcome of the recent election, they are facing increased violence. Please come and learn what it is to be more than just a friend - an accomplice to your trans peers.


Anti-Blackness and Pro-White Womanhood in Anti-Violence Movements and Scenes

SURJ (Showing Up For Racial Justice), Susannah Bartlow & Santera Michels

Colectivo Conference Room

2999 N. Humboldt Blvd.

4pm - 5:30pm


Since the time of slavery and through contemporary anti-violence measures in the United States, anti-black violence has been used as a tool to preserve white womanhood. During this workshop, we will explore how the mainstream feminist movement has led to the increased power of the criminal punishment system in the United States in the name of protecting white womanhood.  We will identify common practices that feed this system--from lynching practices to riot grrl imagery--and ways that white women can actively dismantle white feminism and/or be effective accomplices from within punk and other "oppositional" white cultures.

This space is intended for white and white passing womyn but all are welcome.


Why We Do What We Do

Sex Ed For Adults, Mia Noel

The Public House

815 E Locust St

7pm - 8:30pm


A panel discussion with several bad a** folks talking about what it means to organize sexual education and reproductive rights community events in Milwaukee. Why do these topics matter? What do they have planned next? And what is missing from the conversation?