"a gender perspective that is unshakable at its core"
First in a 3 Part series, this Gender Wheel Training highlights why a fundamental shift in how we think and talk about gender is critical for us to move forward into a new world that supports, celebrates, and values everyone.
What makes this training different?
"When we understand Nature's timeless patterns,
we know gender and body diversity are valuable and necessary."
"When we understand the full dynamics of gender oppression,
we know why it continues to play out AND how to interrupt it."
The 6 main sections are part of a larger narrative and each lays a foundation for the next. Watching the series builds a new understanding piece by piece, while weaving everything together.
Common questions & comments assembled from our facilitated trainings, ranging in topics from religion, teachers navigating parents, dealing with pushback, gender talks in the Latinx community, and more.
Additional videos dive deeper into Nature, Indigenous History, and US History from a nature-based gender perspective with links to further learning.
Who is this training for?
This Gender Wheel training connects with nature, and addresses the impact of systemic gender oppression, providing an authentically supportive framework for education, care-giving, and healing settings.
People who have attended trainings are:
- Educators - from early childhood to university
- Healthcare providers
- Social service workers
- Therapists and counselors
- Care providers
- Queer, Trans, Intersex people
- Decolonizers of all kinds
- Nature lovers
- Social justice activists
About the Trainer:
The Gender Wheel Training is the culmination of years of research, and layers of experience, including working with universities, conferences, organizations, public and private schools and programs with the curriculums Maya Gonzalez has developed, namely:
- 1996-2015 Claiming Face curriculum/race and ethnicity presentations and workshops (anti-racist education)
- 2010-2020 Gender Wheel curriculum/gender presentations and workshops
- 2021-2022 Santa Clara County pilot program of the Gender Wheel Training 3 Part series - the training series has been renewed with the county to continue offering it for free to Santa Clara county practitioners and residents
An extended resource and reference list is provided as part of the Gender Wheel Training, but some noteworthy references include:
- Bagemihl, Bruce. Biological Exuberance: Animal Homosexuality and Natural Diversity.
- Roughgarden, Joan. The Genial Gene: Deconstructing Darwinian Selfishness.
- Roughgarden, Joan. Evolution’s Rainbow: Diversity, Gender and Sexuality in Nature and People.
- Ruiz, Don Miguel. The Four Agreements: A Toltec Wisdom Book.
- Booth, Mark. The Secret History of the World.
- Boswell, John. Christianity, Social Tolerance and Homosexuality: Gay People in Western Europe from the Beginning of the Christian Era to the Fourteenth Century.
- Boswell, John. Same-Sex Unions in Pre Modern Europe.
- Bronski, Michael. A Queer History of the United States: Revisioning History.
- Mann, Charles C. 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Colombus.
- Resendez, Andres. The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America.
- Manion, Jen. Female Husbands: A Trans History.
- Snorton, C Riley. Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identities.
- Young, Michael B. King James and the History of Homosexuality.
- Kimmerer, Robin Wall. Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants.
- Roscoe, Will. Changing Ones: Third and Fourth Genders in Native North America.
- Roscoe, Will. The Zuni Man-Woman.
- Roscoe, Will & Stephen O Murray. Boy-Wives and Female Husbands: Studies of African Homosexualities.
- Sigal, Pete. The Flower and the Scorpion: Sexuality and Ritual in Early Nahua Culture (Latin America Otherwise).
- Feinberg, Leslie. Trans Liberation: Beyond Pink or Blue.
- Feinberg, Leslie. Transgender Warriors: Making History from Joan of Arc to Dennis Rodman.
- Goettner-Abendroth, Heide. Societies of Peace: Matriarchies Past, Present and Future.
- Lerner, Gerda. The Creation of Patriarchy.