Facilitated Online Workshops
Gender Wheel® 101:
Nurturing a Holistic, Nature-Based Perspective of Gender
6 Sessions - 90 minutes each
Small Group Breakouts
Schedule parts individually or as a group
IDEAL FOR WHO:
Parents, Educators, Therapists, Community Members, and anyone wanting to expand their understanding of gender
About this Workshop Series
Gender Wheel® 101 is a series of introductory and interactive online workshops to start (or grow) your path toward a holistic, nature-based perspective of gender. The 3 part series offers an opportunity to expand your mind, gain a sense of greater belonging and lean into embodiment.
Through six 90 minute facilitated workshops you learn to call in the diversity of nature, gain insight into the origins and spread of gender oppression and ultimately discover a path back to nature and your whole self.
Storytelling, expansive educational tools, play and community connection nurture a space where we can reorient ourselves to the reality of nature, make sense out of the world and where we are now, and strengthen ourselves to make effective and lasting change.
Schedule the Whole Series or Individual Parts
NOTE: We strongly recommend scheduling Part 1 of the series (or have taken our On Demand training) before moving on to Part 2 or 3.
BACK TO NATURE
3 ONLINE Sessions
Strong and simple storytelling transforms facts and information about nature's diversity into something immediate and compelling. We touch on plants, animals, people and divines across the globe and throughout time. We then look back to ancient times through to our more recent past to gain insight into why this diversity has been suppressed and how it has ultimately impacted how we think and talk about gender today. And finally coming full circle, we look at gender through nature's perspective as seen in the Gender Wheel.
THE PLAYING WAY
2 ONLINE Sessions
Learning through play makes it easier to open our minds to new ways of thinking as well as gain insight into our old ways. We explore the Gender Wheel tool and engage the concentric circles to see nature's layered continuums and the immensity of infinity in motion. Infinity becomes personal as everyone is invited to find their position on their own wheel. We then turn to the Playing with Pronouns card deck for opportunities to see into our assumptions and biases and actively take them apart, but make it fun. Play is the way!
POPBACK FOR PUSHBACK
1 ONLINE Session
What happens when you feel challenged? We can learn all the right things to say, we can learn all the history and nature facts, but feeling confident in our hearts and bodies is the ultimate goal. We dig into some more core information like we did in Part 1 but this time we couple it with mindfulness, both of self and the situation and how to keep ourselves strong and whole. This is about courting the concept and practice of peace within and without as we traverse the current sociopolitical onslaught.
Bite Size Lessons
The six workshop format allows us to learn about and process one subject at a time. This gives space to fully digest the material so we are prepared to build on it with the next workshop.
Scheduled consistently throughout each workshop, breakout groups with just a few other folks provide a rhythm for personal insight and community connection.
Conversations begun in breakouts have the chance to expand further when taken into discussions with the whole group. Guidance questions inspire personal inquiry, cultural awareness and a deeper understanding of the material at each step along the way.
Confidently putting truth into action is the ultimate goal. Action steps at the end of every workshop help you put these new perspectives into real-life practice.
Add-ons & Includes:
Tips, worksheets, references, coloring pages and more expand and deepen the experience.
What participants are saying...
"Empowering because then I can bring it into conversations."
"This training has felt so life affirming and expansive!"
"Thank you so much, Maya! Training with you is always such a beautiful, stretching experience."
"Thank you for all the work you do Maya, I really appreciate all the love and intention you put into this. Thank you ❤️!"
"It really just opens my eyes."
Maya is a Xicanx genderqueer femme, and an award-winning children’s book artist, author and activist. They have been a progressive educator for over 35 years with a focus on addressing inequity using children’s books as radical agents of change. Maya co-founded Reflection Press and created the Gender Wheel symbol, theory and approach.
Ursula Elsa Stoller
Ursula is a genderqueer femme and a youth centered educator, advocate and mentor. They have been teaching mindfulness and nature connection to youth in the bay area for 10+ years with organizations including the Mindful Life Project, Wilderness Torah and Gaia Passages.
Tech & Support
Matthew is a 2nd generation queer and trans Dad. They co-founded Reflection Press alongside Maya and bring 20+ years of graphic design, tech, and management support from behind-the-scenes. He enjoys being out of the spotlight while still actively engaged in expanding the gender conversation.