Upcoming Workshop: “Moving with Intention: Consent and Gender in Yoga” at the Accessible Yoga Conference, Toronto.

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The Accessible Yoga Conference Toronto 2018 is here!
Looking forward to all the presentations from Accessible Yoga Canada including the World’s Largest Accessible Yoga Class on Saturday at 12:00. My workshop “Moving with Intention: Consent and Gender in Yoga” will be held on Sunday June 24th from 1:30 – 3:00. This workshop will help yoga teachers think critically about touch and adjustments in studio spaces, how gender informs experiences of touch, and how to facilitate trauma-informed consent culture as normalized part of yoga practice.
Thank you Jivana Heyman for all your hard work in manifesting this important space.
If you would like to register, visit the conference website http://www.accessibleyoga.org
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Upcoming presentation: “Transgender Chimeras and the Politics of Listening” at the Trans Matters conference, Toronto

TransMatters-logo-300x300I am looking forward to the upcoming Trans Matters Conference, organized by the Centre for Feminist Research at York University. I will be presenting tomorrow, June 21st at 4:10 on the panel “Critiquing Clinical Care, Centering Trans Experience” giving a paper from my dissertation titled “Transgender Chimeras and the Politics of Listening.” You can also catch me chairing the panel “Trans-national, Trans-(g)local” at 2:30 on June 21st.
 
The keynotes are free and open to the public including Jin Haritaworn “Marvelous Grounds on Friday, and Gwen Benaway, “Holy Wild” on Saturday
 
 

Yoga International features info about my upcoming workshop on consent and gender

For those of you following my yoga equity work, I have been featured in an article on Yoga International about the Accessible Yoga Conference coming to Toronto June 22 – 24. Thank you Kathleen Kraft for this piece. Check it out:

The Accessible Yoga Conference in Toronto: What You Need to Know

“At the Toronto conference, classes will be offered in inclusive chair yoga, yoga for large bodies, pranayama for diverse populations, feminist yoga and the ethics of care, developmental movement, yoga for underserved seniors, living and teaching yoga with mental health challenges, best practices in therapeutic yoga, yoga for the special child, working with cancer patients, yoga for stress-related illnesses, yoga service and social justice, yoga for PTSD, building a sustainable practice, and consent and gender in yoga.

One of the presenters, Tobias Wiggins, will be covering the “hot” topic of consent in yoga. ‘The topic of consent has risen to the forefront in mainstream media of late, but what larger dialogues sometimes overlook is how consent (or the lack of it) is a part of the subtle fabric of everyday life,’ Wiggins says. ‘In yoga class, this often manifests in adjustments or touch without established consent, a dynamic that is compounded further by the gender identity of students and instructors. I love that the AYC is taking steps to expand [the conversation] about accessibility to [also address] social issues—like race, gender, class, and sexuality—these are topics that have a huge impact on our yoga practice and overall health.'”

read the full article 

Everyday Racism and White Allyship workshop for Campus Chaplains Gathering, May 15th

I’m excited to announce that on May 15th, I will be giving a workshop on Everyday Racism and White Allyship for the Ecumenical Campus Chaplains Gathering. The event will be held May 14-17 at Five Oaks Education and Retreat Centre. 

I provide workshops on racism and white allyship through my social justice consultation.

If you are interested in having me come teach or give a talk, please be in touch.

RACISM AND WHITE ALLYSHIP

This workshop will provide a robust introduction to topics of racism and white privilege, primarily in their more subtle and institutionalized forms. We explore key terminology, including the normalization of racism, intersectionality, and the invisibilization of white privilege. Together, we will work towards a better understanding of the “everydayness” of racism.  This session provides key tools for deconstructing individual and institutional privilege, as well as strategies for effective allyship.

Updated FTM and AFAB Surgery Resource List (Toronto and GTA)

The FTM and AFAB Surgical Support Groups at the Sherbourne Health Centre are three peer-to-peer groups that provide surgical support (pre-bottom, post-bottom & top) for trans men and AFAB* identified people.

A list of resources is actively being compiled through these groups. We have started to include client testimonials from the various services. If you would like to add a resource or confidentially record your experience (positive or negative) on the document, please send me an email at shc.transsurgerygroups@gmail.com. You can also reach me there for more information about the groups or to sign up.

FTM and AFAB Surgery Resource List (Toronto and GTA)

Table of Contents

Academic Research

Binders

Clothing

Electrolysis

Important Surgical Forms

Infirmary

Peeing

Metoidioplasty and Pre-op

Physiotherapy

Sex

Post-Phallo

Surgeons (bottom)

Meeting with your Surgeon

Surgical Supplies

Therapists

Travel

General Surgery Guides

Urologists

Upcoming presentation: “Healing Psychoanalysis: A Perspective on Intergenerational Trans Mental Health” at the University of Victoria

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I’m excited to announce that I will be presenting at the Moving Trans History Forward Conference, at the University of Vitoria, BC. which takes place from March 22nd – 25th 2018.

The theme they have selected for this year is “From Generation to Generation,” and I will be presenting along with Isaiah Bartlett, LCSW on

Healing Psychoanalysis: A Perspective on Intergenerational Trans Mental Health

Panel: Saturday March 24, 2018 at 10:45 am
Session 19, “Upper Lounge” in the Student Union Building

Presentation abstract:

Psychoanalysis has a long and notorious history of pathologizing gender variance. Many contemporary practitioners still write of transgender people’s inherent psychosis or delusion, and queer people have been prohibited from undergoing analytic training.  As a result, clinical psychoanalysis has become an increasingly rare and unpopular form of therapy for many queer and trans-identified clients.

This presentation emerges from Wiggins’ and Bartlett’s unique shared experience of undergoing a psychoanalytic psychotherapy as trans-identified clients, with trans and queer identified analysts. We explore notions of the political unconscious, how psychoanalysis can provide a unique type of psychological healing for gender variant clients, and how our past experience of “laying on the couch” informs our community-based mental health work, today. We further question what forms of healing can be passed, both consciously and not, between generations of queer and trans identified mental health providers.

Summer presentation at the “Accessible Yoga Conference,” Toronto, June 22-24

I am excited to announce that this summer I will be leading a workshop on topics related to consent, gender identity, and yoga at the Accessible Yoga Conference, in Toronto Ontario. Check out the event on Facebook.

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Moving with Intention: Consent and Gender in Yoga

With Tobias Wiggins
Sunday, June 24th, from 1:30 – 3:30

To have “intention” means to be mindful, to be attentive in our actions and to plot our course with a gentle deliberation. We often begin our yoga practice by setting intent – a simple thought to guide our movement, and to return to as a foundation. Interestingly, in medicine the word intention carries a different meaning. It is the process of closing a wound, and the restoration of health.

In this workshop, we will explore this double meaning of intention in discussions surrounding the key topics of consent and gender, as they relate to yoga. Broadly, we will consider how trauma-informed feminist consent politics can deepen our practice and transform studio spaces, by using mindful touch to promote community healing.

People who experience gender marginalization – such as women, transgender people, and non-binary people – may have complex or difficult experience of navigating yoga spaces because of sexism, transphobia, and other intersecting systems of oppression. These hierarchical systems are typically enacted and reinforced in subtle ways, often going unchallenged despite even the best intentions. In this session, we will unpack issues of gender identity and expression as they relate to consent culture, developing tangible tools for safer yoga spaces. Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on their own experiences of touch and consent in yoga, and in particular, how their gender identity has shaped their experience. All gender identities welcome!

 

 

You are welcome to make use of my code “Tobias” to get 10% off registration. Scholarships are also available.

Early Bird Pricing-Level I – $290 (C$375) by February 28th
Early Bird Pricing-Level 2 – $350 (C$450) by April 30th
Full price: $390 (C$500)

 

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Workshop at Bathurst United Church: Anti-racist allyship 2, a discussion on March 11th, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

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Anti-Racist Allyship Workshop, Discussion

When: Sunday, March 11th, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

About: A follow up to the anti-racist allyship workshop that took place at Bathurst United Church, Sunday Feb 18th, 2018.

As part of Bathurst United Church’s series on decolonization and postcolonial theology, they are making use of regular worship service time next Sunday for a workshop on anti-racism and white allyship. I will be giving an introductory talk and will be leading a participatory discussion on strategies for addressing more subtle forms of racism. Topics include white privilege, practical tools for developing allyship, and intersectionality.

All are welcome. Feel free to contact me for more information, or for access to preparatory readings.

Workshop at Bathurst United Church: Anti-racist allyship, February 18th, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

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Anti-Racist Allyship Workshop

When: Sunday, February 18th, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

About: As part of Bathurst United Church’s series on decolonization and postcolonial theology, they are making use of regular worship service time next Sunday for a workshop on anti-racism and white allyship. I will be giving an introductory talk and will be leading a participatory discussion on strategies for addressing more subtle forms of racism. Topics include white privilege, practical tools for developing allyship, and intersectionality.

All are welcome. Feel free to contact me for more information, or for access to preparatory readings.

FTM & AFAB Surgical Groups host “Physiotherapy for FTM and AFAB people” with Michelle Fraser on February 28th, 6:00 – 9:00 pm

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Please share widely! This public workshop is open to all those who identify as FTM, transmasculine, or AFAB (assigned female at birth) trans people.
For more information, please contact Tobias at the Sherbourne Health Center

 

Physiotherapy for FTM and AFAB people
with Michelle Fraser 
February 28th, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
at the Sherbourne Health Center, room 4066
 

Workshop Summary 

Have you ever wondered how physiotherapy might support your overall health, or aspects of your gender transition, but were unsure of where to start?  In this dynamic workshop, we will build the foundation for knowledge surrounding mobility, function, and quality of life for FTM and AFAB trans people. Topics will include effects of hormones on the body, binding and the body, anatomy and function of your pelvic floor, the connection between emotions and your pelvic floor, what you can do to promote health both before and after potential surgery/surgeries, and how to recognize post-surgical complications. Familiarize yourself with different aspects of bodily health with Fraser through lecture, discussion, and embodied movement.

Important content information: This workshop will have content that could be triggering to some. Please read over this list closely, to make sure you would feel comfortable attending. This workshop will contain:

– anatomical drawings of genitals (to illustrate the location of the pelvic floor muscles, for example)
– gendered anatomical language (when possible Fraser will use gender-neutral language to refer to genitals, however, she might occasionally, if necessary, use some anatomical language)

– physical breathing and muscular activities (which you can elect not to participate in!)
– discussion of internal aspects of genitals (as the pelvic floor muscles are located internally)

Accessibility information:
– The Sherbourne is physically accessible with elevators and accessible washrooms
– If you need ASL or childcare please contact Tobias shc.transsurgerygroups@gmail.com
– More access information, including accessibility policy http://sherbourne.on.ca/clients-visitors/accessibility/

 
About Fraser
 

Fraser is a physiotherapist, pelvic health and queer advocate and educator who works with persons of all gender identities experiencing pelvic floor dysfunction or interested in understanding the complexities of pelvic health.  She is on a mission to empower people in Canada and internationally to take charge of their pelvic health, which can often be a life changing experience for anyone who has suffered pelvic health dysfunction. She is also a certified yoga instructor, has earned her Masters of Education at OISE specializing in global health education, and has been involved with teaching physiotherapists pelvic health and advanced orthopedic skills both in Canada and in Nicaragua. She is an associate instructor with Pelvic Health Solutions, where she helps physiotherapists understand how to evolve towards LGBTQ-informed practice.