Creating a Culture of Consent
Dates: 21 & 28 Aug, Fri
4:00pm – 6:00pm
Recent news about sexual assault, harassment and violence against women have plagued the news in the past few months. More recently, we read with dismay about reports on sexual misconduct by coaches/instructors in the fitness and wellness industry. As a trauma-aware yoga and therapy space, this is deeply upsetting. Since we opened, we have always spoken out against sexual assault and abuse in the yoga industry. Our founder Dewi Chen has shared her experiences on various platforms to shed light on this issue, which many have dismissed or brushed aside as something that is only experienced in the West.
A month ago as we were planning for the next Womxn’s Circle, we had initially intended to do a general sharing on sexual violence but in light of this recent news, we have decided to focus our energy on talking about the Culture of Consent in yoga and fitness settings - what it means to create and sustain a culture of consent, how to recognise toxic cultures of violence, harassment and assault (whether non-sexual or sexual), and what are the ways you can seek help for yourself or others who have been at the receiving end of harassment, violence or abuse by a studio, gym, coach or instructor. We will be organising two donation-based Circles on Zoom that will cater to different segments of people, and these circles will be facilitated by our founder @dewichen and @self_ally, psychological science graduate who works as a sexual assault survivor spokesperson advocating for victims rights & a higher level of policy to ensure the safety of women. Attendance is by donation to AWARE's Vulnerable Women Fund; donation link will be provided in the registration email.
𝟐𝟏 𝐀𝐮𝐠, 𝐅𝐫𝐢, 𝟒𝐩𝐦 - 𝟔𝐩𝐦 𝐨𝐧 𝐙𝐨𝐨𝐦
This Womxn’s Circle is open to all womxn. If you are a survivor, we see you, hear you and welcome you.
𝟐𝟖 𝐀𝐮𝐠, 𝐅𝐫𝐢, 𝟒𝐩𝐦 - 𝟔𝐩𝐦 𝐨𝐧 𝐙𝐨𝐨𝐦
This Sharing Circle is open to all practitioners, yoga teachers, fitness coaches and other professionals who work with bodies and are interested in creating culture of consent in your area of work. We highly encourage our brothers to join this conversation.