Giorno dei Morti: a workshop in ancient Italian folk queerness - taught by Summer Minerva

WHERE: RED HOOK, NY (upstate!)

WHEN: NOVEMBER 2, 2019 * 11 am - 5 pm

COST: $75

TO REGISTER: Please email with your interest and she will send you registration information! We are doing all $ transactions via paypal and Liz will send you the necessary details.

Our ancestors came here from Italy, and we eventually came... out of the closet. Now, we grapple what it means to be all of these identities at once: Italian American, Trans, Queer, Eccentric. Perhaps not what our Nonnas or Nonnos imagined. This day-long workshop will introduce you to the legacy of gender beyond the binary in Neapolitan folk tradition vis-a-vis, the femminielli, a 3rd gender group still in existence today. We’ll dance the tammorriata, a southern Italian folk dance, reflect intimately on our families and identities, and honor our deceased ancestors, known and unknown, through community altar building and a powerful process of belonging. I’ll lead you to seeing and experiencing how we have always been here in the traditions of our blood. You’ll leave with a more profound sense of who you are in this world, and practices for us to do at home to connect with the power of the divine black Mother, Mamma Schiavona. Workshop has space for 12 participants.

Bring: a journal, memories of your ancestors, questions, altar offerings, a smile, and your best Self.

Summer Minerva, is an Italian American actor, performance artist, writer and educator from Staten Island, most known for their work reclaiming the sanctity of transgender identities across cultures. Their performance work has shown internationally on both screen and stage, at the Transgender Day of Remembrance in Rio de Janeiro, Gibney Dance’s Work Up Residency, NewFest, OUTFest, Napoli Gay Pride, Judson Memorial Church, St. John the Divine Cathedral, Lincoln Center, Khayelitsha South Africa, and Peace House Haiti. They have been featured on national Italian television (RAI) for their international community project Sacred Gender, which unites LGBTQ Americans with their ethnic cultures of origin. Their book Written on the Body is a 2019 nominee for a Lambda Literary Award. They have been a guest lecturer at Temple University, Sarah Lawrence College, New York University, and the New School, as well as public elementary and high schools in NYC’s neediest communities. They are on faculty at SUNY Empire State College and lead a pilgrimage of LGBTQ Italian Americans to Napoli every year.

~DreamSpeak~ An Introduction to Dream Work with Janeen Singer of Holy Sponge

When: Tuesday, November 5 * 6 pm - 8 pm

Where: Red Hook, NY

Cost: $35

Are your dreams speaking? Would you like them to? Often dreams come to us with important messages from the underworld to help us heal and integrate lost aspects of ourselves, alert us, and spur us on creatively.

We will explore symbols and themes showing up in our dreams individually and collectively based on a method of understanding dreams as taught by Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Jungian therapist and author of the bestselling book Women Who Run With The Wolves. Facilitator Janeen Singer completed two 28 hour intensives studying with Dr. Estés, and Janeen been offering this group for the last year with her community in northern California.

Using an approach that focuses on each individual's unique associations to the content in their dreams, we steer away from explicit interpretations made by other members and support each dreamer in exploring meaning for themselves.

Who is it for? Any woman or queer identified person who is seeking to develop a deeper relationship with their dream-life, even if you don't have one at all! No experience or prior knowledge necessary- simply show up with a willingness to listen to your body and the language of your dreams.

What to bring:
+ Pen or pencil and a journal or something to write on
+ Anything you may need to be comfortable
+ Water and a vessel to drink from if you'd like herbal tea
+ Clothes you feel comfortable in
+ Any herbs, photos, or items you'd like to add to a shared dream altar (you will collect and take with you at the end)

Space is limited to 10 participants. To register, click here.