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Breathing Is A Radical Act: A Restore Space for Racialized Trans, Nonbinary, and Gender Diverse Community

NovemberNov 18 2022 14:30 - 15:30

Discussion Group - Virtual

Please note this is a space for Black, Indigenous, and racialized Trans, Nonbinary, Gender Non-Conforming, Two-Spirit, and Gender Expansive members of the U of T community across all three U of T campuses.

We can deepen our experience of rest, joy and pleasure by paying careful attention to our breath and our bodies. This type of awareness can be difficult for folks in our community because our bodies are often sites of violence and erasure. This session will give you the opportunity to practice breath and body awareness in an environment that honours the enormous risk involved in “being present.” Join Ronnie (they/them) for tender discussion and breath work to complement to support our day of remembrance – resistance <3

Ronnie Ali (they/them) is a Registered Psychotherapist and Lead Consultant at Leaves on a Stream, a consulting practice that centres ethics and mindfulness in consultation and trauma-informed social programming. They’re also a consultant with the equity and inclusion “dream team,” Challenge Accepted, and Associate Faculty at the Toronto Institute for Relational Psychotherapist. Ronnie has provided therapeutic supports to queer, trans, racialized, Indigenous and similarly marginalized communities for 10 years. In 2020, they built a consulting practice, Leaves on a Stream, to educate others about the roots of oppression and trauma in the hope of ending long-term cycles of violence that impact the most vulnerable people in our communities.

Ronnie is an immigrant-settler, trans femme, queer, person of colour, living and working on the traditional territories of the Anishinabek, Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, Haudenosaunee, Wendat, Chippewas, Seneca and Petun First Nation. The territory is the subject of the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant.

This session will not be recorded.

This event is a collaboration between the Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity Office and the Sexual & Gender Diversity Office.

If you want to attend the virtual event and require accommodations due to accessibility, please contact sgdo@utoronto.ca and we will work with you to make appropriate arrangements.

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