Sexuality + Plant Healing Workshop
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About the Event
About the Workshop:
Join Sex Education in ASL with Bethany Gehman and deafgreenthumbs to grow your knowledge of relationships and plants at the Sexuality + Plant Healing Workshop. Relationship building is necessary for all living things on earth, including plants. Plants are beings that, like us, require collective attention in order to thrive.
The Sexuality + Plant Healing Workshop is an IGNITE event. This is made possible with a generous donation from Ficus tier sponsor Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, Calathea tier sponsors NTID Student Life Team, DOVE, and Sorenson Communications.
Each plant type has different levels of care and attention needed. Understanding those needs are important to the plant’s quality of life. Over attention or neglect can place stress on a plant. This is similar to the human condition. Open and clear communication, consent, and boundary-setting are at the root of healthy, pleasurable relationships – from the self and partnership to sex. We all desire a real connection. If you are open to learning and exploring sexuality; you can experience profound connection, trust, empowerment, and satisfaction with others and your plants. Building a relationship with yourself, others, and your plant requires time and a growth mindset. Plant care does come with trial and error. As such, this workshop will use plants as an analogy for real-life relationships. Level of attention, types of boundaries, intimacy, connection, and the environment all play a critical role in our well-being as well as our plants’ lives. You will have an opportunity to explore your sexual identity and learn how to cultivate healthy and lasting relationships with yourself and your plants.
This workshop will be unbe-leaf-ably fun!
Workshop Learning Objectives:
- Exploring the true meaning of sexual identity
- Learning skills to foster better intimacy and connection
- Better understanding of boundaries, new agreements, communication skills
- Learn how to properly transfer a plant into a pot
- Understand the benefits of a terracotta pot
- Be able to explain why the soil type matters and how plant care should be an individual approach based on the plant type and the environment the plant lives in
Participants Will Get:
- First 50 Deaf, DeafBlind, DeafDisabled, Hard of Hearing, Late-Deafened & hearing disabled people to register from the Rochester, NY area will get an opportunity to pick up a free plant and soil within a week prior to the event from deafgreenthumbs
- An opportunity to participate in a raffle of donations from primarily Black Deaf-owned businesses to benefit IGNITE
- A night to remember!
The Main Presenter:
- Bethany Gehman, M.Ed., an Deaf American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) certified sexuality educator, has more than six years of experience in providing sexuality education and professional training. She is currently working as a manager and sexuality educator for Family Tree Clinic’s Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing Education Program in St. Paul, Minnesota. Bethany provides sexual health education for people of all ages, conducts professional training, and promotes affirming and comprehensive sexuality education in Deaf K-12 residential programs. She also conducts sexuality interpreting trainings in order for interpreters to provide better access for the Deaf, DeafBlind, DeafDisabled, Hard of Hearing, and Late-Deafened communities. She strives to connect with the community through her videos and interactions through her workshops / training. Advocacy and education cannot happen without genuine connections. When Bethany is not busy with her community work, she creates high-quality and accessible American Sign Language YouTube videos on sexuality. Learn more about Bethany at Bethany’s website.
- Brittany Comegna, M.S., is one of the co-founders of deafgreenthumbs. This is a social media platform that educates Deaf, DeafBlind, DeafDisabled, Hard of Hearing, and Late Deafened people through American Sign Language of the benefits of houseplant care and how to care for plants. Brittany has nearly a decade of personal experience in caring for houseplants and has spent several years performing 1:1 coaching services for people related to houseplant care. Her goal is to encourage positivity in others’ lives and to uplift people. Learn more about Brittany at deafgreenthumbs.com and follow her on social media: @deafgreenthumbs.
- Zachary Ennis, B.A. is a social entrepreneur, a co-founder of Riverway Trails Vitality, Incorporated; the parent company of the deafgreenthumbs brand. Zach is a product of Maryland School for the Deaf and and a proud Gallaudet University alumni. He is the happiest when tending to his garden. He lives in Rochester, New York with his life partner Dr. Donna Guardino and their child Brendan. Learn more about Zachary at deafgreenthumbs.com and follow him on social media: @deafgreenthumbs.
6:45pm: Waiting room is activated
7:00pm: Workshop starts
8:55pm: Workshop wrap up
9:00pm: Workshop concludes
The workshop will be signed in American Sign Language and voice interpreted into English. There will be live English captioning enabled.
- Please RSVP for the workshop. The first 50 Deaf, DeafBlind, DeafDisabled, Hard of Hearing, Late-Deafened & hearing disabled people to RSVP in the Rochester, NY area are eligible for a free plant and soil courtesy of deafgreenthumbs for pick up within a week prior to the event.
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