Thursday, April 25, 2013

Due Dates For Shodhini Workshop Deposits

We still have space in our upcoming workshops! If you are planning on attending please remember to put down a deposit of  $150 or more to hold your spot.

The deadlines for deposits are as follows;

April 30th for the Bellflower class beginning May 8th (Cohort #11)
May 8th for the Pasadena class beginning May 19th (Cohort #12)
June 9th for the Bellflower class beginning July 1st (Cohort #13)

Click below to make your deposit using Paypal.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Upcoming Online Info Session- April 23rd!

With our three new classes coming in a hurry we wanted to give y'all another chance to learn a little bit about what information our workshops will be covering. Come to hear from trained Shodhinis and get any questions you may have answered.

Attend our ONLINE INFO SESSION on Tuesday, April 23rd. 10am-11am

We're excited for you to join us!

Friday, April 5, 2013

Shodhini at QPOCC Fullerton 2013

QPOCC Queer People of Color Conference

April 6th Saturday at Cal State Fullerton. 2p.
This is the 3rd year I have been invited to present the workshop "Igniting the Revolution Within- A Sex-Positive Approach to Healing". I am honored to be presenting alongside Hala Dillsi, a junior high school teacher and Shodhini Institute Graduate.  The following is the description of the presentation: We will review anatomy from a feminist perspective, demystifying genitalia, approaching it from an empowering way that doesn’t narrowly bind
gender to genitalia, we will connect sexuality to spirituality with a celebration of queer pleasure. Participants will learn somatic exercises (anal breathing) to help awaken the pelvic floor, thus dispelling sexual shame, promoting physical health and decolonization of the body. Participants will also be taught a an indigenous practice named Heart Pleasuring, to aid in creating a genital-heart connection, designed to remove negative programming. The breathing exercises are methods of using the body as a resource, tools to ground oneself and cultivate self-love, useful in combating internalized homophobia. This is relevant to the conference in that QTPOC participants will be given an opportunity to incorporate radical and revolutionary rhetoric with an indigenous sexual practice; ultimately connecting the mind with body and spirit, igniting change on a cellular level.

Absolutely a labor of love, I make time to present in unique spaces and to the youth in order to disseminate information that might not otherwise be presented in academia or queer spaces. It is inherent to any revolution that folks be given opportunities to resource their own bodies as a means to stay centered and embodied as they move through the world. Just the gesture of deeper breathing is one that almost every human alive can achieve if given the suggestion. This is what we hope to serve up to our wonderful audience this weekend.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Shodhini Classes Beginning in May and July

May 8th, May 15th, May 22nd & May 29th Cohort #11

(every Wednesday)
July 1st, July 8th, July 15th & July 22nd  Cohort #13
(every Monday)
The Lullaby Lounge

9819 Palm St.
Bellflower, CA 90706

Shodhini is Sanskrit for 'Female' Researcher

We are a growing a network of individuals who are creating an autonomous
body of knowledge that is accessible and relevant to feminist women,
Masculine of Center Womyn (MoC), transmen and gender non-conforming
individuals. We are developing our own radical health and sex education
with a holistic self-help foundation. We are preserving the hard work of
our predecessors of the feminist movement, our ancestors and tuning
into our own current experience. 

This is a 4-Week, 16-Hour Workshop Series

Curriculum/Discussion includes:
- Redefinition of the clitoris
- Reproductive spectrum discussions- miscarriage, abortion, birth, etc.
- Fertility awareness natural birth control methods
- Vaginal infections and natural remedies
- Group self exam, observe others' vaginas, cervixes and clitorises. (at your own pace)
Cost: $500
Only 7 spaces are available in each class so we encourage you to put your deposit in, or pay in full below in to reserve your place.
To sign up, email your name and contact number to:

To place a deposit of $150 or more:

Pay in full:

We also have a Pasadena Class
Sundays May 19, May 26, June 2, and June 9th.
From 11a-3p
Place a deposit of $150 to reserve your spot in the class.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

NOW thru MAY 15: Help send 3 Shodhinis to present at the Philly Trans-Health Conference!

We (Shodhini Institute) got accepted to present at the Philly-Trans Health Conference this year!!! Yippeee!! Now to raise $600 for the hotel expenses. 

We’re looking to be able to bring three people to present at the June conference. We will be presenting on the following topics: 

*Self-Exam for Transmen,
*Utilizing Midwives and Doulas to Build Health Care Access for Trans and GNC communities 
*Community building with trans and gender non-conforming doulas, midwives, and reproductive justice activists!!! 

We're going to be WORKing our asses off. You can support us by clicking the donate button on my blog:

Or click on "Buy Tickets" on our Facebook event and it will send you to paypal land.

Ideally we would have all the funds raised by May 15th. Thank you for your continued support. 

Every person who donates $50 or more receives a crystal healing at the Community Birth Center located at 2422 W. Florence Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90043

We are so thankful for your support. If you're interested in having us report back in the Los Angeles Area, we could plan it out! ♥

June 13-15: Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference

June 13-15 2013 at the

Pennsylvania Convention Center

About the Conference

Now in its twelfth year, PTHC proudly offers a space for Trans* people and our allies, families, and providers to come together to re-envision what health means for Trans* people. The focus of this unique conference is promoting transgender health and wellness in mind, body, spirit, and community. PTHC recognizes the interconnections among all aspects of our well-being; including health, safety, education, employment, housing, and social support.
Further, PTHC recognizes that accessible and quality healthcare is an integral part of self-determining our bodies and identities in the larger world. As much as possible, PTHC strives to ensure that the conference addresses the diverse needs of all people who identify as Trans* or beyond the binary gender system, as well as our partners, families, and allies. In addition, in an effort to increase the availability of quality, culturally-competent care for transgender communities, PTHC also provides a workshops for medical, mental health, and social service providers.
We are committed to making the conference as inclusive and accessible as possible. Therefore, the Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference charges no registration fee.

About Mazzoni Center

Mazzoni Center is the only healthcare provider in the Philadelphia region specifically targeting the unique needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities. Operating with the mission "to provide quality comprehensive health and wellness services in an LGBT-focused environment while preserving the dignity and improving the quality of lives of individuals we serve", Mazzoni Center offers a full continuum of services including primary medical care, mental health counseling and substance abuse treatment, legal services, and HIV-related prevention and care services. Serving over 15,000 individuals annually, we have proven ourselves to be a leader among community-based organizations in the greater Philadelphia area, and have developed a reputation for excellence and innovation in service delivery to our constituents.
Mazzoni Center was founded in 1979 to provide and advocate for the health needs of Philadelphia’s sexual minority communities. With the onset of AIDS in 1981, Mazzoni Center responded by incorporating HIV education, prevention, and care services. In doing so, it became the first AIDS service organization in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the fourth in the country. The organization has remained at the forefront of designing and implementing innovative programs to address the changing needs of the AIDS epidemic, while continuing to develop and expand health and well-being services specific to the needs of the LGBT communities.
Mazzoni Center has been a supporter of the Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference since the first conference in 2002. In 2006, the Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference officially became a program of Mazzoni Center.
For more information on Mazzoni Center and its programs, go to

Sobre la Conferencia

En su duodécimo año, la Conferencia De Salud Trans*(PTHC) tiene el orgullo de ofrecer un espacio para personas trans* y nuestros aliados, familias y proveedores de servicios para unirse en reimaginar lo que significa la salud para las personas trans*. El enfoque de esta conferencia, única en su clase, es promover la salud de las personas transgénero y el bienestar mental, físico y comunal. PTHC reconoce las interconexiones entre todos los aspectos de nuestro bienestar; incluyendo la salud, la seguridad, la educación, el empleo, el hogar y el apoyo social.
Además, PTHC reconoce que el cuidado de salud accesible y de calidad es una parte integral de determinar por nosotros mismos nuestros cuerpos e identidades. Tanto como sea posible, PTHC tratará de asegurar que la conferencia toque las diversas necesidades de todos aquellos que se identifiquen como trans* o más allá del sistema de género binario, y también nuestras parejas, familias y aliados. Adicionalmente, para incrementar la disponibilidad de cuidado de calidad y competente al nivel cultural para las comunidades transgénero, PTHC también ofrece talleres para proveedores de servicios médicos, mentales y sociales.
Nos comprometemos a que esta conferencia sea tan inclusiva y accesible como sea posible. Por lo tanto PTCH no cobra cargos de registro.

Sobre Mazzoni Center

Mazzoni Center es el único proveedor de servicios médicos en la región de Filadelfia concentrado específicamente en las necesidades únicas de las comunidades lesbianas, gay, bisexuales y transgénero (LGBT). Operando con la misión: ofreciendo servicios de salud y bienestar de calidad en un ambiente concentrado en las necesidades LGBT, y al mismo tiempo preservar la dignidad y mejorar la calidad de vida de los individuos a los que servimos, Mazzoni Center ofrece un espectro de servicios incluyendo atención médica primaria, asesoramiento de salud mental y tratamiento para el abuso de sustancias, servicios legales, y servicios relacionados con la prevención y el cuidado del virus de la inmunodeficiencia humana (VIH). Sirviendo a más de 15.000 individuos anualmente, nos hemos destacado como líderes entre las organizaciones comunitarias en el área de Filadelfia y hemos obtenido una reputación por excelencia e innovación en la prestación de servicios a nuestros constituyentes.
Mazzoni Center fue fundado en 1979 para defender y proveer las necesidades médicas de las minorías sexuales en Filadelfia. A partir de la erupción del SIDA en 1981, Mazzoni Center incorporó servicios de prevención y educación sobre el VIH y servicios sociales. En efecto, se convirtió en la primera organización de servicios relacionados con el SIDA en el estado de Pennsylvania y la cuarta en el país. La organización ha mantenido su liderazgo en el diseño y la implementación de programas innovativos dirigidos a las necesidades cambiantes de la epidemia del SIDA, al mismo tiempo desarrollando y expandiendo servicios médicos y de bienestar específicos a las necesidades de las comunidades LGBT.
Mazzoni Center a sido un patrocinador de PTHC desde la primera conferencia en 2002. En 2006, PTHC fué oficialmente anexada a Mazzoni Center.
Para más información sobre Mazzoni Center y sus programas, diríjase a

April 12-14: annual Civil Liberties & Public Policy Conference

2013 CLPP Conference:

From Abortion Rights to Social Justice

- Building the Movement for Reproductive Freedom -

Friday, April 12th - Sunday, April 14th

Hampshire College - Amherst, MA


CLPP’s annual conference connects activists from across the U.S. and internationally to build a stronger movement for reproductive justice and social change. We support intergenerational dialogue, encourage youth leadership, and foster cross-movement collaborations. Through plenaries, workshops, panels, and trainings, speakers will highlight successful examples of activism and illuminate how struggles for reproductive and sexual rights are intricately linked to movements for economic, social, gender, and environmental justice.

"The conference is the most wonderful space that exists anywhere. It is so valuable and I learn new things every year.”  - 2012 participant
CLICK HERE for more details