Join us on December 3rd from 1-4:15pm for a FREE self-care day designed for workers and organizers. The day will begin with a guided tour of our main gallery exhibition ‘Future of Work: Letters from the Land and Water.’ This will be followed by an interactive art activity led by Sonali Menezes. The day will finish with a restorative yoga practice led by Indu Vashist.
Attendance is completely free. Pre-registration is required. Please register only if you plan on attending the self-care day.
Accessibility: WAHC is a physically accessible building. Please contact Sonali at (905) 522-3003 ex. 29 or email@example.com with any additional access needs and we’ll try our very best to meet them.
1-1:30: Tour of Main Gallery exhibition, Future of Work: Letters from the Land and Water.
1:30-2:30: Analog Zine Making with Sonali Menezes
Join Sonali in a collaborative analog zine-making activity. We’ll use collage, drawing and writing to design individual pages to contribute to a collaborative zine on the topic of self-care. Participants can share their reflections, tips, tricks and experiences for taking care of oneself as a worker under the depleting circumstances of work under capitalism. At the end of the day, everyone will take a copy of the zine home with them.
2:30 – 2:45: Coffee and Tea Break
2:45-4:15pm Yoga with Indu Vashist
As we live in a pandemic, in late capitalism, at any given moment we are simultaneously asked to balance the global and personal- caring for ourselves, our families and communities, the collective, and our own shifting economic realities. All of this can overwhelm the nervous system and create a range of feeling states- from anxiety to anger; fear to frustration; from depression to disconnection; from technological fatigue to technological addiction. These personal and collective experiences may remain unprocessed or be held in our bodies. As a teacher, I aim to provide you with simple strategies to attune to what is arising and approach that with greater compassion and clarity. By integrating moment-to-moment experience and moving stagnant energy, we can make space for a more grounded existence. I share tools that help us ride out our thoughts, feelings and experiences as they arise during this time of immense change and disordering of the world we live in. Through the use of breathwork, movement, stillness, you will be guided through practices that support your body’s innate wisdom.
Indu Vashist is the Executive Director of SAVAC. She likes words that are precise and art that is not precious. She has over 500 hours of Yoga Teacher trainings and is currently enrolled in a 3-year program to be a Hanna Somatics Educator. As a second-generation settler on this land with relationships to other lands, Indu aims to honour the histories of her Punjabi agrarian ancestors by sharing this land and resources with care and responsibility. Within the context of movement practice, this means that she invites mindfulness and integration of the body, mind, spirit and land. Through movement, Indu encourages developing a greater understanding of proprioception (your body’s ability to sense movement, action, and location), interoception (your perception of sensations from inside the body), exteroception (your sensitivity to stimuli that are outside the body), and nociception (your ability to discern what is painful stimuli).
Sonali Menezes is an interdisciplinary artist based in Hamilton, ON. She tries to eat three meals a day and is the youngest of triplets. While her work spans many mediums, she has been most recently focused in poetry, video, printmaking and zines. Sonali’s chapbook zine won the Best Literary Zine from Broken Pencil Magazine in 2018. In 2019 she was the recipient of the City of Hamilton’s Emerging Artist Award in Media Arts. Right now her work is focused in care; care for herself, care for her body, kin and community.
This program is presented in connection to our main gallery exhibition called ‘Future of Work: Letters from the Land and Water‘ curated by Simranpreet Anand and Srimoyee Mitra. The exhibition brings together artwork by Alvin Luong, Audie Murray, Jagdeep Raina and Sindhu Thirumalaisamy and is on view August 31 – December 16, 2022.
WAHC wishes to acknowledge the Ontario Arts Council, the City of Hamilton, the Province of Ontario, CUPE, the Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario, the Canada Council for the Arts, OSSTF and ONA for their support of our exhibitions and ancillary programs.
For more information, please contact Sonali Menezes, Program and Exhibitions Specialist, at (905) 522-3003 ex. 29 or firstname.lastname@example.org