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VIRTUAL RETREAT

AGENDA

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Day 1

9:00-10:30 am (HST)

Opening with Priscilla & Momi

KEYNOTE by Makana Kāne-Kuahiwinui

Guided meditation with Anastasha Maria,

In her keynote, Ka Waimaka Lehua: Menstruation Through a Hawaiian Epistemology, Makana will share Hawaiian practices, philosophies, and moʻolelo around menstruation. By looking at past practices, she encourages you to create your own ceremonies and monthly rituals in our own homes and within your own families. She believes that when young people know about the sacredness of their bodies they can make better informed decisions as they grow into adults.

11:00-12:00 pm (HST)

with Alayna Eagle Shield

Theíčʼiȟila: The Reclamation of Lakota/Dakota

Ceremonies for Wíŋyaŋ

Theíčʼiȟila (to value and hold oneself dear) will be a focus of her message for women. She will share a background of the Lakota/Dakota womanhood ceremonies and the importance of these early discussions for young women to honor their bodies and their power. Sheʻll describe the meaning of Wíŋyaŋ (women) and She’ll also discuss how reclaiming our power, at any age, can create space for reactivating our innate knowledges of who we are and create a ripple effect for healing for the next generations.

12:30-1:30 pm (HST)

Alyssa Chang

Feminine Flow: A Brain-Based Approach

To Understanding Your Menstrual Cycle

Her session will teach you about your cycle through the lens of neuroscience. By utilizing this scientific approach we can learn more about the root causes of your symptoms like anxiousness, cramps, period back pains, and irritability. Within this workshop, Alyssa will be walking you through her brain based solutions to assess how you're feeling, so you can be being less at war and more in flow each month.

2:00-3:00 pm (HST)

Nina Pullella

Ease Your Bleed with Ayurveda

In her session, you will learn what provokes PMS symptoms & how to reclaim earth centered practices to get in balance using the ancient healing ways of Ayurveda.

3:30-4:30 pm (HST)

Tai Hawkins & Alicia Yang of Olanani AcuOasis

Moxa and Your Moon

Pain? Cramping? Sore back? Heavy bleeding? Not enough bleeding? In Traditional Chinese medicine, all of these are signs of internal imbalance. Nature holds the answer! Mugwort is one of the top herbs used since antiquity for blood related issues. For supporting a healthy menstrual cycle, it is PRIMO. In TCM, moxa is a highly effective therapy through which we burn mugwort over various acupoints to ease menstrual cramps, promote healthy flow, prevent chronic UTI’s, fibroids and more. During Olananiʻs session, you will learn about the role of Moxa and how to use it for your own healing and self-care at home.

Day 2

9:00-10:30 am (HST)

Opening with Priscilla & Momi

KEYNOTE by Cami Kanoa-Wong

shamanic drums with Anastasha Maria

Camiʻs keynote is called ʻO Haumea no ia.

 

Long ago, Haumea was known as the keeper of important female knowledge.  In the Kumulipo, her ancestresses and descendants are all named to remind us of the papa, or succession of knowledge. Today, we are constantly reexamining what it means to be a Wahine.  During the last few decades, girls were given hope free of a male-dominated future called ʻFeminism.ʻ We have since learned that this is White Women Settler Feminism and it has very little to do with us as Native women.  As our generation and future generations push forward a future of our choosing, we must examine the past feminine knowledge in order to raise strong women, families and communities. Looking at the past to thrive in a modern future is a very old practice, and Haumea has done it a thousand times. Here we go again.

11:00 am- 12:00 pm (HST)

Sharry Kaylon

The Ritual of Yoni Steaming: Connecting to the Divine Feminine

Sharryʻs session will share the beauty of the centuries year old practice of yoni steaming. Yoni steaming is the safe and natural way to take control of your vaginal well-being. Using herbs in this effective health method can help with your specific vaginal needs.

12:30-1:30 pm (HST)

Mama Maiz

Bajos & Plant Allies

In their session, Mama Maiz will be sharing about the tradition of bajos (center steams) and plant allies that aid to ease your menstrual cycle.

2:00-3:00 pm (HST)

Brandy-Lee Yee, Nikki-Ann Yee, & Jamie Kapana of Maʻi Movement

Period Poverty

The mission of the Maʻi Movement is to end priod poverty. They strive to provide menstrual supplies to those in need. They partner with various Hawaiʻi organizations to host donation drives around Hawaiʻi. They are also leading the way in advocating for every menstruator in public schools to receive free menstrual products. 

3:30-4:15 pm (HST)

Makana Kāne Kuahiwinui & Cami Kanoa-Wong

Q&A

Our keynote speakers, Makana Kāne Kuahiwinui & Cami Kanoa-Wong, will be doing a special question and answer session.  Join us as we answer your specific questions and continue to create a community of supportive menstruators.

4:30-5:00 pm (HST)

Priscilla & Momi

Closing Ceremony

We would like to bring together our community for final thoughts and an opportunity to share our experiences. Reclaiming indigenous practices is such a passion for us and we are obviously obsessed with moon cycles! We are excited to share this space and be in community with you.

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