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Sanctuaries: 3 Mental Wellness Workshops for Queer and Trans* People of Color

Sanctuaries offers place for healing and mental wellness for Queer and Trans* people of color through three workshops: Herbs, Aromatherapy and Boudoir. These workshops seek to harness the power of herbs, scents, and the bedroom to find way to care for oneself through the storms that may cross one’s life path. It seeks to transform spaces of art into places where people feel enriched, soothed and heard.

Workshops are led by Joshua Moton. Please e-mail questions to


Date: Tuesday, April 11
Time: 7 – 9 pm
Location: Silent Barn, 603 Bushwick Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11206

You are invited to a discussion surrounding the uses of herbs to sail through life’s troubled waters. We will present a cleansing ritual, prepare various herbal blends for sampling, enter into a discussion surrounding safe spaces and sustaining life, and discuss natural wellness resources. Please bring your own herbs, herb books, or anything you think would be valuable to share.

Space is limited, and there is a $15 dollar suggested donation (none turned away for lack of funds).

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Date: Tuesday, May 9th
Time: 7 – 9 pm
Location: Flux Factory

Scent opens one into a radically different space. I use scent to create a feeling of sanctuary in personal space, to cleanse, to relax, to feel more whole.  I will offer a guided meditations based in the sensory experience of smell and introduce the healing properties of various essential oils; blending; base scents, mid-notes, and top-notes.  Music will be integrated into this workshop in order to bridge the gap between scent and sound in healing practice. Donation-based tarot readings will also be offered.

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Date: Saturday, May 27th
Time: 7 – 9 pm
Location: Flux Factory

Beauty, personal space, sex.  Learn to take raw ingredients like shea butter, mango butter, olive oil, and essential oils, and give cosmetics companies a run for their money.  There will be the opportunity for facial steams, making natural exfoliants, and moisturizers.  We will launch into a discussion of beauty, interior design, and sexual health.  We will close with a guided meditation.  Feel free to bring an object that reminds you of how beautiful you are.

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Herbs: A Workshop for Queer and Trans* People of Color is part of “Column Shifting”, a research and public programming initiative at Flux Factory that will provide funded housing for 2 selected participants exploring the relationship between financial stability and cultural equity in small art spaces in NYC.





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