TRANSformation 2012

one-day workshop offers practical tools for conflict resolution and emotional resilience for transgender and gender non-conforming folks, as well as their parents, partners, and other close friends/family

In collaboration with the L.A. Gender Center, the Empathy School presents:
Compassionate Self-Care on the Journey of TRANSformation

When: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 20, 2012
Where: APAIT, 1730 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015 (map)
Cost: $25 by October 1, $30 by October 15, $35 at the door
No one turned away for lack of funds. Please specify on your registration if you need disability accommodations or a scholarship.

Drawing upon practices of embodied emotional processing and Nonviolent Communication, this one-day workshop offers a powerful new perspective opening a door to a kinder journey — more human, more connected, more possible.

At this mini retreat, we offer practical tools for conflict resolution and emotional resilience for trans and gender non-conforming folks,* as well as their parents, partners, and close friends/family.

Bring a sack lunch and a snack to share, and come learn ways to heal from old hurts and transform shame into self-compassion, all the while staying connected with yourself!

Questions? Please contact us or find us on Facebook.

*When we say “trans and gender non-conforming,” we include people who may identify as transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, two-spirit, questioning, and more. People at any stage of their journey are welcome, including those who choose not to transition, those who transitioned decades ago, and those who are just beginning to start down the path of their chosen gender.


Andrei Andreev
is a photographer, dancer, and parent educator. Certified through Echo Parenting & Education, Andrei has presented workshops locally and abroad. He has been studying, practicing, and teaching alternative forms of communication and embodiment since 2005.

Julianne Gale is a genderqueer dancer, educator, and cultural fieldworker. Julianne has facilitated communication and social justice workshops with a variety of organizations, including Gender Justice LA; youTHink; and The Multicultural Center at California State University, Dominguez Hills. A credentialed teacher and certified nonviolent parent educator, Julianne received an M.A. in Applied Theatre Arts from USC in 2011.

Andrei and Julianne are passionate about collaborating with people to co-create the kind of world we want to live in.

Take the Tangle Out of Tango

We invite you to a brief workshop addressing common challenges which come up in the process of learning Tango and working in partnerships. Drawing upon practices of embodied emotional processing and Nonviolent Communication, this workshop engages the mind, the heart, and the body. You will learn simple approaches to providing feedback in an efficient, yet connected way, including methods for facing harsh self-criticism and frustration. If time permits, we will look at real-life situations based on your experiences.
(Originally presented at Oxygen Tango.)

Empathy Series: Connected Communication for Everyone

Connected Communication for Everyone (RakSa)
This workshop was originally taught at RakSa, a space for healing through transformative education, movement awareness, and holistic medicines. Contact us if you would like to bring this workshop to your organization or local community group.


An embodied approach to navigating life and relationships
In this series of three workshops, you will have the opportunity to redefine your relationships in ways that allow you to co-create with authenticity, joy, and compassion. Drawing upon practices of embodied emotional processing and Nonviolent Communication, we will explore conflict as a source of intimacy in all types of human relationships. These playful classes will offer both practical tools and a powerful theory that can be applied to a lifetime of possibilities.

Session One: Discovery: January 21, 2012
Connected communication begins with learning to distinguish between observations and judgments. In this workshop, we will look at assumptions and how they influence our thoughts, reactions, and behavior. Through play and investigation, we will expose the underlying narratives driving our lives and rewrite those stories with compassion. We will lay the foundation for taking responsibility for our own reality on a practical level.

Session Two: Understanding: February 18, 2012
We will investigate the underlying causes of our patterns and behaviors and gain deeper understanding for the driving forces behind our actions. Shifting from a paradigm of blame to one of exploration, we will explore the power of self-forgiveness and guilt-free learning from mistakes.

Session Three: Creation: March 17, 2012
This session focuses on applying connected communication to the art of relationships. We will work on offering feedback and making requests in a way that fosters honesty and collaboration. We will find the power of play in creating the life we love and true freedom of choice, allowing us to say “yes” or “no” without fear.