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.

The Power of Vulnerability

In this touching TED talk, Brené Brown shares her research on vulnerability, reminding us of the value of being authentic, human, alive.

Brené speaks of the core emotional issues of our culture and leaves us with “believe that you are enough.” Which is easy to say but not so easy to do, very much like “believe that you are beautiful.”

In our workshops, we address cultural messaging layers and beliefs in a very practical manner. Knowing that the messages in our environment are often far from healthy, we offer our students the tools and understanding to continue the work in their daily lives.

In other words, even though you know you are the one, the matrix can still get you… but we got your back!