Labrys School offers transformative, educational and creative programs to help women and girls gain inner knowledge of their holistic selves. Through individual and interactive work in groups, we invite our students to gain skill sets to heal, grow and empower themselves. Our goal is that each of us be well and happy in order to be vibrant participants and change makers in our local, national and global community.
Labrys School’s focus to be the one-and-only self-healing arts center, in the Bay Area, dedicated to women and girls, is a big goal. We are committed to offering services to support women and girls and our East Bay community. Our mission is to be able to offer our healing programs to women, diverse in age, race, income and lifestyle.
We understand that words, herstory and politics are ever shifting and that one woman’s healing place could be unsafe for another. Not every class we offer will be a perfect fit for every woman/womyn. Healing needs to happen in many ways, coming together in many forms, keeps the dialogue going, keeps our community open, and alive.
Labrys stands by inclusivity, and unless otherwise mentioned, welcomes all self-identified women and girls over 16 to all its classes and events. We also honor the need of the certain programs to be exclusive in terms of age, identity and abilities, for safety and wellness. In such cases, Labrys school will be clear who the classes/events are designed for.
We will trust you to know where you need to be. If there are any ever problems or conflict with who attends class, Labrys will provide a facilitator/mediator to hear concerns and to find a path that allows everyone to feel heard, and considered. All decisions will be shared with all participants and staff of Labrys School.
It is our expectation that when conflict arises, that facilitation will help bring all to a resting place. If for any reason, one does not feel heard or content with the suggested solutions/decisions, then a grievance letter should be submitted the ACE Board of directors, which oversees the Labrys school, describing the conflict and concern with the decision. This letter should be submitted within 30 days of the conflict. The grievance letter will be responded to by the board within 30 days.
The Labrys School of Self-Healing Arts for Women and Girls, founded by Dr. Joan Margaret, in 1995 is a project of Associates for Community Education (ACE), a 501c3 non-profit..
For five years Labrys School offered a variety of health related programs, through classes, workshops, playshops, lecture series, and community events . They also published The Labrys Speaks, their quarterly newsletter, rich in health education. Here are some copies and articles from the archives.
Since then Labrys School has been offering services on request, for individuals or groups and is now ready to open it’s doors again to the community, with an expanded healing arts program.
At this time and age, the world and the universe need women to come out and step up in ways small and big, silently and screaming, and as Valarie Kaur says in her 2017 New Years Eve speech, “Breathe and Push.” Creating a home, a community, a country, a world, aligned to eternity’s intent, seems to be in the hands of women.
To honor this responsibility, choose our work and walk our paths, be it as a dreamer, healer, teacher, activist, lover, mother, daughter, and more from a place of love, dignity and choice, first we need to be strong and focused in our own selves. The ability to be your chosen self and do right, and act from your values comes from and is rooted in responding from your own physical, emotional, spiritual and mental wellness. And all of us can learn how to do that, especially in women-only community space that is intended to be safe and inclusive.
So, now more than ever, It time for Labrys School to open it’s doors again with wellness programs, rich and diverse, to educate, support, and uphold women and girls as we rise.
Towards this initiative Labrys has invited Roke Noir, the Founding Director of Siren Project (link this) to become the Director of the Labrys School and to combine Siren Project into their educational reopening. Founded in 2010, Siren is an All Women Wellness Arts program that has been actively offering group workshop series, social and cultural events and feminist festivals of transformative arts. Siren has been looking for a fiscal sponsor. Uniting these resources of both these organizations now we can focus on strengthening the offerings and better serving women and girls in the Bay Area,
Starting this Spring, Labrys School offers transformative, educational and creative programs to help women and girls gain inner knowledge of their holistic selves. Through individual and interactive work in groups, we invite our students to gain skill sets to heal, grow and empower themselves. Our goal is that each of us be well and happy in order to be vibrant participants and change makers in our local, national and global community.
We need help from the community in order to continue and enhance our work and be able to offer our healing programs to women, diverse in age, race, income and lifestyle. We are determined to get to a place where we can offer these programs for free to women who need them the most, but can not yet because of financial challenges. Until we obtain grant funding, we will depend on the generosity of each one of you, who supports our shared vision.
We are preparing for you to be a much respected “Friends of Labrys”, in ways that best suits you, as a Donor, Business Sponsor or Community Partner. In the meantime, if you can make a gift towards our $6,000 reopening cost, we will appreciate it. Please let us know if you want to see our Budget and Financial Projection.
To make a tax-deductible contribution to the school, you can write a check to ACE with "Labrys School" in the memo line, and mail to ACE at 6536 Telegraph Avenue, Suite A102, Oakland CA 94609. Or you can Donate online.
If you prefer to contribute in any other way, please contact us at 510.681.9740 or firstname.lastname@example.org for the details.