2017 Brainery Workshop Presenters

Congratulations to all of the Brainery Workshop Presenters selected for the Second Weekend of EF2X17!

From mandalas and sound healing to meditation and taking care of our water systems, workshop teachers will spread their wisdom and bring unique demonstrations to the Forest. Join the workshops to participate in your favorite activities or learn something new!

Thursday June 29, 2017

Tantra Yoga for Women

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June 29: 5 – 6:30pm
Presented By: Antonieta Hensley
The “Red Tent” is many things to many people. It is a womb-like red fabric space, it is a place where women gather, it is an icon, and it is a state of mind. All concepts are true and are inspired by Diamant’s novel The Red Tent. Some women create red fabric spaces specifically to honor their menstruation. Others create spaces where they can take care of themselves, promote women’s conversations, and/or hold workshops and other events for women. This Red Tent will do all the above and help you connect to your moon cycles and the natural rhythms of the planet you are connected to. You will learn self-love rituals, while being held and supported in a safe sacred space where we can share, cry, heal, and dance. This is a circle for anyone who identifies as a woman. The Red Tent encourages sisterhood while still learning individual tools to be more confident, happy, and balanced within your being.
Optional to bring:
*Your altar objects to decorate the space. (something meaningful to you)
*Belly dancing belts, shakers, drums, etc.

Mandala Salon

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Thursday, June 29: 6:30 – 9pm
Presented By: Judy Rebecca Centofanti
Sometimes, everyday life piles up and begins to close in, weigh you down and threaten to crush you flat. Time for therapy? Perhaps make a mandala.Creating mandalas is a meditation and it comes from within as an expression of what’s going on in your soul and in your life. The word mandala means circle. Mandalas originated from Hindu and Buddhist traditions. They can be created by a single individual or by a group collaboratively. They may symbolize many things including a personal experience, a dream, a plan, or a direction or purpose. Creating a mandala can be deeply individual and personal and they may be simple or deeply intricate. They can describe past experiences, reflect present state of mind, illustrate a life journey or give direction for what is to come.

Friday June 30, 2017

It’s Your Government: Free the Data

Friday, June 30: 5 – 6:30pm
Presented By: Lisette Garcia
FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) Resource Center is a no-nonsense consulting firm securing timely fulfillment of all government disclosure obligations without going to court. We primarily serve journalists, lawmakers, and nonprofit organizations through group seminars, individual coaching, and low-cost request tracking.
We are frequently invited by high-ranking members of the U.S. Congress and by top-line officers at federal agencies to provide analysis and advice on development and implementation of effective government transparency policies.
Let us teach you how to get the government records you most need while it still matters without going to court or breaking the law.

Ayurveda: The Science of Life

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Friday, June 30: 6:30 – 8pm
Presented By: Allison Scott
Ayurveda, which translates to “the science of life”, is an ancient Indian healing practice/yogic “medicine” (over 5,000 years old) that acknowledges individual differences, imbalances, and treatments. Traditionally, Yoga and Ayurveda were practiced hand-in-hand, one was not understood or even taught without the other. For the serious yoga teacher or student, Ayurveda is part of a complete yoga practice. Ayurveda teaches that each of us are comprised of a unique combination of the elements; Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Space. In this workshop, you will learn how to use these forces of life as well as simple yet advanced techniques to support inner balance and strength and to achieve health of body, mind, and spirit.

We will:

  • Identify the “Doshas” (universal forces of nature, their elemental make-up types and their qualities)
  • address imbalances and ways to correct them through use of the “gunas” (ten pairs of opposite qualities to use as tools for balance)
  • simple and essential daily self-care practices to cleanse the 5 senses
  • learn hands-on massage techniques and marma (stress) points
  • refine your dietary and daily self-care wisdom
  • fill your seasonal self-care tool box with Ayurvedic tricks to keep you balanced year-long

Tune in and use these elements as instruments along the path to reconnecting with your true nature.In this time of social, economic, and environmental uncertainty, it is of vital importance to come together and reinforce the awareness of how these practices can make positive shifts in our own lives as well as for the world at large.

Saturday July 1, 2017

Sound Healing Meditation

Saturday, July 1: 1 – 2:30pm
Presented By: Yvonne Clark
Learn the science behind sound healing and its benefits. Participate in meditation which focuses on healing the deep layers of stress by taking the brain into meditative frequencies of gamma, alpha, beta, theta and delta where even your cells heal, transform, and rebuild.
Please join Yvonne Clark (ERYT 500, BA Psychology/Literature, Teaching Yoga and Meditation since 2007) in this yogic experience of Pranayama (breath work) while simultaneously moving energy through each chakra by use of quartz crystal healing vibration tools called singing bowls tuned specifically to the “heartbeat of the Earth” at 8 Hz.
This therapeutic workshop will impact individuals’ physical, energetic and emotional body and brain by utilizing sound frequency and vibration. This work is intended to release one from repetitive cycles, illness, alleviate pain, restore balance and highlight a healthy life practice. Be prepared for an amazing sound bath where individuals are safely guided into the deep layers of the brain frequencies and psyche. No experience necessary.

Hydroponics for Hope and Communities Against Chemicals

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Saturday, July 1: 3:30 – 5pm
Presented By: Michael Handley
Communities Against Chemicals was created to educate the community about the toxic chemicals found in the personal hygiene and cleaning products we use everyday. These products are produced with no care for our health and safety and sold to us with deceiving labels and unknown ingredients. So we will educate people on what’s really in some of these dangerous products and explain the harmful nature of them. We will also show how to make your own safe all natural cleaning products for your home and your body ( such as all purpose cleaner, liquid laundry detergent, dishwashing detergent, body deodorant, lip balm, etc). We will have literature to take home and samples as well. By going all natural these toxic chemicals never get the chance to make it in to our waterways or our bodies. We can also do a presentation of our waterways in America and the problems threatening our water. This would go over all sorts of topics ranging from pollution, ways to conserve, healthy ways to grow food without toxic farming, single use plastics, recycling, non point source pollution, and of course ways to help in your community. A lot will also be discussed about local waterways and how to keep them clean through community cleanup projects and education. We have also done workshops on Hydroponic growing due to its way to maximize your water usage for growing in all conditions.

Native American Beading

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Saturday, July 1: 6 – 9pm
Presented By: Samantha TwoCrow
Beading is a technique that can be taught many different ways. With my teachings I’ve been able to guide many into learning how to make unique beautiful jewelry. This class requires patience. You’ll be working with tiny beads, threading and creating a flat stitch. All projects are hand sewn. For generations Native American beading has left amazing art pieces for us all to envy. After a class with me, you’ll learn the basic techniques to create and design beading to your style!

Sunday, July 2 2017


Sunday, July 2: 3 – 4:30pm
Presented By: Freedom
Together we will discuss the power of gender healing, lingo, history, my own experience and that of other trans & non- binary folks. We will also have a hands on look at some every day equipment used by trans people and talk about safe binding practices. As there are many unsafe and potentially harmful ways of binding.

Mermaid Glass

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Sunday, July 2: 4:30 – 6pm
Presented By: Susan Criscitello
Come create your own little enchanting world full of assorted marbles, rocks, glitter, or anything that will bring good energy your way then freeze it in time with epoxy so that it last forever in its own little universe!

Kirtan Meditation Workshop

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Sunday, July 2: 6 – 8pm
Presented By: Bill Kubina Jr
The Kirtan Experience will offer participants an outstanding guided musical meditation with expert Kirtaneers in a nonsecretarian, traditional, and yet very modern way!
Kirtan guides Anne-Lise and Billy have been trained by master Bhakti Yoga teachers in India, Canada, and the US, and are inspired by all spiritual disciplines and paths to share the essential practices of musical meditation in the most artistic and universal format.
As long time veterans of the yoga, music, and arts festival scenes, these meditation workshops will be tailored to multiple formats according to the specific energies of the day, in respect to the unique gifts of all participants.