WORKSHOP: Self-Care (as) Community-Care. Facilitated by Ali Sauer.

Title: WORKSHOP: Self-Care (as) Community-Care. Facilitated by Ali Sauer.
Location: University Centre (UC) 441, U of G campus
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As activists, we are not always skilled at recognizing that the work that we do and the experiences we have at the hands of the state (trauma, oppression, violence, surveillance, incarceration etc.) and in our communities (violence, sexual assault, burn-out, alienation, isolation, direct and vicarious trauma, etc.) can enormously impact our well-being and effectiveness as organizers. The sustainability of our movements and true social change depend on our abilities to heal and take care of ourselves and each other in long-term, meaningful ways.

This interactive workshop will focus on concepts of radical self-care, community-care and support. We will discuss strategies for self-care/community-care – those we already possess and those we need to develop. We will also explore some of the particular challenges that emerge when engaging in self-care/community-care practices.

Ali Sauer is a white, queer, cis-woman with chronic illness. She is psychotherapist and an activist who has done formal and informal support work within activist communities for 15 years. She really likes jellyfish.

This workshop is brought to you by OPIRG-Guelph and the Guelph Resource Centre for Gender Empowerment and Diversity, as part of our 9th annual Summer Institute.

Accessibility information:
– this workshop is FREE!
– UC 441 is wheelchair accessible.
– there will be access to an accessible and gender-neutral washroom.
– Vegan and gluten-free snacks (but not a meal) will be provided – feel free to bring additional food for your break if you’d like.
– Child care is available upon request with 48 hours notice. Babies are welcome in the workshop.
– Handouts can be made available in alternative formats with advance notice.
– Bus tickets will be available at the workshop.
– Unfortunately we cannot offer ASL interpretation but please get in touch to talk about how we can make the workshop accessible to you in other ways.
* Please help us to ensure a scent-reduced space. Perfumes, fragrances, scented products and cigarette smoke can be barriers for facilitators and participants. For more information on how to eliminate and reduce scents please see:

For information about the rest of this year’s Summer Institute please go to our website ( or Facebook page (, email us at [email protected], or call GRCGED at 519.824.4120 x58559.

Please contact us with any other needs or questions!
Start Time:  5:30 pm
Date: 2015-06-24
End Time:  8:30 pm