WORKSHOPS + ACTIVITIES LED BY SLO'MO COMMUNITY MEMBERS

Space is limited; purchasing tickets in advance is highly recommended.

 

Slow Jams Yoga: A Seat at the Table with Solange (and Lauren Ash!)

Sunday, 10/16 | 11am- 1pm |$15 | Reunion | 2557 W. North Ave, Chicago

Whether you're just now falling in love with Solo, or you've been stanning since Sandcastle Disco, you're invited to a soulful yoga flow inspired by this artist who understands the value of taking her time with her art. All yoga experience levels are welcome to roll up their mats at this month's iteration of Slow Jams Yoga at REUNION. All who attend will receive a special quote from the album that will serve as your intention for class. We'll explore, through class and a dialogue, how taking our time to truly focus on our intentions in our daily lives can bring so much meaning to our lives and the lives of others. Bring your own mat! 

Slow Jams Yoga with Lauren Ash: Riri Rewind

Sunday, 9/18 | 11am- 1pm |$15 | Reunion | 2557 W. North Ave, Chicago, IL

Riri Rewind. Let's move our bodies and breathe deep as we enjoy yet another Slow Jams Yoga session with Lauren Ash. This time, our inspiration is Rihanna, who needs no introduction. From 'Pon de Replay to Needed Me, we'll explore some of her best jams while opening our hearts, minds, and bodies. Maybe this'll turn into a big dance party. Maybe. Register today, grab your friends and let's get to "Work" at Slo 'Mo Sundays. This class tends to sell out; advanced purchase is highly recommended. BYOB (Bring Your Own Mat)!

Slow Jams Yoga with Lauren Ash: Yoga for Lazy People*

Sunday, 8/21 | 11am- 1pm |$15 | Reunion | 2557 W. North Ave, Chicago, IL

After the big Slo 'Mo five year anniversary celebration, cool down with sexy yoga by our favorite instructor Lauren Ash. If you're not into a lot of up and down, around and around action, this yoga class is for you. We'll take it nice and slow with our yoga flow, as well as the music. Lauren's playlist will feature some lazy, taking-their time artists like Frank Ocean, for example. (Sigh. We love you Frank! We kid). No prior yoga experience is required to enjoy this class. Groove into your week off right with community and treat your body right! This class is a sure fire sell out so buy tickets in advance.

About Lauren: Lauren Ash is the Founder and Creative Director of Black Girl In Om, a lifestyle brand focused on cultivating holistic wellness, inner beauty, and self empowerment for women of color. She is also a certified yoga instructor, wellness curator, and creative writer. She is passionate about building authentic and meaningful community amongst women of color, people of color more broadly, and creatives and inspiring all people to live by their intentions and chase after their curiosities with enthusiasm, faith, and vision.

Lauren’s work has been published in Design*Sponge, Blavity, and she has recently been featured in Teen Vogue, New York Magazine, and Elle.com. She is currently loving all things sports luxe, red wine, travel, and her monthly black joy centered day party she co-founded: Party Noire.

SUNDAY, 6/12 - EXPANDING PLEASURE WITH CERTIFIED SEXOLOGIST RENA MCDANIEL

4:00-6:00pm  | $15 |  Rational Park Gallery 2557 W. North Ave, Chicago, IL

Are you ready to get unstuck, dive deep, and bring your whole self to your sex life? Join Rena McDaniel, MEd, Certified Sexologist, and pleasure-positive sex therapist and educator, to learn one simple equation that will help you embark on an adventure to turn on your ons, turn off your offs, and dive deep into pleasure with boldness and courage, all by utilizing the latest (and sexiest!) science, of course. You can expect a mix of teaching of the science being desire and arousal with flipboard illustrations, interactive group brainstorming and discussion, small group discussion, and individual reflection. A little bubbly and a snack will be served to loosen you up, if you'd like.

This workshop is designed to be inclusive of all sexual and gender identities, relationship structures, and current relationship statuses. This is accomplished by using inclusive language that doesn't gender bodies or genitals unnecessarily, citing examples from alternative relationship structures and not assuming that monogamous relational structures are the norm or ideal, and focusing on pleasure instead of orgasm, which takes into account possible trauma histories, differences in different bodies' abilities, and different levels of interest in sex. 

Bring just yourself, friends, partners, and/or lovers. All are welcome. Come Curious. Leave Adventurous.

What to expect:

  • Learn one simple equation that will jump start your sex life right now, whether you are single or partnered. 
  • Take control of your sexuality by learning the latest science of desire and how to get your motor running.
  • Walk away with practical tools and worksheets to explore your turn ons, your turn offs, and how to make both work in your favor. 

About the instructor:

Rena McDaniel, MEd, LCPC, is a queer, pleasure-positive sex therapist, educator, and writer, focused on creating conversation and opportunities for personal exploration that expand folk’s capacity for pleasure, audacity, and embodying their most authentic self. You can find her writing and thoughts in publications such as AutoStraddleThe Frisky, Ebony, and Fusion. Rena is currently the Chief Operating Officer and a staff therapist at IntraSpectrum Counseling, an LGBTQ-Affirmative psychotherapy practice in Chicago.

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SUNDAY 4/24 - SLOW JAMS YOGA: MAXWELL + MANIFEST EDITION W/ LAUREN ASH

10:00am - 12:00pm  |  $15  |  Rational Park Gallery, 2557 W. North Ave. Chicago, IL

Lauren has a not-so-secret crush on Maxwell. You don't? Well, you will after this month's version of Slow Jams Yoga. Join Lauren for another body awakening, heart opening, tension releasing yoga session set to Maxwell jams. The practice will exist alongside a mini-manifestation workshop so bring your journal and come with one big thing in mind that you want to manifest starting this spring.

SUNDAY 4/10 - BODY BLAST WORKOUT EXPERIENCE W/ HONEY POT PERFORMANCE'S FELICIA HOLMAN

10:00 - 11:00am  |  $15  |  Rational Park Gallery, 2557 W. North Ave. Chicago, IL

On Sunday April 10th at 10am, spring into fitness with trainer Felicia Holman as she brings her dynamic Body Blast group fitness class to Rational Park! Featuring a boomin' live set by Slo'Mo's own DJ Tess, Body Blast is a 60-minute total body conditioning workout experience, without equipment (like Ciara said, we 'bout to have a 'Body Party'). All fitness levels & gender expressions welcome. 

So before you hit your favorite brunch spot on April 10th, come to Body Blast at Rational Park and get to "work, work, work, work, WORK, work"!

SUNDAY 3/20 - SLOW JAMS YOGA W/ BLACK GIRL IN OM'S LAUREN ASH

10:00 - 11:00am  |  $15  |  Rational Park Gallery, 2557 W. North Ave. Chicago, IL

Back by popular demand from the first Slow Jams Yoga held on Valentine's Day, Black Girl In Om's Lauren Ash leads this slow­-moving, heart opening yoga flow accessible for new and experienced yogis alike. Start of the Spring Equinox grounded and refreshed. Get ready to release all that doesn't serve your path to love yourself and others, and to invite all that supports it during this self-­love oriented yoga practice and moving meditation. BYOM (bring your own mat), although there will be extras on hand if you need one - just email slomoparty@gmail.com if you need one. This yoga session will flow to a slow jams playlist curated by Lauren herself! 

SUNDAY 3/13 - ART OF DJING 101: A DIGITAL OVERVIEW W/ DJ TESS

1:00 - 4:00pm  |  $25  |  Rational Park Gallery, 2557 W. North Ave. Chicago, IL

Go behind the scenes with DJ Tess for a step-by-step tutorial on how to blend music in digital format and get an informative glimpse into a DJ’s world! We’ll be practicing with your favorite R&B tracks AND we’re taking requests! Come prepared to get into it- ask questions and get acquainted with the art through a fun and educational hands-on experience. 

SUNDAY 2/28 - SLO 'MO REMIX BRUNCH W/ LIVE LYNNETTE'S LYNNETTE ASTAIRE

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN MOVED TO SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 28TH!

12:00 - 3:00pm  |  $30  |  Rational Park Gallery, 2557 W. North Ave. Chicago, IL

Sunday brunch with Slo ‘Mo! A vegan brunch that is, featuring healthy remixes of some of your favorite comfort foods set to a Slo Mo "remix only" soundtrack curated by wellness expert Lynnette Astaire. Enjoy six courses of sweet and savory superfoods with non-­alcoholic beverage pairings selected from her upcoming seasonal eating plan, Live Guide. In addition to the beats and treats, this brunch is an open platform to share wellness tips and questions. Attendees will leave with recipes (and a full belly of deliciousness). Consider it an afternoon detox retreat. Come to refresh and recharge with inspiration to put more plants on your plate.

SUNDAY 2/7 - CAKE CONSTRUCTION W/ BON VIVANT'S EMILY NEJAD

1:00 - 3:30pm  |  $40  |  Rational Park Gallery, 2557 W. North Ave. Chicago, IL

Have your cake & eat it too at Bon Vivant Cake's pop-­up workshop! Join Bon Vivant creator Emily Nejad for a very delicious hands­-on class and learn how to make Confetti Bark and a Chocolate Raspberry Nutella Cakelet from scratch. You'll also learn the secrets of how to construct sky-­high cakes and how to create drippy neon ganaches, buttercream frosting and edible confetti. The sweet deal will be accompanied by a slow jams playlist personally curated by Emily. All skill levels are welcome and no prior baking experience is necessary to enjoy this workshop. 

 
Would you like to lead a workshop? Or just have questions? 
Email slomoparty@gmail.com