Anti-Asian Violence Arts & Culture Circle
Sponsored by SOMA Pilipinas and the Filipino Mental Health Initiative of San Francisco
Session #1: Sunday, July 11, 2021 from 10:00 AM-1:00 PM (PST)
Session #2: Sunday, August 1, 2021 from 10:00 AM-1:00 PM (PST)
Pilipinx artists and cultural workers, come together in a 2 part online series to discuss the impact of racism in our community and at large. Makers and creatives reflect, document and respond. Join the conversation on how cultural dynamics shape our narratives.
*Must be able to attend both sessions. This will be an intimate learning community. Space is limited. Registration closes Friday, July 9th at midnight. For questions, contact Verma Zapanta at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bee Uytiepo (Healing is Giving), Jo “love/speak” Cruz (love/speak productions), Rachel Lastimosa (SOMA Pilipinas/AGASAN), and Verma Zapanta (FMHI-SF/Hilot with Verma).
Registration has ended for this event.
about the facilitators
Bee Uytiepo (they/she/siya)
Bee Uytiepo (they/she/siya) is a queer, abc-pin@y, somatic mindfulness + forgiveness practitioner, artist, teacher, animist and forever student. Bee began a healing practice as a meditation teacher after practicing and studying death and meditation since she was a child. Bee went on to become a Buddhist meditation teacher. Bee is a bodyworker with a focus on wholistic manual therapies, focusing on digestive and reproductive systems via neuromuscular, visceral and aural/energy presencing. In collaboration with community, Bee offers co-creative careshops, events, retreats and community circles via somatic mindfulness and ontofugitivity. Bee's current work primarily focuses on virtual individual sessions and anti-racist healing circles, normalizing grief, secular forgiveness and ancestral listening with Asian, Filipinx, femme, gender nonconforming and queer community.
Jo "love/speak" cruz (SHE/THEY/SIYA)
Born and raised in the islands colonially known as the Philippines, and nurtured by the culturally-rich Bay Area, originally known as Ohlone Territory, jo love/speak cruz is a visionary, decolonizing Pinay creative and mother activated by unconditional love and collective liberation.
Using her heART skills as an organizer, producer, educator, interdisciplinary artist and Earth Warrior, love/speak endeavors to cultivate Kapwa (interconnectedness), elevate the vibrations, and nurture healing balance on our planet. She is the Operations Womb Manager for Audiopharmacy Prescriptions - a Bay-Area based Cultural Community Arts Collective and is the founder of love/speak productions - a special events production collaborative that aims to combine intentional project co-creation, respectful cultural exchanges and the power of the arts to develop gathering spaces where performance and ceremony come together with the intention of strengthening relationships & bridges among culturally-diverse communities.
love/speak is inspired to create her own personal and professional path motivated not by colonization, capitalism, and commodification, but rather one rooted in social change through the arts, culture, personal and collective healing, empowerment, and service.
Rachel Lastimosa (SHE/THEY/SIYA)
Rachel Lastimosa is an interdisciplinary artist, producer and performer residing on unceded Ramaytush Ohlone territory. She creates scores for theater and film and has toured internationally. She is the Arts & Culture Administrator with SOMA Pilipinas - Filipino Cultural Heritage District and a member of SF Human Rights Commission’s Racial Equity in the Arts Working Group. She founded and directs the AGASAN project, utilizing the arts as an integrative wellness practice.
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Verma soria Zapanta (SHE/her/SIYA)
Verma Soria Zapanta is a Visayan educator, photographer, and healer born and raised in Yelamu, occupied Ramaytush Ohlone territory (San Francisco, CA). She has served youth throughout San Francisco and Los Angeles as an Ethnic Studies teacher before fully immersing herself in holistic medicine and mental health advocacy work. Verma is a humble culture bearer and student of Hilot, an ancient healing modality from the Philippines, incorporating bodywork, energy healing, ritual, and plant medicine. She hosts knowledge exchanges, workshops, retreats, and a Filipinx healers pop-up market called Ginhawa Marketplace through her wellness practice Hilot with Verma. Verma is one of the Program Coordinators at the Filipino Mental Health Initiative of San Francisco. As a mental health advocate, she hopes every person they engage with develops the agency and capacity to prioritize their mental health needs while finding a community to lean in.
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Instagram: @hilotwithverma; @ginhawamarketplace | Facebook: Hilot with Verma; Ginhawa Marketplace
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supporting circle keepers
Leading our Land Acknowledgement
Barbara James Snyder
Barbara James Snyder is Washoe/Paiute and Filipina living in NY State for the last forty years. She is a member of Washoe Tribe of California and Nevada, Member American Indian Community House NYC, Women's Wellness, United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues-Observer for Washoe Tribe of California and Nevada Member- Preservation of Ancient Traditional Indigenous Lands.
Barbara is a Sacred Sites Protector/Worker. A Visionary + Activist, she is also the Bundle Keeper of Grandmother Moon Bundle, Advisor/Elder Dance for All People, NCPC (Naraya Cultural Preservation Council), Elder of Women's Soul Gathering, a participant World Peace and Prayer Day
Barabara Works as Manager in the Medical field, a mixed-media artist, and a proud and loving Grandmother, Mother, Daughter, Sister, Auntie, Companion, Beloved Circle of friends.
"Women bring balance to this time and place of now. Speak with truth, sing your songs of life and freedom for all. Blessed is she who brings about change. Brave are those who hear the messages of peace and the movement of Mother Earth.
Listen, Listen carefully and willingly".