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Empowerment Self-Defense for LGBTQIA+ Folx

Open to anyone (ages 16+) who identifies as a part of the LGBTQIA+ community. Come learn how to feel safe, strong, and respected in all areas of your life.

Register here or request sliding scale

IN RESPONSE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, THIS WILL BE A FREE ONLINE/REMOTE CLASS.

Saturday, June 13th, 2020.  2-3:30 PM Central Time

 

Schedule a Semi-Private Self-Defense Class

If you’d like to take a self-defense class or workshop on your schedule and have a few friends (total of 4 people) to take it with you, use the form at the bottom of the page to contact us about creating a semi-private training.  “Semi-private” means that we’ll work with you to schedule it at your convenience and find pricing that works for you and your friends (part of our commitment to equity), but also open it up to the public and market it along with you.

 

Past Classes

How to Stay Emotionally Safe and Healthy in a Remote World 

Thursday, May 7th, 6-7:30 PM Central Time @ Your own living room (online/remote workshop)

Discover how to feel safer, stronger, and more in control through this interactive online workshop.

Register here. There will be limited space, so REGISTER early.

Note: This workshop is offered on a donation basis. Pay what you can (suggested range of $10-$50). If you cannot afford to pay, please come anyway. It is a gift from Culture of Safety to our worldwide community in the moment of crisis. If others in your life are inspired, please consider giving a donation to help keep our small LGBT-owned business running. You can support us here.

How to Stay Sane and Healthy in a Remote World 

Saturday, April 4th, 2 – 3PM @ Your own living room (online/remote workshop)

Discover how to feel safer, stronger, and more in control through this interactive online workshop.

Family  Self-Defense

Wednesdays 4:30 – 5:30
January 8th – March 4, 2020 (no class February 12th)

Looking for fun, empowering, and interactive after-school activities for the New Year? Join Culture of Safety for our 8-week Family Self-Defense series!  All classes are drop-in, so you can start any time.

Self-Defense for TGNC Folx

Saturday, February 29th, 6-8 PM

Ages 16+

This single-session workshop will address safety concerns that everyone confronts, as well as concerns that are specific to trans folx, including non-binary, genderqueer, and gender questioning.  Registration is $50.

Self-Defense for Loyola Social Work students, et al

Saturdays January 18th & 25th and February 1st & 15th.  All sessions start at 3PM.

This multi-session course meets on Loyola’s Water Tower campus, and is open to Loyola students and Loyola social work alumni, and is sponsored by the Loyola School of Social Work.  It’s especially appropriate for social work, nursing, public health, psychology, or human services students.  In addition to personal safety concerns that we all face, we will be addressing working with challenging and/or escalated clients.  Registration is $50 for Loyola students, $100 for alumni.

Look for this class to come back in the fall!

Bystander Intervention for the Holidays

November 9, 2019
5-8 PMimage of self-defense students practicing role plays

This workshop is open to adults and older teens (ages 16+).

We all want to be good allies, but knowing whether to speak up and what to say is hard. Will it help? Will I make things worse? This workshop will help you learn how to answer those questions, and will provide strategies for speaking up whether it’s with strangers or your own family while also providing guidance on how to enhance your emotional and physical safety. You’ll learn how to use your body, voice, and mind to help others and to help yourself.

 

Mother/Daughter Self-Defense

Saturday, October 12th, 5 – 8 PM

Image of moms & daughters practicing palm heel strikesOpen to teens ages 13 – 16 and their adults who are or have been perceived as female. Women, girls, and trans teens and adults are welcome to this workshop. Come learn how to feel safe, strong, and respected in all areas of your life.  Teens will learn strategies to enhance their safety while enjoying greater independence — including using the CTA without a parent, making new friends, and having new experiences.

Be Your Own Hero: Empowerment Self-Defense for Adults

Saturday, September 21st, 5 – 8 PM

Open to adults (17+) of all genders

Open to adults of all genders. The workshop starts with an overview of the realities of violence and things participants can do to keep themselves safer. Participants will practice using assertive communication to ask for what they want and need, and to notice when someone is trying to ignore their boundaries. They’ll also learn how to listen to their instincts and practice awareness of their surroundings, and how to know where safety is, where danger is, and how to move towards safety and away from danger. We’ll discuss risks participants might choose to take and how to mitigate those risks, and how to practice self-care in a stressful world. The workshop also teaches physical skills to fight back if someone is trying to hurt you.

Be Your Own Hero: Empowerment Self-Defense for Adults

Saturday, August 10th 5 – 8 PMCo-founder Erin dressed as a superhero

Open to adults of all genders and teens ages 17+

Open to adults of all genders. The workshop starts with an overview of the realities of violence and things participants can do to keep themselves safer. Participants will practice using assertive communication to ask for what they want and need, and to notice when someone is trying to ignore their boundaries. They’ll also learn how to listen to their instincts and practice awareness of their surroundings, and how to know where safety is, where danger is, and how to move towards safety and away from danger. We’ll discuss risks participants might choose to take and how to mitigate those risks, and how to practice self-care in a stressful world. The workshop also teaches physical skills to fight back if someone is trying to hurt you.

 

Dinner & Defense for Teens

Saturday, July 27th 5-8 PM

Open to teens of all genders ages 12 – 16.

This 3-hour personal safety workshop for teens includes a pizza dinner (served at the beginning of the workshop). The workshop starts with an overview of the realities of violence against teens and things teenagers can do to keep themselves as safe as possible without telling them what to do. Teens will practice using assertive communication to ask for what they want and need, and to notice when someone is trying to ignore their boundaries. They’ll also learn how to listen to their instincts and practice awareness of their surroundings, and how to know where safety is, where danger is, and how to move towards safety and away from danger. We’ll discuss risks teens might choose to take and how to mitigate those risks, and how to practice self-care in a stressful world. The workshop also teaches physical skills to fight back if someone is trying to hurt you.

Full price for this workshop is $60; however, we also include the option to pay a reduced fee of $30, and an option to waive the fee.  We trust you to pay what you can, if you can.

Free Self-Defense class & Reception

Amy & Erin smilingSaturday, July 13th 5-7 PM

Open to all genders, adults and teens.  Children welcome with responsible adults.

  • 5:00 PM: arrival
  • 5:15 PM: Self-Defense Class starts
  • 6:15 PM: Reception to meet the Founders of Culture of Safety

The empowerment-based approach means that we don’t give you a list of rules to follow (that don’t apply to your life plus is just too much to remember). Instead, participants will learn broad principles that they can apply to a wide variety of situations they may find themselves in. This overview of empowerment self-defense begins with solid information about violence and risk, and introduces participants to concrete verbal and physical tools to minimize risk and maximize quality of life.

Have a question?  Contact us using the form below!