Women and Environmental Movements – Oct. 23rd, 2014 at 12pm

We’re more than half way through our 10 session line up for Womyn@Noon 2014! We’ve engaged in rich conversation each week for the past five weeks! If you haven’t had the chance to join us yet, there’s still time! Our sixth session in the series takes place this week! 


We’ll be hearing from two Rubenstein School graduate students on the topic of Women and Nature-Based Causes! 

This discussion will examine women’s work within environmental movements and directly connect this work to other initiatives and issues that women and their allies are speaking up against. 

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014, 12pm here at The Women’s CenterEEE - Women Nature Causes - screens image

(34 S. Williams St. behind Waterman)

We’ll have goodies, cookies and tea. Feel free to bring your lunch and friends.

All are welcome! 

Direct questions or accommodations to: Maria.Teixeira@uvm.edu

A complete series listing can be found here: 2014 Womyn@Noon


More about this session:

Around the world, women are disproportionately affected by environmental issues. Vandana Shiva, an internationally acclaimed ecofeminist states that the degradation of the environment directly relates to the subordination of women. Others add that the environment and women have a history of being exploited, and in fact, violence against nature and women are one. Yet, women are increasingly at the forefront to speak out against such inequalities.

In this discussion, we will ask the audience to join us in examining the linkages between the social and environmental justice movements and women’s experiences. A comparative case study approach will be used in the presentation, with personal reflections welcomed from the audience. Guided discussion will follow, centered around questions on how these issues form, how women are encouraged or discouraged from stepping forward, and how we can take personal and societal responsibility for enacting positive directions forward.


About our facilitators:

Elizabeth (Bess) and Rezwana are graduate students in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources. Bess is a PhD student, focusing on the social dynamics and possibilities for engagement in urban national parks. Rezwana is a MS student, focusing on how national organizations frame risks associated with fracking. Both are passionate about exploring the human dimensions of environmental issues, which encompasses themes of social justice and enhanced relevancy.

The Journey of Self Love – Oct. 16, 2014 at Noon

All are welcome to a discussion on self love!

Thursday, Oct. 16th, 2014 at 12pm (noon)

at The Women’s Center (34 S. Williams Street, Burlington, VT – behind Waterman)
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The Journey of Self-Love: Exploring and Nurturing Love Within’ focuses on self-love. It is a widely accepted notion that love is often an external force found outside of ourselves. This session focuses on the love each of us possess within. How do we define self-love? How do we nurture it in order to lead more balanced and healthy lives? This workshop explores this expression of love through music, literature, art, and discussion.  Featuring work from Common, Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill, bell hooks, Audre Lorde, and more. As a community we will define self-love and talk about different strategies for nurturing this love within ourselves.


Briana Martin is a recently published author of a poetry and prose memoir called ‘Red Roses’. She is also a UVM alum who received her Masters in Student Affairs Administration at Michigan State University. She is now a Coordinator with the UVM TRIO/Student Support Services program within Academic Success Programs. In her free time Briana immerses herself in the arts, where she creatively writes, performs poetry, and does write-ups for music artists.


More info or accommodations – Maria.Teixeira@uvm.edu

YES! I RIDE LIKE A GIRL – Women in Action Sports

This week’s Womyn@Noon will be a discussion by UVM Ski and Snowboard Club member Hailey Ronconi! She’ll tell us why “girl is not a four letter word” and how women are excelling in the world of action sports, cause they are!

Thursday, Oct. 9th, 2014 at Noon! 

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As usual – you bring your lunch, we’ll bring tea and cookies. All are welcome (open to the public).

The Women’s Center – 34 S. Williams Street, Burlington (behind Waterman).

Women in Action Sports: YES I RIDE LIKE A GIRL:

In the current world where doing something “like a girl” is considered bad, weak, silly or humorous – this session will look at why and how women are defying that statement! Women are doing amazing things! We will showcase and celebrate women’s accomplishments in the world of action sports. We hope to empower others to join and not be afraid to participate “like a girl”. Whether that means to skate like a girl or snowboard like a girl, women and girls can do it! Drawing inspiration from those who are speaking up and out to empower the participation of women and girls, we will discuss why “girl” is not a four letter word and why women’s participation in action sports is crucial to in the work for equity.

About Hailey Ronconi:

Hailey Ronconi is an avid snowboarder and skateboarder attending the University of Vermont. When she isn’t on a board, she is still involved in many things related to these activities!  Hailey is the Editor in Chief of New England Women’s Snowboarding and works as a skate coach at Talent Skatepark. She is stoked to help more girls get involved in skateboarding! Additionally, she is the Director of Marketing & Events for the University of Vermont Ski & Snowboard Club. Hailey is currently working on completing her Undergraduate Honors Thesis in Marketing for Women in Snowboarding. She has a love for pizza and getting weird but an even stronger love for getting more women involved in board sports!

Questions or accommodations: Maria.Teixeira@UVM.edu

The Healing Power of Sound & Voice

Looking ahead in our Womyn@Noon Series!

On November 13, 2014 at Noon, we’ll be joined by Heidi Champney of Sparkle Frequency: Nourishing Your Inner Light with Sacred Sound for a session on the healing powers of sound.

As always, everyone is welcome. No singing or music experience is necessary for this session. We’ll bring cookies and hot tea. You bring lunch and friends (or come alone, that’s fine too!)

At The UVM Women’s Center 34 S. Williams Street, Burlington, VT  at 12pm

Check out the whole Womyn@Noon Listing by clicking here. Healing Sound indiv.  image



We live in a world that tends to value masculine over feminine, activity over receptivity, thinking over feeling, material over spiritual.  Cultivating a relationship with sound and with your own voice can help to restore balance.  This session offers the opportunity to experience three ways of engaging with sound: Sound Bath, a time to relax into an uplifting soundscape with singing bowls, bell tones, rattles, digeridoo, and voice; Vocal Attunement, a guided meditation that engages the singing voice and the listening ear; and Sacred Chant, a practice found in cultures throughout the world, that helps us to access the higher realms of our beings.  No musical experience is necessary; all voices are welcome!  These practices have many and varied benefits, including relaxation and stress relief, deeper self-awareness, freer self-expression, and access to higher levels of consciousness.


About Heidi:

Heidi Champney is a lifelong musician and singer with a passion for helping people connect with the innate powers that can be accessed through sound and the singing voice.  She holds a BA in physics from Oberlin College, where she also studied violin, music theory, and music history.  Her recent studies in sound healing with Zacciah Blackburn, music improvisation with David Darling, yoga with Deborah Felmeth, and voice with both Deborah Felmeth and Susan Borg, and regular practice of Kirtan, sacred chant from India, have uniquely positioned her for this work.  She offers classes, workshops, and private sessions at Open Sky Studio in Bristol (openskystudio.org) and around Vermont and the Northeast and is a founding member of the Burlington-based Kirtan band Yogi P and the Funky Shanti.


Got health questions?

Got some questions about health? Or just want to know more about healthy lifestyle choices?

We’ll be joined by two health field professionals for such a conversation tomorrow as part of our Womyn@Noon series.

Here at the WC (34 S. Williams) at Noon (that’s 12pm). We’ve got tea and fresh cookies. Bring your lunch and your friends!Let's Talk indiv. image