Class Descriptions and Teachers

June 1-August 31, 2014

All classes are held at JITB, 47 Portland Street, 2nd floor, Portland, ME.  Parking available across the street in lot.  Yoga mats & props are available.  All classes are by donation.


10-11:15am     Yoga for the Queer Body with Amy Raina

Amy Raina

Amy Raina

This class will offer a vinyasa spiritual practice for anyone who has felt like they don’t fit in a mainstream yoga class. This class embraces all gender expressions, sexualities, body sizes, ages, and abilities. We will work with breath, movement, strength, and relaxation in a non-judgmental yoga space. Modifications and assists will be given if the individual wants them. Bring fun stretchy clothes, a sweat-band, and a sense of humor.


7-8:30pm     Reclaiming our Roots Community Herbalism with Angel Putney

                                           Angel Putney

                                           Angel Putney

For centuries we have been using plants for shelter, nourishment through food, healing, and in spiritual practice to remind us of our connection to all of life. The tradition of community herbalism is based in the idea that plants are as common as people and that the knowledge and use of plant medicine should be equally accessible and available to all. This way of practicing herbalism is meant to empower communities through sharing not only knowledge of the many uses and preparations of herbal medicine, but to also promote social justice through resource sharing. Where there is plenty, may no one go without is our philosophy about medicine.

Throughout these workshops we will spark and feed your love of plants and the wonder that they can inspire through their many gifts. In our class sessions, we will discuss herbs that grow in our area, how they can be used in our daily lives, how to identify plants in the wild and harvest them through the seasons in an ethical way. We will also discuss medicine making and preparations for acute and chronic conditions, herbal first aid, physical assessment skills, body systems and energetics, and Ayurvedic philosophies and diagnostic techniques. We will offer hands-on experiential learning as well as information sharing.


7-8:15pm     Yoga for Gay Men with Derek Theriault

This is an ALL LEVELS active & accessible Vinyasa yoga class. Connecting breath and movement, we will flow through Sun Salutations, Balancing Postures, Hip Openers and Back Bends. Modifications will be offered and are encouraged. Come prepared to deepen awareness and find inspiration through movement and perspiration!

Derek Theriault

Derek Theriault

Thursday     Special Guest series.   May 1st-June 12th, 7-8:30 pm.

SEX(ED) for masculine identified people.  

TransBiGayQueer friendly space.  Class for folks 18+

Class cost by donation.  All sessions will include participatory presentations and group dialogue.


A guided adventure of sight, sound, taste, and smell through sensation stations.


Learn and feel a myriad of ways to stimulate the biggest sex organ...your skin!  We will cover tips and techniques for fingers and tongues, as well as communication games.

Presenter bio:

Kelly Arbor is a change artist who has been educating on sex and gender for over fifteen years.  With an M.A.

in Whole Systems Design and five years of work with Babeland New York and Seattle, Kelly facilitates space

that emphasizes communication, exploration, and fun!  Contact for more information on

the workshop sessions.


9-10:15am    Meditation in Motion: All-Levels   Vinyasa Flow 

                     with Julia Rhinelander

From stillness we move with intention, and with movement we cultivate awareness! In this all-levels vinyasa class, students will be guided through a seated meditation and then move through a series of asanas that strengthen and detoxify both the body and the mind. Use this practice to get your weekend off on the right foot by clearing your mind, moving with grace, and setting your own intentions.


Julia Rhinelander

Julia Rhinelander