This year, Sayoni Camp offers the opportunity to get in touch with yourself and start a journey to becoming your intrinsic, authentic self.
Do the words authentic self, emotional self, life position, resilience, well-anchored, contentment and presence stir something in you? If so, this camp is for you. Get to know the self. Be empowered with insight into how you have been automatically operating. Transform your current life position and get to a place you desire to be.
Self-discovery is also about fun. We promise excitement and loads of laughter if you are willing to come play with us! You will be in the company of like-minded women in an atmosphere created for self-discovery. Previous campers have raved about the surprises and joys they have experienced – you can too.
This camp will be led by two facilitators and supported by volunteers who are devoted to the empowerment of women. Much effort and heart has gone into planning this to create a safe, conducive environment for your fun and growth.
Click here to find out more about the camp! Sign up before 30 June 2016 to enjoy an early bird discount.
This post is by guest writer Jennifer Koh, about the activist reading of Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues presented by Etiquette and Sayoni at The Arts House on 10 May 2013.
How many names do we have for the vagina? Thirty-nine at my last count, according to the rendition of The Vagina Monologues presented by Etiquette and Sayoni, staged at The Arts House on 10 May 2013.
All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one [wo]man in [her] time plays many parts [...]
- William Shakespeare, As You Like It (Act II, Scene vii)
This was a community reading that brought together 16 women of different ethnicities, sexual orientations and occupational backgrounds, all of whom are active in civil society, to stand in solidarity as part of V-Day 2013, an annual global campaign to raise awareness about gender-based violence and raise funds for local beneﬁciaries whose work addresses gender-based issues.
Last year's reading brought down the house, thanks to our talented activists and enthusiastic audience. This year, Etiquette SG will bring The Vagina Monologues to greater heights together with Sayoni at The Arts House Chamber (i.e. where parliament used to sit).
In this rendition of Eve Ensler’s iconic The Vagina Monologues, 14 Singapore-based woman activists from myriad sectors of civil society come together for a community reading of the script.
In the tradition of V-Day, an event aimed at bringing to light issues pertaining to violence against women, this event is an amateur reading meant as a platform for the voices of non-actors and to reach out to local communities.
The women reading this version of the play work in various fields of social change that span issues of gender equality, sexual violence, animal welfare, queer rights, migrant worker rights, sex worker rights, issues of media representation and issues pertaining to the death penalty.
Get your tickets from Bytes! We hear they're selling fast, so don't wait too long!
Sayoni organised a talk show event on coming out at this year's IndigNation, where invited guests Bian, Caryn and Jin spoke on the topic together with Valerie, our host and moderator. The audience were active participants in the show, coming forward with their own stories and sharing a tapestry of different perspectives.
Here are some notable moments from the evening, seen in quotes from the speakers and participants.
This post is by guest writer Bianca, written in celebration of V-Day 2012 Singapore, held at the Arts House on 22 April. V-Day is a global activist movement to stop violence against women and girls through the use of creative events to promote awareness and action.
In swashes of pink, red and black
Red shoes, or black or barefoot with pink painted toes
Red roses, pink hairclips, lipstick, rouge, glitter
On sacred stage
Eager to show, talk, listen, laugh, moan, cry
To tell the story on sacred stage
Update: Tickets for this event are sold out! Thank you for your support. For those going, we hope the performance makes an impact.
V‑DAY Singapore presents Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues at the Singapore Arts House!
Comprising Sayoni and friends, V-Day Singapore joins the global effort to stop violence against women and girls. The ‘V’ stands for Valentine, Vagina and Victory over Violence. Further information about V-Day and its other campaigns to end violence against women and girls worldwide can be found at www.vday.org.
Last year, SlutWalk Singapore planned to screen the documentary Courage Unfolds together with Sayoni as part of our fringe programme. However, due to the noise SWSG started to make, MDA approached us and told us that the film had to be rated by the Board of Film Censors, despite it being a private event. We have finally paid for, and received the license to screen this film.
Courage Unfolds is a video highlighting the struggles and triumphs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) activists in Asia and promoting the use of international human rights law as a tool for social change. This video was co-produced by the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) and Lesbian Advocates Philippines (LeAP!).
In exactly one month, on 18 June 2011, Singaporeans will, for the third year running, gather at Hong Lim Park to form a human pink dot in support of the belief that everyone deserves the freedom to love.
Sayoni Summer Camp '11 will be happening on Labour Day weekend, 29 Apr - 2 May 2011.
For those who are still considering whether to join us, we have asked previous campers what they have gained from the camp and put together the five reasons you should do so.
1. The Bonds Formed
Participants from both camps have formed lasting friendships that extended far beyond the three days they spent together. The camp's self-development workshops provide unique bonding opportunities so that women can grow together and learn about themselves and the community.
Sayoni's queer women's summer camp is back for its third year! This year our camp will be held during the long weekend of 30 April (Saturday) to 2nd May (Monday, a public holiday).
Interested in spending a long weekend in the company of interesting women? Do you enjoy guided workshops about topics close to our hearts? Games in a glittering pool with beautiful women? Or waking up to delicious breakfasts in a gorgeous beach resort with your newfound friends?
At our summer camp, you can have all this and more. SSC'11 has an exciting line-up of activities for the fresh campgoer or the returning cool camper.
More details can be found at http://www.sayoni.com/ssc11
Early Bird Special until 14 Feb. Reserve your place early to avoid missing out!