Lunas Collective Celebrates 3 Years: Creating Communities of Care and Promoting the Pleasure and Self Expression

Lunas Collective celebrated three years with a series of inspiring care sessions from February to March, emphasizing self-expression, connection, and community building.

February 18: Creative Movement Workshop with Kathrin Knöpfle (Care Session)

We began our celebrations on February 18th with a Creative Movement Workshop. Supported by INROADS, the workshop was facilitated by Filipina-German artist, Kathrin Knöpfle, a Filipina-German. Participants engaged in discussions on gender dynamics, mental health, and sexual health, creating a safe space for self care and connection.

February 26: Art Party with kayecanvas (Care Session)

On February 26th, we hosted an Art Party, guided by peer kayecanvas, where vollies expressed themselves on blank canvases. This event fostered creative self-expression and community.

March 1: Purple Bazaar and Art Exhibit at the Commission on Human Rights

We joined women-led organizations at the Commission on Human Rights’ Purple Bazaar, marking the start of Women’s Month. The event featured ‘#PleasureIsPower’ shirts and Lunas Collective-themed stickers, promoting care, pleasure and community.

March 11: Hike at Mt 387 in Nueva Ecija (Care Session)

Just a little after International Women’s Day (IWD on March 8), our vollies connected with nature by hiking at Mt 387. They supported the local farming community and KaPuncan, the land’s protectors, fostering a sense of responsibility and community.

March 16 to 18: DANZ DISH 15: TAYMPERS with La Salle Dance Company (LSDC) Street
Lunas Collective was a beneficiary of DANZ DISH 15: TAYMPERS by LSDC-Street, which celebrated Filipino roots through dance. Lyka Lucena (Director of Services) and Ria Landingin (Director of Communications) represented Lunas Collective, showcasing the power of collaboration and advocacy.

Our third anniversary was on March 29, 2023, and it was truly made meaningful by these events and with growth of our work! We have engaged over 2,000 storytellers, onboarded 200+ vollies, and all in 3 years of operations.

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for your trust and support! We extend our gratitude to all participants, collaborators, and supporters for making our anniversary and Women’s Month celebrations a success.

Feminist Counseling Boot Camp and Feminist Leadership Training Empowers Leaders and Counselors

We successfully completed our first-ever Feminist Counseling Boot Camp and Leadership Training Program, which took place from April to October 2022. This initiative brought together aspiring feminist peer counselors and leaders into a community dedicated to creating a more inclusive and caring world.

The program has drawn participants from diverse backgrounds, united by their commitment to promoting gender justice and using social media to support those affected by gender-based violence.

We are on a mission to empower those who wish to learn about providing care and leading with a feminist perspective.

Leadership training highlights importance of grassroots activism.
The Leadership Training, offered to youth leaders and gender justice advocates, is an inclusive opportunity that emphasizes the importance of feminist leadership, care, and grassroots activism. The program includes both synchronous and asynchronous learning, allowing participants to engage with a wide range of topics and practical skills.

Among the key areas of focus are:

  1. Gender, Sexuality, and Power Orientation
  2. Care Work as Work
  3. Ethical Use of Data
  4. Community of Care
  5. Self-Care Tools and Strategies for Service Users
  6. Self-Care for Feminist Leaders
  7. Advocacy and Orientation to Conducting the Lunas Collective Feminist Care Module

As a vital part of their training, participants shared their learnings by conducting at least two Lunas Collective Feminist Care (LCFC) learning sessions with partners and possible volunteers.

Online Boot Camp opens sessions for participants nationwide
The Feminist Counseling Boot Camp, meanwhile, welcomed women, people of diverse sexualities, and with diverse abilities, and even cisgender heterosexual men who advocate for gender justice. Since the sessions are held online, participants from across the Philippines, regardless of their ethnicities and regions, were able to join. This program was also open to those with experience in gender equality advocacy, formal education in counselling or related fields was not required.

The Boot Camp training covered a variety of topics, including:

  1. Gender, Sexuality, and Power Orientation
  2. Foundations of Feminist Counseling
  3. Impact of Gender-Based Violence and Sexual and Reproductive Health on Mental Health
  4. Identifying Signs and Symptoms of Disorders Related to GBV
  5. Building Therapeutic Alliances with Service Users
  6. Ethics and Clients' Rights
  7. Self-Care Tools and Strategies for Service Users
  8. Self-Care for Counselors
  9. Community Care and Advocacy

Both programs emphasize the importance of self-care and community care while providing a platform for advocacy. Participants in the Boot Camp have the unique opportunity to engage in supervised practice with Lunas Collective counselors, gaining real-world experience in feminist counseling.

In total, more than 30 participants successfully graduated from the program, equipped with the knowledge and skills to make a real difference in their communities. A select few have continued their journey by volunteering with Lunas Collective.

Program graduates attend #DearSurvivor 2022 

To celebrate the graduates’ achievements, the #DearSurvivor 2022 event was held at B Hotel in Quezon City on December 3, 2022. The event recognized the dedication and hard work of the participants and celebrated their commitment to making the world a more caring and just place.

Our Feminist Counseling Boot Camp and Feminist Leadership Training have not only enriched the lives of its participants but has also planted the seeds for a more compassionate and gender-just society. As we look forward to the future, we remain committed to empowering individuals to lead with care, empathy, and a feminist perspective.

This transformative program was made possible through the leadership of Lunas Collective’s Founder and Director, Sabrina Gacad, and Project Officer Janine Del Mundo. It was proudly supported by organizations such as the UP Center for Women’s Studies Foundation, Inc., the UP Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), and Global Affairs Canada (GAC) through the Women’s Rights, Action, and Advocacy Project (WRAAP).