Women’s Power Space is an innovative and intersectional space for women located in downtown Poughkeepsie. It is a place for women to come together to practice yoga and other embodied arts to heal our minds, bodies, and spirits. It is also a safe space for women to meet in community, to develop their projects, express their dreams, and create peace. Our long-term goal is to have affinity spaces for women, however currently the space centralizes the needs and desires for women without being exclusively women. Women’s Power Space is a nourishing, evolving, and open-minded community that is founded in feminist, LGBTQ, and anti-racist principles.
What if we had a space in downtown Poughkeepsie where women from around the city and around the Hudson Valley could come together, practice yoga, share stories, create art, find peace, and pursue their amazing leadership? What if we had free and low cost yoga classes available in the heart of Poughkeepsie’s business district so that women could come get some yogic self care before work, during lunch, and in the evenings? What if we had local, delicious, vegetarian and vegan food around to nourish our bodies and to promote food security?
Women’s Power Space is a collective project to open up a feminist, anti-racist, and LGBTQ community space where women feel safe expressing themselves and can run away with their dreams. Join us, and we’ll see what happens.
Our Name: We are “Women’s Power Space” because we don’t feel the need to “empower” women. “Empowerment” suggests that there’s power from elsewhere that needs to be put into women. We believe that women have an inherent, tremendous amount of power, strength, knowledge, and wisdom that we at WPS seek to celebrate, center, and honor as valid and meaningful. WPS aims to increase access and opportunities for women, but also works to create spaces for women to act on their power while feeling safe, proud, and supported in doing so.
To learn more, check out our three minute and thirty three second video! (It includes a gorgeous black goldendoodle, too.)
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