Finding Delight in Despair

A Zoom Workshop on Pleasure

Sunday October 25

1 PM - 3 PM ET / 10 AM - 12 PM PT

Do you find yourself living in an “unprecedented time”? Us too.


Are you overwhelmed with the everyday exhaustion of existing during a global pandemic and political chaos? Have you been spending all your free time doom-scrolling and preparing for events you have no control over? Do you fear for your life?


How have you been finding pleasure during these times? Has it felt impossible? Or, maybe you're worried you're enjoying yourself a little too much?

In this workshop, facilitators Raina LaGrand (she/her LMSW, MPH, CYT) and Michael Gendernalik (they/them MSW) will help you explore your possibilities for finding pleasure, comfort and connection even in the midst of despair. We will explore definitions and expressions of pleasure, as well as individual and systemic barriers to pleasure. Using multiple mediums and skill-share opportunities with other community members also experiencing the world today, you’ll gain a more nuanced understanding of pleasure and your own relationship to it. You’ll leave with your own ‘Pleasure Plan' and hopefully a refreshed perspective on being in your body during these unsettling times. 

We are happy to provide a few different options for payment in order to make our program more accessible. When selecting your payment option please consider your resources and positionality.

If the price is still a barrier please email Raina at

After you pay your fee DO NOT CLOSE THE WINDOW. Follow through until you can click on a button that reads 'RETURN TO MERCHANT'. You will be redirected to the Zoom registration page to complete your registration and receive the link for the Zoom video conference. (If you make a mistake, no worries! Just email Raina at

Can't make it to the live event? Register anyway!

We'll send you the recording afterward!.

Facilitated by:

Raina LaGrand, LMSW, MPH, CYT and Michael Gendernalik, MSW

Raina LaGrand is a somatic trauma therapist, public health professional, and yoga and mindfulness teacher living in Ann Arbor, MI. Raina feels most alive when she is able to help others be in their bodies with presence and agency. 

Michael Gendernalik (they/them) is a queer sex educator, social worker, and pleasure seeker located in St. Louis, MO. The instances that Michael feels most aligned is the opportunity to assist in guiding community members to situate their sexual desires, needs, and wants with their sexual habits.




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