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Education and Community 

Workshops are designed and developed to empower all who participate. Each workshop provides a space to discuss experiences and tell stories. These stories come through in conversation and art creation. Each of our unique and special identities are attached to beautiful stories of resilience. Through connecting to community and having a space to discuss identity, self-love, healing, art, and beauty, participants will access a greater sense of confidence and community connection. 


These workshops incorporate multiple theories such as strengths, perspective, narrative theory, anti-racist perspective, feminist perspective and anti-oppressive practice. Workshops also work to incorporate body positivity, story-telling, and skills building. While challenging systems of hetronomativity, gender constructs, mental health stereotypes, health stereotypes and Euro-centric beauty standards.

All workshops and services aim to be body positive, anti- racist, LGBTQI2 friendly, and affirming. While recognizing safe space is an on going process and is constantly evolving, workshops aim to provide non-judgmental services and safer spaces for all workshop participants. Rooted in art and storytelling this holistic approach empowers the limitless capabilities of people.


Community Workshops 

NiaZamar provides various workshops for community organizations using art techniques. Workshops focus on holistic health and empowerment for all participants using various methods. 

Each project and workshop will be developed based on the needs and objectives of the group. Themes and take aways include transferable skills in the trades and pride in community, identity, self-care, self-love, the arts, and intergenerational connections found in stories shared. These workshops are developed in collaboration with community organizations and collectives to address their specific needs and goals. Workshops may include and incorporate multidisciplinary art, writing , the use of hair techniques such as braiding, painting and other creative methods to share skills and facilitate conversation

We have had the pleasure of facilitating for various organizations and non-profits such as Toronto Public Health, SKETCH, WEAVE- We Are Part Of The Fabric, Braids for Aids, North York Community House, Jessie Centre, City of Toronto, Griffin Centre and many more.  

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Book a one-on-one beauty class with NiaZamar and allow us to share beauty secrets, tutorials, theories and practical skills all based on your specific needs. We will teach you how to purchase and use the right make-up/hair products for your lifestyle and image.

  • Make-up application for your skin tone

  • Easy at home make-up application 

  • Hair care regimen consultations  

  • Wellness and self-love routines for overall improved confidence

  • How to care for Black hair



Community Events 

In the search for a better world, one where we may all experience acceptance and love it will require collective efforts towards change. Our communities are uniting and building relationships rooted in love and healing. Our vision is of a world where all things are possible. 

With an understanding that we all need each other we are open to sponsoring, speaking, and attending community events needing our support that are in line with our mission.   


Workshop Reviews 

Name: Anon

Subject: Good For Her Sacred Self-Care

Message: I needed a better definition of self-love, which I believe I received. While I would of loved more strategies, the tools I received were good. I the power pose, it was silly and awesome at the same time. Writing a letter to my self and learning how to provide more care to my self was helpful.

The activities and pace of vulnerability was good, the facilitator was good at responding to different things we brought up and specific needs. I loved the tips for honouring my body. I felt affirmed that I already had many tools for self-care.

Name: Tumaini Ly

Subject: WEAVE Program Coordinator 2015-2016 @ SKETCH

Message: Tanya is brilliant. She breaks down the wealth of her knowledge to make it accessible. I have learned a lot from her ranging from; business management, branding, marketing, braiding and many other fibre art forms. I love that in all aspects of her facilitation, she always encourages us to tell a story about who we are/are becoming, she continually affirms that our personhood and spirit are deeply intertwined in all that we do - it is what makes us authentic. Tanya brings a lot of care, gentility and thoughtfulness to her work and art, and I appreciate her so so much for that.

Name: Anonymous 

Subject: Public Health Workshop for Youth Workers 

Message: That workshop was so simple, but brilliant (simply brilliant). Thank you so much for being so generous with your self and your time. You folks are amazing, please keep doing what you're doing! :) 

Name: Anonymous 

Subject: Public Health Workshop for Youth Workers 

Message: Thank you, Tanya and Kayla for finding simple ways to bring so much meaning to the session- from the opening question, " What are you excited about?" to the letter to ourselves, to naming what we needed most in that moment, to humanizing the social determinant of health and expanding the definition of self-care. Very humane and so effective. Its rare to strike that balance. Thanks again for sharing your talents.  

Name: Anonymous 

Subject: Public Health Workshop for Youth Workers 

Message: Thank you for allowing me to feel comfortable to express me. 

Name: Anonymous 

Subject: Public Health Workshop for Youth Workers 

Message: Thank you for giving space for people to get in touch with themselves in a field where we spend so much time working with others instead of focusing on what we might need. 

Name: Anonymous 

Subject: Public Health Workshop for Youth Workers 

Message: Thank you so much for an amazing presentation. Thoughtful + insights brought up and I admire you both for sharing your stories. 

Name: Anonymous 

Subject: Public Health Workshop for Youth Workers 

Message: Tanya and Kayla are amazing, articulate women.  I am inspired by these women to be brave, vulnerable and unapologetic. 

Name: Anonymous 

Subject: Public Health Workshop for Youth Workers 

Message: Thanks for reminding me why I'm really here. 

Name: Anonymous 

Subject: Public Health Workshop for Youth Workers 

Message: The letter to myself was really empowering, thanks for your workshop. Both of you are awesome. :)

Name: Anonymous 

Subject: Public Health Workshop for Youth Workers 

Message: It was deep and very relatable. I would love to have you guys come to our school to speak more to our youth. 

Name: Alicia Enniss

Subject: BrAIDS for AIDS 

Message: My second interaction with Tanya came when she was one of the facilitators for the BrAIDS for AIDS workshop. She again was super professional as I had come to expect, but because of the type of workshop it was, she also made sure to be open, approachable, and perceptive. Her segments were always chock-full of detailed info broken down in a way that was easily "digestible" for a novice hair care expert as myself. She was very hands on and willing to answer any questions. Her priority was providing accurate hair care information in a sea of misinformation and also creating a safe space to openly discuss sexual health, and self care.

I'm so grateful to have met Tanya and I know whether the world's ready or not she is definitely coming to take it over and I wish her continued success on her journey and will to be a consummate supporter because she has proven that she is more than deserving of it! 

Alicia Enniss

Name: Raz Rotem lead artist, Weave -We Are a Part of the Fabric, 2014

Subject: Tanya Turton joined us at Weave as a guest artist bringing her expertise inhair weaving and braiding. 

Message: Weave -We Are A Part of the Fabric, a community arts project funded by TAC and OAC, and runs in collaboration with SOY, SKETCH and the FibreWebs Collective

(Affiliated with the Toronto Guild of Spinners and Weavers).  As a part of our exploration of the fibre arts in the context of the queer community, Tanya initiated us into the creation an artwork made with hair weaves and hair extensions (see pictures of work in progress. we will update pictures as work develops....The plan is that this piece will end up at world pride and will be left as legacy for SOY).  Tanya taught us various braiding and weaving techniques .....and more: Tanya's collaborative and  innovative approach to education, art and community building sparked in our group insights of which we are looking forward to explore with her guidance in our upcoming sessions. 

Name: Janiece McIntosh

Subject: The Power of Lipstick! (My Body Is my Canvas) 

Message: Just wanted to say that working with Tanya has been amazing! Her expertise, talent, self love and confidence inspire me. She helped me to come out of my 'no lipstick' phase and step into an era where lipstick promotes my beauty and self expression. Lots of Love FABU PHIT- Janiece McIntosh

Name: Jean Boampong

Subject: Redefining Beauty Workshop for the Village Bloggurls May, 2015

Message: Tanya is a dear friend of mine that I have known for what seems like forever. So I knew when I wanted to do a workshop around self-care and beauty with the girls' group I work with - The Village Bloggurls - I had to call her up to get her to do one of hers.

She took us through what redefining beauty really means by getting to know us, as well as helping us getting to know ourselves and using ourselves as a reference as to what we want our beauty to look like. I really appreciated that Tanya took into account that all of our girls are girls of colour. It is so important to really affirm that for girls that are so often given the notion that they are included when mainstream media mentions "girls". 

We got to ask a ton of questions (me mostly as I know zero about make-up) and got to help each other redefine beauty by applying make-up, doing our nails, and just being present with each other. I really loved the way Tanya guided us through the process.

The girls' feedback was super overwhelming because almost all of them mentioned Tanya's workshop as their favourite of the entire year (we started in September of last year!!) because she really got them thinking and getting to ask critical questions about themselves. They also really appreciated the tips that she gave as well as the care she showed for them. 

I hope that I can get Tanya to come back to our space and do another workshop around Self-Care because that's what the girls really want! *crosses fingers*

Thank you so much Tanya for your amazing workshop! I'm so proud of you!!!

- Jean

P.S. a blog post on our site about your workshop will be coming soon on !!!!

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