In addition to bringing scores of musicians to Lincoln and showcasing the city and state’s homegrown bands, Lincoln Calling strives to provide festival attendees with an array of workshops and panels that aim to inspire deeper understandings of wellness, relationships and more.

We will be providing special yoga and fitness classes with musical guests offered all festival long.

Lincoln Calling will host three panels discussing body positivity and self love, sex and relationships, and the alternative health practices. Additionally workshops will be presented on various topics educating patrons on discussed alternative health practices.

All programs are FREE and open to the public. Healthy snacks will be provided at all panels.

Inside out: Body Positivity and Self Love

Sept 19th – 6:00pm – 1867 Bar

Self-Love & Body Positivity are having a moment. But what do these words really mean? Want to know how to cut through the commercialization of these movements and actually cultivate a practice that supports growth? Our panel of experts will dive into the diverse and nuanced issues beneath the buzz words. We’ll discuss the physical, emotional, and psychological impact of fat phobia, racism, and anti-LGBTQIA paradigms. We’ll learn about the ongoing self-love journeys from the perspectives of activists, healers, performers, and athletes. Come engage with us and share your experience. We hope you’ll get ideas for action that can support your own work towards expanding self-love.



Brianne Key

CMT Owner of Sacred Transitions Massage & Healing Therapies CA, NE & KCMO.

Brianne Key is a California native and certified massage therapist, self-care & wellness educator, lightwork practitioner, entrepreneur, empowered woman of color & part of the LGBTQIA+ community. She strives to co-create safe spaces for all marginalized bodies through her work & advocates for the oppressed through trauma-based healing education & plant medicine culture. After moving to the midwest in 2013, Brianne slowly manifested a deep well of loving support that encouraged her journey in learning how to hold space for cultivating peace & healing after a quarter lifetime of surviving trauma, depression & abuse. She has diligently and vulnerably put to action the lessons and truths that continue to emerge in her radical self-actualization & self-love journey. She has committed herself to transforming her pain, loss & the struggles of those around her into as much supportive healing energy as possible. She continues to channel her innate alchemy outward into the World with the intention of encouraging collective vulnerability, enhanced communication, compassionate understanding, and supportive action.


Fernando Stowell-Flores

(Performs as Eden Butz independently and with queerniverse)

Stowell-Flores began his career as a ballet dancer in Philadelphia before becoming a burlesque dancer in Brooklyn, New York at Matt Knifes ‘Homo Erectus’ show at The Stonewall Inn. Currently, he performs drag and burlesque independently and has also worked with Omaha based burlesque troupe Queerniverse, a Queer, Trans, Non-Binary Person of Color centric & queer-inclusive burlesque troupe. Fernando is currently a massage therapist in Lincoln.

Halie Woll

300 RYT and self-proclaimed self-love teacher. After experiencing her own personal trauma and abuse it became her mission to share her story in order to help others heal through self-love. Halie has spent many hours volunteering at agencies whose mission is to help women get back on their feet after suffering trauma and abuse. Through the healing movement of yoga and the consistency of healing words, we can start to turn the page of our book and step into self-love. As humans, we crave connection and growth more than anything else in this world. Without self-love, we cannot experience these two things to their fullest potential.

Andira Losh

Andira Losh is a native Lincolnite, artist and community organizer. As an outspoken queer trans woman and an advocate of free culture—in inclusive intentional spaces—she runs discussions and community building events, including the local Trans+ Support group, various Pride events and solidarity workshops. She volunteers on two nonprofit boards in this work: Common Root (she founded over a decade ago) which focuses on growing community-run events, and OutNebraska, growing LGBTQIA+ empowerment, which has recently gone statewide.

Lauren Ritta

Fat Athlete and Manager of Indigo Bridge Books

Lauren Ritta is a Fat activist, athlete, and illustrator. She was an Olympic contender and member of the USA National Women’s Wrestling Team as a fat person, until she was sidelined with cancer. After recovering, she competed in speech instead and uses her voice and illustrations to fight for the inclusion of fat people in athletic and outdoor spaces.

Moderator: Erin Poor

Erin Poor is an arts educator and curator based in Lincoln, NE. She currently works at the Lied Center for Performing Arts as the education and community engagement director; and has held positions in museums and cultural heritage institutions nationwide. Erin’s work focuses on dialogue facilitation in classrooms, galleries, studios, theaters and other spaces. She has organized panels in collaboration with the Lied Center, Angels Theater Company, the UNL Center for Civic Engagement, Abendmusik, and the Association of Students of the University of Nebraska. She also cohosts dance parties in Lincoln as DJ Riche Niche.

Love Boundaries: Relationship Hacks & Sex Facts

Sept 20th – 7:00pm – 1867 Bar

From swiping left to swiping on lube, navigating the modern dating world can be a slippery slope. Fostering healthy relationships today takes assertive communication to set boundaries. Often times, we lack the communication tools when it comes to talking about the hard stuff (pun intended). When emotions and sex are both vital to relationships, but too taboo to talk about, problems arise in our holistic, communal health. This edition of Nite Caps will discuss what healthy relationships look like on both an emotional and sexual level.


Zuzuka Poderosa

Zuzuka Poderosa drops Brazilian bred, BK-based swagger like no other. A stylistic blend of Funk Carioca Bass and NYC rumble add a breath of fresh air to today’s international music scene.

Kenna Barnes

Sexual Health Researcher @ Midlands Sexual Health Research Collaborative

Kenna Barnes is the graduate assistant and research coordinator for a UNO based organization – Midlands Sexual Health Research Collaborative. Her focus is primarily unintended pregnancies in at-risk populations and increasing access to sexual health through community efforts.

James Pennington

Dream Again Therapy

James Pennington is a trauma therapist who operates their own private practice, Dream Again Therapy, in Omaha, Nebraska. They are a member of several professional organizations, including the ASGPP, EMDRIA, ICEEFT, and APA Division 44. They have presented at a number of local and national conferences on LGBTQ+ issues, working with trauma survivors, and how cultural issues impact the therapeutic process. They also work as a consultant to help clinicians and agencies provide more affirming care to clients with transgender and non-binary identities

Jessica Vazquez

Contraceptive Access Educator connected to the Adolescent Health Project at Planned Parenthood North Central States

Jessica Vazquez is a health educator for Planned Parenthood here in Lincoln, NE. A graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, she is interested in the construction of gender in our society and the disparities that exist within healthcare. She tries to root her educational approach in equity to help increase accessibility to sexual and reproductive services for everyone.

Moderator: Maria Corpuz

Maria Corpuz is the host and founder of Omaha’s late-night community show, Nite Caps, produced by Outrspaces. Nite Caps is a late-night, community conversation that is focused on creating an accessible platform for the community to connect with leaders in an inclusive environment through audience participation. Corpuz created Nite Caps to push and challenge culture by bringing together those that hold different kinds of influence and perspectives in our communities.

Exploring Culture and Practice in Alternative Medicine Panel

Sept 21st – 6:30pm – The Foundry Conference Room – 3rd Floor

More and more Americans feel that a visit to the doctor or a prescription doesn’t suffice in their ongoing quest to improve their overall health. Are you somebody who is curious about alternative forms of medicine or how lifestyle changes can impact your mind, body, and spirit? Our panel of experts will delve deep into topics such as the increasing trend on why more people are turning to supplements such as CBD, to how a plant-based diet may help combat chronic diseases. We’ll discuss how the growing demand of alternative forms of treatment has shown to be beneficial in managing one’s ailments, while also mentioning how it is both preventative and cost-effective in today’s healthcare system. We’ll also learn about how our panelists have come to their practice and love for enhancing one’s optimal health and well-being: physically, emotionally, and mentally. Come join us to examine other paradigms of illness and health, while gaining an insight into how these non-traditional therapies work in achieving a healthier (and happier) life.


Ramona Horner: Prairie Star Botanicals


Prairie Star Botanicals is pleased to introduce Ramona Horner. Mo is a professionally trained Clinical Herbalist practicing Traditional Chinese Medicine, Western Herbalism and Ayurvedic Herbalism. She was introduced to herbal medicine while enduring a serious health crisis, and became the first woman Herbalist practicing in Nebraska and registered with the American Herbalist Guild.


Massage: Maggie BerTsche

Maggie graduated from The University of Nebraska Lincoln with a degree in Psychology and minor in Art History. Through personal experiences with illness and injuries, the human body became a dynamic and transformative vehicle in her life. These experiences led her to realize the role of bodywork and physical touch as an important support to other forms of therapy. Maggie graduated from the Boulder College of Massage Therapy and is an NCETMB Licensed Massage Therapist based in Lincoln, Nebraska.


Acupuncture: Thirteen Moons Acupuncture

Donna Huber is a Diplomate of Acupuncture and Diplomate of Chinese Herbal Medicine certified through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She received her four-year Master of Science in Chinese Medicine in 2002 while living in Santa Fe, NM. Donna also completed a clinical internship in China at the Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She is a Licensed Acupuncturist in the state of Nebraska and owner of Thirteen Moons Acupuncture. Donna specializes in reproductive health but also focuses on digestive health, emotional health, stress reduction, and acute and chronic pain management.


CBD: Caitlin March

Marketing Director, Populum

Caitlin leads Populum’s marketing efforts in what has been a dynamic and continuously evolving landscape. She has been instrumental in helping to enhance Populum’s email marketing presence, expand Populum’s subscriber program, and develop grassroots efforts informing the public of the benefits and uses of hemp. As a longtime believer in the power of hemp, March uses hemp CBD in her own life and is an advocate for its benefits.


Plant Powered Eating: Eat Move Rest

Erin & Dusty Stanczyk, creators of the lifestyle brand, EatMoveRest, founded their online business based on the premise that there are 3 things we all do every day, that we could all be doing better: Eat, Move, and Rest! Together with their new little peanut, Mr. Max, and big bro/fur baby, Beau, the family spends much of their time promoting a plant-based lifestyle and coaching others to discover their best life! When they’re not busy blending, juicing, and chopping in the kitchen, the fam enjoys traveling the globe, hosting dinner gatherings, workshops, events, and retreats, and chances are if you’re a local, you’ll catch them on the bike path running, riding, and (now) pushing a stroller! You can find all-things food, fitness, & mindfulness at EatMoveRest.com, YouTube, Facebook, and connect with them daily on Instagram @ErinStanczyk & @DBStanczyk

Moderated by: Jazmine Gonzalez

Jazmin is a recent grad from Georgetown University with a degree in Physiology with and emphasis in complementary and alternative medicine. She has a passion for wellness and mental health, including working with underserved populations and hopes to become a psychiatrist who is focused on incorporating different modalities to achieve optimal physical and mental well-being.


Sept 18th


Sound Meditation and Festival Blessing VJ Herbert and Celestial Sounds

Sept 19th

12pm - Lincoln Community Foundation Gardens

Yoga hosted by the YMCA

Free your spirit, calm your mind, and stretch your body. Practice motions to increase your strength, balance and flexibility, while focusing on form, breathing, and serenity within yourself.

5pm - Lincoln Community Foundation Gardens

Strawberry Fields Forever Yoga – Hosted by Lotus House Of Yoga

Picture yourself in a field of yogis in the center of downtown Lincoln. The music of the Beatles will weave a soundtrack of atmospheric perfection. This is a flow class open to yogis of all levels and experiences. Just let the sound take you to hOMe base. let it take you to the place inside you that has a story for every Beatles song, verse, and chorus.

6:30 pm - Tower Square

Pound Class – Analy Gonzalez

Rockout Workout. It’s a jam session inspired by the energizing, infectious, sweat dripping fun of playing the drums. This class uses a fusion of cardio, strength training, Pilates, and HIIT techniques, Ramped up with super hip elements of drumming. Using lightly weighted drumsticks engineered specifically for exercising, Pound transforms drumming into an incredibly effective way of working out. Designed for all fitness levels, Pound provides the perfect atmosphere for letting loose, getting energized, toning up and rockin out!

We recommend bringing a yoga mat, comfortable clothes and shoes, and water to drink.

Sept 20th


Bootcamp (Outdoors /c Jerry) – YMCA

Join us for this high intensity, sweat-inducing workout. Boot Camp includes conditioning drills, strength, cardio, muscle endurance, flexibility, core, and functional movement patterns. This session will be outdoors centering on tire training.
12pm - Lotus House of Yoga Funkified Vibe

Funk up your Friday with the grooviest jams for your soulful vibration. You favorite music from the best of the best funk voices will get your vibration so high for the weekend! This is an all levels practice that is designed to elevate your energy.

5:30pm - Foundry 3rd Floor Conference Room

Get Rich or Die Tryin’: a financial workshop with Javid Dabestani, CFP(R)

Javid is a financial advisor who specializes in retirement plans and practices in Omaha, NE. He will discuss basic personal finance concepts and tips, and provide ideas to help put you on the path to building wealth. Javid has no products to sell you, and no affiliations with any big banks, mutual fund companies, or brokerage houses. There will be a brief presentation with Q&A to follow.

Sept 21st


MixxedFit w/ Sydney and a DJ at Downtown Y (Gym)

A people-inspired dance fitness program that is a perfect blend of explosive dancing and bootcamp-inspired toning. This format combines music you’d hear on the radio or at the club with repetitive, easy-to-follow dance and toning moves. It’s a perfect class for both group fitness beginners, expert dancers and everything in between

11am - 1pm Lincoln Community Foundation Garden

1415 N. Street Lincoln, NE

A Celebration of Herbs—Eat Local, In a Garden….at Lincoln Calling

This garden talk series at the beautiful Lincoln Community Foundation Gardens will focus on how to use homegrown herbs for culinary uses, herbal healing and harvesting for meal planning. Featuring Bob Henrickson of KZUM’s How’s it Growin? And with herbal experts Jill Kuhel and Sharon Ohmberger. The formal presentation will be from 11-noon, followed by a potluck lunch from noon-1:00pm. Please plan on bringing a dish to share that features fresh herbs. Come prepared to talk about your dish and bring copies of the recipe to share! Let’s eat local, in a beautiful garden, during Lincoln Calling!! No registration is required for this FREE event!!

1pm-6pm - Foundry 3rd Floor Conference Room

Exploring Culture and Practice in Alternative Medicine Workshops


Eat Move Rest Talks Plant Powered Eating

Erin & Dusty Stanczyk, creators of the lifestyle brand, EatMoveRest, founded their online business based on the premise that there are 3 things we all do every day, that we could all be doing better: Eat, Move, and Rest! Together with their new little peanut, Mr. Max, and big bro/fur baby, Beau, the family spends much of their time promoting a plant-based lifestyle and coaching others to discover their best life! When they’re not busy blending, juicing, and chopping in the kitchen, the fam enjoys traveling the globe, hosting dinner gatherings, workshops, events, and retreats, and chances are if you’re a local, you’ll catch them on the bike path running, riding, and (now) pushing a stroller! You can find all-things food, fitness, & mindfulness at EatMoveRest.com, YouTube, Facebook, and connect with them daily on Instagram @ErinStanczyk & @DBStanczyk


Join Dusty, Erin & Max as they take you through a day of what plant-powered eating looks like, and how they get their protein on a vegan diet! Sip on one of their go-to smoothie recipes and learn how to transition to a whole foods diet and make it sustainable, enjoyable and fun!


Prairie Star Botanicals: Healing Heart Herbs For Mental and Well Being

Grief, trauma, and heartache are a part of life that many of us wish we could live without. It takes strength and courage to see these times through to the end. We either harden our hearts to protect ourselves form being hurt again, continue bleeding from old wounds that never close, or embrace the true healing power of release. Join us to learn about Traditional Chinese Medicine approaches to mindfulness and herbs that can help you reach the other side of grief whole and excited for life’s new potential.”

“Healing the Heart” workshop will be presented by certified herbalist, Paige Hill. Paige studied under Nicholas Schnell, owner of Four Winds Natural Healing Center, in a two and a half year program that highlights healing traditions from around the world. She also apprenticed with Ramona Horner, RH, owner of Natural Healing Omaha, gaining additional clinical experience.


Brewing Kombucha by Eric Smith of Herbs and More

Kombucha is an effervescent tea made through a light fermentation process that turns sweet tea into a healthy probiotic beverage that helps aid in digestion. In this hour long workshop you will learn how to brew and flavor your own Kombucha and leave with the tools to make your own at home.


Sound Meditation Workshop: Positive Vibrations: Jennifer Leonard of Deva Kula

Many cultures and religions believe that sound is what created our universe. Virtually all cultures have used the powers of music therapeutically for thousands of years. The goal of sound therapy is to reduce stress and pain, promote deep relaxation, develop self-awareness and creativity, improve learning, and clarify personal values. When sound is projected into a part of the body that is out of harmony, correct harmonic patterns are restored. There are many methods of healing with sound. Together we will take a journey through time and space as we explore the element of sound. We will listen to various instruments as they tell a story. May they take us into deeper states of relaxation and connect us with the source of healing.

5pm - Lotus House of Yoga

Lotus Workshop: Milky Way Main Street

Take a ride in your cosmic vehicle into inner space and your universal truth. You have over 72000 energy superhighways in your body, this yoga workshop will teach you how to clear your roadblocks through physical movement, breathwork, and introduction to meditation. You will learn a short practice to do day or night to take this wisdom with you.

Sept 22nd

12-4pm - Cooper Park Neighborhood

Streets Alive!

Streets Alive! is an outdoor movement festival celebrated in cities across America and the world that cordons off a section of a city to let people literally play in the streets. Streets Alive! is a FREE community event that promotes active living and healthy nutrition in a fun and interactive way. Learn more: HealthyLincoln.org/StreetsAlive

Presented By

YMCA Lincoln, Lotus House of Yoga, Partnership for A Healthy Lincoln, Community Health Endowment of Lincoln

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