Communication and Relationship Workshop - Beyond Eggplants and Peaches

Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 12:00

JOIN US FOR A FREE COMMUNITY WORKSHOP FOR QUEER GUYS! The event will be taking place on Saturday, September 28th from 12-5 PM at NV Kitchen + Bar.

ARCH is excited to announce a relationship and communication workshop for gay, bi, and trans guys who are into guys (and allies!!) living in Guelph and the surrounding area. This workshop was developed and will be facilitated by Rahim Thawer, a registered social worker and psychotherapist who specializes in working with the LGBTQ+ community.

The workshop is free of cost.
However, space is limited so please RSVP as soon as possible. Spots will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you are interested in attending, have any questions, or have any dietary restrictions - 
please contact:

Juan Medina 
519-763-2255 ext. 150
capacity [at]


Matthew Gmitrowicz
519-763-2255 ext. 126
support [at]


Workshop description:

Popular culture likes to remind us that the key to a successful relationship is communication. But what does that look like at the moments when you're feeling ashamed, self-conscious, avoidant, worried about loss, jealous, attracted to multiple people, or feeling trapped in domesticity? This interactive and experiential workshop will begin with an exploration of some of the unique experiences and mixed messages queer guys face when seeking both casual sex and long term relationships. We will then delve deeper into our own sexual interests, attachment styles, approaches to open relationships, experiences of jealousy, and the nitty gritty of relationship communication.


Facilitator Bio: Rahim Thawer is a registered social worker who works as a psychotherapist on an LGBTQ family health team in Toronto and as a consultant in private practice. He operates from a harm reduction, sex positive, anti-oppressive and trauma-informed approach providing psychotherapy to newcomer, racialized, queer, trans, and HIV-affected communities around issues of anxiety, depression, trauma, body image, and problem substance use.

Rahim also supervises master of social work and counselling psychology students and has taught as a post-secondary instructor at George Brown College, Centennial College, and Ryerson University. He developed curriculum for a number of courses in Centennial College’s Addiction & Mental Health Worker Program (AMHW) before its launch in Fall 2016. Rahim is a co-editor of a local history anthology entitled Any Other Way: How Toronto Got Queer , which was shortlisted for the 2017 Toronto Book Awards, and he was nominated for the CBC Proud to Shine Features in 2018 for his volunteer and activist work. Rahim is on the Guelph Sexuality Conference planning committee and is part of the Core Organizing Team with Salaam Canada , a national LGBTQ Muslim organization.

Rahim will also be offering a full-day mental health workshop titled “Queer Guys & Mental Health - Same Labels, Different Determinants” on the second day of the Guelph Sexuality Conference. More information can be found through this link:

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