Practitioners & Professionals

Centering Blackness and celebrating SOUL, our Heritage & Healing Experiences for Practitioners and Professionals in Senegal integrate culture (SOUL) and contemplative practices to allow you to deepen your capacity for healing and restoration, resilience and resistance. They reflect our understanding that We Got Soul; We Can Heal.

As a pilgrimage, which is considered a contemplative practice, this experience is designed to allow you to deepen your self-awareness and your self-care practice. Informed by what we know about race-based stress and trauma and the impact of white supremacy, anti-Black racism and epistemic violence on our lives individually and collectively, our Heritage & Healing experiences foster your capacity to surrender and to feel safe, secure and a deep sense of belonging. We hold a love-filled space that consistently affirms your innate sense of dignity and worth. All so you can experience healing and restoration. So that you might lead and serve courageously and confidently.

Our Diasporic Soul Heritage & Healing Experiences reflect the wisdom of many of our wisest elders and ancestors, including Malidoma Somé who tells us in The Healing Wisdom of Africa, that healing requires community, ritual and spirit. And, Alice Walker who tells us in Anything We Love Can Be Saved that healing means putting the heart, courage and energy back into our bodies with our own culture (SOUL).

Before we were anything else as Black folks we were African.

“Spiritual” African Giant. Burna Boy.

Put another way, we got SOUL, we can heal. SOUL, as Dr. Sharon Harrell offers us, is “the transformative healing resource that reflects sensibilities of the African Diaspora.” Soul is “the medicine we are looking for [that] has been within us and our communities all along. (Torres). SOUL reflects the fact that the healing we are seeking can be found in “the relationships with our communities, the natural world, our roots, and our ancestors” (Torres).

Further, our Heritage & Healing Experiences for Professionals & Practitioners allows participants to recognize cultural and contemplative resources that can inform the way they contribute to the well-being of Black folks in whatever kind of work they are doing. A deeper dive than our Communal Healing Retreats, the experience can serve as an initial opportunity for practitioners and professionals to consider how they might integrate the Diasporic Soul Heritage & Healing approach into the work they do that contributes to the well-being of the Black folks.

Each session is limited to 3-4 practitioners for cohort of 12-16 members.  And, our face-to-face pre-pilgrimage convening will include participants from all four offerings and will be offered in April|May 2023.  And, our post-pilgrimage reunion convening will be face-to-face in the Fall 2023.  

THE EXPERIENCE

INTEGRATING CULTURE & CONTEMPLATIVE PRACTICES

Beholding Black Art: A Generative Practice

Meeting Mami Wata

Ritual

Pilgrimages to Goree & Carabane Islands

Community

Movement Practices

The African Renaissance Monument

Museum of Black Civilizations

Senegalese Cuisine

Daily Debriefs|Guided Reflections

Stillness Practices

Connecting with the Natural World


PRICING: $3000

Discounts are available for community-based non-profits.

Includes Pre-Pilgrimage Convening, Pilgrimage Excursions in Senegal, Post-Prilgrimage Reunion|Convening, Accommodations (Single Occupancy), On-Site Meals, Ground Transportation, Roundtrip Airfare to Casamace, Diasporic Soul Tee Shirt and Long-Sleeve Reunion Tee, Learning Materials, including a journal, restorative yoga equipment and a copy of We Got Soul; We Can Heal (Jeffers-Coly 2022).

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