Welcome to Black Healing October

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All Black Healing October Events are Free for all Black People.
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Welcome to Black Healing October

Family!!!!

We love you! Welcome to Reclaim UGLY Presents Black Healing October!

We have collaborated with over 55 diverse Black Healers, Artists, Activists, & Educators to create a magical month full of Black love, Black revelry, Black (he)art, Black vulnerability, Black intimacy, Black healing, and so much Black joy planned just for you!

We have events every single day of the week, sometimes two to three times a day – each one offering something unique and special for Black people of all ages, identities, genders, and sexual orientations. All events will include ASL interpretation by the amazing organization, Pro Bono ASL, and offer automated live captioning.

Family, whoever you are, wherever you come from, whatever your experiences are, YOU ARE WELCOME HERE! You are home and you are safe. Join us to connect, heal, grow, scream, wail, cry, laugh, love, learn, imagine, relax, and hopefully fall in deep and sustained love/friendship/familyship with each other. This is a shame free, judgement free, JOY centered, sacred space.

We love you. Let’s Uplift Glorify and Love Ourselves Together – And Create A World Where All Other Black People Can As Well! Thank you SO much for joining us for this gentle, loving, fun, and deeply melanated revolution!!!!!!

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Photo of African-American women standing behind a microphone on a stand getting ready to perform.
Image description: Photo of African-American women standing behind a microphone in a blue dress behind a microphone on stand getting ready to speak and sing.

We All We Got, We All We Need! With Latriece Love-Goodlett

Physical distancing does not have to equal social distancing. How do we authentically show up for ourselves and others with compassion and transparency with so much uncertainty surrounding us? You’re invited to come as you are and welcome others with (NO SHADE/NO SHAME) as we intentionally buildup our community and hold space for one another with empathy, human connection, and refreshing dialogue. There will be interactive fun, self- reflection, group sharing, dancing and a musical performance featuring GoodLOVE- a husband and wife duo comprised of Latriece Love-Goodlett & David Goodlett. You’ll also get sneak peaks of the littles wfh with kids. 🙂

Sunday, October 4, 4-6 PM PT

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Portrait of Ellenie Cruz
Image description: image of Ellenie, an afri indigenous woman wearing a black dressed covered in big yellow flowers. She is filled with joy, dolled up laughing with her head thrown back standing in front of a huge green leaf that is larger than she is.

The Essence of Resurrection: An Intro to Healing With Flower Essences With Ellenie Cruz

In this workshop Ellenie Cruz will teach and explain the history of flower essences and demonstrate how they impact the body energetically. You will learn plant listening and how to make and use flowers to alleviate symptoms of anxiety, depression, connect with self, flood your self with positivity and more with the energetic properties of flowers.

Wednesday, October 7, 11 AM – 1 PM PT

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A portrait of Amber Walker
Image description: Amber Walker, a lighter brown skinned Black woman wearing a Black hat, shell earrings, and long beads, leans into her hand and smiles softly and sweetly while gazing just beyond the camera’s focus.

Soulutionary With Amber Walker

Soulutionary was created to support us in a gentle and compassionate way to advocate the importance of self care during the pandemic. It is a highly stressful time for many so it is important to make ourselves aware of keeping our mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health intact. Soulutionary is a safe and judgement free space to fellowship, vocalize frustrations, express vulnerability and create healing energy. Soulutionary’s aim is to help gently guide to find solutions and come to a resolution.

Thursday, October 8, 3:30-4:30 PM PT

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Smiling picture of Richard from the torso upwards.
Image description: A slim black man with an engaging smile leans against a windowsill from inside a room. He is backlit by a sunlit frosted glass window, and dressed in a white Kangol cap, a colorful green and yellow Ghanaian dashiki, and an army green jacket.

Building Consent Culture and Healthy Masculinity For All Genders With Richard M. Wright

This is an interactive workshop to empower attendees with the tools to foster consent culture and healthy masculinities in themselves, their families and communities. We will work on honoring our own boundaries, as well as the boundaries of others.

Friday, October 9, 12 PM – 2 PM PT

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Flyer reads: Wellness Circle. Receives, Revive, Release surrounded by red rose emojis. The Resting Garden Logo is below that.
Image description: Light Blue poster with words “Wellness Circle: Receive, Revive, Release” surrounded by roses and ferns. The Resting Garden’s Logo is also on poster.

The Wellness Circle With Joíní James

The Wellness Circle is an interactive & restorative session featuring guided meditation, yoga & breakthwork, and let’s paint, sip, & chat.

Saturday, October 10, 10 AM – 12 PM PT

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Natasha, a Black femme with glasses, looks directly into the camera with a small smile.
Image description: Natasha L. Simpson, a Black femme with purple cat eye frames and lips, sits before an ivory background, looking directly into the camera with a shy smile. She wears a teal headwrap, beaded necklace and black shawl.

Enduring Flame: A Collective Energy Healing Meditation to Ease Grief and Remember Sweetness With Natasha L. Simpson

A space to journey inward, together, to honor our grief from what (internalized) oppression has taken, and still claim the sweetness of ourselves.

Saturday, October 10, 3-4:30 PM PT

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Healing from Momma Flyer. Text above reads: Healing from Momma. Text below reads: A Journey Within Through Creative Writing
Image description: Flyer with floral accents and picture of Black woman with eyes closed and expression of reflection and serenity. Text above reads: Healing from Momma. Text below reads: A Journey Within Through Creative Writing

Healing From Momma – A Journey Within Through Creative Writing With Teshone Renee’ Jones

We love our Mommas. And, some of us have experienced some of our deepest hurt from our Mommas, too. Sometimes, this reality makes Momma hard to love, and having a relationship with her difficult or nearly impossible. This workshop is a space for telling it like it is, witnessing, healing ourselves, and supporting the healing process of other BIPOC self-identified womxn as we journey towards a deeper relationship with self. We will practice creative writing through “divine improvisation” – trusting our intuition, stream of consciousness, and ultimately the truth of our lived experiences to guide us to manifest the creative medicine that we need to heal. This workshop will include honoring of our ancestors and the land, movement, meditation, and finally an intentionally curated writing experience that is designed to support you in your healing process. Together, we will practice compassionate listening, the offering of affirmations to one another, and speaking our truths out loud without disclaimer as a part of healing our psyches from the onslaught of generational trauma.

Sunday, October 11, 11:11 AM – 1:11 PM PT

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Selfie of smiling Black woman with a dark brown complexion
Image description: Selfie of smiling Black woman with a dark brown complexion, purple and black Marley textured extensions and purple lipstick, in a black sleeveless top.

Beautiful Darkness With Jenee Darden

The mainstream narrative of dark-skinned Black girls and women is often sad and hopeless. That narrative is tired! From Lupita Nyong’o and Gabourey Sidibe to the cool aunties and women in our community–we know that there’s so much more to our story. While colorism is an issue in this society, we can heal from it and embrace our dark complexion. This is a celebratory and healing workshop for self-identified dark-skinned Black girls and women who are struggling with colorism and have internalized it. Writer and mental health advocate Jenee Darden, who overcame her struggles with colorism leads this interactive and creative space that involves discussion, re-thinking colorist ideology imposed on us, and writing and art exercises to honor our inner and outer beauty.

Sunday, October 11, 3-6:15 PM PT (with a 45-minute off-screen self-reflective writing/art break from 4:15-5 PM PT)

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A portrait of Joyce Lee
Image description: A Brown, chubby Black womyn wearing a long sleeved Black shirt in front of a red velvet backdrop of theatre curtains. Slightly smiling, chin turned little towards the left and almost resting her head against her hands, joyfully clasped together. Her hair is Black, pulled back and non-descript.

Playing With Blocks With Joyce Lee #1

Joyce Lee is offering a self development opportunity for writers to address their creative blocks. This workshop requires honesty with yourself and a willingness to be uncomfortable for the sake of your creativity and personal growth. You will be nurtured but not coddled. This class is geared specifically towards those who know they need help but hate personal accountability.

Tuesday, October 13, 1:30-2:30 PM PT

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A photo of Jovelyn Richards
Image description: A cool brown skin Black woman with a high ponytail of black and brown twists with a green headband looks at the camera with a slight smile. She wears a yellow V-neck shirt with white polka dots.

I Want My Mama With Jovelyn Richards #1

I Want My Mama is an interactive search for the black mama in others and ourselves. For those of us that was denied being our true mama selves because we was loving our dark babies our of fear, to us as children being loved out of fear. We will talk it out, write it out, reclaim the love of the black mother in goddess image. We will work on ways to love ourselves, forgive and chose and find the nurturing we need from others.

Tuesday, October 13, 6-7 PM PT

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Image of a Black non-binary person with an afro wearing a Black velvet belly shirt smiling directly at the camera.
Image description: Image shows a Black non-binary person with brown shoulder length afro hair and hoop earrings. They have a Black velvet belly shirt on, a light green choker and is smiling and looking directly at the camera.

Intuitional Healing: Mind, Body and Spirit With Danielle Cole

This workshop will teach skills to increase intuition by tapping into stillness. We will confront and heal the things that have worn away at our intuition (anti-blackness, misogynoir, cisheteropatriarchy, body shaming, etc.) through writing, movement and meditation. We will build a practice of increasing our intuition in a way that prioritizes rest, our ancestors and trusting ourselves.

Sunday, October 18, 1:30-3:30 PM PT

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A portrait of Joyce Lee
Image description: A Brown, chubby Black womyn wearing a long sleeved Black shirt in front of a red velvet backdrop of theatre curtains. Slightly smiling, chin turned little towards the left and almost resting her head against her hands, joyfully clasped together. Her hair is Black, pulled back and non-descript.

Playing With Blocks With Joyce Lee #2

Joyce Lee is offering a self development opportunity for writers to address their creative blocks. This workshop requires honesty with yourself and a willingness to be uncomfortable for the sake of your creativity and personal growth. You will be nurtured but not coddled. This class is geared specifically towards those who know they need help but hate personal accountability.

Tuesday, October 20, 2-3 PM PT

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A photo of Jovelyn Richards
Image description: A cool brown skin Black woman with a high ponytail of black and brown twists with a green headband looks at the camera with a slight smile. She wears a yellow V-neck shirt with white polka dots.

I Want My Mama With Jovelyn Richards #2

I Want My Mama is an interactive search for the black mama in others and ourselves. For those of us that was denied being our true mama selves because we was loving our dark babies our of fear, to us as children being loved out of fear. We will talk it out, write it out, reclaim the love of the black mother in goddess image. We will work on ways to love ourselves, forgive and chose and find the nurturing we need from others.

Tuesday, October 20, 4-5 PM PT

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A photo of Theresa Clark
Image description: A Black woman with braids up in a bun wearing a patterned shirt and earrings the shape of Africa, smiling up at the camera hand under her chin

How Can Cannabis Assist in Self-Healing? With Theresa Clark

Join Theresa of Empress Healing Products for an interactive discussion about how cannabis can be used for self healing.

Wednesday, October 21, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM PT

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A photo of Lauren Anderson
Image description: A Black woman wearing a multicolored shirt with Black wavy shoulder length hair smiling into the camera.

Academia: Being in Community With Lauren Anderson

This inclusive workshop aims to facilitate your transition into PK-12 and higher-education as educators. In this workshop, we will discuss institutional and structural inequalities and how they exist to reproduce the status quo. Furthermore, we will collaborate on ways in which you can prepare and create space for your work as an educator despite institutional barriers. Lastly, we will discuss ways for you to create and sustain community while navigating your educational institutions.

Wednesday, October 21, 1:30-2:30 PM PT

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A portrait of Joyce Lee
Image description: A Brown, chubby Black womyn wearing a long sleeved Black shirt in front of a red velvet backdrop of theatre curtains. Slightly smiling, chin turned little towards the left and almost resting her head against her hands, joyfully clasped together. Her hair is Black, pulled back and non-descript.

Playing With Blocks With Joyce Lee #3

Joyce Lee is offering a self development opportunity for writers to address their creative blocks. This workshop requires honesty with yourself and a willingness to be uncomfortable for the sake of your creativity and personal growth. You will be nurtured but not coddled. This class is geared specifically towards those who know they need help but hate personal accountability.

Thursday, October 22, 2-3 PM PT

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A brown skinned woman holding up a piece of cleveland sage.
Image description: Photograph of a brown skinned, curly-haired woman looking toward the camera, smiling slightly. She is wearing a hat and glasses and holding up a piece of cleveland sage, a plant with purple flowers. Blurred green foliage is in the background.

Pleasure Plants: Botanicals for Beauty and Self-Love With Sade Musa

Throughout history, plants have held an honored place in our self-care practices, and today, our plant ancestors can still teach us much about loving ourselves. In this workshop, we will learn how to make herbal oils, perfumes, and facial masks, featuring African herbs and foods that have long been used for beautification, increasing vitality, and cultivating inner joy.

Thursday, October 22, 5-7 PM PT

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A Black non-binary person sits with their eyes closed leaning into their hand in a grassy field
Image description: A Black non-binary person with a slight soul patch and blue and black hair wearing a blue silk shirt sits with their eyes closed leaning into their hand in a grassy New Orleans field on the bank of the Mississippi

Dreaming Awake by the Water With Tyrell Blacquemoss

Dreaming Awake by the Water with Tyrell Blacquemoss is a ceremony of plant medicine and water to learn to dream with ancestors and deepen rest practices. Dreaming Awake is a practice of dreamworking as divination, rest, meditation, routine, manifestation, activism, rooted in African spiritual technology. We do it because we are experiencing battle #fatigue – needing both #rest and #strategy to continue the work of our ancestors or to begin something new. We will experience #movementmeditation, #lullaby and #visualstorytelling. Dreaming Awake The Body as Ceremony Medicine Preparation. A #howto video combined with movement meditation and landscapes, discussion questions on Afam Nation (African American sovereignty) and #spiritualtechnologies for dreaming with #landscapes – geographies, emotional. I will combine movement, reiki, body and voice to create tools to support rest and #dreaming.

Watch whenever you want; Questions will be taken October 22-October 24

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A photo of Yolande Clark-Jackson
Image description: Yolande Clark-Jackson, a Black woman in a soft, flowing strapless top, smiling wide at the camera with shoulder length dreads. She supports herself on a white brick wall in the background.

Creative Writing for Love and Light With Yolande Clark-Jackson

Learn How to Use Creative Writing as a wellness practice. A prompt-driven writing workshop to free space in your heart and mind for more light and more love.

Saturday, October 24, 1-2:30 PM PT

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Onika and Windafire, two happy light-skinned Black humans whisper in a huge pink flower.
Image description: Seated inside of neon hibiscus flowers, your Black Indigenous Rest Doulas, Onika Reigns and Windafire joyfully conspire to bring sleep / rest / dreams to Black, Indigenous people. Onika is smiling as Windafire whispers in her ear.

Rest Is Always Possible With Black Dream Escape

Black Dream Escape will offer a collective rest session. Using original music, meditations, storytelling, and breathwork that centers Black and Indigenous experience. We will guide participants into a rested state. Time will be given afterwards to asses, reflect and offer feedback about how to develop a personal Rest Practice.

Sunday, October 25, 4:30-6:30 PM PT

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A photo of Amber Flame
Image description: A brown-skinned woman with short curly black hair wears bright red with a black triangle necklace, head thrown back in laughter, against a blue and white sky background.

Self-Care Is Hard! Let’s Nap About It. With Amber Flame

Self Promise-keeping: through sound bath, breath work, and writing/journaling, we are able to access the parts of us patiently awaiting creative expression. Uncovering and naming the broken promises we’ve made to ourselves is the beginning of healing and recommitment to our individual thriving. Lay the groundwork to welcome your best self back home to your body.

Tuesday, October 27, 4:30-6:00 PM PT

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A photo of Jovelyn Richards
Image description: A cool brown skin Black woman with a high ponytail of black and brown twists with a green headband looks at the camera with a slight smile. She wears a yellow V-neck shirt with white polka dots.

I Want My Mama With Jovelyn Richards #3

I Want My Mama is an interactive search for the black mama in others and ourselves. For those of us that was denied being our true mama selves because we was loving our dark babies our of fear, to us as children being loved out of fear. We will talk it out, write it out, reclaim the love of the black mother in goddess image. We will work on ways to love ourselves, forgive and chose and find the nurturing we need from others.

Tuesday, October 27, 7-8 PM PT

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A photo of Theresa Clark
Image description: A Black woman with braids up in a bun wearing a patterned shirt and earrings the shape of Africa, smiling up at the camera hand under her chin

How Can Bush Medicine Improve Your Well-Being? With Theresa Clark

Join Theresa of Empress Healing Products for an interactive discussion about how bush medicine can be used to improve health and well being.

Wednesday, October 28, 11 AM – 12 PM PT

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A portrait of Joyce Lee
Image description: A Brown, chubby Black womyn wearing a long sleeved Black shirt in front of a red velvet backdrop of theatre curtains. Slightly smiling, chin turned little towards the left and almost resting her head against her hands, joyfully clasped together. Her hair is Black, pulled back and non-descript.

Playing With Blocks With Joyce Lee #4

Joyce Lee is offering a self development opportunity for writers to address their creative blocks. This workshop requires honesty with yourself and a willingness to be uncomfortable for the sake of your creativity and personal growth. You will be nurtured but not coddled. This class is geared specifically towards those who know they need help but hate personal accountability.

Wednesday, October 28, 1-2 PM PT

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A portrait of Joyce Lee
Image description: A Brown, chubby Black womyn wearing a long sleeved Black shirt in front of a red velvet backdrop of theatre curtains. Slightly smiling, chin turned little towards the left and almost resting her head against her hands, joyfully clasped together. Her hair is Black, pulled back and non-descript.

Playing With Blocks With Joyce Lee #5

Joyce Lee is offering a self development opportunity for writers to address their creative blocks. This workshop requires honesty with yourself and a willingness to be uncomfortable for the sake of your creativity and personal growth. You will be nurtured but not coddled. This class is geared specifically towards those who know they need help but hate personal accountability.

Thursday, October 29, 2-3 PM PT

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Sensual flyer for Afrosensualities: An Unapologetically Erotic Black Healing October Showcase.
Image description: A collage of Black people of diverse genders and sexual orientations expressing sensual affection for themselves or others. The images are layered with lit candles, rumpled bed sheets, and sensual toys. In the top right is a puckered pair of lips and in the bottom left are long stem red roses. Text says, “BLACKHEALINGOCTOBER.ORG. Reclaim UGLY’s Black Healing October presents AfroSensualities: An Unapologetically Erotic Black Healing October Showcase. 10/31, 3-5 PM PT. XXX”

AfroSensualities: An Unapologetically Erotic BHO Showcase

Over the last month, we have cried, laughed, danced, wrote, dreamed, and fallen passionately in love with each other. Now it’s time for a different kind of passion – a hot passion, an erotic passion, an unapologetically wanton passion, a spicy, kinky,, sexy passion. If you miss strip clubs, burlesque shows, play parties, and poetry readings that leave you wet, hard, and panting: this is the event for you.

Saturday, October 31, 3 PM – 5 PM PT / 6 PM – 8 PM ET

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All Black Healing October Events are Free for all Black People.
If you have the means and desire to financially support this endeavor, please donate here.
But remember, donation or not, you are welcome, wanted, and loved here.

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