Welcome to Black Healing October

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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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Amira looks at the camera with a slight smile, heavy glam makeup, and black/silver faux locs
Image description: Amira, a Black exogender person, is looking at the camera, angled with a slight smile. They have a red, black, and silver cut crease eyeshadow, matte black lipstick, and silver and black faux locs cascade around their face. A sparkle filter overlays on the picture.

Protecting Your Magic With Amira Aro

Join Amira Aro for a conversation and gentle reminders about consent, boundaries, and relationship green flags as ways to protect you and your magic. Featuring the words and wisdoms of Black MaGes such as Adrienne Marie Brown and her book Pleasure Activism.

Friday, October 2, 11 AM-12 PM PT

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A portrait of VanessaSoulXo and her Drum
Image description: VanessaSoulXo, a light brown skinned Black woman with long copper curls, a green blouse, floral shorts, and a bright smile, holds a black, red, and yellow Shamanic Drum. She stands in front of a couch and there are flowers besides her.

Diversity & Healing Session–Let’s Talk About It. With Vanessa LeMaistre

Join VanessaSoulXo for a shamanic drum journey where she will guide you through this meditative practice as you will explore deep and powerful questions for personal transformation. The questions will require courage, however you will be in a safe and sacred space. This offering will begin with a guided meditation. Vanessa will then speak about this ancient shamanic practice and what having your power animal means in shamanism. Then she will facilitate an interactive conversation about being black right now in America. This will then lead to a shamanic drum journey where you can gain guidance to powerful questions that may arise in conversation. This offering will conclude with a sacred ritual that you can take with you.

Sunday, October 4, 3-4 PM PT

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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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Photo of Max Pearl, trees in background, brown glasses and black shirt.
Image description: Photo of Max Pearl, Black man with very short gray hair, smiling, wearing brown glasses with trees in the background.

Loving Ourselves and Our Bodies With Max Pearl

Self-love and self-compassion are key qualities of a resilient being. These qualities are especially important for us to cultivate, given all of the negative messages in society.

Tuesday, October 6, 6-8 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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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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Black butch in swimwear on boulder, looking right
Image description: A Black butch in black swimwear and water shoes stands on a boulder along the banks of the Yuba River, looking to the right, and posing with hands on hips and her right leg perched on part of the boulder.

Take a Walk on the Wild Side With Tijanna O. Eaton

Take a Walk on the Wild Side is an introduction for self-identified Black women who enjoy or would like to learn how to enjoy leather/BDSM. There will be topic discussions, vignettes, demos, questions, answers, and toys aplenty! Participation is encouraged but not required; please interact at your own comfort level.

Monday, October 12, 4-6 PM PT

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queer Black unicorn-dragon
Image description: Black person wearing pink glasses, a warm smile, and a shirt with cupcakes for days

Simple Self-Care for BIPOC Brilliance With Kalash KaFae Magenta Fire

Simple Self-Care for BIPOC Brilliance is a collection of exercises that encourages self-examination and self-evolution through engaging in a series of activities including meditation, group engagement and discussion, and creating best self-projection for future endeavors. The optimum goal is to create a plan for your personal healing, maintaining balance, and to create a vision for sustainable success.

Wednesday, October 14, 1-3 PM PT

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Photo of LaTasha Monique in a brightly colored room with giant pieces of candy
Image description: woman, smiling, dressed in black shirt and colorful leggings sitting on pink floor, leaning over orange gummy bear. Background is large red, yellow, and pink plastic candy.

A Laying On of Hands: A Black Healer’s Guide to Individual and Collective Healing With LaTasha Monique

This workshop places Black Healing at the center and invites you to get cozy with self and others as we re-remember ancient ways of healing. During our time together we will share already known ways of healing as well as explore healing techniques that we lost during the diaspora. This workshop use existing ancestral knowledge to blend chakra work, chanting, color therapy, meditation, and self-reiki as a way to heal self and others. While colonizers have re-branded these healing techniques and put a price tag on them, they are all very much inherent to and in all of us. Come on, let’s explore and bring all our expertise to the table. The only requirement is to come as you are – just the way the ancestors like it.

Saturday, October 17, 11 AM – 1 PM PT

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A photo of Dontá Morrison
Image description: Photo of Dontá Morrison, a Black man with a fade haircut in a white button up shirt, gray tie, and gray blazer smiling straight towards the camera on a white background.

The Art of Unloving: Dealing With the Aftermath of a Bad Relationship & Owning the Part You Played With Dontá Morrison

Healing from a bad relationship is a process. It’s long, often times uncomfortable, and can bring more questions than answers. Join Dontá Morrison in a discussion about healing from heartbreak, while also being accountable in the role you played in the relationship.

Saturday, October 17, 4-5 PM PT

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Joshua Young Head Shot
Image description: Guided meditation and Emotional intelligence Teacher Joshua Young sitting on a rock that is in the middle of a stream. They are wearing MudCloth print pants which is hand-dyed in Africa. They are smiling and seem to be a peace and connected to nature.

On Becoming Emotionally Well With Joshua Young #1

This offering invites you to explore how meditation supports becoming emotionally conscientious. We create a foundational practice using meditation techniques designed to have us connect deeper to breathing, and to be aware of the body and its desire to surrender. Next, we move into understanding the impact emotions have on the body, and how our response can shape our experience of them. We finish by exploring some of the most common emotions happiness, anger, sadness, and anxiety. We finally create through this course and within the body, resilience. The sessions offered will be paired; part 1 is about building meditation practice and part 2 is to explore the emotions more deeply.

Sunday, October 18, 10:30 AM – 12:30 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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Tynya, a Black woman with reddish-brown hair, dreadlock style, smiles. She wears purple and gold African-style attire.
Image description: Tynya, a Black woman with reddish-brown hair, dreadlock style, smiles in front of a beige background. She wears purple and gold African-style attire and wears a purple scarf draped around her neck. Her purple earrings contain the Egyptian symbol of Rah.

What’s Change Got To Do With It?: Making Sense of Life’s Changes With Tynya Beverly

Change is a fact of life in today’s world. It takes many different forms: job loss, death, relationship changes, COVID-19, and any other change you can think of. Have you, your family, or friends had any major changes in your work or personal life in the past year? Then this training is for you. Everyone goes through major personal changes during the course of their lives and everyone handles them differently. Some people thrive in the midst of stressful or chaotic situations while the majority of us prefer a steadier day-to-day lifestyle with some excitement thrown in every now and then. Unfortunately, not all changes can be predicted. The loss of a job, work change, or the loss of a loved one can be unexpected. These difficult experiences can be overwhelming when combined with everything else going on. The workshop provides a framework and tools for understanding, acknowledging, and addressing your feelings and actions before, during, and after going through a major personal change. In the workshop, you will learn tools, tips, and techniques to successfully manage personal change. You will also develop a personal action plan to assist in successfully managing your change process.

Monday, October 19, 3-5 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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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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Image description: A dark skinned Black woman with braids in a bun, blue and purple eyeshadow, and purple glossed lips smiles at the camera, wearing a floral yellow shirt.

Spiritual Enlightenment From the Hood; LOVE During a Pandemic With Yanna Johnson

The outside world is full of complications…it gets even more complicated living and surviving in the hood…my job is to help you cope through it….people may have issues in the outside world, but we got PROBLEMS in the hood…my job is to connect with you to find a solution. For this workshop we will focus on love, and the things each astrology sign should be on the lookout for during these trying times. I will be taking a few volunteers who may wish to go deeper; sharing their process in the sacred safe space of the workshop.

Wednesday, October 21, 4:30-6:30 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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Joshua Young Head Shot
Image description: Guided meditation and Emotional intelligence Teacher Joshua Young sitting on a rock that is in the middle of a stream. They are wearing MudCloth print pants which is hand-dyed in Africa. They are smiling and seem to be a peace and connected to nature.

On Becoming Emotionally Well With Joshua Young #2

This offering invites you to explore how meditation supports becoming emotionally conscientious. We create a foundational practice using meditation techniques designed to have us connect deeper to breathing, and to be aware of the body and its desire to surrender. Next, we move into understanding the impact emotions have on the body, and how our response can shape our experience of them. We finish by exploring some of the most common emotions happiness, anger, sadness, and anxiety. We finally create through this course and within the body, resilience. The sessions offered will be paired; part 1 is about building meditation practice and part 2 is to explore the emotions more deeply.

Sunday, October 25, 10:30 AM – 12:30 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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Image description: A nonbinary Black womxn facing the camera head on.

Blackened NVC With Jihan McDonald

In this workshop we’ll cover the core principles of NVC and explore what it means to have NVC consciousness while looking at how to use NVC in ways that are culturally responsive and appropriate for Black folks. Participants will have the chance to have Q & A with the facilitator, reflect personally on how NVC can best serve them, and practice with each other Theater of the Oppressed style. We’ll also be incorporating tools like meditation, visualization, and somatic practices that compliment the development of NVC consciousness.

Monday, October 26, 12-5 PM PT (with a 1-hour break from 2-3 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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