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!!!!!!

Healing From ______

Past

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 Dalia Kinsey
Image description: Black Registered Dietitian, Dalia Kinsey, leaning on kitchen counter near bowl of apples.

Honoring Your Body Wisdom and Using Nutrition for Self-Empowerment With Dalia Kinsey

Eating is meant to be a joyful experience. Beauty norms and weight standards with white supremacist origins have undermined how most folx relate to food. You deserve an abundant delicious life. Learn to reject the lies of diet culture and heal your relationship with food and your body.

Saturday, October 3, 11 AM – 1 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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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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A portrait of Goddess Carroll
Image description: A black and white photo of Goddess Carroll, a Black person with long regal earrings, a bald head, a nose and labret piercing, and a wide, warm smile.

My Black Body and Inner Wisdom Keeper With Goddess #1

What stories and narratives have your ancestors passed on to you? What ones do you wish to carry/release? Join Goddess in unpacking how generational trauma and anti-Blackness is stored in our bodies and minds, and deepen the process of repairing what has been stolen. Through mediation, writing, and discussion we will come back to our soul.

Wednesday, October 7, 4-6 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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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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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 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 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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A portrait of Goddess Carroll
Image description: A black and white photo of Goddess Carroll, a Black person with long regal earrings, a bald head, a nose and labret piercing, and a wide, warm smile.

My Black Body and Inner Wisdom Keeper With Goddess #2

What stories and narratives have your ancestors passed on to you? What ones do you wish to carry/release? Join Goddess in unpacking how generational trauma and anti-Blackness is stored in our bodies and minds, and deepen the process of repairing what has been stolen. Through mediation, writing, and discussion we will come back to our soul.

Wednesday, October 14, 4-6 PM PT

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The profile of a Black Queer femme sitting on the earth in front of a large Redwood tree.
Image description: The profile of a Black Queer femme sitting on the earth in front of a large Redwood tree.

Meditation and Relaxation With Dominique Cowling

Meditation & Relaxation is a workshop led by Dominique Cowling. As we cope with many of the stressors that 2020 has brought and highlighted, this is an opportunity to slow down to soothe the nervous system with gentle movement, mindfulness meditation and breathwork to support your health and wellness. No experience necessary for this introductory workshop.

Friday, October 16, 6-7 PM PT

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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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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 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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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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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 photo of Amira, a light skinned Black person with a curly side ponytail, big black cat eye glasses, black lipstick, and a black shirt with a white spider web design all over looks calmly at the camera.

Protect Your Magic 2.0 With Amira Aro

We’re back! And this time talking about what does it mean to have boundaries as disempowered people navigating power imbalances in interpersonal relationships. How do we protect ourselves as Black MaGes, especially those of us who face the most extreme of oppression in a country that continues to disrespect and harm us? How does it affect our relationships with friends and loved ones even? And how to we assert our needs, personally and beyond?

Tuesday, October 27, 1:30-3:00 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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Image description: A photo of Day, a light skinned Black person with curly hair smiles wide looking down at the ground. They wear thick rimmed glasses, a colorful striped button up shirt, and surrounded by trees.

Day’s Intuitive Group Healing

I will be providing a comprehensive group healing, using remote energy work that is gentle like reiki. Participants will only need to show up, lay down, and be open to receive. For all group healings, a theme or two usually emerges once I begin working the energy of the group. Such themes I have worked with in the past included: supporting the empath with energy tools and strengthening energy protection; clearing ancestral and/or systemic traumas; working on the emotional body and the opening of the heart chakra, etc.

Thursday, October 29, 11:30 AM – 1 PM PT

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Image description: A Black person with a yellow flower and a lush afro smiles wide and stares joyfully at the camera.

Beginning the Journey to Heal Internalized Anti-Blackness With Denarii Grace

Undoing the damage of white supremacy and colonialism doesn’t happen overnight; it’s a forever-journey.

But it also doesn’t require *decades* to show progress. We, as Black folk, can love ourselves NOW. We can love each other NOW. And we can learn how to do so in revolutionary, liberatory ways. We ain’t gotta wait.

Friday, October 30, 3-5 PM PT

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