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Over the years, we have had a fantastic time providing a setting where black women can heal and practice self-love in a community with like-minded women. We're still fangirling over all of our 2019 retreats being sold out, and we're filled with gratitude to provide this unique sanctuary. We're also grateful to have a commercial for AOL (In the Know). We are continuously honored to have reached millions of people over the years. Black Women Healing Retreats is the first wellness and healing retreat for African American women and black women across the diaspora.
BLACK WOMEN IN THERAPY:
HOW THERAPY SAVED MY LIFE
written by Tanya Barnett
I knew I was exactly where I needed to be. I wished I had done it earlier. I was so happy that I came. But I was also mad. I was mad at all the people who had told me my entire life that therapy wasn’t for us. That it was for “white people.” I was mad at the stigma. I was mad that it was taboo so none of my friends knew that I was here.
The only reason I was there was because of my husband. He was the one with the anger management issues and who needed the help.
SHADOW WORK: UNDERSTANDING OUR HIDDEN SELVES
written by Sherae Adwoa Moore
Disclaimer: Inner child Work and Shadow work should always be performed by a licensed therapist.
Lately, I have caught myself staring into the mirror. I have been examining the person in the mirror as if I was looking at a total stranger. As if I was trying to determine if I liked the reflection staring back at me. Somehow, this person was familiar yet unknown. Now, in all fairness, I did ask her to reveal herself to me, but I didn't realize this journey would be utterly life-changing. I have yet to be the same, and that's a good thing. So far, she and I have been in this newfound relationship for a little over six months. She and I have been joined at the hip ever since and people have taken notice of my work, home, friends and family. Sis is giving me life! Our relationship isn't easy, but it's beneficial for both parties. She doesn't hide, and I am no longer afraid of my own shadow.
REASONS BLACK WOMEN SHOULD MEDITATE
written by Elise Williams
As Black women, we deal with racial and gender related stressors such as racism and sexual discrimination. These stressors can affect our overall health and can increase our risk of chronic diseases.
Chronic stress can affect the body’s ability to maintain homeostasis. Constant stress over time can lead to chronic health issues such
as hypertension, prediabetes, and type 2 diabetes. According to various research studies, Black American women are ranked
high for these chronic health issues. In addition to chronic health issues.
As a result from systemic oppression, Black Americans are
affected by anxiety and depression. Medical researchers are finding that the use of meditation practices can reduce stress, depression and, anxiety amongst Black American women.
HEALING BLACK SISTERHOOD
written by Leandra Williams
Inspirational speaker Iyanla Vanzant once said, “We are women. Everything we do matters. I am not my sister’s keeper. I am my sister.” With society disproportionately painting negative images of Black women interacting with one another, it’s no wonder that we continue to have issues with effectively communicating with each other and treating our sisters well. As a Black woman, I strongly feel we want a closer bond with our sisters, but with institutionalized classism, colorism, and ageism, society continues to dictate what we believe Black women should look and act like. Often, this stops us from making a genuine connection with other black women.
THE IMPORTANCE OF EXERCISING FOR BLACK WOMEN
written by Erika L Harper, LPC
One of the main areas that Black women are behind the eight ball is with our health. In 2019, despite decades of marketing pushes about eating healthy and working out, Black women still rank higher than women of other races for dying from various cardiovascular-related diseases. Simultaneously, we have made progress. Even though we are the most likely to be afflicted with heart disease, there are still fewer of us dying from these diseases than ever before.
With that being said, we still have a lot of work to do.