I was honored when Travel Noire reached out to do a feature on me. Who doesn’t appreciate Travel Noire! I don’t say it enough but I love being an entrepreneur and I love creating and bringing ideas to life, but the part that i give the most thanks for is that I chose to listen to my spirit and I decided to dedicate my life to my race and culture. Check out my interview with Travel Noire here
“What must be done for the African, must be done by the african .”- Marcus Garvey
The jungles of Costa Rica are some of the most beautiful places that I’ve ever been/lived. The air is warm, the flowers are vibrant and nature is all around us. Here, I am constantly reminded that black people belong in nature. Costa Rica has changed my life and I have been honored to witness its transformative impact in the lives of black women. With that being said: I am happy to announce that I will no longer be leading the Women of Color Healing Retreats. While I will continue to be the Founder of the Women of Color Healing Retreats, I will no longer be present during the retreats. A wellness guide, will hold this sacred space for women to practice holistic self-care as an official retreat host. Like nature, we must evolve. I am going on to work on another television production, co-author a book , and of course continue work with our free summer camp for kids in underserved communities. (We are bringing them to Costa Rica🤗). I’m thrilled to have poured myself into an empire where so many beautiful black women have been able to find growth and healing within. I am even more excited to be able to practice even more yoga, spend quality time in nature and to continue to heal even more black communities globally!
Excited! In case you missed my talk on The Karen Hunter Show in NYC, you can check me out here! I'm featured in Norways biggest newspaper this month, Verdens Gang. I love being able to continuously spread this message globally!
Many people have asked us how things transpired after our HBO Vice News Segment, and we thought this would be the perfect time to share. I wanted the pan-afrikan ideology to work, but the reality is that systemic racism affects black people globally. Over the past few years, I have made it my mission to solely hire black and poc world wide. I also made it a priority to work with only black owned facilities as much as possible. Working with black owned spaces drastically limited our retreat options. Due to systemic racism 90% of black people don’t own land nor acquire generational wealth. After years of creating this retreat and personally funding our free kids program and sponsorship opportunities, I decided to acquire our own land because of the need for black people to have a physical place to learn about authentic holistic self-care.
My aspirations were cut short. HBO Vice News created a segment on our retreat and we immediately went viral. Going viral meant a new chapter for myself and our retreat: it meant constantly being in the eyes of the media and getting amazing opportunities, but at the same time losing our land/property and dealing with the back lash of creating a safe space for black women. This experience has also brought to the surface the fact that black people have been conditioned to drag each other, instead of empowering each other. If there is a flaw in a black movement ; reconstruct to uplift , not tear down. The reality of this conditioning has stopped black people from uniting and growing time and time again. I’m saddened by this , but as a successful black business owner, I innerstand that there is only growth through change.
In light of the thousands of black women who have and will be transformed through the yoga, wellness,and sacred space created by SWOCHR we are honored to announce that SWOCHR will take place in multiple venues, with beautiful accommodations and brand new updates as we relaunch some of our programs. Thank you for following our journey and expansions as we continue to have black women embody self-care through the practice of yoga and wellness!
I recently spoke with Lilada Gee of a Public Affair on Worth 89.9 radio station in Wisconsin. A Public Affair aims to engage listeners in conversation on social, cultural, and political issues of importance. The guests range from local activists and scholars, to notable national and international figures. We talked for a little under an hour about black women and wellness, particularly diet and spirituality, as tools to overcome white supremacy. Listen to my interview where I discuss overcoming anti- blackness through self-care and healing.
Lilanda and I embarked on a much needed conversation, regarding the systemization black women face when seeking healing from integrated yoga spaces, the spiritual power of yoga, and taking back our space and place as a healed people. Though Lilada loves pork chops and bacon, we also had a productive exchange about plant-based lifestyles, the importance of gardening and wellness, upcoming endeavors, and following in the footsteps of our ancestors.
I was also very excited to announce and discuss future ambitions. Tune in to see what we have planned for the future!
"If I love you, I have to make you conscious of the things you don't see".
Yoga's impact on the mind’s and bodies of black women can positively affect the special challenges black women face in life. Overcoming these challenges allow black women to work on themselves on a deeper level - a soul level. When discussing the spiritual aspects of yoga, some people, particularly those with specific faith based practices, grow concern over whether yoga might aim to convert them to a different spiritual practice. Yoga is not religion and it is not in competition with any religion. Through all of yoga’s various practices, one is cleansed, healthy, and mentally stable enough to see oneself - to truly know oneself and that is the ultimate freedom.
The C.O.W.S (The Context of White Supremacy) is a phenomenal podcast on Black Talk Radio Network, that focuses on unpacking anti-blackness. I was recently featured on a segment, where I had an honest wellness talk and discussed global anti-blackness, yoga as a healing tool for black women + people, systemic racism within yoga, the benefits of plant-based living for black women + people, my personal journey out of the United States and much more. Listen here: Forward the video to 11:40
I recently spoke on the HBCU panel at Jackson State University. Discussions and movements surrounding blackness, wellness, yoga and empowering black women + people is what I live for. I received so many emails and messages after my talk from the students and staff saying that they were inspired by my words and movement, thanks so much for having me!
Over the past few years, I have been working and reflecting intensely on Satya and the Women of Color Healing Retreats. In just a few years, I have built an empire for black women + people to practice self-care, and to unlearn the many toxic things that society has taught them about themselves. Through my journey and my retreats, I have inspired thousands of black women + people to travel outside of the United States to open their minds and hearts to see what else the world has to offer. My entire team consists of people of color, providing opportunities for them in a field where traditionally, due to systemic racism, they may not have been chosen first.
In the States, I created the very first wellness program dedicated to kids of color living in low-income communities in New York City, because I believe that the youth must remain a priority. I have been featured in major global outlets and television appearances. I have also had the pleasure of participating in panel discussions at historically black colleges. I've appeared in interviews with multiple radio stations and on various podcast series. I've been featured in articles in major publications due to the success of the retreats. I am eternally grateful.
I have a message for black women + people. My life is dedicated to assisting black women embrace wellness, healing and unlearning and it is my lifes purpose to empower black women + people. Our retreat, globally known is specifically and exclusively for black women. I overstand that black women need their own spaces to heal, to learn about wellness, and to practice self-care. Wellness looks completely different for Black women + people because we are impacted by systemic racism every single day. Having our own safe spaces is vital. All black people, no matter their socio-economic status, are affected by systemic racism. Practicing self-care, wellness, yoga, and the act of consciously unlearning allows black women + people to heal themselves without relying on their oppressors which also allows them to reclaim their power.
I’m honored to spread the message about the positive effects of practicing yoga and holistic wellness. I've worked tirelessly to create an international sacred sanctuary where black women could feel supported and surrounded by people who mirrored them as they embraced their own strength and beauty.
Cheers to thriving black businesses, and another successful and transformational year at Satya and the Women Of Color Healing Retreats!
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