Nuestros Remedios; Herbs for Self-Love and Liberation – #CircleUp Series

Nuestros Remedios; Herbs for Self-Love & Liberation 

a part of the #CircleUp: Buiding Community Through Healing Series
Join us for the next session of our summer workshop series!

ABOUT THE SESSION
We have the beautiful ability to heal ourselves, to give and receive from our loving community and to take time to share new methods of what that can look like for each of us. In these times of collective struggle & action, how do we ground ourselves and remember the resilience passed on by our ancestors? How do we take moments of love and compassion for our spirits and our physical vessels? Through storytelling and plant medicine-making, we will create various tools to support self-love and liberation for ourselves and our peoples. Folks will walk away with approachable plant knowledge, a projection spray, a roll-on body oil, a tea blend and some joyous affirmations. 

MEET OUR FACILITATOR
Myrna Cabán Lezcano is a queer Borikua yerbera (herbalist), educator, gardener, cultural organizer and former DJ. When she was two years old, she was healed by a curandera. She grew up eating mangos and being doused in Agua Florida by her abuelas. Her elders have inspired her by connecting to Spirit and Healing in their own ways: growing gandules (pigeon peas), raising chickens, making dream-based predictions, and singing spontaneous songs. Myrna is a graduate of Sacred Vibes Apothecary’s apprentice program, Shambhala Yoga & Dance’s year-long healer and yoga training, and Brooklyn Botanic Garden Brooklyn Urban Gardener program. She is also the founder of Casitas: Community Wisdom, a crew of qtpoc/poc healers whose vision is to create healing/learning spaces in casas or casa-like settings that feel liberatory, creative, honest, accessible and honor the strength of our ancestors: www.casitas.squarespace.com

INSPIRATION

We are living through an age where self-care and healing is not only elusive but being commodified at the same time. In 2015, our collective conjured free healing sessions, “The First Line of Defense is Our Bodies,” across Upper Manhattan and the South Bronx. This year, we’re back and ready to heal in community with you.

We believe in a holistic health and healing perspective; health and healing is not just about a physical body, but being truly embodied in all aspects of our beings. This is particularly cruical as we navigate ever-changing landscapes and communities across New York City.

Each workshop will explore a different method of healing; radical self-care, coming home to our bodies through movement, creating our own medicine, and through telling our own stories. Our hope is that you will not only harness the knowledge that is shared, but to go out and share these accessible practices with your communities.

DETAILS

All of the workshops are free with an RSVP. The sessions are open to all genders. Free meals will be provided during the all of the sessions and metrocards are available for those in need. Childcare will be offered as well! Please email us at sisterscirclecollective@gmail.com for details and if you have questions.

FULL SCHEDULE

1) Rediscovering Your Banjee Realness – Saturday, July 9
2) Owning Your Movement – Sunday, July 24
3) Medicine Making – Saturday, August 6
4) Storytelling Session – Saturday, August 13

More details will be announced soon! Stay tuned!

GRATITUDE
Thank you to Citizens Committee for New York City for making this possible

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Owning Your Movement Playshop – #CircleUp Series

Owning Your Movement 

a part of the #CircleUp – Building Community Through Healing Series

ABOUT THE PLAYSHOP

How are you moving through life? Are you aware of what you are communicating to the world with your every move?

In this playshop, we explore these questions via dialogue, movement, and some playful activities. We will talk about Non Verbal Communication, Awareness, and Boundaries via Talking Stick.

What to bring: Water, Towel, Yoga Mat, Scarf (optional). A rattle/noise maker for drum circle (optional)

MEET OUR FACILITATOR

About Rosangel Perez: La Shamanessa – Priestess, Host of Cafecito Break Podcasts, and Founder of Gratitude Church.

Learn more | www.rosangelperez.com

Podcasts | www.cafecitobreak.com

DETAILS

When: Sunday, July 24th starting at 12pm
Where: Sweet Water Dance and Yoga, 876 Gerard Ave, Bronx NY 10452

All of the workshops are free with an RSVP. The sessions are open to all genders. Free meals will be provided during the all of the sessions and metrocards are available for those in need. Childcare will be offered as well! Please email us if you need childcare and include the age of your child. Email us at sisterscirclecollective@gmail.com for details and if you have questions.

#CIRCLEUP SERIES

We are living through an age where self-care and healing is not only elusive but being commodified at the same time. In 2015, our collective conjured free healing sessions, “The First Line of Defense is Our Bodies,” across Upper Manhattan and the South Bronx. This year, we’re back and ready to heal in community with you.

We believe in a holistic health and healing perspective; health and healing is not just about a physical body, but being truly embodied in all aspects of our beings. This is particularly cruical as we navigate ever-changing landscapes and communities across New York City. 

Each workshop will explore a different method of healing; radical self-care, coming home to our bodies through movement, creating our own medicine, and through telling our own stories. Our hope is that you will not only harness the knowledge that is shared, but to go out and share these accessible practices with your communities.

Full Workshop Schedule:
1) Rediscovering Your Banjee Realness – Saturday, July 9
2) Movement Workshop – Sunday, July 24
3) Remedios and Medicine Making – Saturday, August 6
4) Storytelling Workshop – Saturday, August 13

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Our core sister Veronica Agard recently wrote a piece that shares her journey as she heals from long-standing trauma. Please read this with care. The original post can be found here


And when there is a promise of a storm, if you want change in your life – walk into it. If you get on the other side, you will be different. And if you want change in your life and you’re avoiding the trouble – you can forget it.  – Sweet Honey in the Rock

It’s been said that when something is hard to write, chances are that’s exactly what you need to write.

If that’s the case, then I should have wrote this years ago, but I’ll start six months ago.

In January, I wrote a love letter to myself on the different healing methods I was exploring. Since then, I stuck with capoeira the longest. A constant test of my limits and comfort zone, prioritizing my health opened up pathways and conversations that otherwise wouldn’t happened.

A few weeks ago, during a freestyle session, a friend challenged me to this, “as reflective as you are, I want you to think about why you’re struggling with just playing.” And I was struggling. Capoeira inherently is taught to throw you off balance and push your limits, but the goal of this particular session was to just be, and to just play. Yet the idea of being completely free stirred up a long standing part of my story that I’d been trying (and failing) to ignore.

This essay is another love letter, but it’s also a response to that question, a testimony, and might get a little messy.

It’s messy because it’s painful and because I’ve known the answer to that challenge for what feels like lifetime.

A lifetime because nothing goes away until we’ve learned the lesson or gained the insight that we were meant to receive.

Displacement of pain is not healing. When we take on someone else’s hurt, or we set the hurt aside and do not confront it and feel it in its fullness and complexity, we do not allow the wound/trauma to truly heal. Healing takes time, and sometimes the process of healing is more painful than the initial hurt itself. Be patient with the process of forgiveness, of growth, of betterment, of rebirth, of re-creation. – Jana Lynne Umipig

When I was eleven, I was molested – and there are people who have known me for decades that have no idea. Family too.

Eleven is such a critical age, but particularly in my case as this was when I had just started puberty. At a time when I should of been getting to know the young woman I was becoming, I did everything in my power to hide. I felt silenced because this was someone in the community, and even though I told my mother, I never reported it. I wanted it to be over and tried to gloss over the pain.

My mother and I saw them one day in the local mall with their daughter and I felt compelled to shed my skin – that’s how badly it was crawling. They smiled and asked how I was doing as if nothing had happened. As if I wasn’t told to “keep it a secret.” As if my mother wasn’t prepared to go to war for me on the spot and cause a scene.

I went from a girl who was unapologetic about the space she held to someone who barely made eye contact when speaking with others. From free flowing and moving through ballet, to not training or doing any movement work until fifteen years had passed.

As it turns out, I was not the only one that been harmed by the same individual, as they were brought up on charges during my junior year of high school. I thought about calling, but thought that my trauma wasn’t “as bad” as the others who they forced into ongoing cycles and years of abuse.

In hindsight, I realize now that the vast majority of the “relationships” I entered in high school were toxic because I was ignoring my trauma. I was struggling to grasp that cycles of abuse run rampant and are systemic. An epidemic.

When I got out, and went to college, I started to understand how deep these cycles are. I gained the language to interpret what I was going through in organizing communities and healing spaces. And what a privilege it was. The transition to get to the discovery that I am not defined by that moment in time may be a conscious effort for the rest of my life.

The Gods decided that I needed a reminder to continue to make that conscious effort.

To continue to be a warrior for my life.

To be comfortable with the fires that I’ve set around me.

To learn more about my shadow, where that unapologetic little girl has been chilling for years, waiting for me to turn around.

To embodied in my power, but check my ego.

To let the love that is expressed to me truly land.

To wade all the way into my truths.

Our friends, loved ones and families often serve as mirrors, and I’m blessed to say that in the past six months, they almost blinded me. The light they gave back to me scared the shit out of me because it made me turn around to find an eleven year old version of myself giving me our trademark side-eye. I am that light. Half way into twenty five, this is my truth.

I couldn’t handle my own glare and the shadow that it cast. Now I’m working on embracing it. This is my litany for survival.

Kundalini Yoga with Griselda!

Peace community–

We hope this message finds you well! We wanted to be sure to invite you all to come through to Kundalini Yoga taught by our sister-goddess-Earth Mama Griselda Rodriguez-Solomon!

When: Mondays and Wednesdays starting June 1st at 6pm
Where: LES Dance Academy 62 Orchard Street, New York, NY 10002
Exchange: $10
*please try to wear white/light colors and bring something to cover your head.
Sessions are open to all genders.

About Griselda:
A native of Brooklyn, New York, with roots in the Dominican heritage, Griselda Rodriguez grew up in what are often considered impoverished communities. Those communities and her mother’s efforts are what she attributes to having overcome adversity and persisted in achieving her goals of attaining a PhD. Currently a Professor of Sociology at the City College of New York, Griselda balances her time between teaching the youth, practicing Kundalini yoga and assisting women during labor as a doula. Mother to a beautiful baby boy Talib, she is grateful to be a vessel of healing.”

Asides from her bio, we encourage you to get to know better Griselda through her recent reflection on the Aquarian Age here.

We’re honored to support someone who has given so much to our community. Please spread the word and we hope to see you during one of these sessions! We’ll be in touch with more healing offerings and circles soon!

Much love,
the SCC

 

 

Gathering Our Journey’s Wisdom

Peace Community–

We’re please to invite you to join us for our final workshop, Gathering Our Journey’s Wisdom, as a part of The First Line of Defense Is Our Bodies series! The final session will focus on the energies of the Fall Equinox, and will be intergenerational space with filled with music, food and discussion. The session, facilitated by Ynanna Djehuty, will utilize writing and other mediums that will help participants identify how their identities have been influenced by their personal and collective histories.

When: Saturday, October 3rd starting at 5pm.
Where: Justice Center en El Barrio, 1637 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10029.
RSVP: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-first-line-of-defense-is-our-bodies-closing-workshop-tickets-18786645362

About the Justice Center en El Barrio:

The Justice Center en El Barrio is a dynamic new space for social justice and community organizing, committed to building the people’s movements. The Justice Center is home to five organizations focused on everything from fitness justice, to fighting police brutality, recovering workers’ unpaid wages and defending women’s reproductive rights. Regular programs include community forums, book clubs, film showings, free and low cost fitness classes and open mics.

About Ynanna Djehuty:

Ynanna Djehuty is an Afro-Dominicana born and raised in the Bronx. She is a midwife, reproductive health activist and writer. The focus of her work is the empowerment of women and people of the African Diaspora. Ynanna is the creator of These Waters Run Deep, a multimedia journey into the lives and struggle of Afro-descendant women. Using reproductive and maternal health as a lens,These Waters Run Deep artfully weaves narratives that highlight the socio-political landscape by through which women of color have learned to endure for generations. In October 2009, the Afro-Dominican speaker published ‘Hija De Mi Madre’ (My Mother’s Daughter), a combination of memoirs, poems and research material focusing on the effects of race on identity. Ynanna is the co-founder and associate editor of La Galería Magazine, an online publication for Dominicans of the Diaspora.

We hope to see you on Saturday!

Much love,
the SCC

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The Healing Wisdom of Herbs – Update!

We’re excited to share more details on The Healing Wisdom of Herbs, the next session of  our workshop series!

The session will focus on identifying herbs, healthy living, and much more in collaboration with a community garden in Harlem.  The facilitator will be Core Sister Glenda Ullauri, who’s work involves intergenerational programming in urban agriculture and food justice that is guided by the unconditional love for our pachamama and compassion for all living things and ancestors.

This session will be very similar to last summer’s Cultivation Circle, which can you find a clip of below. More details can be found in the flyer below and on the Eventbrite page.

Be sure to reserve your spot at this session here.

We look forward to seeing you!

Much love,
the SCC

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The First Line of Defense Is Our Bodies

THE FIRST LINE OF DEFENSE IS OUR BODIES: A WORKSHOP SERIES

Join us for our first ever workshop series!

<><>BACKGROUND<><>
We believe in a holistic health and healing perspective; health and healing is not just about an individuals physical body, but also their mind and spirit in relation to the communities and spaces they find themselves in. In this workshop series we will hold space to talk about self-care, communal care, healthy relationships, and decolonized sisterhood.

Each workshop in the series is focused on a different aspect; communal meals, learning about self-care elements, healing through movement, and storytelling. We aim that all participants will share and create knowledge that deconstructs our current beliefs about health and healing.

<><>DETAILS<><>
All of the workshops are free with an RSVP!
All workshops are for women and girls unless otherwise specified.
We have metrocards available for those in need! Please email us at sisterscirclecollective@gmail.com for details.
Free meals will be provided during the all of the sessions.

Questions? Call: 507-339-4469

<><>SCHEDULE<><>

August 22nd: Introductory Workshop and Communal Meal
Location: 369 E 149th st., 11th fl (BX)
Sign up here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-first-line-of-defense-is-our-bodies-a-workshop-series-tickets-18161602843

September 5th: Healing Through Movement
Location: TBA
Sign up here: Link coming soon

September 19th: Herb Identification and Elements of Self-Care
Location: TBA
Sign up here: Link coming soon

October 3rd: Fall Equinox – Final Workshop
Location: TBA
Sign up here: Link coming soon

<><>GRATITUDE<><>

Thank you to Citizens Committee for New York City for making this possible!