Decolonizing Birth Conference 2017

Decolonizing birth CONFERENCE  

On the weekend of September 23rd-24th, Ancient Song Doula Services will be holding its 2nd annual Decolonizing Birth Conference called “Addressing Systematic Trauma & Oppression Through a Collaborative Care Framework” where we will be examining methods for change in reproductive health, opening a dialogue to discuss the effects of systematic oppression and reproductive health choices, while also providing a space for community based organizations to network and build on resources and methods for advocacy.

*We’ll be presenting Resilience as a Preexisting Condition: Healing in Community on Sunday! Learn more and view the whole schedule here. We are deeply grateful to be returning to this conference after presenting a workshop and facilitating a closing circle in the 2016. Thank you to the team at Ancient Song Doula Services for making this possible!

Rituals of Resistance – Sunday May 7th

Join us for Rituals of Resistance!

When: Sunday, May 7th from 12-3pm
Where:  Prospect Park – Great Lawn, Brooklyn

A community cypher on indigenous and ancestral forms of resistance.

The cypher will honor warrior women of Sacred Stone Camp, who will share traditions that ground them in the Mni Wiconi movement. Other offerings include how to use practical magic and creation as a form of resistance. Be a part of the conversation on Facebook for live updates!

Rediscovering Your Banjee Realness – #CircleUp Series

Rediscovering Your Banjee Realness

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


This first workshop is guided towards an open discussion on how we share our voices and experiences while meeting people where they are as a community. It will encourage us to reimagine the ways we express ourselves and support one another. Space for this session is limited to 20! Please be sure RSVP.


Zach, born and raised in NYC, is a performance artist, curator, writer, and aspiring educator. This past winter, Zach debuted their talk show concept “Legends, Statements & Stars!” as part of La Mama’s Squirts: New Voices in Queer Performance. As Banjela Davis, Zach helped showcase the work of fellow LGBTQ artists of color. Zach’s interviews and original writing have been published by the Helix Queer Performance Network, Posture Magazine, Bronx 200, and Visual Aids. They have curated performances and visual exhibitions at Brooklyn Arts Exchange, BAAD! The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, Project Reach, and at City College (CUNY), where they received their B.A. in Art History in 2012.


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 for details and if you have questions.


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 – Sunday, August 14
5) Beach Circle/Closing – Saturday, August 27

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.

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


The First Line of Defense Is Our Bodies


Join us for our first ever workshop series!

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.

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 for details.
Free meals will be provided during the all of the sessions.

Questions? Call: 507-339-4469


August 22nd: Introductory Workshop and Communal Meal
Location: 369 E 149th st., 11th fl (BX)
Sign up here:

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


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

Beach Day/July Circle

Want to spend a Sunday at the beach instead of being in the city? Yes you do!Been fighting the patriarchy? Well then you deserve time amongst sisters at Rockaway Beach!

For our July circle, Sister Circle Collective invites you to join us as we soak up the sun, swim in the ocean, and practice radical self-love.

WHEN: Sunday, July 26th, starting at 11am
WHERE: Rockaway Beach

**bring your beautiful smile, a blanket/towel & snacks**

TELL YOUR FRIENDS! If you want a subway buddy, comment below!

A train to Far Rockaway. Transfer at Broad Channel to the S (shuttle) train to Beach 90th. Get off of the train and walk two blocks along 90th to the boardwalk. Look for the green concessions building on the left (google maps Rippers- 8601 Shore Front Pkwy, Queens, NY 11693).