Our purpose is to support our community of Black Women/non-binary folks in a culturally safe space and to promote and facilitate cultural healing. This will include virtual and in person sessions in Vancouver with professional African guest artists and facilitators, so that we can celebrate our own ancestry, together.
During these times of Covid-19, our usual practices for self care and wellness are no longer enough. New solutions are needed to ensure our continued wellbeing.
The purpose of this Project is to support our community in a culturally safe space and to promote and facilitate cultural healing. Weekly sessions will be held virtually and in person in Vancouver with professional African guest artists and facilitators, to give you an experience of an African village cultural life.
This helps address the impacts of COVID-19 as feelings of isolation have intensified when the black population was especially hit by the health, social and economic repercussions of the pandemic. The lack of adequate support and access to community resources made it necessary to promote social inclusion and mental health and wellness using our own traditional healing modalities.
This project is specifically for black women, including members of the LGBTQ2S+ communities.
Please feel free to also enroll your daughters aged 12 years and over.
Collectively, we can support each other and increase our sense of belonging and wellbeing through the celebration of our African ancestry.
YES, IT IS FREE !
The project runs from end-August to end of November 2020, in Vancouver. We also have African storytelling nights out in nature, and a blessing ceremony!
Every Saturday – 2 pm to 4 pm OR
4 pm to 6 pm
*We are currently enrolling our 2nd intake for our 4 pm class
Every Sunday – 5 pm to 6:30 pm
First Nations Blessing Ceremony
Traditional (Ewe) Blessing Ceremony
Traditional songs from Zimbabwe
Storytelling Nights (once a month)
Traditional clothing to perform
End of project performance night
No experience or equipment required. We will provide the drums and other equipments needed for the duration of the project.
Please save Saturday, October 24th for our Blessing Ceremony. It will be a day-retreat out in nature. You will be gone roughly from 10 am to 4 pm, and lunch will be provided. You will receive full details once you are enrolled in the program.
Our second intake registration has started for the in-person gatherings at 4 pm on Saturdays and the online sessions on Sundays: Simply click on the "Register Now" button.
We will close the project with a performance for our families. You won't have to perform if you don't want to. If you do perform, an African outfit will be provided to you for the performance.
We understand that it is not always possible for you to organize baby sitting for your kids so yes, feel free to bring them. After all, we are a Village! Just make sure you bring their toys and anything they need to be occupied while you are drumming, dancing or singing!
I am not black but I love everything this project is about. Can I join this group?
NO. This is for Black women/non-binary folks only.
I am interested but I don't want to commit. Can I just drop-in from time to time?
We would prefer it if you could attend on a consistent basis. We are confident that once you experience the deep connection that happens around drumming, dancing and singing together, you will make every effort to attend all sessions! So please, come any time you can, we will be here, ready to welcome you into the Tribe. Also, keep in mind that regular attendance contributes to building trust and connection, and a deeper sense of belonging.
I want to attend but I am concerned about Covid-19. Is there another way I can be a part of this?
We understand your concerns and we take every precaution to keep everyone safe when meeting in person. Having said that, we also have an online weekly gathering so that those who cannot join us physically can still be part of the group. The online sessions are for any Black person who wants to join us!
We are grateful for the generous support of the Government of Canada and the Canadian Red Cross, and for the contribution of the Vancouver Opera.