SELF-CARE FOR BLACK WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP PROGRAM (BAY AREA)
What would it feel like to participate in a healing circle of Black women leaders where you could rest, rejuvenate, and create daily practices to support yourself for the long run?
What would it feel like to be in a space that focuses on YOU—the wholeness of who you are—and how that benefits not only you, but your organizations, communities, and families, as well?
Imagine a space where you are asked what you need around self-care and then imagine that you are heard. How would it feel to be in a creative and safe space where there is no need to censor how you feel or what you want to say? Imagine a space where intergenerational wisdom is shared and there is no need to justify your feelings or comfort fragility.
Now, in the midst of a pandemic that disproportionately affects Black people, continued police brutality, and uprisings calling for justice and liberation, we believe centering community and self-care is critical.
This is a space for Black women in nonprofit or movement spaces who are located in the Bay Area. We define leadership expansively: "leadership" isn't limited to an organizational role.
CompassPoint’s five-part series is a learning community tailored for Black women in leadership. This community is designed to support you in developing self-care practices grounded in ancestral resilience, creating a long-term plan for personal sustainability, and connecting with a supportive network of fellow Black women in leadership.
Please make sure you can attend all dates before registering!
- September 9 and 10, 2020: Two-day Launch
- September 23, 2020: Body
- October 7, 2020: Mind
- October 30, 2020: Spirit—A Day with Self-Care Practitioners
All online gatherings are held on Zoom and will go from 10am to 5pm PST, with a two-hour midday break.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Sixteen Black women will form a learning community that will meet online for five sessions (September 9 - October 30). Sessions are co-facilitated by the CompassPoint team and outside facilitators.
We believe that in order for healing from multigenerational trauma to occur, Black women MUST be afforded space to find their true voice and lift it up, to speak for themselves, and play an active role in determining what that healing should look like.
We explore various self-care practices that can be used to center and promote health and wellness, including yoga, art, meditation, exercise, and breathing techniques.
"I really enjoyed the opportunity to do some storytelling and to think about my own self-care. I walked into the session not knowing what was going to happen and with no expecations and walked away committed to learning more about the history of self-care rituals and practicing self-care for myself. In addition to that, I connected with some amazing women whose stories were so connected to mine."
—Past program participant
Upon completion of this series, you will:
- Leave with a better understanding of the impact of racism on your health,
- Know how to draw upon the wisdom of our ancestors and community in creating daily self-care practices that work for Black women,
- Understand the importance of a “community of learning” to create systems of support and accountability so that you achieve and maintain your self-care goals,
- Understand the importance of re-connecting to Mind, Body and Spirit in order to be a healthier leader,
- Understand the importance of leading and strategizing from a rested and rejuvenated place,
- Understand how self-nurturance creates empathy for yourself, your family, your team, and the communities you serve
How Can I Finance My Participation?
Information on registration and fees can we foundhere. We are offering two full “scholarships” to program participants. Please contact Spring Opara: firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
For nonprofit leaders, we encourage you to reach out to leadership at your organization and see if it’s possible to access organizational funds. Many organizations have funds available for learning opportunities or professional development. If it’s helpful for leaders at your organization to contact us directly, please email program facilitator, Spring Opara at email@example.com.
If you are a funder—consider sponsoring participation of team members from your grantee organizations!
MEET THE TEAM
Classroom Experience Coordinator
With gratitude to Tarita Gans Thomas, Dr. Jeir Watkins and Jasmine Hall for their co-facilitation and co-design of the initial three cohorts of this program.