August 1: Deep Roots Retreat Supports Black Women & Wellness

Ringshout Retreat 2014 - Group Photo Day 1


For years in Austin, Naya Jones, co-founder of Food for Black Thought, attended uplifting holistic events . . . where she was the only Black or Brown body in the room. A long-time meditator and holistic practitioner, she was hungry for a holistic space where she could be all of her – physical and metaphysical, Black Chicana, spiritual and justice-oriented – without apology.  In 2008 she began facilitating meditations and holistic workshops in Texas via what would become Rootwork, and in 2012 an annual holistic retreat for Black women on the holistic path was born.

This year’s Deep Roots Retreat on August 1st is a the third annual event of its kind hosted by Rootwork. The upcoming retreat will take place at the Still Waters Retreat Center and include meditation, movement, and skillsharing; it includes a vegetarian lunch and a chef-prepared dinner with Chef Haywood of Injoy Kitchen. The retreat again intentionally supports businesses that are local and woman and/or Black/Brown-owned.

This year’s theme invites Black women on the holistic path to cultivate “deep roots” – inner peace and support systems. We will explore practices and tools for harnessing our inner/outer support systems in the midst of pain and joy, everyday lives and collective trauma (stoked by on-going police shootings, the recent church shooting in Charleston, media mis-representations, more).

In the spirit of building community, this retreat is open to women who have signed up for the Black Women Get Rooted™ Meetup. The Meetup is free to join, with $10 dues after a 90-day trial. Dues support BWGR’s Meetup page, community events, and an end-of-year scholarship.

Exchange for the retreat is $125 for the full day with payment plans available through July 22nd.

More and more we at Food for Black Thought do not see this healing work as separate from justice work. We see healing work as essential for the revolutionary self-care and community-building we deserve as historically oppressed people who are always, always making a way.

Join the retreat, learn more, and spread the word (just 10 seats left) for this year’s event in Austin!


Questions? Be in touch here.


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