Updated: Mar 1, 2020
By June Allen
What is "racial wellness"?
"The retreat is a powerful opportunity to explore the vulnerability and power of your blackness with tools, support and culture bring you right back home to yourself."
Racism is a global system of oppression that consciously and unconsciously targets non-white people in 9 areas of our lives, economics, education, entertainment, labor, law, politics, religion, sex and war. As a result of this system playing out and evolving all day every day, it’s important to be aware of how it impacts your life.
3 core things you may experience in response to racism include fear as a result of feeling unsafe, shame from internalising the racist abuse and anger at the ongoing and exhausting injustice of living under the system. Our feelings are the bodies non verbal expression of our humanity and will alert us to respond appropriately.
Racial wellness is a term I coined to define African centered self care. These are specific cultural tools to decolonise your thinking, behaviour and identity. As your awareness and confidence grows, you can stand fully present, inside a loving relationship with your melanin without apology.
There are 3 disciplines you’ll need to practice in order to maintain your wellness, the first is RELEASE. Physical exercise on a daily basis helps to release racial stress and any trapped energy or emotion inside the body.
The second is REFLECT which is crucial for understanding your needs and building emotional literacy. An example of this is free flow journalling which allows you to just write out any thoughts from your stream of consciousness without judgement.
Discipline 3 is to RENEW. These are healthy, self-soothing behaviors to realign balance, nourish your identity and maintain a peaceful sense of well-being. Some examples of this include being creative, listening to heart centred music and pampering your black body.
The retreat is a powerful opportunity to explore the vulnerability and power of your blackness with tools, support and culture bring you right back home to yourself.