Festival Spotlight: Womanist Arts Festival

Festival Spotlight: Womanist Arts Festival

Festival Spotlight: Womanist Arts Festival

FESTIVALS

Upcoming Festivals

Looking for something to do this Sept? We are thrilled festivals are back and can’t wait to check out all the amazing events taking place around the world. This week we had a chance to connect with Tanya Birl, Artistic Director and Tanya Bishai, Executive Producer, Fundraising and Marketing from Womanist Arts Festival taking place Sept 10th in Washington Heights, NYC.

What inspired you to create a festival?

Our belief in artists as healers and inspired by the wisdom of Alice Walker’s womanist prose, this festival is in celebration of those who have come before us, taking on the mantle and moving forward into the future that we will co-create together. Women led and inclusive of all genders and non-conformists, race, religion and creed.

What makes your festival unique?

A call to the Washington Heights, NYC community to gather, connect and heal through music, movement, spoken word, art, self expression, interaction and celebration! We have some of the most talented people in the world living right here in our neighborhood. This festival will be an eclectic expression of the gifts that Washington Heights has to offer our souls and our bodies. It will aim to bring together neighbors living East and West of Broadway, creating a more unified spirit of belonging and trust

What offering/presenter or class are you most excited about for this year’s event?

Our final performance of the day at 4pm  featuring The SoapBox Presents and spoken word artists Caridad De La Luz

Learn more

https://www.instagram.com/womanistfest
facebook.com/WomanistFestival
http://sohumanity.com/wahi-womanist-fest

Upcoming Festivals
Take A Break

Take A Break

Take A Break

By Miko Hafez

PROFILES

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May is Mental Health Awareness month, and our Seattle based team member Miko chatted with McKenzie Riepen who has been teaching yoga for 10 years, about what motivated her to take a month break from teaching. She shares her experience with us here:

You have been teaching for 10 years, why did you decide to take a month break?In my decade of sharing yoga, I had never taken a purposeful break from teaching (beyond the weekend getaway and holiday trip here and there) just to focus on studentship and reconnect to my Self. As a small business owner, I also wanted to take time to evaluate my offerings and ensure my work was reflective of my values. I completed a restorative yoga training in December, and rest in society came up as a big value for me. In addition to encouraging rest in my teachings, I knew I needed to give myself that time to do so.

What does taking a break mean to you?
Especially in a service-oriented business, taking a break means stepping back from others’ needs and attending to your own. It means valuing your rest over the world’s demands.

How was your overall experience taking a month break?
It was an amazing reset, and I highly recommend it. While I know not everyone may be able to take a month off, I highly recommend carving out time once a year to reconnect to your highest Self. I treated my time like a mini retreat: I nourished myself through practices in self care and continued education. I was able to reset some old habits into new behaviors that I am still including in my daily routine like mid-day yoga nidra: a physical reminder to rest and be still.

Learn more about McKenzie and her offerings at MIND.BODY.HUM 

905 Western Ave Seattle, WA

@connectedmindbody

@mckenzieriepen

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VERDAD NICARAGUA

VERDAD NICARAGUA

VERDAD NICARAGUA

ABOUT:

Verdad is a boutique hotel nestled on a hillside overlooking Playa Escameca Grande on the southern pacific coast of Nicaragua. No matter where you are at Verdad, be it in your beautifully designed casita, or poolside, you will be surrounded by stunning nature in laidback luxury. Our gorgeous on-site yoga studio has views across the valley, and out to the ocean, and is a magical place to practice. There is also an on-site kitchen where we serve delicious home-made meals family style, a poolside honor bar with drinks and snacks, several places to lounge, and a massage studio. We offer a variety of adventures too: surfing, boating, sailing, zip-lining, hiking, scuba and more. Come experience the Verdad difference.
NICARAGUA coastline
ASHRAMS FOR AUTISM

ASHRAMS FOR AUTISM

ASHRAMS FOR AUTISM

ABOUT:

Dedicated to providing yoga in schools and facilities for the autism and special needs community

Ashrams for Autism seeks to empower and guide the autism community toward peacefully achieving their highest potential through yoga. We firmly believe that yoga can provide the proper tools for self-regulation and empowerment for this population.

NICARAGUA coastline
NICARAGUA coastline
NICARAGUA coastline
Community Spotlight: Exhale to Inhale

Community Spotlight: Exhale to Inhale

Community Spotlight: Exhale to Inhale

PROFILES

FESTIVALS

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On Oct 19th, Exhale to Inhale will be hosting their annual gala at the beautiful Rubin Museum in NYC. This amazing organization uses the healing practices of trauma-informed yoga to empower survivors, while helping communities to develop the skills and knowledge to support them.Maggie LaRocca, Exhale to Inhale’s Executive Director shared more about the upcoming event with us and ways to support their work.

What inspired the creation of this organization:

Zoë LePage founded the organization while a student at Barnard with the idea that trauma informed yoga should be a tool offered to survivors of domestic and sexual violence

In what ways can people support Exhale to Inhale’s work and mission?

According to the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, 1 in 4 women have experience severe phyiscal violence by an intimate partner, and 1 in 4 women and 1 out of 6 men have been sexually absued in their lifetime. It is likely that all of know someone, love someone or have been personally impacted by sexual or domestic violence.  As Exhale to Inhale is a growing organization filling an unmet need, we need the support of our community to elevate our mission, help us raise funds to support our work, and bring awareness to the need for healing resources like trauma informed yoga that can help survivors with what is often a lifetime of healing.

What are you most excited about for this year’s gala event?  

After two years of virtual galas, it is our first time being back in person since 2019 for our first ever gala. We can’t wait to see so many of our supporters in real life, and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to uplift our honorees: Ana Pincus, Dianne Bondy and Flamingo, all have had a tremendous impact on our work!

Learn more and support:

@exhale2inhale on FB

exhaletoinhale.org/gala2022

exhaletoinhale.networkforgood.com/events/44095-2022-celebration-of-healing-gala-a-year-of-inspiring-growth

exhaletoinhale.org/s/2022CelebrationofHealingSponsorshipPackage.pdf

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