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Afrofuturism: We Are Our Ancestors' Dream Come True


  • Chrysalis Institute 213 Roseneath Road Richmond, VA 23221 (map)
Valuing and protecting spaces for people of color […] is crucial to the resistance of oppression. When people of color are together, there can be healing. These spaces aren’t acts of oppression, but rather responses to it.”
— Kelsey Blackwell, "Why People of Color Need Spaces Without White People"

The current climate of divisiveness can make us feel scared. Vulnerable. Awkward. Angry. Reactionary. Impulsive. But when we root ourselves in the sacredness of our ancestors’ traditions, we can connect not only with our past but with higher parts of ourselves that can move us forward. AfroFuturism is a cultural movement rooted in the concept of going back in order to move forward. A Priest in the Akom Tradition of Ghana, West Africa, Nana Korantemah will cast the net wide with alternative health and wellness tools including movement, breath work, ancient rituals, and guided imagery to help with transformational healing, releasing emotional distress, and enhancing wellness. We’ve gotten away from oneness with our ancestors and our ecosystem, and that reconnection is long overdue. Let’s return together.

This is for you if you…

  • Are a person of color

  • Would like to release emotional distress or fear

  • Carry deep-seated wounds that long for healing


FACILITATOR
Nana Korantemah Pierce Williams, MS, CMT (Nana is a gender-neutral title representing the highest office in society among the Akan people of Ghana and Ivory Coast.)

Nana A. Korantemah Pierce Williams • MS-Mind Body Medicine, CMT-Certified Massage Therapist

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An advocate for community growth, development, and healing, for more than 20 years Nana Korantemah has been an Akan Priestess (origin Ghana, West Africa), spearheading sacred healing rites for individuals and organizations. Currently pursuing doctoral studies in Mind-Body Medicine at Saybrook University, her body of work includes: developing and conducting individual and collective self-care and mindfulness practices; leading traditional empowerment and awareness programs for Rites of Passage entities; facilitation of small group trainings for survivors of trauma in its various forms; disrupting stagnant actions and thoughts through positive activities within grass roots and community environments; therapeutic bodywork, exploring the intersections of touch, guided imagery, meditation, and breath work as vehicles of release for various conditions in the body.  Nana Korantemah is a wife, sister, daughter, godmother, healer, educator, and life-long learner, who remains humbled by the healing power of compassion, forgiveness, and love.

COST
$50/Chrysalis members
$100/General public

DATES/TIMES
Saturdays, April 13 & 20
9:30-11:30am

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