Let’s Go! Retreats and Conferences to Attend in 2017

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Hope your year is starting out AWESOME. If “traveling more” was one of your New Year’s resolutions, then this is the post for you. I’ve compiled a list of conferences/events that might be of interest to you.

10th Annual Summer School on Black Europe: Interrogating Citizenship, Race & Ethnic RelationsAmsterdam, Netherlands June 26-July 7 2017

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“The overall goal of this course is to examine the contemporary circumstances of the African Diaspora (and “other” immigrants of color) in Europe. We will focus on and discuss the origins of Black Europe and investigate the impact of these legacies on policies, social organizations and legislation today. This course will begin with a historical overview of the African Diaspora in Europe that traces the involvement of European nations in the colonization of the Americas. We will address the migration and settlement of Blacks in Europe, and examine immigration and citizenship laws that regulated their settlement. We will also look at anti-discrimination laws as they have arisen in various European countries. We compare the history of regulation and management of race and ethnic relations and the discourse surrounding the concept of Blackness and self-identification. Historically, social forces and social movements within Europe have given rise to policies to combat racism. We will trace the chain of events following social and civil conflicts that prompted these policies and analyze the legislative and intellectual discourse produced in the aftermath. In addition, we will explore notions of Blackness as official categorization; as a social construction employed by the dominant groups to indicate (non) belonging; as a Diaspora living within Europe; and as a contestation of the dominant (White) paradigm. In this way, we examine the social mobilization of Blacks to resist domination”.

OYA Body Mind Spirit Retreats, United Kingdom. Quarterly.

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“OYA Retreats offer women of the African diaspora and women of colour an opportunity to immerse themselves in self-care and self-practice. We honour the intersections of our identities both on the yoga mat and off. Our team is dedicated to providing a safer space in which all body types have the freedom to experience a fulfilling practice in movement and in stillness”.

Women of Color Healing Retreats, Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica. March 13th-20th 2017.

Image result for women of color healing retreatsWomen of Color Healing Retreats was created out of the desire to connect women with nature and seeks to provide a space of learning, healing, and nurturing that so often alludes black women. In order to build sustainable communities that value the intersections of cultural identity, women of color must first rediscover who they are outside of a society that wishes to stunt organic spiritual growth and self-love. Women of Color Healing Retreats is a space for all black women, as they fully honor the diversity of black identity. It is a space for all bodies, all sexual orientations, all socioeconomic statuses, all political ideologies, and all levels of traditional or radical thought”.

Deeper Connection Yoga Retreat, Ochos Rios, Jamaica May 18-22nd 2017

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Come flow with these awesome women(@ladydork and @gypsy.yoga) as they guide you on a journey of self awareness and self acceptance.  This retreat is sure to challenge, recharge and help bring balance, self love and understanding into your life.  For more information and to register please go to the Hosts event page on Facebook at: Weapons of Fitness Training Center.

International Makeup and Trade Show (IMATS) London, May 19th-21 2017

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“Education and versatility are key to a career in make-up artistry, and IMATS London provides that in abundance. Established in 2002, this show gives you the tools you need to grow as an artist in theater, film, TV, fashion and editorial. Classes often range from age-make-up applications and red-carpet glamour to body painting and beards. Looking to stock your kit? Top exhibitors will be on hand for all your needs”.

Exciting right? Let me know if you decide to attend one of these. I’d love to hear all about it. Happy Travels!

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