“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” —Audre Lorde
The Wellness Movement has a long history. Beginning with early observations of nature, our ancestors were able to glean ecological insight, create an understanding of health, and develop a sustainable relationship with the earth. However, throughout our history this once sacred relationship began to deteriorate, becoming less valuable as a direct result of colonization, capitalism and consumptive behavior. And with this detrimental decline in connection to the earth, ancestry, and our humanity, people of color have long suffered disproportionate health outcomes. This is one public health issue that we seek to address and unpack at LOAM Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine.
At LOAM, intersectionaltiy is an essential component in our work. We believe that approaching a plan of care should be an inclusive endeavor, where the context of people’s lives must be considered, including culture, ability, and geography. One solution that we offer is our wellness education center. Every month, we hold space exclusively for womxn of color to join our Sunday Self-Care Sessions, an afternoon of intentional and sacred healing. Each session will allow time for movement, journaling, acupuncture, and meditation. It is our hope that this wellness workshop will provide a safe and nurturing environment where restoration, community, and resilience can flourish.
Sunday Self-Care Sessions begin promptly at 1:00 pm ending at 3:00 pm. Here are a few additional details to help prepare you for the event:
- Sessions are exclusively for self-identified womxn of color. Thank you for respecting this intention, and each other
- Make sure to bring your journal and something to write with
- Please bring your own Yoga mat (and a blanket if you tend to get cold)
- Wear comfortable clothing
- Sessions are designed for women ages 14 and up, and all levels of ability
- We are located at 114. N. West St., Ste. 203 Lima, OH 45801 (next to The Meeting Place)
- Street parking is available and the nearest bus stop is at the YMCA (Rte. 1 & 5)
- Our facility is wheelchair accessible
- Pre-registration is required, and early registration is encouraged for each session
- Questions? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back with you within 24-48 hours
If you live in Lima-Allen County, and identify as a womxn of color, we hope to see you at an event in the near future. The remaining dates for 2018 are as follows: September 9, October 14, November 11, and December 9. You can register for one, or all sessions at our online shop. Please note that space is limited to 9 participants for each session.