decolonizing our joy, [re]membering our play [bipoc only]
You have access to the source of your freedom: your sweet joy. Your joy is sacred. Your joy will set you free.
Our joy is our birth right. It is a life force, it is the laughter, the stories, and the songs that our ancestors have left in our bones to remind us we are not alone, to remind us we have always been free. And will be again.
decolonizing our joy, [re]membering our play is 5 week BIPOC journey towards embodying liberation through our joy. We humbly trace where joy lives in our bodies, our lineages of joy and play, and the systematic wounds that overwhelm that joy. We are guided by the questions:
- How are we weaving play into our liberation?
- How can joy empower us and keep us safe?
- How can we build communities rooted in embodiment of joy?
- How can we explore the tool of play to disrupt systems of oppression?
Our journey is rooted in joy and liberation. Each week we honor, explore and expand into the healing energy of play through storytelling, song, ritual, and the medicines within.
We look forward to playing with you!
**BIPOC-black, indigenous, people of color, explicitly including API, Asian, and multiracial kin
Our decolonizing joy journey
Introduction to Decolonizing our Joy
Thursday 3/25 4:30-7:30p pst/7:30-10:30p est
- Opening our container
- How has our joy been colonized?
- What is decolonized joy?
Nourishing our Joy
Thursday 4/1 4:30-7:30p pst/7:30-10:30p est
- What brings us nourishment?
- Practices for nourishing our joy
Celebrating our our Joy
Thursday 4/8 4:30-7:30p pst/7:30-10:30p est
- How do we celebrate our joy while under oppression?
- Practices of celebrating our joy
Protecting our Joy
Thursday 4/15 4:30-7:30p pst/7:30-10:30p est
- How can our joy keep us safe?
- How can we keep our joy safe?
- Tools + rituals for protecting our joy
Community is Joy
Thursday 4/22 4:30-7:30p pst/7:30-10:30p est
- Creating communities rooted in joy
- Co-creating our legacy of joy: What are the stories or joy we want the next seven generations to [re]member?
- Closing our container
Our journey will take place via the virtual realm [online] and will be recorded. Weekly circles will be 3 hours long with weekly joy tasks and a virtual community we will nourish for accountability and celebrating our joy.
Resource Package Available
For our 5 -week journey we offer a resource package with herbal teas, herbal remedies, tools, and supports to amplify our shared experience of the journey. Resource packages are limited. To receive your resource package by our first gathering circle register before Wednesday 3/18 11a est. Registration with a resource package after 3/18 11a est is welcomed, it just means you might not receive your package until after our circle opens.
Sliding scale: $222-555*
-Sliding scale is an opportunity for us all to support each other, to meet each other where we are at and to decolonize our relationship to scarcity and share the abundance. [don't know where you lie on the scale, click here!]
-Pay it forward allows you to share the abundance and support another homie in the journey
-Payment plans available [see registration form for further details]
-Fullish/partial scholarships available. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with subject: Joy Scholarship*
*Priority is always given to black queer, trans siblings
Space is limited.
Before ADD TO CART, fill out out our decolonizing joy registration form
xóchicoatl bello is an indigequeer mujerista, abolitionist, ceremonalist, earth steward + unicorn mamá. they come from el ombligo del luna aka méxico and the borderlands of Tongva territories, so called Los Angeles, Califas. their medicine walk on the red road is in service to Black, Brown, indigenous, and people of color sovereignty. believing that when we heal with the soil, heal the soils that sustain us, tend to the seeds, we heal our souls, we remember we have always been free.
they create spaces of remembrance, where youth and YOU may meet your sacred. meet your ancestors, and hear the truth that lives in their heart with the support of ceremony, plant medicine, and story. xóchicoatl maintains an herbal and healing practice through la mala yerba that seeks to connect all people to socially-conscious plant and ancestor work.
weave with them on IG @lamalayerbalove
Amanda Everich is a teaching artist, facilitator, mapmaker and collaborator from The Bronx, New York, unceded Wappinger Munsee Lenape land. They hold spaces, create offerings and build tools for portals of becoming and decolonizing through rituals of play, worldbuilding and empowerment. Their work is guided by connecting with creativity, ancestral knowledge, community and the land for individual and collective liberation. They move with trust in the energy of sacred joy, the seeds of source in creation and building from the knowledge of the people.
Amanda created Map Your Play—focusing on the rituals of mapmaking, finding healing with creativity and honoring the energy of play—as a source of nurturing people's journeys, uplifting expressions of freedom and archiving our stories, to support the future ancestors we are becoming by connecting with the abundance of our inner worlds.
Play with them on IG @amandapoints & @mapyourplay