Injustice, which is often a daily occurrence in this community, also compromises the health and well-being of people of color. Depression, anxiety, and the lack of control over one’s life circumstances challenge ones’ wellbeing. Social factors (stressors) such as under-employment, unemployment, poverty, lack of resources, and the adverse impact of racism and the criminal justice system contribute to the poor health status of many BIPOCs. These conditions undermine the body, mind, and spirit and result in increased bio-psycho-social illnesses among our communities.
The Healing Retreat for People of Color will teach that the ancient practices of yoga, meditation, breathwork and mindfulness as contemporary life support. The inherent substance, meaning, viability and sturdiness that lies within these practices are essential for the health and wellbeing for People of Color.