“Unlearning” Retreat Hosted by Africana Spirituality and Hindu Chaplaincies
Who and Why: For students who identify with or are exploring Africana Spirituality and Hinduism, this retreat is a perfect way to spend to 2 days in celebration of our faiths, traditions, and ancestors while contemplating our contemporary ways of being.
When: Jan 21 and 22 – We are inviting you to commit for these 2 days, if your schedule doesn’t allow please let us know which sessions you can attend.
10:30am Opening speaker/practice (Prof. Liseli Fitzpatrick, see bio below)
11:45am Lunch (we will send grub hub coupons) option to eat in small breakouts
12:30pm Reading and discussion Part 1: Sound Healing (breakout groups)
1:30pm Return to larger group, reflections
2pm Closing ritual
Asynchronous: Take a walk, journal, answer the reflection questions
Friday Schedule of Events
Note: 4pm – 7:30pm ET Synchronous
4pm Welcome (Opening space)
4:30pm Opening speaker/practice (Akun Priestess Akosua Reed, see bio below)
5:45pm Dinner (we will send grub hub coupons) option to eat in small breakouts
6:30pm Reading and discussion Part 2: Movement Healing (breakout groups)
7:30pm Return to larger group, reflections
8pm Closing ritual
Liseli A. Fitzpatrick is a Trinidadian-scholar in the field of African Diasporic cosmologies and sacred ontologies at Wellesley College. In May 2018, Fitzpatrick made history as the first Ph.D. in the Department of African American and African Studies (AAAS) at The Ohio State University (OSU). In 2010, she earned her B.A. in Psychology (pre-Law) with a double-minor degree in African American and African Studies and Visual Communications at OSU. Subsequently, in 2012, Fitzpatrick received her M.A. in AAAS and was immediately awarded a lectureship position while in pursuit of her Ph.D. Her research foregrounds themes of identity, Afro-cosmological thought, the voluntary and involuntary movement of persons of African descent, and the pervasive effects of slavery and colonialism in the creation of the West. Her current project, “Sexuality through the Eyes of the Òrìṣa: An Exploration into Ifá/Òrìṣa and Sacred Sexualities in Post-Colonial Trinidad & Tobago" offers an expansive and universal pedagogical praxis for understanding human sexualities through Yorùbá cosmology and metaphysics. It is part of an ongoing quest to dismantle hegemonic and dichotomous constructs and bring balance to the discourse on sexuality and gender.
Nana Okomfo Akosua Nwotwewaa Oparabea practices the Akan tradition from Ghana where she serves as an Okomfo (Akan priestess) since 2006. She graduated her training over 14 years ago and facilitates a women's rites of passage program, Ohemma Ku (Queen's Society), in the DC area among other African spiritual-based ceremonies and rituals. Her passion is the intersection of human rights, racial justice, and spirituality. After graduating with a B.A., in History and African American Studies from Middle Tennessee State University, she moved to Washington, DC, to pursue her training as an Okomfo (Akan Priestess). She studied for seven years under the tutelage of Nana Ankobeahene Ama Oparabea Bekoe, Chief Priestess of Circle of Light of Society in Washington, DC. In 2007, Okomfo Akosua graduated to serve as an Okomfo (Akan Priestess) in the Akom Tradition (origin Ghana, West Africa) and ordained Reverend. As an avid learner, in 2015, she continued her studies and graduated from Inner Vision Institute for Spiritual Development's Personal Development Program. Okomfo Akosua currently serves as Co-Director for Ohemma Ku (Twi language from Ghana), Queen’s Society. This is a ten-month Women's Rites of Passage Program, in the Washington, DC, area, composed of 21 participants ages 20-65. She dedicates her life to working as an advocate for racial justice through a spiritual and human rights lens. She has a Master’s in Public Policy from George Mason University’s Schlar School of Public Policy. She presently works as a Senior Management Consultant in the federal government. She worked for over 10 years with organizations such as the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Global Rights, the 2008 Obama Presidential Campaign, the United States Department of State, and United States Agency for International Development to strengthen their work, impact and effectiveness through public policy, coalition building, event planning, strategic planning, organizational development, and research.She is a healer, mother, sister, granddaugter, daughter, goddaughter, teacher, warrior, and Reiki Level I healer. She constantly gives herself permission to experience joy and reminds others to do the same.