This sacred gathering is a place for us to reveal ourselves to each other in a way that has been previously withheld because of the social construct of race. Race has no biological or genetic basis. We are 99.9% the same living and breathing organism. Yet the power of this construct has and continues to create personal, interpersonal, and institutional tragedies for all of our people. This gathering will create a sacred space to face this fictional idea by opening our hearts, honoring our ancestors, claiming our common humanity, and being validated for our value independent of the way white culture has defined our value. It is time for a social emotional intelligence where our connection to each other has more gravity than our dynamic emotions. It is time for healing and visioning. We will share a blessing, dance, stories, and visions. Relationship is key. Bring the people you love with you. This is the opportunity to deepen our authenticity together.
Meet our incredible team of facilitators:
Anurag Gupta is the founder of BE:MORE, a social enterprise committed to creating a peaceful and just world where all people can achieve their full potential irrespective of color, ancestry, or external appearances. Building on the inspiring work of academics, activists, and changeseekers of the past and present, it uses scientific research and inclusive storytelling to inform and empower stakeholders to change systems that sustain racial and ethnic inequalities and injustices in our world. Anurag is a New York based social entrepreneur, human rights lawyer, academic researcher, and cultural innovator. He envisions a world that is socially just, environmentally sustainable, and spiritually fulfilling. For over 10 years, he has worked as a teacher, advocate, and community organizer on issues of racial justice, inclusive development, women’s rights, reconciliation, and personal care on three continents. www.BeMoreAmerica.org
Teeni Dakini is passionate about embodied spirituality, alignment and clean energetic interaction as a responsible adult in a world that is moving into a new consciousness. Her focus is supporting people in who they are and what they need: emotionally, physically, mentally, spiritually and sexually, through a path of beauty and knowledge. She believes racism affects everyone. When privileges are decided by skin colour or ethnicity, brilliant people are not allowed to shine, deep relationships are not allowed to grow, knowledge is lost and we all suffer as a result. TeeniDakini.com
Nehemoyia Young is a Brooklyn based dancer, choreographer, and performing artivist accessing her creativity to contribute to the Peace revolution. She believes dancing is the transformational healing of our personal and collective traumas, her inspiration for community art. Nehemoyia received her BA in Psychology from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA, where she began dancing professionally for T. Lang Dance Company, one incubator for the diverse narratives of Black women. Currently project based, she has had the opportunity to perform with Liberation Dance Theatre, Love Making Dances, Tendayi Kuumba, DecaDance Theatre, Tremor Collective, and Denae Dance Theatre. Nehemoyia has collaborated with violinist duo Chargaux, Climbing Poetree, and various actors in NYC. She is an employee at New York Live Arts and currently serves on the Dance/NYC Diversity committee.
Zahava Griss is the founder of Love Making Dances, offering dance, education, ritual, and Esalen bodywork. She is committed to each generation feeling increasingly more trust, love, and passion in the body and in relationships. She directed Spiritual Nourishment for Conscious Activism in collaboration with Deepak Chopra. She has been listening to, speaking in, and facilitating spaces to acknowledge and transform white privilege for the past 13 years including work with the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, Sarah Lawrence College, the Re-Evaluating Counseling community, and the White Privilege Conference. She co-founded White Folks Soul, By Any Dance Necessary, a dance company exploring the incompatibility of wholeness and the race construct for white people.
Evan Worldwind expresses his best work through the power of music. He gives thanks to source energy by taping into the original sound of the Didjeridu Ancestral Stories. His intent as a musician is boring through the sphere of influences with art vibration to create a heart to heart communication with the audience. He contributes his passion for music to the Artist Dream, a performance group that explores the play of love as a measure of where we are in this instant. “Performing with my soul sister, Zahava, is an honor. I look forward to this worth while work.”
Kevin Nathaniel Hylton is trained musically in the ancient master-disciple tradition, as an accomplished percussionist, composer, and well-known specialist on the mbira and the shekere. He worked extensively with Zimbabwe’s mbira legend Ephat Mujuru, and with master drummer Chief Bey. Along with 9 recordings he has produced, his music is also available on the Narada collection “African Voices”, and the Ellipsis Arts release “African Dreams.” Mbirasanctuary.com
Humo is a musician, sound and energy healer, who has taken the mission of raising people’s frequency of vibration with sound healing technology. He has spent half his life performing and touring with different music genres in parts of the world such Colombia, across the U.S.A, and Canada. His present projects include: “Humo Maya” – Cosmic Shamanic Tribal Sound Healing, with which he has created the music for many Sacred Ceremonies in New York. He has also performed at Burning Man 2012 and 2013, Steward Mineral Springs in Mount Shasta, CA, Rainbow Gatherings, Be the Strange Festival in PA, and the Friend of Nature Festival in Miami, FL. www.facebook.com/humo.maya