We are deeply invested in creating a space where each person feels welcomed at all times. We invite you to co-create a space of love, growth, compassion, respect and healing that honors the intricate beautiful identities and energies we each hold. Here are some things to consider before and during Harriet’s Apothecary.
- Set a loving intention for your time at Harriet’s Apothecary. How do you want to love yourself while you are present? In what ways do you want to grow? What do you want to be open to? how do you want to embody the love that is you?
- As much as it feels comfortable for you, release judgments, preconceived notions, your ego and your fears. Lovingly challenge yourself to be open without attachment to outcomes. Allow whatever needs to manifest arise in order to be fully present to yourself and the community you will be with.
- Be present to your truth. Practice actively listening to what might be arising for you as you are in the space. Reach out for support if needed. There will be folks identified to meet your needs to the best of their ability.
- Practice active listening with each other, making a conscious effort to hear and understand what others are sharing.
- Be aware of language that you use to address and/or connect with people. Many words have been used to historically oppress folks. Lets participate in engaging in language that is liberatory and loving with each other.
- Please honor people’s pronouns and gender identities, whatever they may be. Allow people to self-identify their gender and preferred pronouns to describe who they are (eg he/him/his/she/they/them/their/z/hirs)
- To the best of your capacity, please be scent/fragrance free to support members of our beloved community with chemical sensitivities. We acknowledge that essential oils, perfumes and scent products are important to one’s self expression and healing and we ask participants to also recognize how using these products can create barriers for folks desiring to share space with us.
- To support ourselves in being the best allies we can be to each other, take a moment to read these articles on allyshiphttp://www.blackgirldangerous.org/2013/06/20136178-ways-not-to-be-an-ally/ AND http://everydayfeminism.com/2013/11/things-allies-need-to-know/
- If you are a white ally, please consider inviting Black Cis women and Queer and Trans folks in your life that need and deserve to be a part of this healing space.