COMMUNITY HEALING VILLAGES

Every season, we offer community healing villages that encompass  free to sliding scale, body-affirming, love-drenched potions, prescriptions and customized individual and group healing services to restore and expand our community’s abilities to transform stress and heal trauma. Services and offerings include art therapy, somatics bodywork, nutritional counseling, acupressure, acupuncture, essential oil therapy, thai yoga massage, reiki, arts-based herbalism, intuitive face painting, lomi lomi Hawaiian massage plant based medicine making, healing haircuts, spiritual divinations, peer to peer counseling sessions, healing justice workshops,  internalized oppression healing cyphers and more. Each of our healing offerings are rooted in an anti-oppressive, trauma informed practice, inclusive of all sexual orientations, gender identities, body sizes and deeply committed to working with the intelligence of your vessel and your guides.

Check out love scenes from our previous community healing villages of Harriet’s Apothecary!!

Spring Edition: Sunday, April 6 2014
Summer Edition, Sunday, July 13, 2014
Fall Edition, Sunday November 9, 2014
Winter Solstice Edition, Sunday December 21, 2014
Brooklyn Museum Edition, Saturday, March 7, 2015
Summer Edition, June 13 and 14, 2015
Soul Fire Edition, September 13, 2015
Spring Edition: Saturday April 23-Sunday, April 24, 2016
Summer Edition, Saturday, July 16-Sunday, July 17, 2016

FREEDOM SCHOOLS

Harriet’s Apothecary Freedom School offers interactive, creative, community workshops, strategy sessions, dialogues and skillshares that offer participants tangible tools to deepen their individual and collective healing powers and skills. The Freedom School explores historical and present day indigenous stories and tools of wellness, safety and care outside of the medical industrial complex. Freedom school workshops are created with the intention of providing individuals and communities with the skills and awareness necessary to bring transformative and generative rituals, practices, and resources back to people’s homes, workplaces, schools and community spaces.

 

Samples of some of our Freedom School workshops

SELF CARE CYPHER-RADICAL SELF ACCEPTANCE; CHOOSING “I” FOR THE REVOLUTION
Participants will identify and explore intentional acts of prioritizing and choosing self as a path toward revolution and an essential form of self care.  "I" will be the focus of this workshop, building strategies to center self within movement-based work, while still feeling a deep sense of connection and solidarity to radical justice work. Because suffering is not sustainable, the movement is relying on our ability to take care of ourselves and to embody the change we wish to see.  LED BY NAIMAH JOHNSON

SPREAD MASS LOVE: LOVE IN THE ERA OF MASS INCARCERATION
How often do we infuse love to the long list of carceral conditions that encompasses mass criminalization? Do we think about the ways in which we survive—the ways we recover, heal, and learn to love each other despite the era of mass incarceration? Join Piper Anderson, Marlon Peterson, co-authors and founders of SpreadMassLOVE, to delve deeply into a nuanced and experiential dialogue and story sharing session about the love in the era of mass incarceration—mass criminalization. LED BY PIPER ANDERSON
 

BLACK GIRL CANDLE MAGIK
In this workshop you will learn how to use your black girl magick to dress and prepare candles along with following specific Moon phases to help manifest prosperity, abundance, overcome trauma or many other goals and aspirations in your life! Each participant will walk away with 1 dressed candle to take home! LED BY SHIWAN MOONWANNIE

LET’S TALK ABOUT SEX AND DESIRE
This workshop seeks to envision a liberatory sexual praxis that invites participants to radically rethink their relationship to sex, desire and their bodies.  Participants will engage in communal erotic learning – we learn with and from each other – through a guided discussion around the concepts of gender, consent, sexual liberation, desire, body positivity, body image, trauma and internalized homo/transphobia. Participants are invited to practice conscious breathing exercises, share personal narratives and experiences, ask questions, and openly express desire in a safe space for people of various genders and lived experiences. Attendees will leave with tools, knowledge, and support necessary to challenge and transgress cultural norms re: sexuality and desire; and liberate themselves, their desires and their bodies. LED BY JAMAL T. LEWIS

BLACK FEMME HEALING CYPHER

This Black femme healing circle/cypher offers space to discuss, share, witness, and work through experiences with suicidal ideation. During the cypher participants will have an opportunity to gather with black femmes, share and be witness to stories of surviving suicide attempts and experiencing suicidal ideation. Collectively, we will be mirrors for each other, as well as share wellness skills and strategies. Additionally, participants will be guided through writing and movement exercises that identify and work through embodied traumas related to their experiences with suicidal ideation. A licensed therapist will be present to offer additional support if needed. All self-identified Black femmes welcome! LED BY KIYAN WILLIAMS
 

LOVE AT THE ROOT: HERBS AND THE CREATIVE PROCESS FOR PERSONAL GROUNDING

I belong anywhere that I place my feet.
I am at home in myself. I am grounded. I am provided for.
I am part of a community.

Our root chakras influence our feelings of connection, belonging, self preservation and survival. Join herbalist and arts practitioner, Shamilia McBean, for a session evoking our creative power to connect with and strengthen our personal roots.Through imagination, play, movement, art & medicine making, we'll explore methods of grounding ourselves more deeply. Along the way, we'll learn how root medicines, our powerful herbal allies, can fortify our grounding practices as outpourings of love at the root. LED BY SHAMILIA MCBEAN
 

THE HIP HOP FEMINIST SURVIVAL TOOLKIT: LOVE, PLEASURE AND SELF IMAGE
Music is a powerful thing. It’s a tool. It’s magic. It’s food. The messages we feed ourselves have life and power. The Colored Girls Hustle Hard Mixtape is here to nourish you. Participants will engage music videos, music audio and lyric text, as well as content from the Colored Girls Hustle Hard Mixtape, to explore a hip hop feminist politic. The workshop will also include a cipher where we will co-create sounds and music to feed our spirits and affirm our lived experiences. LED BY TAJA LINDLEY AND JESSICA VALORIS

 

FREE AND AWAKE
This workshop will introduce core mindfulness practices for deepening self compassion, reducing self judgement and integrating the nuances of a mindfullness practice that strengthen self empowerment and agency for cis and trans women of color. The workshop will include meditation, discussion, body presencing movement exercises and dharma sharing. LED BY BEA ANDERSON
 

SURVIVAL TOOLKITS FOR THE NON-PROFIT INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX
In this reflective, interactive lab, we will design and craft our own unique toolkits to summon resilience and survive the woes and microaggressions of nonprofit industrial complex shenanigans. LED BY ADAKU UTAH AND MYRNA CABAN LEZCANO

HOLIDAY BAZAAR AND SWAG SWAP

Every Winter Solstice, Harriet’s apothecary hosts a Holiday Bazaar and Swag Swap. This gathering lifts up the brilliance and creative genius of local community based Black, Indigenous and PoC Cis Women, Queer, and Trans artists healers, unicorns and magicians, providing another opportunity for community to spend and share with intention and resist the problematic season of capitalism that often does not serve us. LEARN MORE HERE

TRAINING AND CONSULTING

We co-create a variety of healing spaces and workshop offerings locally, nationally and internationally for organizations, community groups, board retreats, universities and conferences using a dynamic, unique blend of interactive dialogue, anti-oppressive critical analysis, popular education, artistic exploration, and indigenous practices.. We have supported communities in organizational development, strategic planning, coordinating wellness spaces for activists and organizers, conflict mediation, capacity development, healing from institutional and/or organizational trauma, reconnecting with indigenous healing practices and more.

We intentionally tailor each space and offering to meet the needs and goals of participants and Invest time to meet partners prior to cultivating a rigorous and aligned space. Every workshop and/or healing space is anchored by our values, anti-oppressive practices, trauma-informed care, and transformative and healing justice. To book us, please send inquiry to beatboxbotanicals@gmail.com

Previous partners include

Black Lives Matter
Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
Astraea Foundation
National Network for Abortion funds
Law 4 Black Lives
Movement for Black Lives
Brooklyn College
Columbia College
Yale University
Ohio University
Brooklyn Museum
Museum of Contemporary African Diasporic Art
Sister Song
Black Women’s Blueprint
Project SAFE

Sadie Nash Leadership Project
Hetrick-Martin Institute
& MORE

BLACK HEALER LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

We support novice and veteran Black healers in identifying and unleashing their healing powers, leadership qualities, and entrepreneurial practices and businesses. to be able to strengthen and nourish their impact throughout their lives and within their communities.

LISTENING CIRCLES

In 2016, Harriet’s Apothecary will be meeting with Black-led organizations throughout New York City to conduct listening forums and circles to learn from organizers, activists, educators and artists about policies, culture and practices related to healing justice and transforming trauma and harm within their movement building spaces. Listening circles will address successful and impactful strategies, organizational needs, barriers to change and areas of support.

ONGOING WORKSHOP SERIES: DANCING WITH OUR SHADOWS

Dancing with our Shadows: Black LGBTQI folks Breaking the Silence is a space for Black LGBTQI activists, dreamers, healers, artists, rebels, and teachers to co-create and practice healing tools to navigate depression and to transform how it impacts on our lives. This 6-week, creative and interactive series is committed to building a resilient, generative and courageous space to explore our capacities for breakdowns and breakthroughs; and share ways to support ourselves and each other. MORE INFO HERE

ADVOCACY & ORGANIZATIONAL PARTNERSHIPS

We work with movement building organizations throughout the country to advocate for policy changes related to racial justice, LGBTQ justice, anti-violence liberation and healing justice.

We are currently working with the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and the ACLU to develop Justice Teams for Truth and Reinvestment. Justice teams are local rapid response networks across the state of California that will build infrastructure to support victims and survivors of state violence and mass criminalization. These teams will also work to advance local Truth and Reinvestment campaigns that will raise the visibility of a long history and current reality of state violence and mass criminalization, while advocating for the redirection of resources toward employment, education opportunities, and public health-based responses to drugs and violence.

We are also working with the Astraea foundation to coordinate the wellness initiative with their CommsLabs Kenya/SouthAfrica contingent. CommsLabs is building a network of linked activists and technologists from the Global South and East working independently and together to strengthen the next generation of LGBTI human rights advocacy through the use of communications and technology tools.

Harriet’s Apothecary healers are also working with the Audre Lorde Project’s  Safe OUTside the System (SOS) Collective, an anti-violence program led by and for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans, and Gender Non Conforming people of color, devoted to challenging hate and police violence by using community based strategies rather than relying on the police.

APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM

The Harriet’s Apothecary apprenticeship program is designed to support young Black healers, artists and activists in developing their unique power, healing abilities and tools to create change in their lives and communities. Apprentices engage in deep, intentional learning about the history of indigenous practices, analyze the intersections of current issues of liberation and justice and healing and develop their own capacity to create healing practices, tools, resources and rituals. Apprentices also work extensively with the Harriet’s Apothecary team to develop healing spaces and Freedom School workshops and will have multiple opportunities to design and implement their own. To inquire about our apprenticeship program, email us at beatboxbotanicals@gmail.com