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Black August 

August has a particular significance in Black freedom struggle and sparked the creation of a yearly celebration called Black August. 
There are two things in particular that inspired the creation of Black August; the commemoration of the martyrdom of Jonathan Jackson in 1970, which was inspired by many of the prison uprisings & the birth of the Honorable Marcus Garvey, a stalwart of modern Pan African Nationalism and self determination.
In the spirit of this history we bring you the Black August Symposium.
This event is an entire day (9am to 3pm) of educational and informative discussions on prevalent issues affecting Baltimore’s Black community. We’ll be inviting special guest moderators and panelists to participate.

Topics will include:

  • Anti-Violence in Baltimore
  • Criminal Justice Reform
  • Building Baltimore’s Black Arts Community

We’ve also been gifted FREE tours of the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum for attendees of the event (must RSVP advance to do tour). 

FREE food & refreshments for the entire day. 

This event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
Sponsored by: Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, The Living Well Center, The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum 

Healing The Soul of The City #healingincommunity

  Healing in Community is a transmedia project that brings the power of storytelling and awareness to both the impact of trauma and the use of ancient healing traditions. We believe that the soul must be the center and the core of healing. By using a combination of ancient healing modalities and expressive mediums such as visual arts, music, and physical movement we can create meaningful connections with ourselves and others. Healing the soul of the city is a collective effort of diverse community resources combining efforts to address the long-term impact of Trauma and provide sustainable outlets for social and economic restoration. 

Healing in Community demonstrates resources for wellness and self-healing from the long-term stress of inter-generational, economic, medical and emotional trauma. Addressing the impact of historical and systematic racism that maintains trauma in communities of color provides resources for organizations and institutions to audit their operating practices and norms. Increasing methods for reducing stress, anxiety and providing outlets for listening within organizations, systems and communities reveals best practices in restorative and healing modalities. 

#HealinginCommunity employs visual narratives to highlight ancient and community healing rituals. Our goal is to highlight strategies that expand opportunities for soulful expression, conscious expansion, and optimal wellness. We are creating short films designed to share stories, inspiration and platforms that illuminate the impact of indigenous healing resources and self-care practices of individuals and their communities. #HealingInCommunity is sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the National Centered for Trauma Informed Care. 

Using #HealinginCommunity as an interactive transmedia tool provides individuals and indigenous resources with a platform to share their stories and tools. It also provides a rubric for trainers and providers to teach the core principles of Trauma Informed Care by sharing pathways to culturally connected techniques for restoring the soul of distressed individuals and communities. 

Success can be measured by the increase in awareness of community and ancient models of healing, activities involving community building that include laughter, mindfulness, and showing up for one another. Over time, the adoption of indigenous and contemporary healing practices will increase opportunities for resiliency, reduces toxic stress, improves clarity of thought and overall health and self-care for individuals and communities. 

If you have a story or image you would like to share about your healing journey, post your story or your image here or inbox us at admin@livewellbemore.com.

Soulful Expression

Dance Goddess Sheena Black returns to The Living Well to teach Afro Cuban Dance. Join this 4 Week Body Movement class starting Tuesday April 25th – May 16th. Cost $15. Please arrive by 6/45 pm. Parking available. 

COSL (Circle of Self Love)

C.O.S.L. Was established in 2011 by Keytah Murray and Ukana McPherson. Their mission was to motivate women to be the best they could be. The Living Well community enjoyed weekly “dancehersize” classes, meet ups and fashion shows. We celebrate these healing Sheroes for their vision and commitment to healing our community. 

Join the reunion Saturday April 8th from 7 pm – 11 pm. 

Healing the Soul of the City

The Living  Well  continues the journey to healing Saturday April 8th with Ballet After Dark. Join founder Tyde Courtney Edwards for an unique “Trap-Ballet fitness class. The goal of this class is to provide a safe space for women of all ages and body types to release the trauma of sexual and domestic assault. 

Please arrive by 1:45 pm. 
Time: 2pm – 3 pm

Cost: $5. 

Yoga Mat Raiser

The Living Well is preparing for a mega yoga class on April 2nd at 11:30 am. We are using this class as an opportunity to promote healing and to discuss strategies to reduce toxic stress and depression. 

We are asking the community to support this important initiative by donating a new or gently used yoga mat so that we can share with individuals and families who attend our Healing Technologies forums such as yoga, Qigong, singing circles, dance etc. 

You can drop a mat off at our location on Wednesdays and Sundays at 235 Holliday Street. You can also drop off at the following locations:

  • Dovecote Cafe – 1400 Madison Street
  • Reflection Eternal – 2431 St. Paul Street
  • Terra Cafe – 101 E. 25th Street 

This is a family friendly event. We encourage you to bring your children especially if he or she is experiencing anxiety or depression. 

Please RSVP for this FREE class at admin@livewellbemore.com. Please share this event with your community. 

Yoni Workshop: Intention Setting

Sunday, March 26 
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Learn the basics of the Yoni Egg practice in a Sister Circle format.

– Yoni Egg care
– Yoga
– Belly Dance
– Yoni Breathing
– Setting Intentions for The New Moon

The first 45 minutes of our workshop will be for the sisters who are learning Yoni Egg Basics. We will answer questions, choose eggs, and get acquainted.

Please bring a yoga mat (we have a few extras) and a snack to share.

Cost is $20 in advance, and $30 at the door. Space is limited. Send PayPal w/a note to mrsfitness1978@gmail.com or follow the link and pay at: https://www.paypal.me/michellestaffordwell