Sun Daughters: a healing retreat for Black Womxn
Crowdfunding Completed: March 2, 2018
Amount Funded: $3000
Project Owner: Tandi Rogers
Short Description of Project
A safe haven created by Black Womxn for Black Womxn to recharge, re-energize, and reconnect to themselves and each other.
How was this project connected to UU?
Rev. Tandi Rogers, community minister associated with Tahoma Unitarian Unitarian Congregation, and Gaian Bird, community activist and teacher, met during Peoples' Assembly (a version of Black Lives Matter) actions in Tacoma, WA. During that time, Gaian told Tandi about her dream of gathering Black Womxn to create real community. She has been frustrated by other Black support models which are assimilative and knew there was another way. Tandi asked "may I help and how?" Gaian, who used to be Unitarian Universalist until she "just couldn't," said that fiscal sponsorship and support in raising money could go a long way in gaining that trust back. Soon after the Tahoma Unitarian Universalist Congregation board voted unanimously to support the effort. It is proving to be a meaningful, symbiotic relationship.
Full Description of Project
Created by a local collective of gifted and community minded Black womxn in Tacoma, WA, Sun Daughters is a healing space specifically designed to give Black womxn a safe space to find what the world does not often give to us—acceptance, love, and care. We do this by meeting our sistxs right where they are with no conditions, no re-quirements, and no expectations.
Sun Daughters is a daylong experience of Black womxn magic as only we can create it—through nourishment of our bodies, minds and spirits. You will be welcomed to a day of sumptuous and delicious foods in an atmosphere of traditional hospitality. There will be time for you to indulge your creativity through art, poetry and writing. We will gather in circle to celebrate our Black womxn-ness in an atmosphere of compassion, love, and affirmation.
Everything, including childcare and transportation, is provided. Sun Daughters is a life-affirming space and welcome to all Black Womxn, Femmes , Non-Binary, and Gender-Fluid Folx. There is zero tolerance for transphobia, homophobia, ableism, sexism, misogynoir, or anti-blackness.
Gaian Bird is a writer, poet, and artist, and vision holder.
Kellie Richardson is an artist, poet, and business owner? Her business is Brown Betty’s Natural Hair and Skin Care. She is the current Tacoma Poet Laureate. It is a 2 year appointment.
Andrea Sulusi is a massage therapist, Reiki master, business owner – Elements of Sunshine