A special day of healing and renewal for people of African Descent. 

2021 dates:  Feb 13 and May 15 - more will be added.


Please join us for:
    • Practices for sustainability, resilience, and spiritual well-being
    • Free mini-sessions with healing practitioners
    • Community connection and support
    • Finding strength in ourselves and one another
    • Sharing hopes and visions
    • Gathering in sacred space

Facilitated by Rev. Kamal Hassan and Xan West

Please bring a dish to share for our potluck lunch, a refillable water bottle (we will have filtered water available for you), a journal or notebook, and anything you need to be comfortable for the day.

Admission is sliding scale ($35-100), with scholarships available and no one ever turned away for lack of funds.

Register here: bit.ly/healingblacklives

Location:  Lake Merritt United Methodist Church - sits between Lakeshore Ave and 1st Ave. The "front" address is 1330 Lakeshore Ave, right on the lake (near the 12th St end). There is another entrance at the "back" of the building at 1255 - 1st Ave. There is a small parking lot at the back of the building (1st Ave), and street parking by the lake and nearby neighborhood. PLEASE PAY ATTENTION TO THE SIGNS -- some street parking is 2 or 3 hours only. Some is unlimited.

Carpooling and public transit are encouraged. The closest BART station is Lake Merritt (about 1/2 mile away), and several AC transit routes stop right by the 1st Ave entrance at 1st Ave & International.

Accessibility:  To protect the health of community members with environmental illness and asthma, please refrain from wearing strong scents or perfume. (For a good resource to learn more click here.) This is a wheelchair accessible venue. Level-in entry is via the parking lot door.


I received confirmation, affirmation, connection with sincere & beautiful Black family. The facilitators were stellar and the topics comfortable to explore.

I wasn't sure what to expect from this, but it was unbelievably transformative. I appreciated the holistic approach to self-care, self-preservation and soul care. We touched on a lot, but the day and activities felt cohesive.

I serve formerly incarcerated youth and marginalized communities, this was a great way to center myself. I received strategies to do soulcare, a new found appreciation for journaling, and connection to others on their path.

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