Soul Camp

Soul Camp is a sacred affinity space for Black/Indigenous LGBTQ womyn that provides safety for healing, rest, and connection. Rest is a privilege many Black womyn die without ever experiencing. The need is for Black womyn’s rest, growth, and gathering to be seen as a human right, not a rebellion. Given that Black womyn are usually erased or de-humanized, Soul Camp creates space where black joy can be celebrated. Soul Camp offers this unique opportunity in 2022 for 25 Black/Indigenous LGBTQ womyn.
At Soul Camp, we:
Provide a 5-day healing journey through art, daily workshops, facilitated discussions, rest, and nature connection.
Offer professional facilitators that guide participants of Soul Camp through intimate and challenging exercises and daily seminars.
Provide versed trauma workers that birth an atmosphere where vulnerability is welcomed and encouraged.
Discuss sex/sensuality/trauma, holistic healing, nutrition, self-sustainment, and self-care for deep reflection and more vital self-awareness.
Experience traditional summer camp activities to ensure community building and celebrate Black Joy!
Provide work experience for LGBTQ Black & First Nation folx.
In addition to Soul Camp, a Lil Soul's Camp will provide 24/7 childcare for single mothers to ensure those womyn/femmes who need child care can access this space.
From Soul Camp's Founder, Joyce Lee :
Thank you for the opportunity to share this vision of Soul Camp with you. Historically (and notably in these times of reconstruction and reimagining), a space like Soul Camp is critical for our healing and to continue on a path towards thriving. The need is for Black womyn by Black womyn. Activists, community leaders, artists, and mothers are allowed to come to Soul Camp to rest and recharge, returning to our communities replenished and better resourced. The overarching goal of Soul Camp is for Black Womyn/femmes to engage in self-determination socially, spiritually, and environmentally. This 5-day healing journey is for those who need immediate rest and a sense of community to thrive, not just survive. The retreat space has already been secured at The Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, where participants are nourished by the place's beauty, nature, and community.
We welcome you to be a part of this fantastic experience. Here are some activities and components we invite you to sponsor:
  • Organizing and facilitating Soul Camp - $18,000
  • Nationwide transportation to and from Soul Camp - $2,800
  • Lil Soul's Camp housing for children - $3,000
  • Childcare providers (24/7 for 6 days) - $4,500
  • Food for caregivers and children - $800
  • Camp activities and materials for Kids - $800
  • OAEC has generously donated $15,000 towards this experience, yet the true cost of the space is $30,000 total (an additional $15,000 is needed for retreat space, including housing and three meals a day).
  • Additional funds raised beyond the goal are given to other participants and the ongoing Soul Camp for 2023.
If you would like your donation to be tax-deductible, you can donate directly to The Occidental Arts and Ecology Center. Under donations for Contribution Details, select "Donation Dedication". Please indicate that you are donating on behalf of Soul Camp.  All donations to OAEC will go directly to the expenses for Soul Camp.
In Gratitude and Solidarity,
Joyce Lee
Founder and Director of Soul Camp
  • Bethany Silvestri 
    • $50 
    • 6 d
    • $722 
    • 7 d
  • Anonymous 
    • $100 
    • 11 d
  • Vicki Solomon 
    • $50 
    • 19 d
  • Catherine Levine 
    • $50 
    • 20 d
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Joyce Lee 
St. Paul, MN