Help Us Build Sankofa Maroon Village!!

Moyo Wa Africa  is the founder of the burgeoning Sankofa Maroon Village -a learning centre and living space for African-descended people to reclaim cultural knowledge, strengthen our connection to the natural world and learn sustainable living skills here in Turtle Island. Having been hosted by the Adinkra Farm for the past four years, we are currently buying our own  space that will be dedicated to Sankofa Maroon Village programs, namely:

-SANKOFA MAROON VILLAGE CO-OP SCHOOL : Providing a small-group African-centered community learning space for children and youth members during the COVID pandemic and beyond, as well as educational workshops for all ages.

-SANKOFA MAROON VILLAGE TIME-SHARE: Providing members with access to living space or retreat space where they can connect to nature in a Black community setting.

-SANKOFA MAROON VILLAGE COMMUNITY GARDEN: Providing an opportunity for members to participate in planting, harvesting and tending to the garden in exchange for a share of healthy organic produce!

-SANKOFA CENTRE FOR HEALING, ARTS AND ECO-EDUCATION (SCHAEE):
SCHAEE is the for-profit arm of Sankofa Maroon Village that will provide discounted services to community members as well an an opportunity for members to sell their own services or products through this community-based business.

*The Sankofa Centre for Healing, Arts and Eco Education (SCHAEE) will offer healing retreats and educational programming in a natural setting, as well as a variety of online courses to support holistic well-being on a personal and global level. With conventional spa-retreat amenities, a variety of holistic health services based in African and other traditions, courses on sustainable living, as well as an array of arts programming, clients are able co-create a unique experience that facilitates the transformation and growth that they need.

 

OUR STORY

Since 2005 Moyo Wa Africa has offered free cultural education programming at sites throughout Toronto such as The AnitAfrika Dub Theatre, the YWCA, Mabel TCHC site, Pelham Park community centre, Jane and Finch Boys and Girls’ Club, and the Africentric School.

Over the past four years, we have shifted focus to our Sankofa Maroon Village project whereby we have provided cultural education and gardening opportunities to people of African descent through our partnership with Adinkra Farm (a space where we were generously given access to land to grow food). However, as a result of hardships currently being exacerbated by COVID, some of our community members are currently in urgent need of safe housing as well as space to grow food, mutual-support in educating our children in a culturally-rooted manner in the face of extended school shut-downs, as well as mental and physical health support.

In response to these urgent needs we  are purchasing a property where we can accommodate and grow food for a small community of resident and visiting members. We are creating the first Black 'intentional community' north of the border. We will build upon the rich African history in the Owen Sound and Collingwood areas, where many free Black people and  maroons  established the earliest Black settlements in Ontario, and where we will be fairly close to our original home at Adinkra Farm, and just two hours from Toronto, allowing  easy access for commuters, part-time members and visitors.

We are inviting people to donate on a one-time or monthly basis to help manifest this historic vision. We are also still welcoming people of African descent to apply to join as members (resident or part-time) and allies can support the project as well as take care of their own well-being by taking out a SCHAEE membership which entitles them to access the guest cabin for retreats. To explore these options, please contact [email redacted] .
  • Ros Salvador 
    • $50 
    • 28 d
  • Rhodri Wiseman 
    • $250 
    • 5 mos
  • Rachel Deutsch 
    • $30 
    • 6 mos
  • Jon Armstrong 
    • $20 
    • 7 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $100 
    • 9 mos
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Organizer

Amai Kuda Yemoja Ile 
Organizer
York, ON