Roots of the Spirit Healing & Joy Retreat

The last few years have been mentally, physically, and spiritually exhausting for all of us, and I’m so ready for a break, aren’t you?
 
With our birthright to wellness and healing in mind, I’ve created a safe space for us to deepen our connection to the earth and to our ancestors, to embrace radical self-love and compassion, to reconnect with our inner wisdom + power, to rest, to recharge, and to experience joy and sacred connections with other powerful Black, Indigenous, and Women of Color.
 
We are launching our scholarship and fundraising campaign to ensure access to women who wish to attend this four-day healing and affirming event.
 
In addition to the fear, anxiety and significant loss during the pandemic, we’ve witnessed the gut-wrenching murders of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and a growing list of brothers and sisters stolen at the hands of the police violence. Unmarked burials of over 1,000 Indigenous children were unearthed at Indian Residential and Boarding Schools in Canada and the US in 2021. There has been a horrific spike in anti-Asian hate crimes. We recently witnessed Supreme Court Nominee, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, withstand vicious attacks from white Republican Senators on live TV. And the list goes on.
 
It’s challenging to find the silver lining in all of this, but if anything, it’s that there is finally the acknowledgment that racism is a public health crisis. Racial trauma can erode our sense of self-worth and lead to anxiety, chronic stress, substance abuse, PTSD, diabetes, asthma, heart disease, and high infant mortality rates, among other mental and physical illnesses. (CDC)
 
In essence, systemic racism is making us sick and, in many instances, killing us. It is robbing us of our ability to live abundantly joy-filled lives where we are thriving rather than just surviving.
 
I have dedicated my life’s work to uprooting racism in various forms. It has been a dream of mine for years to launch a healing retreat. I am not a healer, but I am on a healing journey. The saying goes, “you teach what you most need to learn.” I am truly delighted to be accompanied by such experienced, wise, passionate, caring professional facilitators to help bring this vision to life.
 
The Roots of the Spirit Healing and Joy Retreat is this June (the 22nd to the 26th) in Roxbury, NY.
 
As access is an integral part of our mission and ethos, we are creating and launching an online fundraising campaign to support our ability to offer scholarships to those who would otherwise be unable to attend. We are reaching out to the RTS family and supporters for contributions and to help spread the word.
 
About the Retreat:
This retreat is for Black, Indigenous, and Women of Color at any stage of your healing journey. Our accomplished soul-centered facilitators will guide this healing journey through culturally appropriate use of Indigenous traditions and knowledge, the healing arts, and other modalities proven to address the unique experiences and needs of BIPOC women.
 
The retreat takes place in Roxbury, New York - in the heart of the majestic Catskill Mountains. In addition to providing a safe and healthy environment, we will support local women-owned businesses.
 
It is well documented that by healing ourselves, we pass healing onto the next generation by disrupting unhealthy intergenerational patterns. This retreat is our acknowledgment of the Indigenous principle of the Seventh Generation, where we make decisions that are sustainable for seven generations in the future. We are creating habits and shifts that bring more peace, clarity, confidence, wisdom and power that will ensure the well-being of the individual and the community for generations to come.
 
Becoming Family
For helping us kick off our Scholarship Campaign, you are joining a special Roots of the Spirit family: Friends of the Healing Retreat. We will be delighted to spread the good news of your generosity in helping us launch this important initiative via social media, the podcast, and our website.

Stay tuned on social media for the exciting updates on our campaign and our retreat! Thanks so much for your support, and we hope to hear from you soon.
 
Fundraising Levels

$10,000 +

Virtual keynote address by Civil Rights icon, Minnijean Brown Trickey (Little Rock Nine) one of the nine African American students who braved a violent mob to collectively desegregate Little Rock Central High School in 1957, with protection from federal troops. Keynote + Q&A 1-hour, not to exceed 100 participants. 

 
$4999 - $9999 
Virtual keynote address by Spirit Tawfiq, founder of Roots of the Spirit, an organization dedicated to uprooting racism through storytelling, education, arts & health. Keynote + Q&A 1-hour, not to exceed 100 participants. 

Name as Founding Contributor on the Roots of the Spirit website 

Minnijean Brown Trickey’s (Little Rock Nine) Antiracism Reading List 

 
$2500 - $4999 
Virtual keynote address by actor and public servant, Hisham Tawfiq for Black, Indigenous, and Men of Color to destigmatize and build awareness about mental health and wellness for BIPOC men. Tawfiq is widely known as the character “Dembe” on the NBC hit show The Blacklist. He also served as a US Marine and retired from the FDNY after serving 22 years. Keynote + Q&A 1-hour, not to exceed 100 participants. 

Name as Founding Contributor on the Roots of the Spirit website 

Minnijean Brown Trickey’s (Little Rock Nine) Antiracism Reading List 

 
$1000 - $2499 
“Courageous Conversations about Race & Racism” Workshop hosted by Spirit Tawfiq, founder of Roots of the Spirit, an organization dedicated to uprooting racism through storytelling, education, arts & health. Workshop duration 4-hours, not to exceed 30 participants. 

Name as Founding Contributor on the Roots of the Spirit website 

Minnijean Brown Trickey’s (Little Rock Nine) Antiracism Reading List 
 

$500 - $999 
In Spirit Solidarity Workshop – supporting participants “in spirit” by attending a virtual workshop led by one of the Healing & Joy Retreat facilitators. 

Name as Founding Contributor on the Roots of the Spirit website 

Minnijean Brown Trickey’s (Little Rock Nine) Antiracism Reading List 


$150 - $499
Honorable mention on the Roots of the Spirit website, podcast, and social media.

Minnijean Brown Trickey’s (Little Rock Nine) Antiracism Reading List 

 
$5 - $149
Name as Founding Contributor on the Roots of the Spirit website 

Minnijean Brown Trickey’s (Little Rock Nine) Antiracism Reading List 

 
  • Anonymous 
    • $100 
    • 6 mos
  • Katie Clinebelle 
    • $100 
    • 6 mos
  • Morning Star Trickey 
    • $30 
    • 6 mos
  • Robin White 
    • $300 (Offline)
    • 6 mos
  • TROY KIRSCHNER 
    • $50 
    • 7 mos
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Organizer

Spirit Tawfiq 
Organizer
New York, NY

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