Soul Sisters: Black Arts Retreat

710 € of 1 100 € goal

Raised by 32 people in 14 months
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Dear Global Community!

We, Soul Sisters Berlin, are reaching out to you in hopes that you will help support our first-ever, non-profit BLACK ARTS RETREAT in Berlin, Germany!

SOUL SISTERS BERLIN
Soul Sisters Berlin was created in November 2014 through the friendship of a group of young Black women in Germany. They felt and saw the need for a safe space in which women of the African Diaspora in Berlin could share their experiences, connect with each other, empower each other, and learn from one another. This intimate privatsphere of like minded friends rapidly grew into a community of over 300 women of color who have made it their mission to empower the black female voice through the exploration of afro-futurism, african mythology, and speculative art and fiction! We intend to further live these principles by creating public events in which we can enrich our community with our presence, knowledge and perspective!
"Colored Woman in a White World" Performance, 2014


BLACK ARTS RETREAT (BAR):
Our first large-scale event is the BLACK ARTS RETREAT: Soul Sisters Edition and will be held May 20-22, 2016!! We are collaborating with BAR concept founder, Kelly Thomas (USA) to create a program that incorporates meditation, creative workshops and movement activities, that will focus on the mental, spiritual, and physical well-being of black women.
Imagine this:

"...historically African American women are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of race-related stress, given their socially constructed identities as African Americans and as women." (Stress, Health and African American Women: A Black History Month Notation - Huffingtonpost.com)

"The rate of high blood pressure for black females age 20 and older is 45 percent." (The leading cause of stroke) (Stress, Health and African American Women: A Black History Month Notation - Huffingtonpost.com)

"The depression rate among African American women is estimated to be almost 50% higher than that of Caucasian women." (Blackwomenshealth.com)

(Although these citations are taken from studies and statistics in the United States, they shine a light on the daily struggles and issues of women of the African Diaspora all over the world.)


Dear Global Community! Help us heal and strengthen our society from the inside out! The retreat is organized by a team of Soul Sister volunteers, however, there are some costs we cannot avoid. We are looking for financial support to help us cover the costs of housing (650 euros), food (200 euros), and transportation (200 euros) . Every little bit counts!

Please help Soul Sisters around the world enrich our community and empower our society to make even greater contributions to our Global Society!

THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts,
Soul Sisters Berlin


Soul Sister Strut- Berlin, Germany 2015
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Update 2
Posted by Soul Sisters Berlin
10 months ago
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Dear Friends, Family, and Supporters!

Soul Sisters Berlin and the Black Arts Retreat would like to say THANK YOU for helping us realize our initiative to create a rejuvenating and healing safe space for Black women!
A community of international Afrodiasporic women was founded, deep bonds were formed, discussions, advice and strategies were shared about maintaining our spiritual, physical, and mental well being as Black women in our societies. Classes were led to induce and rediscover relaxation, diverse methods of expression and reflection and inner strength.
None of this could have been possible without your faith and support! As we continue to foster community within our perspective cities and countries, we will hold the Black Arts Retreat: Soul Sisters Edition as inspiration within our hearts and continue to work towards and believe in a better tomorrow.

Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts!

Kindest Regards,
Soul Sisters Berlin

(Please subscribe to our website, www.soulsistersberlin.com and our Instagram, 'Soul Sisters Berlin' for updates on future events and projects!)
Check out one Soul Sister's impression of her experience at the Black Arts Retreat: Soul Sister Edition here:
http://www.muntu.berlin/2016/05/may-black-arts-retreat_26.html?m=1#more

More photos and footage to come. Stay tuned!
Black Arts Retreat: Soul Sister Edition
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Update 1
Posted by Soul Sisters Berlin
11 months ago
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Dear Family, Friends, and Supporters! Thank you so much for helping us realize our goal in organizing the first ever Black Arts Retreat in Germany! 5 Days left and our journey begins! We have recently learned of the safety issues (right-wing extremists) surrounding the location of our retreat which discourages us from using public transportation to get there. Unfortunately this is something we cannot avoid. Your support helps us to rent 2 vans to ensure that our Retreat participants travel together directly and safely to and from the retreat. Your kindness and understanding thus far for our goals and mission has been overwhelming! We need one last push and then we will be set to experience a life changing and beneficial experience for us and our community! We will be documenting this event and sharing our highlights via social media afterwards. Stay tuned and again, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
Peace, Love & Light,
Soul Sisters Berlin
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710 € of 1 100 € goal

Raised by 32 people in 14 months
Created February 20, 2016
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Soul Sisters Berlin  
MW
25 €
Monique Wells
11 months ago
10 €
Black Women in Europe Blog
11 months ago

All the best with your initiative!

80 €
Anonymous
11 months ago
AA
20 €
Aliyah Ansari
11 months ago
KS
30 €
Katherine Smith
11 months ago

Love you Christine

PO
10 €
Paul Ophon
11 months ago
EK
20 €
Elena Krüskemper
11 months ago

Gute Fahrt!

RH
15 €
Roxie Halley
11 months ago
CS
10 €
Catherine Sow
12 months ago
CB
10 €
Crystal Boyd
12 months ago

Getcha Soul Sista on!!!

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