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Black Feminist Breathing Retreat: July 4-6th, Magnolia Mississippi

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What:  

This is a weekend retreat to practice and celebrate the technology of black feminist breathing. We will use breathing, mantras and poetry rooted in short wise sayings from black feminist teachers and writers as a resource for mindfulness, sustainability and connection to legacy and purpose.  This retreat builds on a successful national (plus Canada) Black Feminist Breathing Tour through which Sista Docta Time Traveller Space Cadet visited schools and community centers around North America.   It also builds on 5 years of retreats by Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind in North Carolina and South Carolina.  We are excited to bring this energy to Magnolia Mississippi.  We will be gathering about 21 participants (including facilitators) for a weekend full of LOVE!


931151_10100780662472942_390673411_nWho: This retreat is for black-identified people who breathe or who want to breathe and who would cherish a space to breath in the queer affirming, gender transforming, loving and abundant context of black feminist legacy and practice!   We are especially excited for people who live and work in the deep south and people with roots in the deep south who are breathing elsewhere to participate in the reality of what it means to breathe in the legacy of freedom and struggle in this geographic area.

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Where:  The retreat will take place at the Flowering Lotus Retreat Center founded by a visionary black woman named Dolores Watson in Magnolia, Mississippi.  We will be using their meditation hall and two of their large houses for our retreat. They will also be providing us with vegetarian meals prepared by a gourmet chef for the duration of the retreat.  There are directions to the retreat center here:  http://www.floweringlotusmeditation.org/directions.html

Magnolia, Mississipi is 90 minutes away from Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans.  We are intending that the majority of attendees will be within driving distance from Magnolia (6 hours or less), but there will be ONE shuttle with 10 spaces for people who fly in between 10am and 1pm on Friday, July 4th and who fly out on Sunday July 6th between 4pm-9pm.

When:  The retreat will take place starting at 3pm on Friday July 4th and ending at 12pm on Sunday July, 6th.  Please plan to attend the entire retreat.

How:

The retreat costs $500 per participant and includes housing, all meals, and world-renowned facilitation and transportation from the airport for a limited number of participants. Scholarships are available!!!!  The organizers are working hard to secure scholarships from aligned organizations and donors.  We are also able to work with you if you are interested in being funded by your workplace, school or organization to attend or if a loved one wants to make a tax-deductible donation in order for you to attend.   In order to reserve a spot fill out the application above and deposit $75-175.   The deposit is non-refundable UNLESS the retreat is full by the time you register or you do not meet the criteria to participate and register by mistake (see “who” above).  Full scholarship recipients will also 
have their deposits refunded by the retreat date.  Partial scholarships recipients will not have their deposits refunded.

Make your deposit here:
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Flowering Lotus also has a 30 minute work meditation policy which means that each participant will (mindfully) do something for 30 minutes that supports the functioning of the center…like washing dishes.  You will not miss any retreat programming during this time.

Why?  You tell us!  To apply to attend this life-changing and love-filled event please let us know a little bit about your vision and your needs here (this is also where you can apply for full and partial scholarships!):

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/11bQ98DR4Z7mpUtpvZXBpVvE2PfyerfVCfh6sZt2S02s/viewform


Cosponsor this life-giving event:

If you or your organization want to be listed as a co-sponsor of this event and have your work publicized as part of what makes it beautiful and worthwhile for black feminist visionaries to BREATHE you can offer a donation of $50 or more here:

or go to our donation page.

If you want to be a retreat partner and either send members of your organization to the retreat or fund scholarships for other participants you can offer a donation of $500 or more here:

https://www.fracturedatlas.org/site/fiscal/profile?id=7353

or go to our donation page.

 


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Black Feminist Breathing: The Retreat!!! Magnolia, Mississippi July 4-6

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What:  

This is a weekend retreat to practice and celebrate the technology of black feminist breathing. We will use breathing, mantras and poetry rooted in short wise sayings from black feminist teachers and writers as a resource for mindfulness, sustainability and connection to legacy and purpose.  This retreat builds on a successful national (plus Canada) Black Feminist Breathing Tour through which Sista Docta Time Traveller Space Cadet visited schools and community centers around North America.   It also builds on 5 years of retreats by Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind in North Carolina and South Carolina.  We are excited to bring this energy to Magnolia Mississippi.  We will be gathering about 21 participants (including facilitators) for a weekend full of LOVE!


931151_10100780662472942_390673411_nWho: This retreat is for black-identified people who breathe or who want to breathe and who would cherish a space to breath in the queer affirming, gender transforming, loving and abundant context of black feminist legacy and practice!   We are especially excited for people who live and work in the deep south and people with roots in the deep south who are breathing elsewhere to participate in the reality of what it means to breathe in the legacy of freedom and struggle in this geographic area.

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Where:  The retreat will take place at the Flowering Lotus Retreat Center founded by a visionary black woman named Dolores Watson in Magnolia, Mississippi.  We will be using their meditation hall and two of their large houses for our retreat. They will also be providing us with vegetarian meals prepared by a gourmet chef for the duration of the retreat.  There are directions to the retreat center here:  http://www.floweringlotusmeditation.org/directions.html

Magnolia, Mississipi is 90 minutes away from Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans.  We are intending that the majority of attendees will be within driving distance from Magnolia (6 hours or less), but there will be ONE shuttle with 10 spaces for people who fly in between 10am and 1pm on Friday, July 4th and who fly out on Sunday July 6th between 4pm-9pm.

When:  The retreat will take place starting at 3pm on Friday July 4th and ending at 12pm on Sunday July, 6th.  Please plan to attend the entire retreat.

How:

The retreat costs $500 per participant and includes housing, all meals, and world-renowned facilitation and transportation from the airport for a limited number of participants.   The organizers are working hard to secure scholarships from aligned organizations and donors.  We are also able to work with you if you are interested in being funded by your workplace, school or organization to attend or if a loved one wants to make a tax-deductible donation in order for you to attend.   In order to reserve a spot fill out the application above and deposit $175.   The $175 deposit is non-refundable UNLESS the retreat is full by the time you register or you do not meet the criteria to participate and register by mistake (see “who” above).  Full scholarship recipients will also 
have their deposits refunded by the retreat date.  Partial scholarships recipients will not have their deposits refunded.

Make your deposit here:
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Flowering Lotus also has a 30 minute work meditation policy which means that each participant will (mindfully) do something for 30 minutes that supports the functioning of the center…like washing dishes.  You will not miss any retreat programming during this time.

Why?  You tell us!  To apply to attend this life-changing and love-filled event please let us know a little bit about your vision and your needs here (this is also where you can apply for full and partial scholarships!):

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/11bQ98DR4Z7mpUtpvZXBpVvE2PfyerfVCfh6sZt2S02s/viewform


Cosponsor this life-giving event:

If you or your organization want to be listed as a co-sponsor of this event and have your work publicized as part of what makes it beautiful and worthwhile for black feminist visionaries to BREATHE you can offer a donation of $50 or more here:

or go to our donation page.

If you want to be a retreat partner and either send members of your organization to the retreat or fund scholarships for other participants you can offer a donation of $500 or more here:

https://www.fracturedatlas.org/site/fiscal/profile?id=7353

or go to our donation page.

 


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Make/Shift Cosponsors Mobile Homecoming’s Erotic Power Institute!


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We are so proud and excited that our FAVORITE feminist magazine make/shift is a cosponsor of The Fullness:  Mobile Homecoming’s  Audre Lorde Inspired All Day Institute on Erotic Power at Creating Change in Houston next week!

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We are still fundraising to house and care for our awesome intergenerational facilitation team and the next few folks who donate can get some of our favorite classic issues of make/shift featuring beautiful articles by our favorite cutting edge transformative feminist writers most of which are not available anywhere online.

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You can donate here: http://www.alexispauline.com/apgblog/cause-view/the-fullness-support-mobile-homecomings-institute-on-erotic-and-spiritual-wellness-at-creating-change-2014

After you donate email us at mobilehomecoming@gmail.com and let us know your mailing address and which issues you would like.

Donations of 20+ get you the two issues you want, 30+ gets you 3 issues, 40+ gets you 4 issues and 50+ gets you the five issues of your choice while supplies last.

Here are the issues we have and highlights in each of them to help you choose*

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Awesome collage of the Women of Color Bloggers at the Allied Media Conference

Interview with Mia Mingus by Irena Contreras

Creative Alliances Through Shared Criminality by Brownfemipower

On Prisons, Borders, Safety and Privilege: Open Letter to White Feminists by Jessica Hoffman

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Entrevista con Maricruz Diaz by Fabiola Sandoval

What You Started: Letters to Black Feminist Ancestors by Moya Bailey, Lisa C. Moore, Aishah Shahidah Simmons and Lex

Loving an “Enemy” by Lisa Factora Borchers

Awake by Brownfemipower

 

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Poetry by Ching-In Chen

Article on Speak Women of Color Media Collective

Because We Still Are Here (Women of Color in Solidarity with Palestine) edited by Mai’a Williams and Lex

Resexing Trans by Kai Kohlsdorf

 

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Why Misogynists Make Great Informants by Courtney Desiree Morris

Poetry by Jade Foster

Shawty Got Skillz to Share (edited by Lex and featuring Moya Bailey, Zachari Curtis, Gwendolyn Long Robinson and Summer McDonald)

Brainy Burlesque by Charlotte Loftus

 

 

 

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Lex’s article M/other Ourselves: A Black Feminist Geneaology (or the Queer Thing)

An Interview with Pa’ti Garcia by Jessica Hoffman

Lex’s review of June Jordan’s His Own Where

 

 

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Issue #9

Roundtable on Women of Color Organizing in Detroit by Adela Nieves

Pieces of Us: The Telling of Our Transformation (the Azolla Story’s Stacey Milbern, Mia Mingus and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha)

Lex’s memorial love poem for Marilyn Buck (and Lex’s review’s of Jordan Flaherty’s Floodlines)

 
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Issue #10

An interview with artist Nikki Luna by Lisa Factora-Borchers

Me and Nicki Minaj by anna Saini

A Real Alternative: Holistic, Community-based Healthcare by Heather Bowlan

plus 3 reviews by Lex :)

 

 

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Issue #11

Mobile Homecoming’s interview with author and artist Aurora Levins Morales

Eight Years Since by Tyrone Boucher

Lex’s review of Dean Spade’s Normal Life and Eric Stanley and Nat Smith’s Captive Genders

 

 

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Issue #12

Letters from CeCe McDonald

Lex’s poem for Trayvon Martin Black Goes With Everything

An interview with Tiona McClodden by Tani Ikeda

Excerpt from “Collective Sun” a SpiritHouse liberation performance

*Basically every article in make/shift is our favorite article ever so if we don’t mention an article it is because we are trying not to overwhelm you with the awesomeness…


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Alexis and Audre in Cuba!!!

Captioned version here: http://www.amara.org/en/videos/8W0fhkuaoAgz/info/audre-lorde-resurrection-sunday-8-diaspora/

In January 1985 Audre Lorde went to Cuba as part of a National Black Writers exchange along with other writers and artists including Alexis DeVeaux, Toni Cade Bambara, Jayne Cortez, Gloria Joseph, Mari Evans and Rosa Guy.

This January Lorde scholar/disciple Alexis Pauline Gumbs will be following in Lorde’s footsteps when she goes to Cuba on a people to people license with visionaries Zachari Curtis, Ajamu Dillahunt, Rukia Dillahunt, Ed Whitfield and Laxmi Haynes to learn about Afro-Cuban culture and religion, sustainable agricultural practices and cooperative structures at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center in Havana.

lordeThis is an exciting moment in contemporary black transnational feminism and an opportunity for the Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind and the School of Our Lorde to deepen the transnational accountability of our work.

In celebration of this historic moment and this intergenerational communion we are collecting donations to support Witness for Peace (the organization that is making this trip possible), to recoup travel expenses and to support buying educational materials to add to the Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind Lending and Reference Library in Durham, NC.

You can make a tax deductible donation to Witness for Peace here

https://org2.salsalabs.com/o/5436/p/salsa/donation/common/public/?donate_page_KEY=232

and where it say “would you like to leave a message” please be sure to put the name Alexis Pauline Gumbs and send an email to brokenbeautifulpress@gmail.com notifying us of the amount of your donation so we can add it to the total on this page and you can get your School of Our Lorde perks!!

 

Perks:  (everyone gets a cartoon thank you from Lex!)

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$10-50

Donors of $10-50 and up will get a special audio archival treat.  Years ago an Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind Audio project in honor of ancestors lost to cancer and also to cancer survivors featured cancer survivor and activist Mary Anne Adams reading an excerpt of Lorde biographer Alexis DeVeaux’s essay “Searching for Audre Lorde” about meeting Audre Lorde during that 1985 trip to Cuba and working with her spirit to write her biography.

https://org2.salsalabs.com/o/5436/p/salsa/donation/common/public/?donate_page_KEY=232

$51-100 (or monthly sustainers of $5-10)

Donors of $51-100 or monthly sustainers of $5-10 will get the audio archival treat described above AND an emailed personalized alphabetized poem blessing from Audre Lorde’s poem “Diaspora” which was published in her 1986 collection of poems “Our Dead Behind Us.”  Just include a note with your favorite letter of the alphabet and if you like share some information about who or what in your life you would like the poem to bless.  (And make sure your current email address is linked to your donation!)

https://org2.salsalabs.com/o/5436/p/salsa/donation/common/public/?donate_page_KEY=232

$101+ (or monthly sustainers of $15-$20 or more)

Donors of over $100 will receive the audio treat, and emailed poem blessing and a one-on-one 30 minute phone or video chat conversation with Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs interpreting your custom poem and providing advice based on the context of the poem in Audre Lorde’s life and in our contemporary moment.

https://org2.salsalabs.com/o/5436/p/salsa/donation/common/public/?donate_page_KEY=232

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$500+ (or monthly sustainers of $25+)

Donations of $500 and up (or monthly sustainers of $25+) get a Cuba report back from Alexis Pauline Gumbs for your organization, class or group in person (if you are within one hour of Durham, NC or are in a city that she happens to be traveling through already in 2014 (e.g. Grand Rapids, NYC, Houston) or via video conferencing anywhere in the world!

https://org2.salsalabs.com/o/5436/p/salsa/donation/common/public/?donate_page_KEY=232

 


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Audre Lorde Resurrection Sunday #4: To A Girl Who Knew What Side Her Bread Was Buttered On

Launched on Nov. 17th 2013 on the 21st anniversary of Audre Lorde’s transition from an embodied warrior healer to an ancestral force, this is a weekly series of videos documenting and sharing my process of clarifying survival through a re-immersion in the words of Audre Lorde. To see all the videos so far check out: http://summerofourlorde.wordpress.com/resurrection-sundays/

http://www.amara.org/en/videos/b5nFFzYVwd0Q/info/resurrection-sunday-4-buttered-bread/

This week’s poem “To A Girl Who Knew What Side Her Bread Was Buttered On” is a fairy tale and a spurn to the romantic poets and their debate about maidens and gallant youths. The major message of this poem is to tend to our ancestors even in the face of arrogant distractions. This video is special because it is a collaboration by the participants in the Brilliance Remastered Guardian Dead Retreat on Ancestor Accountable Intellectual Practice. You are so blessed because along with hearing the poem you will get to see all of the participants embodying how they nourish their relationships with their ancestors. Your assignment is to think about (and share in the comments if you want) how you butter scones for your ancestors and what distractions seem to come your way. I am thankful for you and the ancestors who protect you!

Every week as part of my practice of resurrecting Audre Lorde in my life and in our communities I will be making an alphabetical oracle from the weekly survival poem which will consist of up to 26 new poems based on the sacred source text. If you would like to receive a custom poem as a blessing for your journey you can with a donation of your choice to Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind’s School of Our Lorde! summerofourlorde.wordpress.com


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$10-20 one time donation:

A Black Feminist Oracle Poem (aka alphabetical found poem from within this week’s poem) sent directly to your inbox!

(Just include the intention you want blessed and a letter of the alphabet so I can distill your poem!)

Photo 128$30-100 (or a monthly sustainer rate of $5-15):

A 30-minute one on one Oracle Reading Session with an interpretation of your Black Feminist Oracle Poem.

(16 available)

$150-300 (or a monthly sustainer rate of $20-25):

An IN PERSON one on one Oracle Reading Session with an interpretation of your Black Feminist Oracle Poem when I am in your neck of the woods or when YOU are in Durham!


IMG_2943$1000-2000 (or $100+ sustainer rate):

A customized Audre Lorde based workshop for you and your crew including an installation of a Black Feminist Oracle activity for all participants when I am in your neck of the woods.


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The Brown Menace: Audre Lorde Resurrection Sunday #3

Launched on Nov. 17th 2013 on the 21st anniversary of Audre Lorde’s transition from an embodied warrior healer to an ancestral force, this is a weekly series of videos documenting and sharing my process of clarifying survival through a re-immersion in the words of Audre Lorde.  To see all the videos so far check out: http://summerofourlorde.wordpress.com/resurrection-sundays/

Click here for a captioned version: http://www.amara.org/en/videos/sLIuA9taqgGs/info/the-brown-menace-audre-lorde-resurrection-sunday-video-3/

This week’s poem is “The Brown Menace or Poem to the Survival of Roaches” from Lorde’s 1974 collection New York Head Shop and Museum. Cherrie Moraga referenced this as one of her favorite poems by Audre Lorde at the Sister Comrade event in Oakland some years back and I see it as one of her most confrontational and brave poems ever! The assignment for this week (in addition to celebrating the survival of those of us who face extermination) is to think about a person who DISGUSTS you. It could be a person that you know in your community or it could be a political figure (mine was Clarence Thomas for a long time) and look for the lesson, “the indestructible part of yourself” that you see in that person or in your reaction to them.

How do we become as resilient as roaches? We evolve in the face of what we don’t want to see about ourselves!

Every week as part of my practice of resurrecting Audre Lorde in my life and in our communities I will be making an alphabetical oracle from the weekly survival poem which will consist of up to 26 new poems based on the sacred source text.  If you would like to receive a custom poem as a blessing for your journey you can with a donation of your choice to Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind’s School of Our Lorde!

Screen shot 2013-08-22 at 1.01.44 AM$10-20 one time donation:

A Black Feminist Oracle Poem (aka alphabetical found poem from within this week’s poem) sent directly to your inbox!

(Just include the intention you want blessed and a letter of the alphabet so I can distill your poem!)

Photo 128$30-100 (or a monthly sustainer rate of $5-15):

A 30-minute one on one Oracle Reading Session with an interpretation of your Black Feminist Oracle Poem.

(16 available)

$150-300 (or a monthly sustainer rate of $20-25):

An IN PERSON one on one Oracle Reading Session with an interpretation of your Black Feminist Oracle Poem when I am in your neck of the woods or when YOU are in Durham!


IMG_2943$1000-2000 (or $100+ sustainer rate):

A customized Audre Lorde based workshop for you and your crew including an installation of a Black Feminist Oracle activity for all participants when I am in your neck of the woods.


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Prologue: Audre Lorde Resurrection Sunday #2

Launched on Nov. 17th 2013 on the 21st anniversary of Audre Lorde’s transition from an embodied warrior healer to an ancestral force, this is a weekly series of videos documenting and sharing my process of clarifying survival through a re-immersion in the words of Audre Lorde.  To see the whole series so far check out this link:  http://summerofourlorde.wordpress.com/resurrection-sundays/

Click here for a captioned version: http://www.amara.org/en/videos/uoc8vi1Ho8lm/info/prologue-resurrection-sunday-video-2/

This week’s poem is Prologue, the last poem in Audre Lorde’s 1973 collection From a Land Where Other People Live. I love the vampire imagery in this poem, and I see it as a poem that makes space for all of the amazing black feminist vampire fiction that comes after it. For example Jewelle Gomez found the epigraph for her classic vampire novel The Gilda Stories in this poem.

Our assignment this week is to speak the truth that we are afraid to speak in our chosen communities. Sometimes we feel that we would rather die than speak a difficult truth. Audre Lorde invokes the vampire undead to speak the truth she needs to speak about internalized racism in the Black Arts Movement, what creativity, what characters will we invent to speak the truth that our presence demands?

Every week as part of my practice of resurrecting Audre Lorde in my life and in our communities I will be making an alphabetical oracle from the weekly survival poem which will consist of up to 26 new poems based on the sacred source text.  If you would like to receive a custom poem as a blessing for your journey you can with a donation of your choice to Eternal Summer of the Black Feminist Mind’s School of Our Lorde!

Screen shot 2013-08-22 at 1.01.44 AM$10-20 one time donation:

A Black Feminist Oracle Poem (aka alphabetical found poem from within this week’s poem) sent directly to your inbox!

(Just include the intention you want blessed and a letter of the alphabet so I can distill your poem!)

Photo 128$30-100 (or a monthly sustainer rate of $5-15):

A 30-minute one on one Oracle Reading Session with an interpretation of your Black Feminist Oracle Poem.

(16 available)

$150-300 (or a monthly sustainer rate of $20-25):

An IN PERSON one on one Oracle Reading Session with an interpretation of your Black Feminist Oracle Poem when I am in your neck of the woods.


IMG_2943$1000-2000 (or $100+ sustainer rate):

A customized Audre Lorde based workshop for you and your crew including an installation of a Black Feminist Oracle activity for all participants when I am in your neck of the woods.

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