On a snowy morning in March seventeen womxn filled my studio and one by one they peeled back layers of clothing, old stories, and closely held beliefs about themselves. They turned in what was, in exchange for a new sense of power and permission to be in their bodies. They touched their hips, bellies, and hearts with love, laughed, screamed, danced, and something broke wide open inside of me. Maybe it was the possibility for us to radically love ourselves because we are, in fact, living bodies of love, or that honest vulnerability is our super power or that when womxn tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth we can move mountains and shift entire paradigms. At the end of that day I knew this was just the beginning and Bloodroot Sessions were born.
What started out as individual photoshoots has now been spun into a day long retreat for the practice of radical self love, deep rest and sacred communing sisterhood complete with a private Bloodroot Session of your own.
Join us on June 9th for a day of generous permission to love and honor yourself in a circle of womxn loving and honoring themselves.
We will be gathering on 40 acres of private land in the lower Connecticut Valley in a solar powered yurt, complete with a labyrinth, open fields, walking trails, and a quiet brook.
The retreat includes a full day of rest, meditation, story telling, movement and a radical body loving Bloodroot Session for each attendant. There will be workshops taught by Hanifa Nayo Washington and Angela Clinton to help us sink deeper into self love and finding our power. Three lovingly made meals along with other surprises are also included.
A month after the retreat we will gather again for a private group viewing of select images with other retreat members and womxn who have participated in these sessions. It is a beautiful night of witnessing ourselves and others in community.
Rachel (she/hers) is a photographer, artist, mama, and Bloodroot session/sacred circle holder. She's a pursuer of justice and a deep lover of community. Rachel believes in magic, the power of healing and is committed to working towards liberation for us all. She knows that when a womxn comes home to herself there is collective healing for everyone.
Angela (she/hers) is a fiercely loving organizer and trainer committed to justice and joy -- to large, systemic change and deep healing. Body movement and dance have cracked open for her a path to healing, self-love and individual and collective liberation. During the retreat she will invite each of us to move, sway and shake our bodies to tune-in to the emotions that reside within and to turn-on to our power.
Hanifa Nayo Washington
Hanifa Nayo Washington (she/hers) is an artist, soul teacher, and the Principal & Co-Founder of One Village Healing. As healing justice practitioner and urban shamanista Hanifa views this offering as radical medicine for individual and collective liberation and healing. Experience Hanifa’s original healing mantras on her latest album Mantras For The Revolution, offering seven original mantras - one for each chakra.
TW (she/her/they) is a radical queer educator, farmer, justice love healing warrior whose work involves finding our ways to full expression on a path of liberation, internally and collectively. She is beyond honored to show up for everything that arrives on this Bloodroot path, from logistics to laughter to loud ass noises. She will come with herbs, salves, grounding practices, and wildness.
My desire is for all womxn to be able to experience this kind of space for practicing deep self love and profound connection to themselves in community. Because of this desire the investment for the retreat is not fixed but it takes teamwork to make the dream work!
There are 10 spots available.
The day (including the photo session) is worth $950.
If you are able to pay more I ask that you consider giving as generously as you can to help another sister/s be able to attend. If you are unable to pay the full investment I have a number of slots that are available at a discounted rate depending on what funds are available. Please reach out and let's make it happen!
I believe we are better together, with our vast life experiences and intersecting identities and that when we join together there is more than enough for everyone.