Healing Spaces to Replenish the Soul

A series of closed & open sessions throughout Days 2 &3

Hosted by Erika Totten, Founder, toliveunchained.com and Co-Founder, Black Lives Matter DC

While working in philanthropy offers incredible opportunities for learning, impact and influence, navigating the world of philanthropy can be psychically and emotionally demanding, especially for practitioners who carry one or more identities that are not privileged in the workplace. In addition to that, many of our members have reported feeling exhausted from the emotional toll of the moment we are living in today. EPIP’s conference will be a space for healing and reconnection with our aspirations for ourselves and our communities.

Erika Totten, Founder of Unchained, will lead interested participants in small group and one-on-one healing sessions. Through these sessions, EPIP attendees will be guided through an experience where they are encouraged to move from “head work” to “heart work” as they explore how their souls are impacted by and connected to the philanthropic work that they do. 


CLOSED GROUP HEALING SESSIONS

throughout the day on September 14

SIGN UP live at the conference registration table — *25 max per group-Participants will self-identify the group they participate in*

EPIP attendees will be guided through an experience where they are encouraged to move from “head work” to “heart work” as they explore how their souls are impacted by and connected to the philanthropic work that they do.

  • Liberatory Healing Group Session -- for people who identify as Black  (10:30am-12:30pm)

This healing circle will acknowledge and process the racialized trauma and stress we've amassed over recent years, the oppressive idea that our worth is determined by what - or how much - we produce for other people and how that shows up in our lives, and how we can set ourselves free from every chain that doesn't move us toward individual and collective liberation. 

  • Liberatory Healing Group Session -- for people who identify as Non-Black People of Color (2:30pm- 4:30pm)

This healing circle will acknowledge spiritual wounds borne from living within our shadow selves, connected to multigenerational separation, sacrifice, internalization and loss. Participants will experience storytelling, ritual, and drumming to recall ancestral wisdom and guidance toward retrieving their authentic and whole selves. 

  • Liberatory Healing Group Session -- for people who identify as White (5:00pm-7:00pm) 

This healing circle will acknowledge and release harmful spiritual inheritance borne from white supremacy. Participants will experience storytelling, ritual and drumming to enter new levels of forgiveness, fearlessness and affirmative identity toward individual and collective healing.

*Each session will end with guided meditation and participants will receive an Essential Emotional Wellness Toolkit as a takeaway.*


OPEN SESSION throughout the day on September 15

  • Replenish your Soul" Healing Lounge (9/15/16 from 8:00am-2:00pm)

EPIP attendees will experience a self-determined liberatory healing space designed to inspire a reconnection to their emotional, spiritual, mental, and physical bodies. Guided by their own intuition, attendees will journey through 4 different healing modalities that offer a shared intention of supporting participants in creating a life of authenticity, balance, and radical love. Healing offerings include:

    • 1-to-1 Soul Coaching Sessions
    • How-To Design A Liberatory Self-Care Plan
    • Art-Making
    • 2 Group Offerings of Embodied Movement via Yoga, Somatics Bodywork, and Dance

Learn more about the host:

Erika_Totten-Headshot.jpgErika Totten is a wife, mother, educator, healer, spiritual life coach, protestor, and community organizer who continues to work tirelessly in the fight for Black liberation. She is a co-founder of Black Lives Matter DC where she focuses on coalition building nationally and abroad, disrupting the status quo, and creating weekly healing spaces for Black people to process racial trauma and to experience collective Black joy in the midst of dismantling systems of oppression. Her organization, Unchained, exists to support the collective healing and liberation of all Black people unchained_logo1_(1).jpgthrough identifying and unlocking the mental, emotional and spiritual chains that hinder us from being exactly who the Creator designed us to be. Through individual coaching sessions and Emotional Emancipation Circles™, Erika focuses on breaking the chains of internalized white supremacy, self-hatred, anger, perfectionism, feelings of unworthiness and inadequacy, generational pathologies, self-limiting beliefs, fear, rejection, silence, abandonment, denial, shame, guilt, and judgment. Guided by the principle of self-determination, Erika teaches the importance of visioning, creating the time to heal, learning and practicing essential emotional wellness skills, and intentionally detoxifying our minds and spirits by replacing the lies we’ve been fed with the truths of who we really are. 


Session organized by EPIP Member Alison McNeil, McNeil Creative Enterprises