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MBSR for the BIPOC Community


  • September 14, 2021 | 6:00 pm
  • September 21, 2021 | 6:00 pm
  • September 28, 2021 | 6:00 pm
  • October 5, 2021 | 6:00 pm
  • October 12, 2021 | 6:00 pm
  • October 19, 2021 | 6:00 pm
  • October 26, 2021 | 6:00 pm
  • November 2, 2021 | 6:00 pm

Tuesdays, 9.14 to 11.2, 6:00 pm to 8:30 pmRetreat Day: Saturday, 10.23, 9 am to 1 pm(BIPOC – Black, Indigenous, and People of Color)
Facilitators: Korantema Pierce-Williams, Carolina Bautista-Velez
Layering stresses from your personal and professional life on top of things like the 24/7 news cycle and political upheaval can put your body in a constant state of red-alert. The instinctual survival response can be helpful if you’re being chased by a tiger, but not if you’re trying to get dinner on the table! Learn to check in with your body to identify what causes you stress, then use practical techniques to reduce your tension on a regular basis. Decades of research show that this 8-week course makes structural changes in the brain regions associated with memory, sense of self, empathy, and compassion, measurably reducing stress in just eight weeks. And who doesn’t want that?This course is for you if you:- want to take your mindfulness practice deeper- desire to have a deeper connection to your body- are interested in showing up to the world calm and empowered
This program will be held on Zoom. Please check your junk/spam folders for your receipt for this event, which will include Zoom information. Zoom link will also be sent out 1-2 days prior to the event.
If cost is a barrier, access funding is available for all of our programs. Email for more information. To learn more about our sliding scale pricing click here
ABOUT Korantema and Carolina:
Nana A. Korantema Pierce Williams • MS-Mind Body Medicine, CMT-Certified Massage Therapist, An advocate for community growth, development, and healing, for more than 20 years Nana Korantema has been an Akan Priestess (origin Ghana, West Africa), spearheading sacred healing rites for individuals and organizations. Currently pursuing doctoral studies in Mind-Body Medicine at Saybrook University, her work includes: developing individual and collective self-care and mindfulness practices; leading traditional empowerment and awareness programs for Rites of Passage entities; facilitation of small group trainings for survivors of trauma; disrupting stagnant actions and thoughts through positive activities within environments; and therapeutic bodywork. She is a UCSD Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction teacher in training.
Carolina Bautista-Velez is an immigrant, Latinx, activist, professional life coach and consultant. Her mindfulness journey started back in 2016 after attending the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction class. Since then, Carolina has incorporated mindfulness practices in her daily life. She has also taken other trainings such as Mindfulness Self- Compassion, Cultivating Compassion and has joined practice groups in DC and VA. She believes our internal liberation contributes to the liberation of others. This has led her to deepened her understanding and share her skills with individuals and groups on the role of self-care and self-compassion as a tool of resistance and social change. Carolina is a trained Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher with UCSD.