This summer, I will be teaching a 3 week intensive class titled: “Mi Cuerpo Recuerda: A Youth Health and Wellness Class.” I am excited because this will be the second summer I teach the class. Last year I had the honor of working with 13 amazing young girls from our school. This year, I have a co facilitator and we were able to increase the enrollment of the class to 25 students. The purpose of the class is to offer the youth with skills and knowledge around indigenous ways of health and wellbeing. At the core of the class is a hands on experience making different forms of medicine like massage oils, bath salts, tea blends to help the youth process emotional and physical issues they are dealing with. Last year, some of the youth in the class had been victims of assaults in the community, were addicted to drugs, had attempted suicide, had been raped, and were overall struggling in their daily life. This year the student population is similar and the class offers a space for them to re-connect with themselves and gain tools that can help them deal with the impact of their experiences and to inspire them to envision a new perspective about life. The class also focuses on helping them reflect about how historical trauma, social toxins, and other health issues impact the access they have to caring for themselves.
I am currently fundraising for the class. You can visit https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/dlk4f to donate or to share it with your friends!