With great appreciation I would like to thank all who showed up and showed out this past Saturday at Brooklyn Museum’s First Saturdays Series. Thank you for your healing words, gestures, and energy, without you there can be no us. Deep gratitude to our ancestor Harriet Tubman and all of our collective ancestors whose legacy continues to buoy us to heights unknown.
We arrived on Friday afternoon to set the village up, build a labyrinth made of lights, prepare our healing stations and to raise S.T.I.T.C.H.E.D ( the collective stories that have been gathered by Climbing PoeTree) which you will see hanging around the culminating healing circle in the photo above. Lastly, we came to begin the process of blessing the space and to fill it with our healing intentions.
Saturday arrived and we showed up an showed out, you showed up and showed out, and our ancestors definitely showed up and showed out. A thousand or so showed up to be washed over by healing love, to attend countless workshops, from herbal to crystal healing, all while being serenaded with the songs from our sound healers who created a beautiful melodic tapestry.
We culminated the evening with a healing sound cypher, where we gathered and sang up to the heavens of the things we were collectively grateful for. This was the first time that Brooklyn Museum set an intentional space for healing to occur, of all the art and installations that have hung from their walls, dance parties that have taken place in the Beaux Arts court, this was the first time healers gathered, Black healers at that, to offer their healing medicine in the Museum. Yet, something tells me that it will not be the last time.
This excerpt is from an email from Adaku Utah, which highlights feedback from both our community and the staff of Brooklyn Museum “There were so many people who came up to me and said that they have been changed by the space AND before I left the museum the Vice President of Education said she just received an email from the Deputy of Brooklyn museum saying that our village was the best use of space in the Beaux Arts court that he’s ever seen!!!”
Stay tuned for more to come from Harriet’s Apothecary this year as we continue to host our seasonal healing village and as we expand with many more community collaborations. The next collaboration is with MoCada – The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts in Brooklyn, New York. Please mark your calendars for March 22nd from 10:45 am – 3:00 for the launch event MoCada Presents: Self Care Sundays. The event will include sliding scale holistic wellness services from 12-3PM in collaboration with Harriet’s Apothecary and will feature sound healing, acupressure, herbalism workshops, nutritional counseling, and more.
Please visit http://mocada.org/event/self-care-sundays/ for more details.