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In a world fraught with systemic injustices, where the intersecting forces of racism and misogyny
weigh heavily on the lives of Black women, there is a growing need for spaces of empowerment,
healing, and self-discovery. This thesis embarks on a profound journey into the transformative
potential of a culturally grounded four-day mindfulness and well-being retreat by creating and
presenting an experience explicitly tailored for Black women. The retreat is meticulously
designed to resonate with Black women's cultural and spiritual backgrounds. It uniquely fuses
Kemetic Yoga™ practices, mindfulness techniques, and candid discussions to dismantle
systemic oppression. The retreat provides a sanctuary for Black women to reclaim their inner
power, rewrite their narratives, and liberate themselves from the burdens of injustice. Through a
deep exploration that combines qualitative insights and participant perspectives, this research
investigates the impact of these retreats on well-being, self-perception, and the adoption of
mindfulness practices. The results reveal the empowering effect of a mindfulness retreat deeply
rooted in culture, highlighting their capacity as conduits for self-discovery and healing. The
retreat provides valuable tools for self-empowerment, especially in navigating the challenges
posed by systemic oppression. This study underscores the compelling necessity for inclusive,
culturally sensitive approaches to holistic well-being, revealing the intricate interplay between
mindfulness, spirituality, and social justice within the African diaspora. Ultimately, the four-day
mindfulness and well-being retreat emerges as a vital agent of transformation for Black women,
fortifying their inner strength, nurturing their well-being, and catalyzing broader social change.
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Peavler, Kimberly, "Wellness & Mindfulness for Black Women: A Transformative Four-Day Retreat" (2024). Mindfulness Studies Theses. 91.