Sister duo Aishia Phillpotts-Manley and Shoa Phillpots founded It Takes A Village Collaborative (ITAVCollab) in 2019 to better provide community-based wellness programs with a twist on holistic healing for black women and the black community. After seeing first-hand examples of the disparities black women face within their Caribbean household, the duo decided to center their efforts on creating a non-profit that empowered black women to center their health and wellness while equipping individuals within the black community with wellness resources to better heal and develop for a more practical lifestyle through mental, physical, and spiritual health.
ITAVCollab has created annual events and programs to better serve black women & men, black youth, and formerly incarcerated women. Their 8-week hybrid program “To Be Me” equips women who have been previously incarcerated with a safe environment to connect with themselves, grow their advocacy skills, and establish a supportive network within their own community. In partnership with the National Reentry Network for Returning Citizens, ITAVCollab infuses a holistic approach to wellness to build self-confidence, awareness, resilience, opportunity, and advocacy skills for participants.
“By promoting self-healing practices and wellness techniques, we aim to reduce the risk of chronic illnesses and improve overall mental and emotional well-being within our community,” said Co-founder Shoa Phillpots.
After four years of creating safe and creative spaces of healing for black women and the black community, ITAVCollab is hosting B.E.I.N.G the Healer & The Healed, a one-day retreat under its Queen B.E.E Talks Wellness program on Saturday, October 28th, 2023 from 10-4 pm at the Wellspring Manor in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. The day-long retreat will feature interactive sessions with the intent to support and guide attendees’ active wellness journey through intimate life coaching, therapy, yoga, fitness, and holistic healing.
Attendees are welcome to register on August 1st at itavcollab.org.
Title: B.E.I.N.G the Healer and the Healed
Acronym for BEING: Breathing, Enlightenment, Intuitiveness, Nurturing, and Grounding
When: Saturday, October 28th, 2023
Time: 10-4 pm
Where: Wellspring Manor, Upper Marlboro, MD
11311 Drumsheugh Ln, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774