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This One-Day Retreat Allows Black Women to Explore Wellness

When was the last time that you simply just “be”?

Last weekend, I attended the Queen B.E.E. Talks Retreat presented by It Takes a Village Collaborative, or ITAVCollab, hosted at the beautiful Wellspring Manor & Spa in Upper Marlboro. The one-day retreat was a great opportunity for Black women in the area to explore new wellness practices like sound healing, deep stretch yoga, breath work, and chakra healing dance.

Founded by the two sisters, Shoareged Phillpotts and Aisha Phillpotts-Manley, ITAV’s mission is to cultivate thriving communities of color that focus on a holistic approach to wellness, including the mind, body, and spirit, in order to encourage individuals and families to heal, prioritize wellness, and reach their fullest potential.

ladies in the art gallery at the Wellspring Manor & Soa for Queen B.E.E. Talks Retreat

Set in the upstairs art gallery of the manor, the morning started with sound healing with Ma’Sheka Amina as she helped the women set their intentions for the event with deep breaths surrounded by vibrant Black art. They could then choose which body session they wanted to attend. I chose the chakra healing dance with dance and yoga instructor Shaiday Dancy. Because I did not come dressed for the occasion, I did not participate, but I really longed to. I took mental notes as the women moved to and fro freely, inviting movements and opening their chakras one by one. 

black women having breakfast at Queen B.E.E. Talks Retreat

After lunch, they hosted the mind and spirit sessions, followed by a release circle and a celebratory toast. Other practitioners who led workshops during the event were Lauren Boone of Love Well Ministries, certified yoga instructor Jessica Nicholas, Fatmata Fadika-Zulu, founder of Wake Up and Dream, yoga instructor Dana Washington, and holistic health practitioner Pamela Reynolds. 

This is the fourth Queen B.E.E. Talks Retreat that ITAVCollab has hosted. To learn more about them, visit https://www.itavcollab.org.

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Francheska Felder
Francheska Felderhttp://swagheronline.com
Francheska "Fancy" Felder is the founder/publisher/EIC of SwagHer Magazine. She is a -Single mother of 3 -Libra - Trapping scribe -Lover -Mental health advocate - Country girl -Proud, liberated Black goddess ________________________________________ Long Bio: Francheska “Fancy” Felder is the owner of Fancy’s Thoughts and the award-winning publisher and editor-in-chief of SwagHer Magazine, a lifestyle and empowerment publication for the Black woman who likes to keep it real in life and business. The magazine doubles as a PR boutique offering public relations services and visibility coaching, and Fancy strategically executes brand campaigns for Black women CEOs, coaches, and authors. The former teen mom started the company in 2010 while working as an exotic dancer, but soon after, her love for empowering Black women led her to abandon that lifestyle. She has received awards for her work as a positive news publisher and journalist telling the stories of Black women and other informative news that the Black community finds relevant, including the severe topics of Black mental health and domestic violence. The podcast she co-hosts with Arnya T.M. Davis, Theories & Thoughts, also continues these conversations. Fancy publicly speaks about her battle with bipolar disorder with hopes of helping others begin their wellness paths. She also shares her mental health story in contribution to the I Am a Black Woman- Next Level anthology, an Amazon Best-Seller. In the summer of 2022, RallyUp Magazine, a mental health magazine, featured Fancy as their cover story, where she opened up about receiving her diagnosis. The McComb, Mississippi native is part of Facebook’s independent journalism project, Bulletin, where she publishes The Higher South, and she was a member of the NABJ Entrepreneur Academy powered by CafeMedia in 2021. The Glambitous Guide to Self-Love, Peace, and Confidence contributor is an avid learner and creative. Currently, she is attending Southern University A&M College, completing her bachelor's degree and rearing her three young adults. Fancy enjoys learning more about spirituality, Black history, and feminism in her free time, along with yoga and walking.

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