Monday, May 27, 2024

Meet The Black Expat Who Left The U.S. To Curate Community-Centered, Mindful Retreats In Puerto Viejo

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♬ Pieces (Solo Piano Version) – Danilo Stankovic

I wanted to be my full self, fully Black and fully non-binary, and invite my Black non-binary friends. I searched the world trying to figure out which community was ready for all of me and ended up with a short list. There were three options, but weird coincidences knocked out the other two. I was actually trying to buy a flight to Bahia in Brasil, and it was the morning of the Great Conjunction in 2021 and the flight sold out as I was pressing “Confirm.” The other was Havana, Cuba and the borders closed. I’m thankful for closed doors.

When I got to Puerto Viejo, I realized quickly that it is magical. I’m thankful to the Afro-local and indigenous communities who have, for generations, nurtured healthy relationships with the natural world here. Since, we’ve been working to become an activation site. As we learn how to step into the Oneness of this space, we activate and illuminate ourselves, each other, and all other natural life.

And when I arrived, I began to wonder if I came across as an asylum seeker. I didn’t realize how difficult in my previous life it was to access my basic needs. I thought that way was the only option. Honestly, I still haven’t come to a conclusion on that.  


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