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Date: Friday, February 21, 2020
Location: ArtStarts in Schools, 808 Richards St. (Vancouver)
Cost: $40 (Eventbrite link)
Join Afro Van Connect alongside Asha Wheeldon from Kula Kitchen, Dr. Dorian Holmes and Dora Kamau for an evening of exploration of self-love, food, and wellness.
This event is a part of the Black Love Series that focuses on self-love and the importance of being tuned into our ancestral connections. It recognizes the trauma, silence, disconnection, displacement, and marginalization of youth in our community. Through Hip Hop and spoken word, we express these connected dialogues of learning and growing through our open story sharing, encouraging our healing in brave spaces. Each shared piece explores our Diaspora Authentic Voices. It’s our aim to support and encourage the young, black and gifted to tap into their gifts and rise.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
A discussion on the healing properties of eating seasonal and ancestral foods led by Dr. Dorian Holmes. A live food demonstration by Asha Wheeldon showing us how to prepare simple and easy dishes that are nourishing for the mind, body, and soul. Meditation and moments of mindful eating led by Dora Kamau
WHERE: ArtStarts, 808 Richards St, Vancouver BC V6B 3A7
WHEN: 6:30PM – 9:30PM February 21st
INVESTMENT: $40 with sponsorship spots available, please send us an e-mail if you would like to attend but do not have the funds!
Dae Shields from Afro Van Connect:
Dae Shields is the founder and Executive Director of Afro Van Connect Society, Community Activist, Musician, Designer, Marketing and Events Coordinator. Dae began Afro Van Connect April 2019 to create a platform for young creatives to come and express themselves. One of the initiatives started by Afro Van Connect is hosted by Ital Blue. They use healing through the culture to serve their community with weekly gatherings called The Remix Cafe. These BLACK SPACES give young creatives the opportunity to come and express themselves, share ideas and connect. They are established to create opportunities for youth of African Descent to access equipment, education, training, networks and opportunities, empowering them to creatively and economically flourish; building on their unique gifts and perspective from their heritage and diaspora cultural experiences.
Instagram: @afrovanconnect @ital_blue
Asha Wheeldon from Kula Kitchen:
Asha Wheeldon is a vegan chef and founder of Kula Foods. Her journey began in Kenya where sharing food with her community was an important part of every day. She migrated to Toronto as a young teenager where she was introduced to West African, Caribbean, and Middle Eastern cuisine and culture. After moving to Vancouver she was inspired to create something unique that is reflective of her experiences by connecting people to their food and community.
Dr. Dorian Holmes:
Dr. Dorian R. Holmes is a Naturopathic Doctor and has over 10 years of experience in healthcare and wellness. She completed her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine at Bastyr University near Seattle, WA. She began her undergraduate studies in Biology Pre-Med at Xavier University in New Orleans, LA; however, completed her Bachelor’s of Science in Biology at Stephens College in Columbia, MO. Here Dr. Holmes began to see a larger vision for her work and added a second Bachelor’s in Dance and Performing Arts. She went on to do a Master’s in Fine Arts in Dance, Choreography, and Performance at Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL where she emphasized study on the therapeutic benefits of dance in cultures. Her passion to study, choreograph and perform has profoundly influenced her practice as a doctor. Movement has served as a vehicle for her patients to fluidly make healthy changes that are physically, emotionally, and spiritually necessary to create long lasting positive outcomes. Dr. Holmes’ goal in life is to make sure that people are informed about their health choices so to advocate for the most appropriate wholistic care and to more easily live their best possible life.
Dora Kamau is a self-care and wellness artist, meditation and mindfulness teacher, registered psychiatric nurse and founder of Bliss Your Heart, a flourishing wxmn’s community rooted in self-care, self-love and mental health. Unshaken & impenetrable by the qualms of life, Dora utilizes her story of trauma, healing, and self-recovery as a tool to equip others on their journeys to wellness and wholeness. Since 2017, she has been creating & holding meaningful spaces for women to connect & build community in Vancouver. Her work in the community has also aligned her with brands such as lululemon, Reebok, Bumble and Welcome To We.