Healing & Wellness

What Would Our Lives Look Like If We Centered Rest?

Our individual and collective wellness is essential to the work of social change. Healing from the steady assaults of oppression allows us to connect, to see each other, to dream together, and to have the energy necessary for the task at hand. Within the BIPOC ED Coalition, we create purposeful spaces for collective healing through deep rest, self care, and connection.

Two friends stand in front of some tall corn plants. They are each holding an ear of corn and one person gives a peace sign.

“The times are urgent; let us slow down.”

Dr. Báyò Akómoláfé, speaker, poet, and activist

Disrupting Unhealthy Systems

Our current systems continue to operationalize dominant culture – rest is “earned” or “deserved” based on a trade off of work. Even though working too many hours actually impedes productivity. So many of our health outcomes are linked to an inability to unplug, be still, and reconnect to ourselves, nature, and the people we love. For BIPOC communities, in particular, multigenerational harm from centuries of purposeful racism compounds these stressors and  impacts to our health.

Prioritizing Well-being

Wellness is foundational to sustainable changemaking. To those of us who find ourselves carrying the work, at the intersections of so many identities and movements, championing causes, and holding space: Choosing rest is a bold act of love that disrupts and recreates all at once.

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“By virtue of us caring for ourselves, that puts us in an even better position to also care for our community.”

McKensie Mack, anti oppression consultant

Respite and Rest Program

Rest is vital to mental and physical health, while also important to productivity. Our Respite and Rest program is designed for BIPOC nonprofit leaders to take the time you need to rest, recharge, and reimagine. 2

  • In 2021, we supported 20 leaders to take a one-week respite.
  • In 2022-23, we supported 12 leaders to take a one-month respite.

To support additional BIPOC nonprofit leaders, we are in the process of raising funds for 2024. We will announce when another opportunity arises. Thank you so much for all you do!

“We believe our work in this movement is to move the world closer to a self-love that is fundamental, a powerful force for social, political, and economic change.”

Sonya Renee Taylor, The Body Is Not an Apology

Sabbaticals for BIPOC Leaders

Sabbaticals are a powerful form of healing, practice, and exploration. During a sabbatical, BIPOC leaders can cultivate inner renewal, restore energy and spirit, and reconnect with their health, joy, and vision. The Barr Foundation and Durfee Foundation report that sabbaticals are relatively inexpensive but highly productive capacity-building tools that yield measurable results.

In 2022-23, our sabbatical leadership program supported 20 BIPOC non-profit leaders to take a three-month sabbatical.

We are currently applications for 2024-25 sabbatical leadership program. Click here to apply.