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.
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.
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.
New 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 the time you need to rest, recharge, and reimagine. We currently are supporting 20 leaders to take a short respite and rest:
- Up to 1 week of time away
- $2,000 available for respite expenses
To support additional BIPOC nonprofit leaders, we are in the process of raising funds. We will issue a call when another opportunity arises. Thank you so much for all you do!
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.
Our Sabbatical Leadership program aims to initially support up to 20 BIPOC nonprofit leaders to take three-month sabbaticals and cover:
- Salary compensation
- Sabbatical expenses
- Organizational / professional development