ROOT. REST. REPAIR.
Part of our collective ancestral wisdom is the ability to hear the call of our loved ones who are in trouble. Much like a mother whose milk lets down in the presence of any crying baby, we too have an intrinsic, internal response system. It says to us “My people are hurting, my people are terrified, my people need help, my people need healing.”
In response, The Omowale Project’s work is to build the scaffolding that allows our community members to emerge from the wreckage, perhaps a little bruised but deeply rooted in the wisdom of our Ancestors, and held in the safety and security of that Knowing.
Each one of us has processed and held trauma in our own unique ways. Inspired and rooted in the powerful work of Tricia Hersey of The Nap Ministry, The Omowale Project uses Ritual Rest as the foundation from which all other healing practices flow. Grounded in our knowledge that trauma is stored in our bodies and should therefore be addressed in the body itself, we offer a wide range of body-centered healing modalities that address the individual needs of those we serve, including somatics, meditation, massage therapy, chiropractic, acupuncture, energy work and sound therapy. Our guests are able to choose the healing practices that work best for them, with the guidance and support of The Omowale Project staff.
*All healing practices are conducted by certified practitioners.
Over the last decade, the understanding of neuroplasticity and the ability of the brain to re-engineer and re-wire its neuronal pathways to address the impact of toxic stress and trauma has expanded and infused into a wide range of therapeutic and contemplative practices.
Researchers, writers, spiritual leaders, and scientists have cited developments in neuroscience to inform the capacity for transformation and healing. However, neither neuroscience nor many of the modalities available to white and middle-class communities have been infused with the ancestral wisdom or spiritual grounding of Black people, nor have they been combined in a way that is accessible, relevant or sustainable.
So much of our physical and mental challenges are rooted in the way that our brains and bodies process and hold trauma. As such, our work does not seek to teach better management of stress, crisis, and trauma, but to permanently heal from those harms using the brain’s innate capacity to change, alter and grow. In this way, we create processes that both heal us in the now and retroactively heal our ancestral lines.