Today is World Mental Health Day; the clocks are going back this weekend, which means shorter days, and even less sunlight! The short days and grey weather can have an adverse effect on the mental health of people of colour, because the pigment in our skin (known as MELANIN) needs the UV rays of the sun to function properly. When we don’t get enough sunlight we can lack energy, feel lethargic, unmotivated, and suffer from a form of depression known as SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), which is caused by a lack of natural sunlight.
We NEED the sun!
Symptoms of SAD can include:
A persistent low mood
Loss of interest or pleasure in normal everyday activities
Feelings of despair, guilt and worthlessness
Feeling lethargic (lacking in energy) and sleepy during the day
Going to bed much earlier than normal yet finding it hard to get up in the morning
Comfort eating and gaining weight
The main treatments offered by the NHS are:
Getting as much natural sunlight as possible, exercising regularly and managing your stress levels
Light Therapy – where a special lamp called a light box is used to simulate exposure to sunlight
talking therapies, such cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) or counselling
antidepressant medication such as Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs)
Colour Therapy Can Help!
Many of us are mis-diagnosed and prescribed SSRIs (antidepressants), when what we really need is a good dose of sun! I healed myself from SAD using COLOUR THERAPY, which isn’t even mentioned on the NHS website!
In the winter of 2009 I intuitively painted some bright, colourful paintings, and after putting them up around the house, I noticed I wasn’t getting my usual symptoms of wanting to stay in bed with the covers over my head, and not wanting to look outside at the grey sky and buildings, and generally feeling ‘under the weather’. The symptoms vanished! You can download my Art and save them to your phone or print them and put them up so you can benefit from the Colour Therapy in them too!
Come Top Up Your Melanin in the Gambia!
I’m now setting up a Retreat Home in the Gambia where I’ll be spending my winters, and you can join me there for The Self Love Retreat, an affordable holiday where you can enjoy Self nurturing workshops, cultural day trips, and a Pamper Day at the luxurious Coco Ocean Hotel and Spa!
This holiday will give you the opportunity to top up your melanin to see you through the rest of the winter, and to reconnect with your Motherland. I’ll be teaching Colour Therapy as one of the workshops, and you’ll return home with something you’ve created that you can refer to whenever you need a pick-me-up, click on the flyer above ☝🏾for details!
Heal Yourself in More Ways than One as You Read…
Order your LIMITED EDITION signed paperback of my Self-help novel Journey of a Sister, which features 9 of my paintings in colour, so you can curl up in bed and benefit from the Colour Therapy in them while you read! Pay just £14.99 which includes FREE shipping worldwide! Click here to pay using PayPal
Click on the flyer above to read Year One FREE! If you’re in the UK and you’re free this Sunday, join me for my last event before I return to the Gambia!
The day before I was due to leave the Gambia, (and after a 3 day fast) my prayer to create a safe space for us to HEAL was answered; I was able to secure this lovely newly built 6 bed house for my Retreats, which is about a 10 minute walk to the beach:
Directly opposite the house is some land waiting to be developed; both are owned by the Sanyang family, who are renting me the house. If you’re thinking of leaving the UK or USA and like the idea of living in a village commUNITY, join me in the Gambia:
‘Let’s Build a Village’ Retreat 20-29 November/17-24 December 2018
Do you have a ‘Get Out’ plan? If you’ve been thinking about leaving the UK or USA, and like the idea of living in a village commUNITY, join us on the Let’s Build a Village Retreat 20-29 November or 17-24 December!
The cost is just £299/$299 per person (based on 2 sharing).
Airport transfers and transport for scheduled trips
Breakfast & Dinner
Trip to Kunta Kinte Island
Complimentary signed paperback of my Self-help novel Journey of a Sister
‘Evening of Reasoning’ on the topics raised in my book, with live entertainment!
This trip will enable you to come and see the land for yourself, meet your potential neighbours, and plan your exit strategy.
You can pay in 3 instalments, with full payment a month before travel.
*N.B. Flights must be booked separately*
I’m raising funds to send a container to furnish the 6 bed Retreat Home, there are 4 ways you can help:
1) Pay for your Retreat in full
2) Download my Art to your phone, tablet or PC and use them as a screensaver to benefit from the Colour Therapy & Love Energy in them! Make a small a contribution to the Fund as an exchange of energy! 💞
4) Alternatively, make a contribution using Paypal: www.paypal.me/cezanne121
The Self❤Love Retreat8-15 November, and 3-10 December
There are also two new dates for The Self❤LoveRetreat this year, 7 days of nurturing your Self from the inside, out! The cost is just £499/$550 per person (own room) which includes:
Breakfast & Dinner
5 Self nurturing workshops
Pamper Day at the luxurious Coco Ocean Hotel & Spa
Free signed paperback of my novel Journey of a Sister (which features my artwork & poetry)
You can also join me on The Self❤Love Retreat on 8-15 Feb 2019 (singles and couples), send me a message for dates and to request to pay for your Retreat in easy monthly instalments!
Don’t delay, only 6 places on each retreat!
The Retreat Home will be also be available for family holidays, group trips, and practitioners to use from January 2019 for just £500 per week (whole house) or £100 per person per week (own room). If you’re interested in booking it, email me email@example.com
This Retreat Home will be a safe space for us to HEAL, see my previous post for more details!
In your service,
Follow me on Instagram for pics and videos: @journeyofasister
When I returned from my first trip to the Gambia in March, I did a Presentation to encourage my people to buy land together to build a commUNITY village; this was based upon a premonition I’d had in 2015, that in 5 years time (2020) my people would be fleeing England and America; I thought “they’re going to need somewhere to run to!”
The opportunity arose for me to facilitate The Self Love Retreat in the Gambia between December 2017 and March 2018. In between Retreats, I came across some beautiful land right by the sea, which fulfilled my vision of having a Retreat Home overlooking the sea, and a commUNITY Village. Here’s part of my talk:
Unfortunately, the day after my Presentation I was told that the land I had my heart set on can only be purchased on a 99 year lease! This is okay for the Retreat Home I plan to build, but for the Village, we need something we can pass down to future generations.
So I returned to the Gambia in May, and after a 3 day fast (no food just water), the perfect piece of land came to me 200 x 200 metres, just outside the government-owned TDA (Tourist Development Area), within walking distance of the sea and a newly built 6-bed Retreat Home which I was able to rent! This is a huge step towards my work to help us heal from the psychological effects of slavery and colonialism!
“You cannot heal in the same place that made you sick”
I wanted to create a safe space for us to heal, away from western ideologies. Read on to learn why…
During the process of “breaking them in”, our enslaved ancestors were subjected to intense physical and psychological trauma, and we, their descendants, have been carrying this trauma in our our genetic coding, passed down from one generation to the next. To fully comprehend the dysfunction within our community today, we need to get to the ROOT CAUSE of our issues, that is, we need to look at the CAUSE, not the effect, and the cause is buried deep in our subconscious minds.
In my Presentation, I explained that while the government has no problem with people drinking and smoking themselves to death (not to mention the amount of people addicted to white sugar, and the diseases it causes), they have BANNED medicinal plants that grow out of the ground, which are crucial to our healing.
I was in the Gambia when The Black Panther came out, and couldn’t wait to see it when I got back. The parts that got my interest the most, were when they gave T’Challa and Killmonger plant medicines and buried them in order for them to visit their ancestors. The burying was symbolic of them going deep into their subconscious.
And in the film ‘Get Out’, the ‘sunken place’ is his subconscious mind.
Last year, I had reached a point in my Self-healing journey were I didn’t know what else to do to heal myself. I asked my ancestors ‘What now?’
Not long after, I met a woman who facilitated my first experience with cannabis oil; after we fried some plantain in it, I slipped into a ‘trance’ state for around 8-10 hours, during which time I was receiving a spiritual download, which seemed to be affecting my past, present and future. From my personal studies, I discovered that time isn’t linear, it’s all happening at the same time.
On another occasion, I took ‘magic’ mushrooms, which took me on a deep inner journey through my ancestry. They showed me how the trauma my ancestors had suffered altered their DNA structure. The message I got from the ‘trip’ was ‘DNA REPAIR’.
When WE heal, we’re not only healing ourselves, we’re healing our ancestors, and future generations.
Our ancestral mothers are on hand to help us with this process; some of the methods are unconventional; most of these plant medicines have been made illegal, but I walk in the footsteps of my ancestors who have gone before me, who have paved the way for the work I’m called to do now. These are plants Mother Nature has provided for our healing. Are you truly ready to heal?
My own Self-healing journey has been like peeling away onion layers; every time I unpeeled one layer (e.g. religion) there was something else underneath I had to deal with. The Positive Affirmations worked for some things, but not others. For instance, they worked really well to help me build confidence and self esteem, which helped me to unblock as a writer and artist, but there were other blocks that I just couldn’t seem to shift. I asked my Higher Self to reveal what I needed, which is when I came to the realization that some of the blocks were buried so deep in my subconscious, I couldn’t get to them on a conscious level; I had to go into an altered state of consciousness to reach them.
Meditation helped to quiet my mind and control my negative thinking patterns, which also helped me heal from depression. I focused on thinking positively and keeping myself in a ‘positive state of bliss’. Yet none of these things seemed to get to the ROOT CAUSE of my issues.
If we don’t heal from the trauma of our past, it will keep coming back to haunt our present and future.
“As I heal myself, I heal others”
If you have suffered childhood trauma, abuse, ancestral trauma, and know that you have been psychologically affected, this is for you. My work is about helping us heal so that we can move on to form better relationships with our Self, our partner, to rebuild our family structures, and our commUNITY.
I wrote this poem the morning after watching the film ‘Sankofa’, and I dedicated it to all who are still suffering the psychological effects of the enslavement of our ancestors, handed down to us genetically through our DNA:
If you’d like to come to the Gambia with your partner, join me on The Self Love Retreat 8-15 February 2019!
You can also join me on The Self Love Retreat 8-15 November or3-10 December or the Let’s Build a Village Retreat20-29November or 17-24 December.
I’m sending a container to the Gambia in mid September to furnish our new Retreat Home for the first Retreats taking place in November and December.
If you’d like to come on any of the Retreats, or would like to be considered for a subsidized place, send me a message:
In my Presentation, I also showed some photos of the dome-shaped round homes we’re thinking of building in the village, and Galactic Clyde (a builder and carpenter who studies sacred geometry) explained the spiritual benefits of living in such homes instead of square ones:
As the land is smaller on this second plot of land, there are now only 7 plots available for £6,000 each (25 x 25 metres). All who are interested in being part of this village project MUST attend one of the Let’s Build a Village Retreats in November or December. You’ll have the opportunity to see the land, meet potential neighbours, and plan how our village will be laid out.
If this village isn’t right for you, I hope it inspires you to set up your own village, or to work with other groups who are also building villages.
It takes a VILLAGE to raise a child, let’s do this for ourselves, our ancestors, and future generations!
Just before I left the Gambia on the 12th March, some magical things began happening!
I was there to facilitate The Self Love Retreat, but the venues that I used weren’t 100% suitable. For years, I’ve imagined having my own Retreat Home overlooking the sea, and now that I was actually doing the Retreats, I realized I needed a Retreat Home of my own, where we could feel more comfortable.
While in the Gambia, I came across some land that was perfect for both the Retreat Home AND a Village; in 2015, I had a premonition that in 5 years time (2020), my people would be FLEEING the UK and USA, and that they would need somewhere to run TO, hence why we need to be building VILLAGES. My vision was beginning to manifest in real life!
On the way back from seeing the land, we passed a small Guest House, and a woman was sitting on the porch. She called out “Are you Cezanne?”
Bear in mind that we were in the middle of the bush; this woman recognized me from when she used to live in the UK, and we became acquainted. Because she and her husband hold high esteem within the village, and because one of her employees happens to be part of the clan who own the land, they are now helping me secure the land, and getting government approval to build on it! When I first saw the land, I was told that it was ‘TDA land’, meaning the government has reserved it as a Tourist Development Area. But in my spirit, I knew that it was land reserved for US returnees!
(Just beyond the trees in the distance is the beach, where the Retreat Home will be built, the Village will be on this part of the land)
It is with help from our ancestors that I have now been allocated 500 x 200 metres of this land, right by the sea, and I believe that when we ‘show and tell’ that we have made good use of this land, we will be able to get more! If my premonition is correct, we will need more than this piece that I’ve been allocated; you can see what’s happening to our youth, our men, our families, and our culture from living in Western society. If we truly wish to heal, we need to remove ourselves from the environment – YOU CANNOT CLEAN DISHES IN DIRTY WATER!
On Saturday 12th May between 2-4pm I’m holding an event in Tottenham, North London, to share my vision for Kai Ci Kurbi Healing Village. If you’ve been thinking about leaving the UK but don’t have a ‘Get Out’ plan, come and see if this might be for you. Not everyone will fit into the model for this particular village, which is why we need to be building VILLAGES. I’m building my tribe, you should be too! If you would like to attend, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are unable to attend, but would like to know more, still send me an email; the event will be filmed and put on Youtube, I’ll send you the link when it’s up!
Another magical thing that happened just before I left, was being taken to see this amazing tree in Senegal:
I lit a candle and poured libation to my ancestors, and thanked them for guidance and protection while I go through this process. When I came out from inside the tree, all the women from the village came to pray for me, it was POW-HER-FULL!
They gave me some of the soil from around the tree, and told me what to do with it. I know without a shadow of a doubt that I’m being guided to get this land to build our Retreat Home and Kai Ci Kurbi Healing Village. ‘Kai Ci Kurbi’ means ‘COME HOME’. Are you ready?
Join us on the next Self Love Retreat 25 May to 3rd June, or our mixed Retreat 21-30 November to see whether you will fit into Kai Ci Kurbi Healing Village – families welcome!
I was eager to go and see the film ‘Black Panther’ on my return from the Gambia, but I have to admit, I couldn’t see what all the big fuss was about!
Perhaps, it’s a downfall of having your third eye wide open, but I saw things for what they really were, not all the ‘frills and fancy’. For instance, TECHNOLOGY is a Western creation, which causes more harm to our Motherland than anywhere else. For instance, Congo is raped, plundered, and stripped of it’s resources for the coltane needed for our modern mobile phones.
Our true ‘super power’ is NATURE; using the elements of air, fire, water and earth, and calling on our ancestors for help and guidance.
Just as they said in the film, they hide things in plain site, and we still don’t see it.
We spent billions going to see The Black Panther, but where did the profits go? Did it go to building a Wakanda? No! It went into their pockets.
But can we build our own Wakanda? Yes!
While in the Gambia facilitating The Self Love Retreat, I found the perfect piece of land to build a Retreat Home (for The Self Love Retreat), and also to build a VILLAGE. I had the idea to build a village 3 years ago, when I received the premonition that in 5 years time (2020), my people will have to FLEE the UK and USA for their lives, and they will need somewhere to run TO. Do you have a ‘Get Out’ plan? Also, the next generation of children need somewhere to be raised that is conducive to their mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health, away from Western ideologies. My personal intention for building a village is so that when my grandchildren start coming, they will be raised in the village!
Why not turn ‘Wakanda’ into reality?
I will be building my own little ‘heaven on earth’, and would love you to join me! The land is currently labelled as ‘TDA’ land (Tourist Development Agency), but every time I go there, I feel a pull in my gut that lets me know it’s OUR ancestral land, ready for us to claim! Are you in? I’m looking for 50 people to get involved in the Kai Ci Kurbi Village project (Kai Ci Kurbi means ‘Come Home’ in Wollof, one of the main languages spoken in the Gambia), where we will lobby the government for some of the land. On the beachfront will be the Retreat Home, the village will be behind on the mainland, and behind the village will be farmland for us to grow our own food – you’ve got to see it to believe it! Why not join me in the Gambia in May to come and see for yourself? I’ve already started putting things in motion for my part of the land, and if you’ve been thinking about leaving the UK or USA (or Caribbean), you can do the same!
I’m doing an event on Saturday 12th May 2-4pm in Tottenham, North London, to share my vision for Kai Ci Kurbi Healing Village; if you’d like to attend, send me a message below.
Make a contribution to The Self Love Retreat Fund, which will go towards buying the land and building the Retreat Home – everyone who makes a donation will be put on the list to receive subsidized places when the Retreat Home is built! Plant a seed TODAY for the future you want to see BLOSSOM!
If you missed the Big Launch of the Kings & Queens Book Tour, you really missed out!
I explained why I had invited TC Carrier, author of ‘The Secret Science of Black Male & Female Sex‘ and King Kevin Dorival, author of ‘7 Types of Queens, Kings Desire‘ over from the USA to join me on this tour, and how our books compliment each other’s.
In the first session (1-3pm) myself, TC Carrier and Kevin Dorival answered questions from the audience; not many people had read our books yet, so it was more of an introduction about what we do, why we’ve organised the Kings & Queens Book Tour, and to purchase the books to read ahead of the following events.
Some people enjoyed the first session so much, that they purchased tickets for the second session (4-7pm) organised by Lady Tamar of Kings & Queens United.
King Kevin Dorival talked about the 7 Queen Types, and TC Carrier did a very engaging presentation called ‘Law of Gender‘ where he explained the roles of the Masculine and Feminine Energies. Watch this short clip where TC answers his question “What is most important, the Masculine or Feminine inner-g?” during ‘the battle of the sexes’:
The men reasoning what it means to be a King:
I was so honored to have the great historian Robin Walker join us at the Launch – he even bought my book! I did a course with him about 5 years ago, which really helped to build Self and Racial Esteem – we had a rich history BEFORE slavery! His book ‘When We Ruled’ fitted in nice with the theme of the tour, and I was so chuffed that he took time out of his busy schedule to attend. He runs Black History classes every Sunday afternoon, which are funded by his organization, if you’re interested in attending email him at email@example.com
Afterwards, Richie from BlackIceTV7 interviewed some of the attendees to get their feedback on the event which will be included in their footage:
DJ Supreme from Conscious radio also interviewed some of the attendees:
Join us TOMORROWWednesday 4th October from 5-7.30pm at Marcus Garvey Library, 1 Philip Lane N15 4JA for a session aimed at both youth and adults, based upon TC Carrier’s other book ‘Black Son Rising; Re-awakening the Warrior DNA in Black Men‘ (Marcus Garvey Library is situated inside Tottenham Green Leisure Centre) This is a FREE event, just turn up!
You’ll get a FREE signed copy of my Self-help novel ‘Journey of a Sister‘ when you book your ticket for the last day of the tour at Brixton Libraryon Sunday 8th Oct 4-7pm! This is the culmination of the whole tour, where we will recap on everything we’ve learned during the week,how we can move forward to building empires together, and building sustainable Black relationships! Come and join in the discussion “How do we reclaim our thrones?” (our rightful position in society) NOT TO BE MISSED! Tickets are £8 in advance (£10 on the door)
I’d like to say a big THANK YOU to all the people who have helped and are helping to make this vision a reality, and especially to Mr Terry Riggs of Nu Beginnings, Richie of BlackIceTV7, Debrose of Natural November, Tamar of Kings & Queens United, Andrew of Blacklinks Global, bro Dougie of SLR Radio, Clive Hewitt (photographer) and to all who attended and plan to attend the rest of the tour!
The Kings and Queens Book Tour starts next week! Come and learn the secret science to Black Male & Female Relationships! Have you got your tickets? They’re going fast!
I’ve invited TC Carrier, author of ‘The Secret Science of Black Male & Female Sex‘ and King Kevin Dorival, author of ‘7 Types of Queens, Kings Desire‘ to join me from the USA, to share some important information that will help us elevate ourselves as a commUNITY, and regain our rightful positions in society! This is no joke…
As I was writing the First Edition of my Self-help novel (then titled ‘Single, Spiritual…AND Sexual!) I woke up in the middle of the night and ‘auto-wrote’ the scene where Suzanne and Charles performed their first sex ritual. By the following year they went on to build a multi-million pound business! 46,000 words of my novel were ‘channelled’, which meant I didn’t have to think about what I was writing, it came through me rather than from me. When I published the e-book on Amazon, I did a search for it (as you do when you’re a new author!) and TC’s book ‘The Secret Science of Black Male & Female Sex‘ came up beside it as ‘recommended reading’.
I was curious so I ordered it, and lo and behold, his book explained the whole science behind what I thought I’d made up! It took me a few years to get in contact with TC, and I was ecstatic when he agreed to come to London to share this knowledge with our commUNITY!
King Kevin Dorival contacted me last year and asked me to write the Foreword for his book ‘7 Types of Queens, Kings Desire‘.
I was happy to, as the King/Queen theme run heavily through my books, art and poetry!
King Kevin had also referenced TC’s book in his, so I invited them both together, to join me in getting this important information into our commUNITY, is this is the key to us elevating our relationships and re-building our empires! Our ancestors built great civilizations by harnessing their sexual energy and using it to create. In order to regain our rightful positions in this world, me must get back to practicing these ancient rituals!
I now truly believe that this is the reason why there’s a covert operation to keep the Black Man and Woman apart – because we’re powerful together, when we’re operating on a high level of consciousness! (this relates to the crown chakra, hence the title of the tour).
If you have a religious mindset, the very word ‘ritual’ might seem off-putting, but as I explained in my novel, the word ritual is found in spiritual!
In today’s society, the sexual act has been degraded, and we’ve been taught to dissipate our sexual energy instead of harnessing it. Most people only operate from their lower, animalistic nature when having sex. But did you know that there’s ‘another level’ you can reach in your sex and spirituality? This is what you will learn when you join us on the Kings and Queens Book Tour. On Thursday 5th October from 6-9pm TC Carrier will be doing a Lecture on ‘The Secret Science of Black Male & Female Sex‘ – don’t miss it!
On the same day from 2-5pm, King Kevin Dorival will be running a workshop to help you identify what type of Queen you are, so you can attract the right type of King. Each of these workshops are only £15, attend both for just £25.00 (use the same link to book individual workshops).
Join us at the Launch on Sunday 1st October!
Meet the Authors at the Launch of the Kings & Queens Book Tour on Sunday 1st October, 1-3pm at 146 Queen Victoria Street, Blackfriars. I will be interviewing TC and King Kevin, and this will also be your opportunity to ask us any questions! The topic will be “What does it mean to be a King or a Queen?” reserve your ticket now – limited seating, all we ask for is a donation towards the tour to cover travel, accommodation, and meals etc. Myself, TC and Kevin have so far used our own resources to put this tour together, any amount whether small or large will be greatly appreciated! From 4-7pm both authors will be on the Panel at the Kings & Queens United event (same venue), your ticket price includes a meal, to book yours >> click on this link<<
TC and King Kevin will sign your books at the Launch, order them online if possible so you can read them ahead of the tour. You can order your signed paperback of ‘Journey of a Sister’ below, with FREE postage in the UK:
For full details of the whole tour, and for tickets to all events (some are by donation only) go >> HERE <<
Are you a King looking for your Queen? These will be the perfect place to find one! Are you a couple? Come and learn how to take your relationship to the next level!
I just got back from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where I took part in the African American Research Library & Cultural Centre‘s Annual Book Festival, courtesy of King Kevin Dorival!
The building itself was amazing; the equivalent of The Marcus Garvey Library, The Black Cultural Archives, and the Bernie Grant Arts Centre all under one roof! The library also has a state-of-the-art Theatre, and Black History Museum.
On Friday we were taken on a tour of the building by Essy, the Director. We were able to see some of the African artefacts they had accumulated, including some which belonged to the founder of the library, Samuel F. Morrison.
I also got to interview Samuel F. Morrison in the flesh! He is the visionary behind the library, who raised the $60,000,000 needed to build it. It was great to see that they had created a legacy for him while he’s still alive!
Later that evening I was one of the authors who featured in ‘An Evening with the Literary Stars‘, an exclusive evening where we got to pitch our books to the audience for 5 minutes each.
The following day was open to the public; I was on the Romance Panel with two other authors:
We had a lively discussion and afterwards, audience participants purchased their signed copies of our books! (King Kevin Dorival was also on the panel).
The Kings are Coming!
King Kevin will be coming to London for the Kings & Queens Book Tour taking place on the 1-8th October. We will be focusing on his newly-released book ‘7 Types of Queens, Kings Desire‘ (I wrote the Foreword).
King Kevin has informed me that he’ll be on the look-out for his Queen, so ladies, read his book!
I managed to interview King Kevin before I came back to London:
TC Carrier, author of ‘The Secret Science of Black Male and Female Sex‘ is also coming to London to take part in the Kings & Queens Book Tour!
The reason I’ve invited both King Kevin and TC Carrier to London to take part in the Kings & Queens Book Tour is because both their books compliment my Self-help romance novel ‘Journey of a Sister‘. All 3 books will really help you on your own journey of Self-discovery!
Tickets will also go on sale shortly, and you’re advised to get yours early – it’s going to be SOLD OUT! (don’t say you weren’t warned!)
The tour will include Book Signing & Discussion Events as well as Workshops; ‘What Type of Queen Are You?‘ ‘What is Spiritual Sex?‘ Come and find out! Order your books and read them in advance, so you can join in the discussions!
I’ve arranged for a small group of women to join me at The Healthy Ways Foundation in the Gambia, with myself and my mentors, Mama Naasira Angeela and Dr Gregory Joe Bledsoe, authors of ‘Spicy Tasty Vegan Cuisine’. They will be our hosts and cooks for the week, and they also have a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with us, especially when it comes to relationships! If you’re looking for a holiday with a difference, The Self Love Retreat incorporates nurturing workshops for 5 of the 7 days, with one full day of pampering! So come and nurture your Self from the inside out, GO HERE for full details!
Did you see my interview on the No Ordinary Woman Chat Show? Watch it now!
In your service,
Cezanne Taharqa aka Cezanne Poetess
Award-winning Visual & Spoken Word Artist| International Author| Events Host| Workshop Facilitator
I recently became clear about my Purpose: It’s to ‘Help the Black Woman to Heal’ just as I am; mentally, emotionally, and spiritually (including from ancestral trauma). We MUST heal in order to truly love ourselves. And Self Love is the ROOT CAUSE of many of our issues, especially our relationships! It’s important for us to heal for a number of reasons; we are the core of our commUNITY. We are the ones raising the next generation. We are the core of the family. If we don’t re-build our family structures by re-building our relationships with our MEN, we cannot re-build our commUNITY!
This is the first video in my series ‘Why the Black Woman MUST Heal!’ which is all about our HAIR:
When we as Black Women ‘RE-MEMBER’ Who We Are, we will naturally develop Self Love, which doesn’t rely on outward appearance, it comes from deep within.
If you would like to join me on this journey of Self-healing and Self-discovery, start by reading my Self-help novel ‘Journey of a Sister’ from Year One FREE! In it shared everything I discovered after asking God for “the Truth!” in a beautiful, Black Love story format!
If you identify with the topics raised in it, consider joining me on our Self-healing journey, by coming on The Self Love Retreat in the Gambia in November or December (subsequent dates may follow). I’ve organized for us to spend 7 days at the Healthy Ways Foundation, with authors of the cookbook ‘Spicy Tasty Vegan Cuisine’, Dr Joe Gregory and Naasira Angeela Bledsoe. Not only are they our hosts, they have a wealth of experience regarding relationships, healthy eating, and much more to share with us! There are only 6 places on each Retreat, to ensure individual attention. (You can choose either from the first two weeks in November, or the first two weeks in December, 12 women each month)
If you would like more information about The Self Love Retreat come to the Taster Workshop on Saturday 1st July being held at Intuition House, Borough, South London (right next to Borough High Street station); the cost is just £25 which includes a FREE copy of my Self-help novel ‘Journey of a Sister’, and if you decide to sign upon the day, the cost of the workshop (£25) will be deducted from the price of the Retreat! (£100 deposit will secure your place, the Retreat is priced at an introductory price of just £599!).
If you are unable to attend the Taster Workshop on July 1stbut are interested in joining me on The Self Love Retreat, email me: firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will set up a Skype call to share the information!
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Cezanne Taharqa aka Cezanne Poetess
Award-winning Visual & Spoken Word Artist| International Author| Events Host| Workshop Facilitator
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If you’re looking for an alternative to Christmas (which is more about consumerism than the birth of Christ!) why not celebrate Kwanzaa with us this year?
What is Kwanzaa?
Kwanzaa is originally an African-American concept which celebrates 7 Core Principles (Nguzo Saba), represented by a different candle each day. It begins on the 26th of December, and ends of the 1st of January, culminating in a feast and an exchange of gifts. Each of the seven days of Kwanzaa honors a different Principle; these Principles are key to building strong, productive African families and communities.
Kwanzaa is based on year-end harvest festivals that have taken place throughout Africa for thousands of years. The name comes from the Swahili phrase “matunda ya kwanza,” which means “first fruits of the harvest.” The Founder of Kwanzaa, Dr. Maulana “Ron” Karenga chose a phrase from Swahili because the language is used by various peoples throughout Africa.
Items Used During Kwanzaa:
Action: The symbols of Kwanzaa are arranged on the mkeka, which may be made of straw or African cloth. It symbolizes the foundation upon which communities are built.
Meaning: the candleholder, which holds seven candles
Action: It symbolizes stalks of corn that branch off to form new stalks, much as the human family is created.
Meaning: the seven candles that represent the seven principles
Action: A different candle is lit each day. Three candles on the left are green; three on the right are red; and the middle candle is black.
kikombe cha umoja
Meaning: the unity cup
Action: Celebrants drink from a wooden cup in honor of their African ancestors. Before drinking, each person says “harambee,” or “let’s pull together.”
Meaning: fruits, nuts, and vegetables
Action: These remind celebrants of the harvest fruits that nourished the people of Africa.
Meaning: ear of corn
Action: Traditionally, one ear of corn is placed on the mkeka for each child present.
Action: Traditionally, educational and cultural gifts are given on January 1, the last day of Kwanzaa.
The Kwanzaa flag consists of three blocks, one in each of these colors. Green is for the fertile land of Africa; black is for the color of the people; and red is the for the blood that is shed in the struggle for freedom.
Poster depicting the seven Symbols of Kwanzaa:
The Seven Symbols of Kwanzaa and What They Mean:
Day 1: Umoja(oo-MOH-ja)
Action: building a commUNITY that holds together
Day 2: Kujichagulia(koo-jee-cha-goo-LEE-yah)
Action: speaking for yourself and making choices that benefit the commUNITY
Day 3: Ujima(oo-JEE-mah)
Meaning: Collective Work and Responsibility
Action: helping others within the commUNITY
Day 4: Ujamaa(oo-JAH-ma)
Meaning: Cooperative Economics
Action: supporting businesses that care about the commUNITY
Day 5: Nia(nee-AH)
Meaning: a Sense of Purpose
Action: setting goals that benefit the commUNITY
Day 6: Kuumba(koo-OOM-bah)
Action: making the commUNITY better and more beautiful
Day 7: Imani(ee-MAH-nee)
Action: believing that a better world can be created for communities now and in the future
The colors of Kwanzaa are red, black and green. The Kwanzaa flag consists of three blocks, one in each of these colors. Three of the seven candles are red, three are green and one is black.
During the celebrations, candles are lit and libations are poured from a wooden cup. A libation is the name given to a ritual pouring of water or white rum as an offering to our ancestors.
A Kwanzaa ceremony often includes performances of music and drumming, a reflection on the Pan-African colors of red, green and black and a discussion of some aspect of African history. Women often wear brightly colored traditional clothing. Some cultural organizations hold special exhibitions of African influenced art and market stalls during the period of the celebrations.
During Kwanzaa, celebrants greet each other with “Habari gani,” or “What’s the news?” The 7 Principles of Kwanzaa form the answers.