My Presentation: Let’s Build a Village! (Gambia)

Yesterday I hosted an event in Tottenham, North  London, where I shared my vision for a Retreat Home overlooking the sea, and a commUNITY Village in the Gambia, here’s part of it:

While I was in the Gambia facilitating The Self Love Retreat (Dec to March), I came across some land which fulfilled a vision I’ve had for years, of having a Retreat Home overlooking the sea, with a VILLAGE behind! Within a short space of time, I was taken to the Akala of the clan who own the land; they liked the idea of us building a village for returnees, and of us integrating with the locals; my idea of having a Retreat Home overlooking the sea was to provide a safe space for the Black Woman to heal; I explained in my Presentation that she is the core of the family, and the family is the core of the commUNITY, so for our commUNITY to heal, the Black Woman MUST Heal!

During the process of “breaking them in”, our enslaved ancestors were subjected to a brutal form of brainwashing that also altered their DNA structure. This has been passed down from one generation to the next, so 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 yesterday, I explained that in the film ‘Get Out’, the ‘sunken place’ is his subconscious mind, and in ‘The Black Panther’, there are two scenes where they buried T’Challa and Killmonger in order for them to visit the ancestral plane, which was symbolic of them going into their subconscious.

Over the past year, I’ve been introduced to plants and herbs provided by Mother Nature that help to alter your state of consciousness, and connect you with the spiritual world. I explained in my presentation yesterday that while on a mushroom ‘trip’ last year, I got the message: ‘DNA REPAIR’. Our ancestral mothers are ready and on hand to help us heal, and some of the techniques that will be used are unconventional and frowned upon by modern medicine, yet these are things Mother Nature has provided for our healing. My work specifically centres around the Black Womban healing, because when she heals, our whole commUNITY will heal! Are you truly ready to heal?

Over the past 15 years I’ve been on my own Self-healing journey; this included working with Positive Affirmations to re-program my mind, forgiving those who I felt wronged me, un-indoctrinating my Self from religion, and learning to love myself unconditionally (this is an ongoing journey).

My Self-healing journey has been expressed through my books, art and poetry, yet I reached a point where I felt I couldn’t do anything more for myself – and I still wasn’t fully healed!  I still felt held back in certain areas of my life, for example, I’m still not in a loving relationship with my soulmate, even though my work is around building sustainable Black relationships!

It was like peeling away layers of an onion; every time I unpeeled one layer, e.g. religion, there was something else I had to deal with underneath. 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, and couldn’t be dealt with on a conscious level; I had to go into an altered state of consciousness to get to 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.

Then last year, I met a woman who put me in an altered state of consciousness (using weed oil), and while I was in a ‘trance’, it felt like I was receiving a spiritual download which seemed to be affecting my past, present and future. On another occasion, I took mushrooms with this same young woman, and the message I got from the ‘trip’ was ‘DNA REPAIR’. Through my personal studies, I’ve come to learn that the past, present and future are simultaneous, not linear. If we don’t heal from the trauma of our past, it will keep coming back to haunt our present and future. We are POW-HER-FULL creators, especially womben, because we’re more emotional, and our emotions act like FUEL to our thoughts.

My work is to help the Black Womban to heal, because when she heals, our relationships heal, our families heal, and our families are what make up our commUNITY.  I wrote this poem the morning after watching the film ‘Sankofa’, and dedicated it to those still suffering the psychological effects of the enslavement of our ancestors, handed down to us genetically through our DNA:

Brothers, make a contribution to the Fund so your sisters can heal! Even if you don’t identify as being of African origin, you can still contribute to help us HEAL! Help raise the funds to buy the land  (We’re aiming to have the Retreat Home built by 2019, and the VILLAGE built by #2020).

I’m a visionary; it’s my job to come up with the ideas and share them with my commUNITY, but it’s our collective job to bring the ideas to fruition!  We need to raise £60,000 by November so we can start building early next year!   Make your contribution here.

In my Presentation, I explained that we will be setting up a Committee who will be overseeing  how the funds are spent, if you’d like to be part of the Committee, get in touch!

We’re fundraising to purchase the land so that it can be kept within our commUNITY as a legacy for future generations. If we are not able to reach our target by November, we will sell plots of the land at £3,000 each.  You will be able to buy your 3 or 4 bed home on the land for £25-£30,000 ‘off plan’ (more once they’re built).

I showed some photos of the dome-shaped round homes we are thinking of building in the village, and Galactic Clyde (a builder and carpenter who also studies sacred geometry) explained the spiritual benefits of living in such homes instead of square ones:

There are 30 homes available to buy; at the Presentation 17 people expressed an interest in being part of the Village, 5 indicated that they are ready to pay their £3,000 deposit to secure their home, and 11 signed up to join us on the  ‘Let’s Build a Village’ Retreat20-29th November 2018.  You’ll have the opportunity to see the land, meet potential neighbours, and plan how our village will be laid out.  If you’d like to be part of our village send me an message, but first, make your contribution to the land!

NO LAND = NO RETREAT HOME and NO VILLAGE!

(Profits from the Retreat Home will help to build and maintain the village)

Galactic Clyde also builds labyrinths, and he also explained the benefits of walking the labyrinth regularly; we also plan to build a labyrinth on the land, which will form part of our Retreats.

Galactic Clyde has built a labyrinth in a park in East London (Hackney Filter Beds), and we will be taking a walk on the labyrinth this Saturday 19th May between 2-6pm, if you’d like to join us, send me a message!

It takes a VILLAGE to raise a child, let’s do this for our Self, and the sake of future generations!

If you prefer to make a donation by Paypal, do so here:

Seed money

Contribution to Land for Retreat Home and Village in the Gambia - sow a seed TODAY for the FUTURE you want to see BLOSSOM!

£10.00

(To contribute more than £10, change the number in the box, e.g. if you change it to ‘2’ you’ll be contributing £20)

I’m returning to the Gambia on 22nd May, with part of the funds (hopefully!) to keep the process going, are you in?  When I get back, I’ll organize another event (mid July) to share updates, you can also keep up-to-date via my Instagram and Facebook pages.

Yours faithfully,

 

 

Cezanne Taharqa aka Cezanne Poetess

Author|Artist|Poet|Retreats Organizer

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We’re getting the land, and we’re building a Village!

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 cezanne@journeyofasister.com

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!

In your service,

Cezanne Taharqa aka Cezanne Poetess

Author|Poetess|Artist

> Make a contribution towards buying the land for the Self Love Retreat Home and Kai Ci Kurbi Healing Village <<

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Time to Plant Your Seeds!

According to the Law of Nature, ‘you reap what you sow’.  You can’t plant an apple seed and expect to harvest an orange.

If you want more LOVE, plant Seeds of Love; start by filling your Self with Love, so you will radiate love and become a LOVE MAGNET.  Then spread the love you feel inside to others.

If you’re suffering from a Self Love Deficit (like I was) spend time alone, look at yourself in the mirror (make eye contact with yourself) and say “I LOVE YOU”.  Do this a few times.  Secondly, Pour water in a glass and speak into it “I LOVE YOU”, then drink it. We do this on The Self Love Retreat, you can also do it as a 30 Day Self Love Challenge and see what happens! (Let me know!)

If you want better/stronger RELATIONSHIPS do kind things for others; practice the principles ‘do unto others as you would have them to unto you’, and ‘love your neighbour as you love yourself‘.  This includes:

  • Not gossiping about others behind their back
  • Helping others when you can
  • Giving/receiving freely

If you want better HEALTH, plant a health seed today; write a PLAN of how you intend to get fitter/healthier.  This might include:

  • Eating healthier meals/eliminating junk food
  • Adding more fruits, veg, seeds and food provided by Mother Nature to your diet
  • Drinking at least a litre of water a day
  • Eliminating white sugar, flour and dairy products
  • Exercising more, e.g. doing stretches when you wake up in the morning, or walking for at least 20 minutes a day.
  • Getting adequate sleep

If you want more MONEY, then plant a money seed, and make sure you plant it in FERTILE SOIL!

  • Save 10% of your income (give to yourself first)
  • Give to good causes
  • Help others in need when you can

These are all good seeds to plant, which will blossom in the future.  Again, the Law of Nature shows us that when you plant a seed today, it has to go through various stages of germination, budding, and growing before it reaches full bloom, or harvest.  The Laws of Nature never fail!  If you want more MONEY, today I’m giving you the opportunity to plant a money seed into FERTILE SOIL:  Make a contribution to The Self Love Retreat Fund so I can offer subsidized places on my Retreats!  This week, I teamed up with  Dawn Mbaatay (Organization) to build a VILLAGE; they are building Phase One, Numbi Village, and we will be building Phase Two, which will include a Retreat Home for those needing to come for Self-healing, read my Vision Statement for > Kai Ci Kurbi Healing Village < (Kai Ci Kurbi means ‘Come Home‘).

As we were on our way to the beach from  purchasing the land for Numbi Village, we came across this deserted government-owned land.

If you know me at all, I’m a visionary, and I make things happen! I’ve had this photo on my Vision Board for the past couple of years:

This is my vision of the view from our Retreat Home!

The man in blue, Ousman, says he owns the land, but it is ‘TDA’ which means the government has said it cannot be developed.  However, if we build a water-hole, and approach the government with plans for how we plan to develop the land, they will give some to us.  We are going to approach the government based on the fact that we are repatriates, and we need the land to build our village.  But we need to pool our resources together to buy the land, and develop it!

My Vision Statement is being drawn up into a professional Proposal to be submitted to the Gambian government, for how we plan to develop the land.  I live by the motto “Whatever the MIND can CONCEIVE, it can ACHIEVE – I can CREATE whatever I can IMAGINE!” 

Are you part of my tribe?

I’m seeking just 50 people who align with my vision, to build Phase 2, Kai Ci Kurbi Village;  this will involve investing to purchase the land (initially £150,000), and building the village.  At the moment, the land is reserved by the government, but we were told by Ousman that if we build a waterhole and show the government that we can build, they will give us some of the land.  If you would like to be part of this, send me a message: cezanne@journeyofasister.com

In the meantime, I’m planning on renting a Villa in the Gambia for two years to run the Retreats from, which will enable me to offer subsidized places on my retreats.  People will also be able to rent it for their own holidays, which will go towards the building project.  Make a contribution to The Self Love Retreat Fund  – if you prefer to contribute using Paypal, use the email: cezanne121@gmail.com

“Every day is a SEED to your future Happiness, Success, and Well-being; plant the seeds TODAY for the FUTURE you want to see BLOSSOM!” ~ Cezanne

Watch my video-poem:

The Laws of Nature never fail!  Depending on the seed you plant, will determine the harvest you receive – are you planting a FLOWER or a TREE?

I’m seeking to ‘build my tribe‘, if you align with my vision, Let’s Build a Village!  Read my Vision Statement, and make a contribution to the Fund – don’t miss out!  The names of all those who have contributed to the Fund will go on a list, to be able to receive subsidized rates for future Retreats.

Now that you’ve planted your seeds, expect a harvest – and remember, there’s a PROCESS!  Read my ARTicle ‘Use Your Subconscious Mind to Create the Life YOU Choose!‘ and join me on this wonderful journey of Self-actualization!

Plant your seeds and watch them blossom!

Read my Review of The Self Love Retreat, and join us 25 May – 3 June! (women only)

Join us on the Gambia Retreat 21-30 November! (mixed)

In your service,

 

Author|Poetess|Artist|Inspirational Thought Leader|Workshop Facilitator

Promoting LOVE through Creativity!

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Let’s Build a Healing Village!

If you’ve read my ARTicle  ‘Use Your Subconscious Mind to Create the Life YOU Choose!‘  you would know that you can CREATE whatever you can IMAGINE, and that there’s a PROCESS.

For years, I’ve cultivated the idea of being able to work anywhere in the world, and now I’m doing it; I’ve been in the Gambia since November, facilitating The Self Love Retreat, writing, and also doing book editing jobs.

“Whatever the MIND can CONCEIVE, it can ACHIEVE – you can CREATE whatever you can IMAGINE!”

For years, I’ve also cultivated the idea (seed) of building a VILLAGE – I didn’t know HOW, I just put it out there.  My thinking was that for our commUNITY to truly heal, we need to get back to the way our ancestors lived, in real communities.  We grew and shared food with each other, helped each other raise our children (it takes a village to raise a child), the women were the backbone of the commUNITY, and our elders were given high status, as they had the wisdom and experience to pass down to the next generation.  Children spent time with their grandparents, and benefited from their wisdom.  Men and women knew their roles, and stayed within them; this created HARMONY.

During January I spent a lot of time on my own, in the Silence, tuning IN (it was during this time that I wrote my speech ‘Use Your Subconscious Mind to Create the Life YOU Choose!).  Shortly after, I met brother Musa, who, with his wife Nailah and their commUNITY, are already in the process of building Numbi Healing Village in the Gambia.  From speaking with him, I realized that our visions line up, and so I have now aligned myself with what they are doing, to build Phase 2.  Last week, we had a monumental gathering of Gambians, African-Americans, and African-Caribbeans to see how we could work TOGETHER to build a VILLAGE!  In attendance was a professional builder, surveyor, electrician and an architect, as well as locals, and people ready to invest, such as myself.

Brother Ra, an African-American who lived in Ghana for 10 years, has been in the Gambia for 7 months; his background is in hospitality, tourism and education.  Having been involved in setting up similar projects in Ghana, and learning from their mistakes, he’s now looking to do something similar in the Gambia.  He is a great asset to our project, be a part of it too!

Numbi Village is already fully funded and patronized.  I’m looking for 50 like-minded people to work with me in building Phase 2, Kai Ci Kurbi Village (Kai Ci Kurbi means ‘come home’ in Wollof, one of the main languages spoken in the Gambia).  Read my >> Vision Statement for Kai Ci Kurbi Healing Village <<

Those who were left on the continent did not escape the evils of colonialism, and in my opinion, have suffered just as much as we have psychologically, spiritually, and financially, while others benefit from  the wealth of our Motherland.  By pooling our resources TOGETHER, we can rebuild our infrastructures, and develop a do-for-self attitude, instead of thinking that we need to rely on others to help us heal and rebuild.

Those of us who are the descendants of enslaved Africans, who were stripped of our culture, names, language and spirituality, are slowly finding our way ‘back home’, which I now realize is a state of being.  To facilitate this return to our roots, being in the sun, spending time in nature, eating food provided by Mother Nature, and spending time ‘going within’ is vital.  This is why I’ve organised another Retreat for this November, this time for both women and men, where you’ll be able to see for yourself what we’re doing here, learn more about the vision, and get involved in Phase 2 of the ‘Build a Village’ project, ‘Kai Ci Kurbi’.  It’s time to COME HOME!  I predicted around 3 years ago that in 5 years time, our people are going to have to flee from the UK and USA, and that they’re going to need somewhere to go.  This was the basis upon which I wanted to build a village, so that my people had somewhere to run TO.

Are you ‘coming home’?

Mixed Retreat

Join me in the Gambia November 21-30 for a 10-day Retreat where you will be able to see the first building project, and get involved in Phase 2!  The pilot project, Numbi Village is patronized by around 25 people.  We are looking for 50 people to patronize Phase 2, Kai Ci Kurbi Village (more about this in my next post), to invest in the building project and be ready to move into the Village, (or to provide accommodation for renting.)  The Retreat in November costs just £899 which includes transfers to/from the airport, 9 nights accommodation with breakfast, a visit to Numbi Village building project, a gathering to plan Phase 2 including locals,  3 Self-nurturing workshops with my Self (in place of The Self Love Retreat, optional).  Khensu I-Em Hotep, author of the forthcoming book ‘Spirit-Osis (Spiritual Disorder), the ROOT CAUSE of All Modern Dis-eases‘, and founder of The Melanin Clinic will also be attending the Retreat, sharing important information to help you Self-heal.  We will also have an Evening of Reasoning to discuss the topics raised in my Self-help novel ‘Journey of a Sister‘ which you’ll get FREE when you book to join us on the Retreat!  (It will help you ‘innerstand’ my thinking behind rebuilding our commUNITY).  An overnight trip to Senegal on safari, and a day trip to Kunta Kinte Island are optional extras.  If you’re seriously thinking about getting involved in Phase 2, book your place early, as there are only 10 places on this trip; easy monthly payment plans available – pay a £100 deposit to secure your place, singles and couples welcome:

Let’s Build a Village Retreat 21-30 Nov 2018

Payment towards Gambia Retreat Nov 21-30 2018

£100.00

For more details GO HERE

Sow a Seed…

While we are in the building process, I plan to rent a Retreat home, which will be used to run the Retreats from, this would mean that you only have to pay for your flights and spending money!  We can rent a 5 bedroom house for around £5,000 per year; make a contribution to The Self Love Retreat Fund to enable me to offer subsidized places on each Retreat; The Law of Nature states that if want to reap a harvest, you must sow a seed of that kind, so I’m giving you the opportunity to sow your money seed into fertile soil!

I’m back in London temporarily between March and May…

 

Join me in being part of the solution!

In your service,

 

 

Author|Poetess|Artist|Workshop Facilitator|Events Host|Speaker

Promoting LOVE through Creativity!

Read my ARTicle  Use Your Subconscious Mind to Create the Life YOU Choose!‘ 

Go here to watch a longer video from our Build a Village meeting.  (There are more short clips on my instagram)

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My Review on The Self Love Retreat (Gambia)

My first Self Love Retreat  ended last Saturday, and I’m now thinking about how I can make it even better!  Firstly, the three ladies who joined me commented that it went far too quickly; I personally arrived two weeks ahead of the Retreat in order to unwind and de-stress, and while I had intended for us to have plenty of time to do that, we were trying to cram so much into the week!

We started off with a Pamper Day at the Kairaba Hotel in Kotu, where we had a full body massage, facial, manicure and pedicure.

I purposefully kept the numbers for the first Retreat small because The Healthy Ways Guest House (where we were staying with Mama Naasira and Dr Joe Bledsoe) only holds up to 6 people.  Their Spicy Tasty Vegan Cuisine meals played a big part in the healing aspect of the Retreat.

The aim of The Self Love Retreat is to nurture your Self from the INSIDE, OUT.  The Pamper Day was for our outer self, while the Self-nurturing workshops were for our inner Self.  The first workshop was entitled “Who Am I?” which questioned whether we are the things we do, what we have, or what we project to the outside world.   By the end of the workshop, we had developed personalized Positive Affirmations to help re-define ourselves, and speak it into being.  In Part Two, ‘Who I AM!’ (the following day), we recorded the affirmations to music.  This is now a tool we can use to play just before we go to sleep, to help re-program our subconscious mind.  (It’s our subconscious programming that we’re running on most of the time, not our conscious thoughts).

“The Loving  Me workshop gave me a lot of food for thought for reflection” ~ Deanne

I’ve been working with Positive Affirmations for about 15 years, which has brought me from having a ‘Self Love Deficit’ with very low self-esteem, lacking self-confidence, and being a blocked writer and artist for over 20 years, to writing and performing poetry, writing books, painting, and now organizing the The Self Love Retreat. I’m simply sharing some of the techniques that have helped me raised my levels of confidence and Self-esteem, helped me unblock as a writer and artist, and to push myself out of my comfort zone to achieve more.  The day before the Retreat has due to start I was writing my journal and the first thing I wrote was “Who am I to organize The Self Love Retreat?  What do I know about Self Love?”  This was my critical voice talking, and my old programming of not being ‘good enough’ was trying to creep back in!  I had to silence it with Positive Affirmations about Who I Am.  In the past, I would have succumbed to those voices, and crawled back into the dark cavity in the corner of my mind.  But no, I’m here to make a difference, and in doing so, help others to transform their own lives too!

In another workshop, I shared some research conducted by Dr Masaru Emoto, about the effect our thoughts and words have on water, and because we are made up of 70% water, how pow-HER-full our words really are:

We then stuck “I LOVE YOU” onto a glass of water, and focused our thoughts and intentions into the water, before drinking it – try it!  We also looked into a mirror and said “I LOVE YOU” to ourselves.  This can feel awkward at first, but the more you do it, the easier it will feel.

We also wrote Love Letters (or poems) to our Self based on the Affirmations we developed, and used them to make our Self a card, which we can now refer back to whenever we need a pick-me-up:

When you fill your Self with Love, you can then give of your overflow, and radiate the love you feel for your Self – you will then attract that love back to your Self!

Self Love 30 Day Challenge!

Do these daily rituals to develop Self Love, and see what happens:

  • Close your eyes and go deep within (or look in the mirror) and say repeatedly “I love You!”
  • Pour water in a cup, and say “I love you” into the water before drinking it

If you did the 30 Day Challenge, email me your results: cezanne@journeyofasister.com

Aside from the 5 Self-nurturing workshops, we also enjoyed some Gambian nightlife, and went clubbing two of the nights! I’m not a clubbing person, but I loved the vibe and the Afrobeats!

I had these dresses made especially for the Colour Therapy workshop, which was also meant to incorporate dance, but we ran out of time!  I explained how different colours affect the mood and emotions, and how wearing colourful clothes can make you (and others) FEEL.  Try it!  Incorporating more colour in your life especially during the dark, winter months will help lift your mood and emotions.  (For more information on how I healed myself from Seasonal Affective Disorder using Colour Therapy, visit my Art page).

We didn’t spend enough time on the beach, but we enjoyed early-morning yoga:

I also organized a Day Trip to Kunta Kinte Island, which took us about 3 hours to get to, including two river crossings! We were taken to the original place Kunta Kinte lived (not where they take tourists).  On the long  journey there, we had to take a ferry and a small boat.  Someone had sent me a photo of a boat owned by a sister named Aminatta, encouraging us to use her (in the yellow skirt), but when we got to the island and I found her, the boat was out of action because it needed repairs to the value of around £150:

I told her I would help raise the money and get it to her as quickly as possible, you can send her a gift towards her boat repair using my Gofundme  (put ‘BOAT’ as a reference) and I’ll make sure she gets it ( we’ve raised £45 so far).

See my Instagram  or the Journey of a Sister Facebook Page for more pics and videos, I’m slowly getting around to uploading them all! (feel free to add me).

Geraldine’s Feedback:

“I had an amazing time on The Self Love Retreat – I recommend to everyone!  I feel enlightened, refreshed, healthier and positive.  I’ve learned many techniques to benefit me going forward.  Met so many great people who I intend to keep in contact with.  We made so many memories, I really wanted to stay longer!  So glad I went and Cezanne is the hostess with the mostest, so inspirational, love her!  I will defo do another retreat with you.  I loved Gambia too, will go back” 

Based on the feedback I received, I’ve decided to extend The Self Love Retreat in November to 10 Days so you can relax and unwind for the first 3 days before the workshops start!  The cost for the The Self Love Retreat is just £899 (Flights must be booked separately).  If you can only come for 7 days, the price of accommodation will be deducted.

The date for the next Self Love Retreat (Gambia) is 1- 10 Nov 2018  book your place early, only 8 available!

We will be staying at Ocean Villa Heights, a lovely hotel in Bufurt with swimming pool, internet, restaurant, and spa facilities, and it’s just a few minutes walk to the beach!  To book, go HERE (or send me an email to cezanne@journeyofasister.com pay by bank transfer)

Support a Sista!

I set up a Gofundme campaign in order to be able to offer subsidized places on the Retreat, if you’re unable to attend yourself, but would like to help your sisters on their Self-healing journey, please make a contribution to the Fund!

If you would like to be considered for a place, 1) make a donation to the fund, 2) email me: cezanne@journeyofasister.com explaining why you need it.

More Retreat dates will be added when destinations have been chosen (I’m also looking at Grenada, Jamaica, or Dominica)

Singles & Couples Welcome!

Whether you’re single, or would like to come with your partner, The Self Love Retreat is for YOU!  The techniques will help you in your own personal development, which will no doubt impact your relationship.  If you have any questions, or would like to book, email me: cezanne@journeyofasister.com

Easy Payment Plans for November Retreats

I’d like to make it as easy as possible for you to join me, so I’m offering monthly payment plan options for the Retreats in November 2018 < click on the link to find out more.  If you’re coming from the UK, you don’t need a visa, just book your flight, and pay for your Retreat!

Nurture Your Inner Child Retreat 16-23 Nov

I’ve also organized the Nurture Your Inner Child Retreat in November, where I will take you through the same processes I went through to unblock as a writer and artist, all materials will be provided!  If you’re interested in joining me on any of these Retreats, email me: cezanne@journeyofasister.com

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In your service,

 

 

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Touching the Heart…through Art!

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Join me in the Gambia for The Self Love Retreat!

I’m now in the Gambia preparing for the women who will be joining me on The Self Love Retreat, a week of nurturing yourself from the inside, out!

There are still two places left for the Retreat dates 17-23 December, and a few places available on  3-9 January (date changed), 17-23 February and 3-9 March, join us if you can!

Getting to the Gambia is easy:

  1. Flights are cheap!
  2. You don’t need a visa if you’re travelling from the UK (we would love you to join us from anywhere else in the world!)

So far, I’ve not seen much difference in the culture between Gambia compared to Ghana, and I’ve yet to connect with many of the ex-pats who live here (people who have moved here from the UK and USA).

Last night I attended Gambia Fashion Weekend, and met up with Shakina from the UK who now lives here, and another sister Anna, who I also know from the UK.  I also met a brother named Adam who is on holiday from Manchester, and I bumped into another brother who happens to live not far from me in Croydon!

Me and Shakina at Gambia Fashion Weekend last night

Apparently there are lots of opportunities to build, grow and develop in the Gambia, and I’ll be checking it all out and sharing the info with you!  Shakina has moved here from London and now runs her business in Gambia!  She uses the same Adinkra symbol for her business as I’ve used in ‘Journey of a Sister‘, the symbol for ‘Transformation!’

I gave myself a 5 year ‘get out plan’ (to move from the UK), and I have 3 years left, so providing I like it here I’ll be laying some roots!  My ultimate goal is to build a VILLAGE with homes, schools, farmland where we can grow our own produce, businesses (making things that we can send back to the UK and USA to sell), and which is totally self-sufficient e.g. our own solar power and water supply.  I see that in a few years time, my people will have to flee the USA and UK, and they’re going to need somewhere to go!

When God gives you a vision, provision will also be made.  Meeting Mama Naasira Ageela and Dr Gregory Joe Bledsoe in London last year was part of this Master Plan.  I instantly clicked with them, and we kept in contact when they left London and came to the Gambia.  They are an African American couple, who are authors of the Amazon Bestseller ‘Spicy Tasty Vegan Cuisine’.  We spoke regularly on the phone, and seemed to have lots of similar ideas in terms of how we wanted to help our community to heal.  I shared my vision of building a village with them, and they were in accordance with the idea, so we decided to work together.  This is our long term plan, but for now, we are working together to help our people to heal.  They specialize in the food side of things, while I work with healing the mind.  I’m not a psychologist but I studied how the mind works, in order to heal my own mind (I’ll tell you more about this on the Retreat, or read my Self-help novel ‘Journey of a Sister’).

People always say to me “Cezanne, you’re such an inspiration, when you say you’re going to do something, you do it!” But I can tell you, none of this has been easy.  But when you set your mind to do something, the universe somehow conspires to help you make it happen.  For instance, my goal was to spend every winter ‘somewhere warm’.  I mean, why be in cold, grey England when you can jump on a plane and within a few hours, be somewhere warm?  Once I set that intention, the ideas came to make it happen.  The Self Love Retreat is the result of my thoughts manifested; not only do I get to enjoy being in a warm climate, I’m also helping others at the same time!

One of my mottos is;

“As I heal myself, I heal others”

The other is;

 “The Black Woman MUST Heal!”

The Self Love Retreat was born out of my own need to heal myself.  I’m not coming from a standpoint of “You need to be like me”, but more of “We’re all in this together”.  The reason why the Black Woman MUST heal, is because she has always been the core of the family, and the family is the core of the commUNITY.  If we want our commUNITY to heal, she must heal first.  I began to innerstand this while studying our history, and learning how the Black Family was broken down through the process of slavery and colonialism. For the sake of our future generations, something radical must be done, and it starts with the food we eat, what we watch and listen to, how we raise our children, and how we treat each other, starting with our Self. Hence, The Self Love Retreat (and Healing Village)!

Help Us Offer Subsidized Places on The Self Love Retreat

Just like my vision for The Healing Village, I know that not all the women who need to come on the Retreat will be able to afford it, which is why I set up the GoFundMe Campaign.  I set it up on my birthday on November 5th, and so far, no donations have been received (partly because I’ve been so busy preparing to come to the Gambia, that I haven’t been pushing it!).  If you would like to support two women to come on each Retreat, please make a donation here.  Getting the first contribution is the hard part; most fund organisers advise you make the first donation yourself; it’s human nature that once people see others donating, they will too, so are you a leader or a follower?  Let’s see!   If you would like to come but need help with finances, sow a money seed! I strongly believe in sowing money seeds; if you want more of something, you have to sow a seed of that kind.  Mother Nature teaches us that we cannot sow an apple seed and expect an orange.  The Self Love Retreat is fertile soil!

How will the women be chosen?

Send me an email cezanne@journeyofasister.com explaining your circumstances, and how much financial support you need (flight/accommodation £200/workshops £500).  Myself and Mama Naasira will choose from the submissions received for the subsidized places. (We aim to raise £3,000 to provide two free places on each Retreat).

Join Us!

Does The Self Love Retreat feel right for you?  Join us!  There are still two places available in December, and a few places in January, February and March.  You can find more information at www.journeyofasister.com/selfloveretreat or send me an email above to secure your place today.

Admittedly, I’ve not been out much since I arrived, apart from yoga on the beach (check Facebook to watch my FB live video!) and the fashion show last night; I didn’t get to take many photos because my battery died, but there will be lots more to report on; in my next blog post I’ll be showing you around the Healthy Ways Guest House and interviewing the Bledsoes, and also sharing more about what we’ll be doing on The Self Love Retreat, in the meantime, visit the page, and if it feels right, do it!

That’s it for now, hope to see you here!

In your service,

 

 

 

Author|Poetess| Artist

Promoting LOVE through Creativity!

 

Review of the Big Launch, Join us for the rest of the Tour!

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 historicalwalker@yahoo.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:

The tour ends on Sunday 8th Octoberdon’t miss the rest of the events!

Join us TOMORROW Wednesday 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 Library on 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!

In your service,

 

 

 

Author|Poetess|Artist|Events Host|Workshop Facilitator

Listen to my interview with Lisa Newton on The Authors Podcast

Join me on the Self Love Retreat!

There are still a few places left on the December Retreats (3-9 and 17-23), if you’re looking for a holiday break that will nurture your INNER and OUTER Self, click on the image above for details!

Promoting LOVE through Creativity!

Connect with me on Facebook (I’ll be doing some FB live videos leading up to the tour)

Connect with King Kevin on Facebook

Connect with TC Carrier on Facebook

Join us at the Launch of the Kings & Queens Book Tour! (Sun 1st Oct)

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!

(My painting ‘My King’ features in Year Five of my Revised book, now titled ‘Journey of a Sister’)

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:

Journey of a Sister Limited Edition paperback

Journey of a Sister features Cezanne’s artwork & poetry with FREE postage (UK only)

£14.99

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!

Watch this video made by TC Carrier:

Watch this video made by King Keving:

I look forward to seeing you there!

In your service,

 

 

 

Author|Poetess|Artist|Events Host|Workshop Facilitator

Join me on the Self Love Retreat!

There are still a few places left on the December Retreats, if you’re looking for a holiday break that will nurture your INNER and OUTER Self, click on the image above for details!

Promoting LOVE through Creativity!

Connect with me on Facebook (I’ll be doing some FB live videos leading up to the tour)

Connect with King Kevin on Facebook

Connect with TC Carrier on Facebook

Watch the Interview with King Kevin and TC Carrier on BlackiceTV7!

On Monday, Mr Terry Riggs of BlackIceTV7 interviewed the two authors coming from the USA to join me on the Kings & Queens Book Tour – they went in DEEP!!!  They covered such topics as Sexually Transmitted Demons, Childhood Sexual Abuse, Predatory Men, the Sacredness of the Womb and the Vulnerability of Womben, how Children Create a Lifetime Bond (are you bonded to the wrong person?), The Decline of a Civilization, and How We Can Rise Again – watch the video!

Join us on the Kings and Queens Book Tour!

(click on this link to book your tickets)

We’re going to bring these topics out into the open on the Kings & Queens Book Tour, so that we can really begin the process of Self-healing, mend our broken relationships, raise strong families, and elevate our consciousness so that we can rebuild our commUNITY!

Read the books ahead of the tour, so you can join in the discussions!

Download the e-books or get the paperbacks!

Order ‘The Secret Science of Black Male & Female Sex’ by TC Carrier:

Order ‘7 Types of Queens, Kings Desire’ by King Kevin Dorival:

Order ‘Journey of a Sister’ (A Self-help Novel) by Cezanne Taharqa

Journey of a Sister Limited Edition paperback

Journey of a Sister features Cezanne’s artwork & poetry with FREE postage (UK only)

£14.99

Click on this link to >> book your tickets <<  for the Kings and Queens Book Tour,  some can simply be booked by making a donation towards the costs (myself, TC and Kevin have used our own resources to put this book tour together, and we welcome any contributions towards travel, accommodation, meals etc, small or large.)

We look forward to you joining us!

In your service,

 

 

Author|Poetess|Artist|Events Host|Workshop Facilitator

Promoting LOVE Through Creativity!

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Join me to Discuss ‘Journey of a Sister’ @ Hackney Central Library on Wed 6th Sept – Download the e-book FREE!

Join me at Hackney Central Library, 1 Reading Lane E8 (opposite Hackney Empire) on Wednesday 6th September from 5.30-7.30pm, to discuss the topics raised in my Self-help novel ‘Journey of a Sister‘ Reserve your FREE ticket below:

(You can also reserve your signed copy of the paperback for just £5 (HALF PRICE) and collect it on the day)

Haven’t read it yet? Download the  e-book FREE!

Journey of a Sister is the story of a young woman raised in the ‘faith’, who reaches a point where she begins to question what she was taught to believe.  She writes God a fearless letter, asking all the questions the church couldn’t answer, and ends it by asking for “the Truth!”.  Join Suzanne on her quest for “the Truth!” about sex before marriage, the creative power of her thoughts, her African ancestry, and the history of the religion she had been indoctrinated into!  It is a beautiful Black Love story that breaks some unspoken taboos in a thought-provoking yet enlightening way that thousands of women and men can relate to, download Years 1-11 FREE!

If you’re free, join me at Hackney Central Library, 1 Reading Lane E8 (opposite Hackney Empire) on Wednesday 6th September from 5.30-7.30pm to discuss the topics raised in the story.  You can also get the paperback which includes Years 12 & 13  for just £5.00 – HALF PRICE!  (To avoid queuing to get your book signed on the day, reserve it when you book your free ticket)

I will also be paving the way for two authors who will be joining me from the USA to take part in the Kings and Queens Book Tour from 1-8th October:

King Kevin Dorival is author of ‘7 Types of Queens, Kings Desire‘ (I wrote the Foreword), and TC Carrier is author of ‘The Secret Science of Black Male and Female Sex‘.  In Year 8 of ‘Journey of a Sister‘  I ‘channelled’ a scene where the couple performed their first sex ritual.  TC’s book explains the science behind these rituals!  It’s no wonder religion is used to suppress our sexual energy – this is where our power lies!  Our ancestors built great civilizations by harnessing their sexual energy, which is a powerful creative force.  Join us on the Kings & Queens Book Tour to explore how we can become great again, and rebuild our empires!

For full details about the tour and to book your tickets (some are free) see my previous blog post (<<click on this link)

I will aim to Facebook Live the event, so if you’re not already connected with me on Facebook, add me now! (Cezanne Taharqa)

In your service,

 

 

Author|Poetess|Artist|Events Host|Workshop Facilitator

Promoting LOVE Through Creativity!

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