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The Sankofa Path: Healing from the Traumas of Racism

9/8/2022 through 10/13/2022 weekly on Thursdays

An online series with Erva Baden for Black women in the U.S. to explore healing from the traumas of racism.
7:00pm - 8:30pm Eastern Time (US & Canada) via Zoom, six Thursdays - September 8 through October 13. Workshop limit: 15.

$150 for the full series

If you are seeking financial assistance to participate in this program, please click on the link for our Financial Assistance Application form, below. Do NOT register online.

NB: This workshop is AT CAPACITY. If you wish to register, please e-mail to be placed on the waiting list.

The Sankofa Path online workshop provides an opportunity for folks who self-identify as US-Born African-American/Black Women to uncover what effects of intergenerational trauma might be lingering in our bodies, minds, and spirits and to begin the deep healing necessary to reclaim all aspects of our radiance.

As descendants of captured and enslaved Africans, we Black and brown folks in the United States have had – and continue to have – particular issues and obstacles in our lives based on the traumas of racism. The wounds of our own experiences and those of our ancestors’ experiences continue to live in us. Effects can manifest emotionally, physically, intellectually, and spiritually – sometimes subtly and sometimes more obviously.

The study of this phenomenon is called epigenetics, and many researchers and therapists are currently focusing on the effects within the US-born African-American community; this workshop is a part of that thread.

The Sankofa Path

The workshop is twofold; there will be a focus on personal healing work in the sessions themselves, as well as building personal and collective skills to draw on at any time.

The Sankofa Path workshop provides an opportunity to begin the deep healing necessary to reclaim all aspects of our radiance. Sankofa means “to retrieve” in the Twi language of Ghana; we use the image of the Sankofa bird, looking over its shoulder to the past, because of the importance of looking back to move forward.


Erva BadenErva Baden is a contemporary shaman who weaves together healing modalities with compassion and humor to journey with clients committed to their own deep transformation and healing. She is a Reiki Master and has more than 25 years of experience in facilitating this deep emotional processing and release work nationally and internationally in men’s, women’s, and mixed-gender circles. She has studied energy work, chakra healing, and core shamanic techniques, as well as trauma recovery and the intergenerational effects of trauma.

Financial aid may be available. If you are seeking funds to participate in this program, click to review and complete our Financial Assistance Application and a Pendle Hill staff member will follow-up with you shortly (please do NOT register online). Thank you for your interest.

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