Launched in 2017, Womynism Sacred Circle ("The Circle"), a 1-day sexual healing retreat for Black women, femmes, and non-binary folx, was curated as an intersectional, trauma-responsive, narrative-centered, and body-affirming experience. Honoring the globalization of Blackness and the impact of oppression, The Circle eventually expanded to include of Color women, femmes, & non-binary folx.
The Circle created space for the intimate and sacred relationship between sexual healing and sexual pleasure. To understand that relationship, it became important to develop a pleasure-centered education and training resource where Black sexual healing was centered and developed with decolonizing queer and trans-expansive sexological worldview.
The WHOLE-Self Healing Institute, Inc. evolved as a result of the integration of this retreat with decolonizing scholarship, the clinical & healing experiences, in addition to, & lived experience of sexual pleasure among queer and non-queer Black women, femmes, & folx.
Prior to the global pandemic, an annual event-The Circle continues to be a sexual healing space for Black and of Color women, femmes, & non-binary folx.
We look forward to resuming Womynism Sacred Circle in 2023 and collaborate with other healing liberationists.