The OpenMINDS Mental Health Activation event will explore various topics centered around mental health-
We'll gather in constructive collaboration to expand our awareness of critical path mental health topics.
Experts in a variety of fields will share their unique perspectives and the ways in which they hope to influence the conversation around mental health.
Featured topics include:
Join us for an inclusive panel discussion to discover how you can best support changing the narrative around mental health. We'll open the event with a live music meditation & close the event with a live sound bath meditation.
When: Thursday, January 20th, 6:30pm ~ 8pm
Virtual Format: RSVP on this event page to receive a link by email
Have a perspective to share? Contact us at email@example.com. Stay connected by following us @openideorva.
This event is in support of the OpenMINDS global mental health movement sponsored by OpenIDEO.
Earth Medicine Advocate
Black Girls Hike RVA was founded in May 2020 by Nicole Boyd and Narshara Cade. These two friends and middle school teachers found joy in hiking and posted their adventures on social media. While on the trails, the two noticed a lack of diversity especially among people of color. With a vision and passion for wanting to create a space for women of color to enjoy the outdoors, BGHRVA was born. Based out of Richmond, Virginia, Cade and Boyd lead local and regional hikes for women of color. Recently featured in USA today and CNN stories, Boyd and Cade are working to ensure the outdoors is a safe space for women of color. They hope to grow the business, create a non-profit for underserved youth, and inspire future generations to debunk the stereotype that people of color do not enjoy the outdoors.
Director of Programs and Outreach
Yoga With Annie Peace
Yoga Instructor & Sound Healer
Erin is a singer-songwriter, yoga and meditation teacher, and the Director of Programs and Outreach with CultureWorks. She finds purpose in bringing hope and healing to communities world-wide through accessible music and wellness experiences. Her travels as a volunteer musician have spanned from Africa to Europe, and across North America; to orphanages, refugee camps, in juvenile jails, and more. She is the founder of Gals for a Cause RVA, a former Big Sister through BBBS, and a former Teaching Artist/Performer in SPARC’s inclusive LIVE ART program. She is an Honoree in Gallery 5’s Movers and Shakers, an Honoree in JMU’s 100 Years, 100 Days, 100 Dukes ‘One World’ Program and was inducted into the JMU Alumni: ‘Be The Change’ Hall of Fame.
Annie Peace has been working with soundscapes for meditation for over ten years, having been drawn to it first as a personal practice.
She incorporates flutes, harps, crystal and Himalayan singing bowls, and handpan, among other instruments, into longer form sound journeys.
Annie will provide a soundscape mediation to close our OpenMINDS event.
Join Annie at her upcoming public sound baths on Sunday, Feb 6th at Living Water Community Center and Saturday, Feb 12th at Align Yoga, Rocks, and Reiki. Visit these websites to reserve your spot!
Follow Annie on Facebook or Instagram to keep up with Annie's offerings.
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