The Foundation for Louisiana and the CAC present a virtual healing salon offering possibilities for collective healing and liberation in New Orleans' communities. Originally designed to commemorate those lost during Hurricane Katrina and in the ongoing global pandemic, we hold this space for healing in the chaotic aftermath of Hurricane Ida.
Hosted by local creative Ifátùmínínú Bamgbàlà Arẹ̀sà live on Zoom, the program will feature three 30-40 sessions offered by three local healing practitioners' wisdom and instruction on the tools to implement one’s own personal healing practice. Each session will help foster a culture of healing through personal and collective traumas.
The event will be hosted live on Zoom, a free video conference application. Admission is free with RSVP and capacity is limited.
Meet the Practitioners
Ifátùmínínú Bamgbàlà Arẹ̀sà (Host)
Ifátùmínínú Bamgbàlà Arẹ̀sà is a multidisciplinary artist with a background in education, film and performance art. Born and raised in New Orleans, Ifátùmínínú suppressed her creative side for a decade before moving to Tanzania where she was reborn. There, she directed A Thousand Needles, an award-winning film, co-founded a non-profit dedicated to creatives and traveled around the continent connecting with other artists. As an ordained and trained Traditional West Afrikan Ifá Priest, everything that Ifátùmínínú does is Ancestrally led. Part of Ifátùmínínú’s Ancestor-led work is also to engage the public in the Greater New Orleans area in dialogue about the changing landscape and exploitation of post-Katrina New Orleans.
Will be teaching: Say Love Yoga sessions consist of a sequence of set poses. The practice involves twenty-six postures and two breathing exercises. The classic Hatha poses are designed to “systematically move fresh, oxygenated blood to 100 percent of your body, to each organ and fiber.” The poses are done in a specific unchanging order, to achieve the desired benefits.
Bio: Adrione Domino started practicing yoga in 2003 in classes where the yoga instructor didn’t look like her. She learned that yoga meant “Unity” and didn’t feel the sense of community in those spaces. It wasn’t until 2017 that she decided to enroll in a 500 hour yoga teacher-training program to deepen her personal practice.Immediately after becoming a certified yoga instructor, she began offering community yoga classes. In 2019, she co-founded Domineaux Yoga with the goal to make yoga accessible to her community. In addition to her weekly sessions, she curated themed yoga events that attracted hundreds of attendees from all shapes, sizes, colors and walks of life.
Will be teaching: (Re)membering our (Pl)an(t)cestors: A meditation grounding and honoring the earth; a practice of plant listening as a form of ancestral communication.
Bio: Educator, Poet, Student Midwife, Doula, Asc3nding Herbalist, Reiki Master, Food Literacy Educator, Artist, Designer and Founder of Ac3nsion Art LLC, Ellenie Marie Cruz uses her given and learned talents to promote the art of earth based ancestral practices to heal self, family and community. Motivated by social justice, she centers radical change through holistic wellness, self-care and community building. Ellenie impacts her community through birthwork,and Atabey School of Cultural Healing by offering courses and care that center Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. She is the SOUL Organizer of the NOLA Herb Gathering, and author of the poetry book Saturn Return I: Glimpses of the past. Ellenie teaches internationally on radical full spectrum birth work, herbalism, community care, and more.
Will be teaching: Somatic, mindful movement
Bio: Jessi is a lifelong mover and creator. She incorporates movement from her extensive dance training, healing modalities (such as Somatic Experiencing and yoga), nature, spirituality, world travels and her own cultural experiences in her work. She was born in New Orleans and raised outside of the city on the bayou and is currently teaching and speaking nationally and internationally about dance, culture, somatic healing and embodiment.
About the Exhibition
This program is part of a series of healing-centered programs associated with the CAC's 2021 Gulf South open call exhibition "Behind Every Beautiful Thing: Encountering Bodies, Wrestling the Human Condition," on view through September 26, 2021. The exhibition offers a deeply personal portrayal of artists’ experiences with health and illness, and the reverberating impact on the life, body, and psyche of the individual and their community.