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Coming HOME: Begin Within (A Sacred Space for Black & Brown People)

December 11 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

| Free

Saturday, December 11
Facilitators: Sheila Battle and Korantema Pierce Williams
Location: IN PERSON at Richmond Public Library, 101 E. Franklin Street

This sacred moment will focus on RE-member-ing who we are as beautiful black and brown people. Together we will share a moment of silence to honor our survival and our collective strength, while engaging in self-care tools for the holidays. We are returning to our roots and reclaiming the foundations of our culture.

You will feel:
Connected and at HOME
Seen, heard and understood
Peace, calm and ease of your breath

You will learn:
How to intentionally BEGIN WITHIN
How to connect with your core foundation
How to welcome healing and self-love.

If cost is a barrier, access funding is available for all of our programs. Email rachel@innerworkcenter.org for more information.

COVID Policy:
In person classes are pending COVID positivity rates and CDC advice. Using our values of compassion and connection, we take COVID and your vulnerability seriously. If necessary we will notify you that your program has been moved to Zoom prior to the event start.

We strongly and lovingly request that you present your vaccine card OR a negative COVID test (taken within 72 hours) when attending an in person program at The Innerwork Center. We require all participants to stay reasonably masked during the program. We will limit the number of participants for in person programs until the time when we have moved past the pandemic.

About the facilitators:

Sheila Battle:
Philadelphia native, Sheila E. Battle, is a transformational leader, change agent, and human services advocate. Her passion is to see people grow from the inside out, through practical teaching and application of basic principles. Whether managing a team or leading a workshop, her enthusiastic style motivates and inspires from the boardroom to the pulpit. Sheila’s fusion of real-life stories and her conversational techniques connect with her audience at an intimate, intense, and individual level. Sheila and her husband, Frank, live in Richmond, VA and are the visionaries of The Battle Station.

Korantema Pierce Williams:
For more than 25 years Nana Korantema Pierce Williams has been a Priest (Spiritualist) in the Akom Tradition of Ghana, W. Africa and an advocate for community growth, development, and healing through her practice ConjureWorks, LLC. With degrees from Howard University (BS) and Saybrook University (MS, Mind-Body Medicine), Nana Korantema has long served as a bridge between traditional and modern practice. In her role as Priest, she has provided leadership through healing rites for individuals, collectives, and organizations seeking to create safe space for healing the diverse populations they employ; Rites of Passage ceremonies for audiences seeking to reclaim and nurture their cultural identity; several on-going workshop facilitations highlighting the need for self advocacy and self preservation in dominant and marginalized communities; and therapeutic bodywork which includes using somatic movements and releases, emotional intelligence awareness, and DNA lineage work to shift holding patterns often nestled in the body.

As faculty and Board member at the InnerWork Center, (IWC) Nana Korantema is also a certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Facilitator, Teacher Trainer, and Consultant who curates creative, culturally sensitive spaces for facilitating tools that shift reactive behaviors into responsive choices. Audiences young, seasoned, and in between benefit from safe environments that are welcoming, authentic, and transformative. These curated spaces lean into traditional practices rooted in ancestral facilitation and have impactful approaches to stress reduction, surviving trauma, and disruption of stagnant thoughts and actions.

Nana Korantema is a conduit, wife, sister, mother, daughter, godmother, and life-long learner, who remains humbled by the healing powers of compassion, forgiveness, and love.


December 11
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Event Type:
Innerwork Center
Richmond City
Open to the public:


101 E. FRANKLIN STREET, Richmond, VA 23219 United States
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