After attending numerous retreats, I realized that for all its wonderful intentions the meditation/mindfulness community is not a safe space for people of color. The relentless and hurtful microaggressions I experienced, as well as those my clients constantly complain about, led me to create the Mindful Living with Ana Maria Retreat program.
Several times a year we will gather to spend time nurturing our mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health and well-being. We will engage in extended silence, healthy eating, meditation and mindful movement in the world’s most beautiful environments. All women are welcomed into this space, which is specifically designed to ensure that WOC get to be free of the emotional and mental burden they carry in their day to day lives as they try to navigate the emotional and psychological assault of white supremacy in this society.