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Self Care as an Act of Resistance

Presenter: Aina-Nia Ayo’dele

Workshop Description

The Caring for Self: An Act of Resistance™ workshop builds on a basic self-care theory for those in the political resistance of any form:  “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” - Audre Lorde.

This is a brief yet transformative process, which is grounded in ancient wisdom principles and practices to support mental, emotional, physical and spiritual restoration.

Participants will:

1. Access simple practical tools to mitigate traumatic impacts caused by systemic racism and colonial practices in educational institutions

2. Explore ancient African wisdom practices that can support moving beyond resilience to embodying overall wellness – mind, emotion, body and spirit

3. Learn basic principles for Resting Through the Resistance to attain  restoration and preservation of SELF - inner-peace and inner-power for sustainability


Aina-Nia Ayo’dele is a Leadership Coach,  Ancient Wisdom Teacher and Spiritual Liberation Activist on a mission to influence change by inspiring individuals to Re-Membering their Power.  Over a decade ago Aina-Nia founded Sacred Women International and the life transformational process, the Sacred Leaders Training. 

In 2018 Aina-Nia established North America’s first government sanctioned strategy and permanent office to address anti-Black racism, and was integral to the creation of the Toronto Action Plan to Confront Anti-Black Racism. She's currently City of Toronto Community Resources director.

Aina-Nia was named one of the 100 Most Accomplished Black Canadian Women in Canada. In 2016 she was named one of the Top 100 Black Women to Watch in Canada.  She has been recognized by the Ontario provincial government for her contributions to community in and nominated as one of Toronto’s Most Inspiring Women.  Most recently Aina-Nia was  recognized as one of Jamaica’s 58 Best at Home and Abroad in honour of Jamaica 58th Independence. Aina-Nia is featured in the Sacred Women International executive produced film Remembering Her Power. The film premiered at the 2018 Parliament of World Religions in Toronto, Canada and has been featured documentary on Global Africa Television Network as well as the final feature film at LA’s PTA film festival 2020. Aina-Nia is also featured in the YouTube web series, Souls of Women. Aina-Nia’s first of a 5-book series will be released in the fall.