A new wave of self-care is emerging that's specifically designed to cater to the unique experiences and needs of black men.
Historically, mental health has carried stigmas within the black community. However, self-care retreats are actively working to destigmatize the conversation. These retreats are breaking down stereotypes and fostering a culture of empowerment, resilience, and holistic wellness.
Self-care retreats for black men often incorporate cultural elements that provide a sense of affirmation and connection. Beyond mental health, self-care retreats prioritize holistic wellness. Activities include yoga and meditation sessions, fitness classes, and workshops on nutrition.
As self-care retreats for black men continue to gain popularity, newcomers are looking for ways to get in on the trend. Here are some of the best retreats for black men who are looking to elevate their lifestyle.
BLK’s Brotherhood Reimagined Retreat
In August 2023, BLK held its first Brotherhood Reimagined retreat in Joshua Tree, Calif.
The three-day experience took guests to various locations in Southern California. The weekend began with workshops that addressed societal pressures, physical health, and cognitive well-being.
Details about the 2024 event have not yet been released. However, organizer Johnathan Kirkland teases that the three-day experience is life-changing.
"It was a retreat where Black men came together to recharge our spirits, explore who we are, and build bonds that are gonna stick around forever," Johnathan told Forbes. "Joshua Tree's tranquility set the stage for a truly transformative experience for Black men from all walks of life."
HALFTIME: A Retreat for Black Men
Brian Shields, an entrepreneur and businessman, created HALFTIME — a retreat that focuses on tackling burnout and minimizing life’s stressors. In 2023, the mid-year summit was held June 1 through 4 in Palm Springs, Calif. The weekend was filled with workshops, team-building activities, and networking events.
While the retreat has a no cell phone policy, it promises to keep guests so occupied that they will not need their devices. The cost for the 2024 experience has not yet been revealed but the ticket price will cover the weekend’s events, a wine tasting, workshop materials, and lodging.
WalkGood’s Healing Circle
WalkGood hosted a men’s healing circle in 2023 that incorporated yoga, journaling, and meditation.
The organization was started by Sheryl Lee Ralph’s children, Etienne Maurice and Ivy Coco, along with their cousin Marley Ralph. They regularly host events that focus on helping attendees create a more balanced life.
The experience was not an overnight retreat but it allowed guests to explore self-care methods while also connecting with other black men in Los Angeles.
“There are a lot of people that come to Los Angeles that don't have family and are looking for family and looking for community,” Etienne told Modern Luxury
She added: “I think most of the time you'll hear people who come to WalkGood and they'll say two things: ‘This is exactly what I needed' or ‘I really found my community.’”
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