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[the listening heart] an exploration of art as ritual through film

FACILITATED BY: storäe michele
INVESTMENT:  $15 - $25 Sliding Scale*

A screening of an original Afro-Native futuristic short film which uplifts the feminine divine and investigates the ways in which we communicate meanings of love. Followed by an intergenerational folk-talk and ritual.

Trauma imprisons our spirit, imaginations, bodies, relationships, practices, and systems—art can be realized as a tool to liberate. Come explore art as ritualistic resistance, in an intergenerational folk-talk and screening of an Afro-Native Futuristic film about self-love and deep listening.

[the listening heart], brings to life an original story grounded in Mayan and Yoruba cosmologies. In this short film, our protagonist is a child healer named Ix Chel who hears an archaic term, love, and searches for its meaning.

[Re]indigenizing the myth of the Mayan Goddess Ix Chel –a healer connected to Earth as a midwife of safe passage– this story follows a common paradigm of women who are hurt and disembodied when going against social norms—but in this film, reclaims their voice through self-healing.

[the listening heart] is performed with an amazing cast of all women of color, embodying poetry, song and dance, uplifting the feminine divine and investigates ways in which we communicate the meaning of love.

Together, we will create brave space to speak to the [mis-]truths we were given about love and ways to radically transform them through art as ritual, folk-talk and deep listening.

open to all. especially QTPoC.

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 about the facilitator
storäe michele, [known by her ancestors as Michele Stanback] is an artist, art therapist, eco-feminist, writer, director and educator of ten years. As an Interdisciplinary Masters of Divinity graduate of Union Theological Seminary, storäe infuses the arts into theological inquiries—exploring rituals, and breathing new life into sacred spaces for meaningful reflection. Her heart-work addresses the ritualized fragmentation of black women into caricatures—in order to call back their bodies, black women must both write and [re]mythologize the story of their bodies. Using her artistic license, she intentionally writes and engages with voices using the language of poetry—honoring its’ epistemology of healing and transformation. storäe is committed to the sharing of these stories with women of color as subject, while unearthing the narratives of our ancestors. To learn more, please visit

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*What Is Sliding Scale?
We offer all of our community offerings and some private sessions by Sliding Scale. 

We believe everyone is entitled to heal their wounds so they can thrive; we also believe that the wellness and healing practitioners deserve to make a living wage.  In order to make this possible, we ask you to pay as much as you can, so those who might not be able to pay as much can still receive their healing session - this is the idea behind 'paying it forward'.  We are all in this together, and we choose to do our best to take care of one another.  Thank you in advance!

Earlier Event: April 6
Healing Plant Walk & Experience
Later Event: April 9
Community Acupuncture