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Nile's Edge Diaspora Series

We are so excited to bring you our new series, The Diaspora Workshop Series! This year has been a rough one for all of us, for that reason, we at Nile's Edge decided to provide a holistic health series for those of us who identify as being a part of the African Diaspora. This series is for you! There is something for everyone!


Below you will find all the info for all 12 of our workshops starting in October and going until mid December 2020. Due to the generosity of many of you with your donations, we have been able to provide these workshops for only $20 per workshop. Scholarships are available. Please contact us for more info and check out our website under the events tab to register. (info@nilesedge.com)


October 11, 2020

10am-12p PST

Relax and Release Stress Management Yoga


Practitioner Bio:

Anthony Crutcher: I have studied and practiced yoga for 25 years, discovering yoga as a counter to job stress. From that experience I developed the desire to share what I experienced with others so that they too might discover the benefits of yoga. For over 20 years I has been teaching and sharing my knowledge and experience of yoga. My approach to teaching is influenced by my exposure to various instructors, including Tias and Surya Little, Doug Keller and my own personal practice. I still consider my students to be my greatest teachers. I received my 500 hour yoga teacher certification studying with Tias and Surya Little in their Prajna Teacher Training Program in Santa Fe, New Mexico. My adaptive, supportive style works well for all levels and all body types. I am also a certified Level One Somatic Exercise Coach, through Martha Peterson’s Essential Somatics Program. And I have E-RYT 200 and RYT 500 certifications through Yoga Alliance. “I enjoy serving as a guide, taking students on an inward journey of self-discovery; giving them space and time to discover and experience their own individual beauty, strength, balance, peace and acceptance.”


October 17, 2020

11am-1pm PST

Journal to Heal, Mind, Body, and Soul


Practitioner Bio:

Selena Brown (M.A., M.Ed., RTY-500) is a counselor and yoga & meditation teacher who helps individuals cultivate sustainable self-care practices that support a life lived in honor of their authentic voice. You are invited to connect with Selena on social media @PramanaWellness and through pramanawellness.com.



October 20, 2020

5-7pm PST

Awakening the Healing Spirit


Practitioner Bio: Eze Okoye is a holistic health practitioner of over 15 years who recognizes ultimately, healing comes from the spirit. He has spent time between Asia and America studying traditional medicine healing methods with medical priests ranging from Nigeria to China. Okoye is also trained in martial arts and is well known for his knowledge of  self-healing techniques including the use of herbal remedies, tai chi, qigong, meditation, essential oils, and stone medicine



October 22, 2020

630-730pm PST

Body Rituals/ African Dance Class


Practitioner Bio:

Manimou Camara: Manimou is dedicated to growing and connecting the community he has here in North America with his home community in Guinee-Conakry. Manimou is from Guinea, West Africa and he honors the knowledge passed to him by his family and by his ballet troupe, Ballet Saamato. 



October 27, 2020

6p-8pm PST

Immunity Boosting Gifts of Nature


Practitioner Bio: Makeda Akoma is an Herbal Alkhemist and Soaper currently residing in Seattle WA. She is a recent transplant to the Pacific Northwest, coming from coastal and rural North Carolina, where her love for nature began. She trained in the woods next to her father and grandparents from as early as she can remember. Over the years she has amassed several Master Herbalist certifications from several organizations, but she enjoys learning about herbs hands on by utilizing them in everyday life. She loves to share her knowledge with anyone who needs help through her family business in the Columbia City neighborhood of Seattle, called Ivory Holistics. Makeda is a mother to 7 seven wonderful people. The different birth experiences they share, ignited her passion to help “stand in the gap” for BIPOC birthing people who aren’t treated fairly in healthcare environments. She loves being a Full Spectrum Doula, Certified Breastfeeding Consultant, Healthcare Educator and is currently training to be an IBCLC. She hosts weekly classes to support birthing people thru Journey Midwife Services and is a co-host to the “Chocolate Milk” weekly lactation lounge reaching people all across the world thru web/video conferencing. Her groups focus on Black and African families.



November 6, 2020

6-8pm PST

"Sweet Recovery" (Blood Sugar Balance)


Practitioner Bio: Yuma "Dr. Yew" Bellomee is a Certified Holistic Health Consultant, herbalist, wellness advocate/educator, and musical artist, who has been featured in numerous radio programs, natural hair, health & beauty expos, magazine articles, and community and school programs as a speaker and workshop facilitator on wholistic wellness. He is also the founder of Yew-360 Wholistic Health & Wellness, LLC, and a member of the African Wholistic Health Association (AWHA), and the Collective Health Initiative (CHI) in Washington, DC.



November 11, 2020

6-8pm PST

Yoga Nidra for Healing


Practitioner Bio: Mary Imani has been participated in yoga as a student and teacher for over 20 years. She enjoys teaching restorative yoga, Yoga Nidra in particular to help her community restore vital energy, rather than use it.



November 18, 2020

5-7pm PST

Breath Mastery


Practitioner Bio: Breath Master (Aaron Mottley) is a certified Holistic Health Consultant, herbalist, certified Kemetic Yoga instructor, Vietnam Era veteran, retired Master Barber and global community Elder. He has created the Breath Master Technique™, Internal Fitness Series™, Bamboo Chi™, and co-developed H.E.A.R.T. Touch Therapy™. He currently conducts the following certifications; Breath Master Levels I, II & III (online), H.E.A.R.T. Touch Therapy™, and is on the verge of launching his third certification entitled HealThy Self Family & Community Wellness Leader to be followed by a certification in Reflexology. He is the author of the classic guide to total wellness, The Obesity You’re Not OverWeight You’re OverWaste. From his holistic perspective and deep study of self he has developed a full overstanding of maintaining the human body optimally with extreme simplicity. He has become a great community resource with a depth of knowledge that only comes from great clarity of self, people and the time. “I am here to build a culture of sustainable, broad based, full spectrum health and wellness for humanity and culture through health literacy. I take my position as a global community Elder seriously and I am ready to aid the evolution of humanity by activating today’s and tomorrow’s youth with practices that are ancient yet tailored for this NOW! ”



November 22, 2020

1-2pm PST

Spatial Distance and Ancestral Intimacy


Practitioner Bio: Dr. Orisade Awodola is a Root Psychologist, Author, Lecturer, and Researcher. Her former background as an Investigative Journalist led to a career in Psychology with an extensive clinical and academic background in mental health approaches. She taught at the University of the District of Columbia where she launched Root Psychology in her doctoral work, an alum of the Washington School of Psychiatry in Washington, D.C., facilitated Ancestral Healing Workshops in London and Accra Ghana at the W.E.B. Dubois Cultural Center. Today she serves on the King County Behavioral Health Advisory Board, a MIDD professional (mental illness and drug dependency) formerly known as (co-occurring disorders) and the founder of the Institute of African Centered Thought (IACT) in Seattle that offers Root Psychology based on her Ancestral Healing Identity Theory with other courses created to enhance and motivate mental wellness approaches through its specialized training programs to African-Centered mental health professionals.



December 1, 2020

6-8pm PST

"Reversing Tumors/Cancer - A Wholistic Approach"


Practitioner Bio: Yuma "Dr. Yew" Bellomee is a Certified Holistic Health Consultant, herbalist, wellness advocate/educator, and musical artist, who has been featured in numerous radio programs, natural hair, health & beauty expos, magazine articles, and community and school programs as a speaker and workshop facilitator on wholistic wellness. He is also the founder of Yew-360 Wholistic Health & Wellness, LLC, and a member of the African Wholistic Health Association (AWHA), and the Collective Health Initiative (CHI) in Washington, DC.



December 11, 2020

12-2pm PST

Dogon Kemetic History


Practitioner Bio: My name is Dr. Joye Hardiman. My students called me Dr. J. I am a cultural custodian, scholar, storyteller, world traveler, master teacher, life long learner and higher education architect. I am the CEO of Hardiman House Inc. an urban sanctuary, that in partnership with my daughter Salmh Ayers Hardiman, expands the minds, feeds the spirit, and Ra-stores the soul. I am the Artistic Director of Ancestral Art Works - a Creative Production Company that uses Ancestral Wisdoms to explore and envision solutions to Contemporary Problems. I am the Founder of the Ra-imaging Exploratorium, a coaching, training and consultant institute that helps people, organizations and communities reframe their narratives through the recognition and reimagining of those practices, behaviors, language and world views that block their brilliance. I am appreciated, by many, for my skills in listening, synthesizing, conceptualizing and energizing. If I could sum my life work it would be to restoring that which is ruin and making it more beautiful than before, resurrecting truth from the chains of falsehood and applauding the sunrises that come after sunsets.



December 19, 2020

11a-1pm PST

Transforming Your Body Into A Healer


Practitioner Bio: Eze Okoye is a holistic health practitioner of over 15 years who recognizes ultimately, healing comes from the spirit. He has spent time between Asia and America studying traditional medicine healing methods with medical priests ranging from Nigeria to China. Okoye is also trained in martial arts and is well known for his knowledge of  self-healing techniques including the use of herbal remedies, tai chi, qigong, meditation, essential oils, and stone medicine.  



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