WORKSPACE + WELLNESS CLUB
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Render Free is a 100% Black woman-owned communal wellness space that disrupts racial trauma by promoting whole body wellness for self-identified Black and Brown women.
Founding members are given access to a community lounge, cafe and co-working area created and maintained with them in mind. Moving in and out of predominantly white spaces, Black and Brown women are too often forced to justify their presence, standing at the dangerous intersection of sexism and racism. This continuous effort, coupled with everyday concerns, creates deep psychological, emotional and physical fatigue. We strive to alleviate women of these burdens.
Disrupting anti-Black racism in the form of racial trauma by promoting whole-body wellness for self-identified Black + Brown women.
FEATURED COLLABORATIONS WITH
Dr. Ayanna Quamina, ND
A WORD FROM OUR DIRECTOR + FOUNDER
Black and Brown expend unrecognized labor navigating predominantly white spaces that are often embedded within a larger framework of sexism and racism. We are sisters, parents, mothers, and caregivers. We are advocates, professionals, activists and artist, who bare a social expectation of self-sacrifice, rarely granted institutional resources devoted to our humanity. The daily onslaught of microaggressions and recurring harm of being undervalued is exhausting.
The roles we play and contributions we make often give us a sense of joy and purpose. Yet, I propose that as Black and Brown women, irrespective of their productivity and independent from their performance, deserve to be well and free.
A WORD FROM OUR FOUNDER
When I found myself most in need of a place that would protect me from the battery of racial trauma, I instinctively sought out community spaces across the Twin Cities. Finding sanctuary in Black-owned cafes and restaurants, I was reminded of my personhood amongst those who understood the complexity of my experience.
Inspired by the potential for healing in these Black-owned community spaces, I sought to
contribute to the network of havens across the cities. So that regardless of where one might find herself, she can reach for solace in a communal space that reminds her of her inherent worth.
Propelled into entrepreneurship, Render Free was not motivated by the opportunity to own and operate my own business. It is not my intent to build an empire or even to accumulate great wealth. Rather, I have set out to create a sustainable solution when the problem can no longer be ignored.
My hope is to cultivate and bear witness to a community of Black and Brown women who are practicing the prioritization of their own wellbeing. It is my intention to do so as an example. Not as a professional who feigns know-how but as a Black woman unwilling to sacrifice my whole self even for the sake of advancement, confident in my contribution and honest about my humanity.
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS + MEMBER CARE
Through Render Free, I’m hopeful to contribute to the supportive and curated spaces of ease, rest, and joy for Black + Brown women. Not as a guru, but as a member of the community. The very community that shaped me and I’m now reclaiming space in. Where together we can explore unlearning, holistic healing and communal care. For us by us.
As a certified holistic health coach + yoga teacher, I specialize in creating practical and approachable wellness focused spaces. These spaces prioritize the whole health and well-being of Black and Brown women in our community. I intimately understand the barriers we are faced with, especially when it comes to prioritizing our health. I’m hopeful to chip away at these systemic barriers through providing consistent, accessible, and sustainable offerings that bring us towards our highest quality of life.
Growing up in the suburbs of the Twin Cities, I often found myself as one of the only brown bodies in a sea of white. Unsurprisingly, this ‘othered’ feeling from a young age led to intense internalized racism, imposter syndrome, and a masters degree in code switching. I have dedicated myself to transmuting these systemic effects into a deeper understanding and connection to self. Inspired by my personal experiences, I felt pulled towards the potential for unique healing in Black-owned community spaces. Where we can continually reach for solace and be reminded of her inherent worth.
My desire is to imperfectly and consistently show up for this community of dynamic Black and Brown women. To evolve together by practicing an unyielding prioritization of our health and well-being. I’m hopeful to reclaim our inherent dignity and birthright for active ease, regular rest and spirited joy.
Not only is caring for oneself permissible, it is necessary.
When she is free, we will all be free.
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