Fallow  noun  fal·​low Cultivated land that is allowed to lie idle during the growing seas
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Letter from Arielle
FOUNDER + CEO OF RENDER FREE

 

Our space, with its leaf-green walls, comfy sofa and warm wood floors, is one that we’ve always been proud to call our temporary home. At the Center of Belonging, we’ve encouraged our community of members to expand with ease and delighted in local Black-owned goodies that reminds us that we deserve to be well and free. In just over two years, we’ve uplifted the work of fifteen fabulous featured practitioners, laughed, cried and made life-changing connections through in-person and virtual events. We’ve conducted countless member care sessions, gathered in solidarity and have held space to explore the diverse experiences of Black + Brown women.

 

Render Free was a concept born of my own need for a space of rest and healing as a Black woman navigating the minefield of white supremacy. Introduced to the world for the first time in April of 2020, when we opened our doors for the first time, I held onto the question: is my need for this space echoed by the community and does Render Free meet that need?

 

Inspite of the hardship of enduring a pandemic and the collective trauma inflicted by the public murder of George Floyd that led to a global uprising sparked in our distric, in two years over two-hundred Ally Sponsors and Founding Members have joined us in this mission to disrupt racial trauma by promoting whole body wellness for self-identidied Black + Brown women.

 

To my question, we have heard a resounding “YES!” Each new Founding Member, each word of encouragement and every earnest expression of gratitude by those finally met with a place to belong, has proven the potential of Render Free.

 

Now, to honor all that has been created and discovered thus far, Render Free will be embracing a Season of Fallow. This temporary alteration of our offerings will create time for rest and our long awaited relaunch. All who delight in the current manifestation of Render Free have held a vision for its fuller future. Now is the time when we will bring that future into a reality.

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REST

JUNE + JULY

True to our mission and purpose, we will begin by honoring the space that is required for the restoration of Arielle Grant, our Founder, who has poured an immense amount of her life into Render Free to get us to this point. She will begin this season with a significant amount of time away from work to recuperate and replenish for the next important phase of our community.

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In the last several months, our community concepts have been focused on tending to our inner world and uncovering our deepest needs. It takes immense courage to acknowledge these needs. Yet, with integrity we are committed to always prioritize wellness over productiveness. As a team, we not only consider the wellness of our community but our personal wellness, while growing in our understanding that caring for one’s self is a prerequisite to caring for community.

 

Depletion, fatigue and burnout are often looming storms in the lives of Black and Brown women. Left unaddressed, threats can quickly lead to physical and mental health afflictions such as depression, anxiety and heart disease. Over the past few years our Founder, Arielle Grant, has poured much of herself into the creation of Render Free at working full-time to manifest a community resource with intentionality and care.

 

Now, as a community resource, Render Free needs the support of the people. Be apart of the mission of disrupting racial trauma by promoting whole body wellness by remaining a part of our community during this essential transition. 

 

 

…directly support the continuation of Render Free as we embrace a season of transition, to rest, reset and acquire a new home that will offer members access 5-7 days a week. 

 

…directly support our Founder as she observes a much-needed time of rest.

 

…received an invitation to participate in our member meetings in August of 2022, with voting rights that will directly impact the reconstruction of Render Free’s future.

 

…have access to 15 on-demand Restorative Conversations, interviews that highlight the insight within our community, demystify healing and uplift local wellness practitioners.

 

…have access to 20+ Journal Entries and Readings which center the experience of Black + Brown women and often acknowledge the effects of racism while emphasizing a particular strategy of healing.

 

…have access to our member discussion board where you will receive weekly prompts guiding the practice of self-care and introspection.

 

…have access to a request form for rental of our lounge + workspace for special events at discounted rates (team meetings, baby showers, staff retreat, etc.)

 

If continuing a membership during this time isn’t right for you consider a departing gift 

An uninterrupted membership
While our lounge + workspace will be closed June + July, by continuing your monthly subscription members will…

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