EVENTS + VIRTUAL OFFERINGS

SUPPORTING YOUR JOURNEY TOWARD HEALING BY

KEYSTONE EVENTS

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UPCOMING EVENTS
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AFTER HOUR Holiday Edition 
Thursday, December 9 | In-person at 5:00p

As always, After Hours offers an opportunity to mix, mingle, and make connections in a relaxed post workday environment. Join us on for this social hour in our lounge + workspace with fellow Founding Members. 'Tis the season for cookies, cocoa and kiki! Come spoil your dinner and forge a few friendships with the fabulous Black + Brown women in our community!


Founding Members can RSVP on our Member Portal!

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Solidarity Session
Tuesday, December 14  | Virtual at 6:30p

Join us for this months facilitated conversation amongst Founding Members! We will be discussing the power of reflection and setting intentions for the new year! 

Members are invited to get comfy, post up with dinner or plug in your headphones while continuing your evening routine, as we delight in conversation during this virtual opportunity for connection. ⁠

Founding Members can RSVP on Member Portal.

PREVIOUS EVENTS

Many virtual + hybrid offerings are archived on our members' portal and presented along with gifts and special offerings to Founding Members.

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Grand Opening Event

Saturday, November 6th at 3p | In-person

This event will take place during the cocktail hour, a semi-formal occasions to wear what makes you feel good in! Masks will be a required part of your fabulous attire.

 

From 3-5p on November 6th, we invite you to join us at Render Free, located in South Minneapolis. Join us in the celebration of the launch of this new community resource!

Information about Founding Member pre-party on our Member Portal.

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  • Tour our lounge + workspace

  • View the exclusive premiere video testimony of Founding Members

  • Leave a love note to Black + Brown women

  • Make a few new community connections

Strategic Self-Advocacy

Tuesday, October 26th at 5p | VIRTUAL

Join us with ​featured practitioner, Anna Mazig, ESQ., Attorney and Process, Policy, Procedure, Threat Assessment and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Consultant.

 

Anna will offer her insight on strategic self-advocacy within, and transitioning from, predominately white institutions. Join us for this insightful session as we learn from expert and Founder of A&M Associates, Anna Mazig, ESQ.

Founding Members can RSVP for Zoom link on our Member Portal.

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Truly Happy Hour 

Thursday, September 23rd at noon | In-Person

Auricular Acupuncture (Ear Acupuncture) is a type of Acupuncture that involves the insertion of very thin, sterile, disposable needles into specific points on the ear. The ear is a microsystem of the whole body and ear acupuncture activates your Qi (vital life force) to promote healing and balance of the body, mind, and heart. This also offers true moments of comfort and deep relaxation.​


This session will support you as you cultivate your own Qi, feel calm, transform stress, and embrace a healthier, more resilient and vibrant you. It will connect you to your deepest place of inner stillness and wisdom.​

Limited Spots. Founding Members can RSVP on our Member Portal.

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Writing Workshop
Thursday, Aug 26 at 4:30p | In-person

Ebony Adedayo will join Render Free for an afternoon of writing, reading contemplator discussion and storytelling. 

Ebony is a doctoral student at the University of Minnesota in Curriculum and Instruction, with minors in Culture and Teaching and African American and African Studies. She is the author of Dancing on Hot Coals, Embracing a Holistic Faith: Essays on Biblical Justice, The Gospel According to a Black Woman, and Incomplete Stories: On Loss, Love, and Hope. She is also the Founder of Aya Collective, a collective that centers spirituality and sacred practices, convening opportunities for Black women to write in community.

Together, our community of Black + Brown women explored writing as a way toward wellness. 

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Restorative Conversation 
Now available on Instagram Live

Restorative Conversations are presented on IG live (@renderfree), archived on our members' portal and presented along with gifts and special offerings to founding members. 

Featured practitioner: Ebony Adedayo

In this Restorative Conversation, Ebony Adedayo will share with us the ways in which writing has fostered a sense of self and can be a tool of wellness for Black + Brown women. She will also announce an upcoming writing workshop at Render Free.

Presented on Instagram Live @renderfree and archived on our Member Portal.

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Children's Book Reading 
Tuesday, Aug 17 at 5:15p
In-person 
Community Event

The Picture Box illustrates to children and adults alike, the importance of representation, self-value, and identity. Author & Illustrator, Arielle Grant, is also the Founder and Executive Director of Render Free who believes it is important that Black + Brown children understand that their self-worth extends beyond the work they do, and that children can only dream what they can see.

This open community event, offers an opportunity for Founding Members, allies, and children of all ages to recall the importance of representation while highlighting diversity of the Black female experience. 

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Dine In at Render Free
With MinnyRow Market
Thursday, August 12 | In-person

Founding Members are always encouraged to bring, store and reheat their lunch in our full kitchen onsite, order takeout to be delivered to the front door of our workspace or pick up food from one of the many local eateries within walking distance.

This event offers a fourth option: 

Founding Member can pre-order their meal and snack to be delivered and prepared onsite by local Black-owned business, MinnyRow Market.

Members must place order by 9a prior to each delivery day. Instructions to order will be sent via email.

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RESTORATIVE CONVERSATION
Friday, July 9th at noon

This guest of honor is our very own Director of Operations and Member Care, Andrea Smith! Andrea shares with us the journey that led to her private practice as a holistic health coach and yoga teacher!

Through her practice, Andrea is supporting women of color to reveal their own self-trust and guiding them as they create practices that prioritize their well-being.

Restorative Conversations are presented on IG live (@renderfree), archived on our members' portal and presented along with gifts and special offerings to founding members. 

Now archive, available to Founding Members on our Member portal renderfree.com/membership-page

Founding Member Forum 
Tuesday, July 29 | Virtual at noon CT or 
in-person at 7:30p

As a community by and for Black + Brown women, we conduct regular Founding Member Forums as a way to lead with transparency and invite the contribution of our members into the development of Render Free.

In this Founding Member Forum we will celebrate where we've been, offer clarity regarding where we are now, and cast a vision for where we hope to go as a growing business.

To ensure accessibility to this event, there is both an in-person and virtual option. For those in-person, the night will end outside with a cold treat and a relaxed time to connect with other Founding Members.

Members can RSVP on our Member Portal

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Dine In at Render Free
With MinnyRow Market
Friday, July 2nd | In-person

Founding Members are always encouraged to bring, store and reheat their lunch in our full kitchen onsite, order takeout to be delivered to the front door of our workspace or pick up food from one of the many local eateries within walking distance.

This event offers a fourth option: 

Founding Member can pre-order their meal and snack to be delivered and prepared onsite by local Black-owned business, MinnyRow Market.

Members must place order by Thursday, July 1st. Instructions to order will be sent via email on Monday, June 28th.

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Intuitive Painting
Friday, May 21st at 4p

This new strategy of healing will be led by a founding member of Render Free, local artist, and owner of Vibrant Hues LLC (@vibranthues__) Athena Estimé. 

 

Athena will invite the exploration of art in the state of flow, a creative process and mindful meditation. This healing practices is just that. The focus will not be about producing a master piece, but by finding joy and enlightenment in the process.

This event is for Founding Members. Materials will be provided and spots are limited.

RSVP on our Member Portal renderfree.com/membership-page

LET US RALLY

Rally - ral·ly /ˈralē/

to come together again and renew an effort​

This event fosters our collective recommitment to caring for ourselves in as we mourn the loss of Duante Wright. In a powerful conversation, founder of Render Free, Arielle Grant, hosts featured guests Jazz Hampton of Turn Signl, and Leesa Kelly of Memorialize the Movement. Together they discuss the barriers that keep us from prioritizing our own wellbeing and how we might navigate them. 

This offering is available to the community for a limited time and will be archived to founding member's of Render Free on our member portal.

Now archived and available to founding members on our member renderfree.com/membership-page

 

 

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Thursday, April 15th from 5-6:00p

Along with our everyday concerns, we are caring the weight of grief as we witness the trial and relive the murder of George Floyd again and again. This pain is compounded by the recent murder of Daunte Wright.

 

Yet we compartmentalize, disengage, stonewall, because we must, in order to get out of bed, care for our children, work at our jobs. 

 

To care for ourselves and release the grief that so many of us harbor within our body, Render Free is partnering with Sierra Carter of The Zen Bin to offer a hour of healing through TrapSoul yoga + meditation.

Together, we will be lead in breathing and movement that release stress and anxiety and invites healing.

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April 6th at 4:00p CT - Virtual Offering

Render Free is more than a lounge + workspace. We are a social + wellness club that promotes strategies of healing for Black and Brown women. We do this in part by center local practitioners of color who offer insight and expertise.

 

Restorative Conversations are presented on IG live (@renderfree), archived on our members' portal and presented along with gifts and special offerings to founding members. 

Featured practitioner: Sierra Carter

BONUS: In this Restorative Conversation, Sierra will be guiding us in a digital breathwork session.

Now archived and available to founding members on our member renderfree.com/membership-page

Wednesday, March 24th

5:30p CT - Virtual Offering

Render Free hosted an exclusive cooking demonstration featuring practitioner Selah Michele, who is known locally for her ability to transform herbs and plants into nourishing and healing food/medicine.

At 5:30p founding members were invited to join Selah as she demonstrates the preparation of a sweet potato lentil coconut curry dish!

When the cooking was complete, with our sweet potato dishes or what ever we happen to be eating that evening, we enjoyed conversation at our digital dinner!

The recording of this cooking demonstration will soon be available on our Member Portal Page www.renderfree.com/membership-page

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FEATURING WELLNESS PRACTITIONERS OF COLO

Tuesday, March 16th

Noon CT - Virtual Offering

Render Free is more than a lounge + workspace. We are a social + wellness club that promotes strategies of healing for Black and Brown women. We do this by center practitioners of color. We are excited to launch Restorative Conversation, interviews hosted by our founder Arielle Grant. 

 

Restorative Conversations are presented on IG live, archived on our members' portal and presented along with gifts and special offerings to founding members. 

Featured guest: I'sha Gaines

Restorative Conversation

Founder, Arielle Grant is joined in conversation with Selah Michele, holistic wellness practitioner, consultant, curator and founder of Selah Michele Well LLC. Listen in as we learn about her work transforming herbs and plants into nourishing and healing food/medicine and discuss the practice of naming nuance within ourselves. 

Restorative Conversations are presented on IG live, archived on our members' page and presented along with gifts and special offerings to founding members. 

Learn more about Selah Michele on Instagram @thealchemist

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SOFA is a series of hybrid events that highlights the wisdom and insight of our community - an offering of Render Free that is difficult to capture without hearing from founding members themselves. 

Founder, Arielle Grant, is joined by featured conversationists, to discuss the following topics:

THE DANGER OF GRIND CULTURE

ALL THE HATS WE WEAR

THREADS + IDENTITY

HOW WE GET FREE FROM THE TRAP OF TROPES

 

 

Founding members were invited to listen to SOFA as a “live audience” in Render Free's lounge or to join remotely on Facebook and Instagram LIVE. 

The full recording of each SOFA is now available as a virtual offering on our Members' page.

After Hours

February 26 @ 4:00p

Render Free is more than a lounge and workspace, our community offers connection and healing through relationship. Thank you to the fabulous founding members who spent time connecting during this After Hours event.

You ARE Render Free.

While this is an invite-only event, members are encouraged to gift a guest pass and bring a plus-one. 

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Black Herstory

February 1, 2021 @ 6:30p

THE UPRISING VOLUME II: Black HERstory at Render Free

A night of collaboration and celebration as we embark on a journey told by a beautiful cast of black womxn whose talent, grace, and hard work is unmatched. Twelve Twin Cities artists will guide us through significant historical eras, blending storytelling, poetry, dance and music to celebrate the experiences and contributions of Black womxn.

This premier screening at Render Free will be an intimate event of 20 guests. Seats will be spaced six-feet apart and masks are required.

Ticket registration available to Render Free members on our Membership Page.

For those who are not joining us for the social distance screening, tune in remotely at 7p and drop into Render Free between 5:30-6:30p on Monday, February 1st to pick up a tasty gift created as the perfect pairing for your remote live stream of THE UPRISING VOLUME II: BLACK HERstory⁠.

Remote screening available to all at

https://youtu.be/LG2Cvl8G8yk

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Restorative Conversation

Founder, Arielle Grant, hosts naturopath herbalist, Dr. Quamina, founder of Imara Wellness and co-founder of Central Oak Apothecary.

This virtual offering explores insight of traditional medicine, as our guest of honor shares her journey toward healing and the discovery of her practice.⁠

Dr. Quamina has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, 5 years of experience as a health coach, and 11 year of experience practicing Naturopathic Medicine.

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In this conversation Dr. Quamina names the power available to those who learn to listen to the needs of their body. She also announces the newest endeavor, Central Oak Apothecary.

 

"Central Oak Apothecary is a company providing tea blends and supplies. Our teas are handcrafted in small batches, using high quality and ethically sourced organic herbs. Our mixtures are meticulously curated by our Naturopathic Doctor and Health Care Team, with the intention of creating a moment of stillness."

The first five members to sign up receive a one-on-one session with Dr. Qumina, complements of Render Free.

Central Oak Apothecary Tea available at Render Free.

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Founder, Arielle Grant, hosts Leeya Rose Jackson + Safrat Shonibare, co-founders of For Our Magic.

Inspired by the term “Black Girl Magic”, coined by CaShawn Thompson and “Protect Your Magic”, Leeya and Safrat created For Our Magic which provides free curated beauty and self-care gifts to BlPOCs. 

In conversation with our founder, Leeya and Safrat share about the genesis of For Our Magic as well as their personal insight about the prioritization of self-care for Black + Brown women.

For Our Magic gifts available for members at Render Free.

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Restorative Conversation

This Recorded Conversation is now available to Render Free members.

Learn more about FOM at www.forourmagic.com

Marie shares with Render Free her journey toward embodiment and the fundamentals of somatic work. Her personal and professional perspective as an equity and inclusion consultant allowed for an incredible opportunity to discuss the risk of chronic stress uniquely faced by Black + Brown women.

In this conversation, Marie lead listeners in two somatic practices. These tools of self-regulation foster rest an healing and can be used by anyone in time of distress.

The first five members to sign up receive a one-on-one session with practitioner Marie Michael, complements of Render Free.

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This Recorded Conversation is now available to Render Free members.

Learn more about Marie's practice at www.mariemichael.com