On Saturday, June 27, 2020 from 9am-3:30pm, Tumaini DC, Inc. will host HEALfest 2020: Navigating the New Normal, a virtual mental health and wellness conference for people of color that will provide the space and opportunity to show up as our authentic selves, process all that is happening around us and prioritize mental wellness. 

Hosted by Danni Starr, former Media Personality and Author of “Empathy and Eyebrows”, HEALfest attendees will engage in interactive sessions facilitated by licensed therapists and experts in the mental health and wellness field. They will learn strategies for addressing and overcoming trauma, navigating the social injustices in our community, digging deeper into our awareness of self, learn how to better manage relationships during crisis, release self-sabotaging behaviors, get the scoop on effective self-care practices, and engage in a guided yoga & meditation session to ground ourselves and create peace amidst the challenges we face.

“HEALing and mental wellness is ever so important right now. We are hurting and should be reminded that it is okay to not be okay. ,” Portia Richardson, Founder of HEALfest and Tumaini DC, Inc. shared. “Blacks in America are fighting to matter. We are fighting a global pandemic. We are fighting to find peace amidst these challenging times. HEALing is for you, for me, and for all of us .”

Tickets to HEALfest 2020 can be purchased a www.healfestglobal.com. 100% of the proceeds from HEALfest will support Tumaini DC’s 2020 Virtual Social and Emotional Learning Academy for youth in marginalized communities across Washington, DC. During these uncertain times, Tumaini DC, Inc. remains committed to ensuring that every student is able to receive a high-quality educational experience and has the necessary support to thrive in school and in life. In response to the outbreak of COVID-19 and school closures, Tumaini DC, Inc. has organized a 5-week distant/ eLearning academy that teaches students the following social and emotional learning skills: self-awareness, social awareness, relationship skills, responsible decision-making, and self-management.