My name is Satya, and 5 years ago, I left New York City to experience Central America. Though I enjoyed the big Apple’s blistering pace, I was drained by racist ideology hovering over US culture, and I wanted a different experience. I had a magical experience traveling around Panama, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica. While in Costa Rica, I volunteered at a majestic butterfly garden and consequently traded in my heels for sandals only to find that I was happier barefoot. I climbed mountains and rode my bike under the stars. I meditated more than I ever had in my entire life, and it was here in Costa Rica, where my spiritual journey uncontrollably blossomed. I learned a different way of living, a more holistic and organic way of seeing the world. I learned that our lives are really our own, and we can create any beauty we want. I love the energy of Costa Rica. It has become my home. When I was in the United States, I would always say to myself, “I’m leaving the country for a while at some point.” I had not realized that those thoughts would later manifest into my future.
It was also here in Costa Rica, where I continued the understanding that Black people are genuinely the most oppressed people worldwide. I was able to see it firsthand while living and traveling to so many different countries. I realized that there was this pattern of continually seeing black people repeat the same narrative and role worldwide — Which led me to recognize that systemic racism was more substantial than what we knew. I also came to the understanding that the entire world needed more heart-centered consciousness. The most important part was that I not only allowed Costa Rica to change my entire life, but that it was now vital for me to share the experience of being outside of the United States, back in nature with other people of color, eating holistically, healing with the spiritual practice of yoga & meditation, connecting with the elements and each other. It was vital to create a sanctuary where Black women could experience peace, tranquility, culture, wellness, and nature.
I created the first philosophy around the liberation and wellness of black women, while simutaneously creating my company Women of Color Healing Retreats, which is the very first retreat and holistic wellness company invented for black women. I created this out of the desire to connect Black Americans to nature and themselves. Each of its co-sister retreats has its own unique aspects. The retreat’s goal is to bring women together for culture, wellness, and adventure in the gorgeous jungles of Costa Rica and Jamaica. During the retreats, the women practice yoga, experience enriching and educational workshops by expert facilitators, go hiking on waterfalls, swim in the bluest oceans, meditate amongst themselves and each other. The retreat is a sacred sanctuary that allows black women to get back to nature across the beautiful jungles of Costa Rica and Jamaica. It also a space to unwind, unlearn and disconnect from the psychological trauma of systemic racism. These retreats are custom designed for black women. If you are afraid of traveling alone, this is the perfect opportunity to begin your travel story because of the support you will receive from your traveling sisters and WOCHR. These retreats are a sanctuary for women to understand the true essence and vitality of holistic wellness, liberation and healing, and we honor and welcome you!
Love, Satya Founder of Women of Color Healing Retreats