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Guided Grounding Practices

Need a quiet moment to collect yourself, try one of our grounding practices. Available virtually anytime.

Gather, Rest, Reset (9:29)

A centering gratitude practice to help you feel grounded, spacious, and present during the sensory feast that is BlackStar Fest. Guided by meditation teacher Kate Johnson.

Returning Home (7:39)

For when you feel overwhelmed or triggered and would like some guidance coming home to your body again. Guided by mindfulness coach and mental health clinician Shesheena Bray.

In-Theater Grounding Sessions

To support festival goers attending the The Taste of Mango and The Sound of the Police there will be a pre and post grounding offered in-theater. The intention of these sessions are to support audience members as they engage sensitive and potentially triggering content, from a place of resource and agency.

Taste of Mango

August 3rd 11:30AM EDT at Suzanne Roberts Theatre with Kate

Sound of Police

August 4th 5:00PM EDT at Perelman Theater with Shesheena

Resources for Learning and Action

This year’s films touch on several urgent themes – land theft, colonialism, climate crisis and mental health. They compel us to not only witness, but also to respond.

This is wellness too – continuing the learning journey, and moving our knowledge into action in ways that remind us of our individual and collective power.

Below are just a few resources to support you as you find your next right moves.


    “Did We Go Too Far?” – 6-episode podcast series from Movement Generation on parenting in a pandemic, queer ecology, black land & liberation, and being okay with the unknown


    Embodiment Practices – guided video practices from The Embodiment Institute – a training institute that supports transformation through somatic practice rooted in Black, Native, Buddhist and healing justice lineages


Kate Johnson

Shesheena Bray