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QPoC Summer Spotlight #3: Wild Seed Wellness!

Please check out this wonderful interview I did with March of Tigers for their Summer Spotlight on QPOC initiatives.

marchoftigers:

This week’s Summer Spotlight is going to put the spotlight on an initiative that makes the healing of the spirit and mind affordable, welcoming, and for Queer/Trans* People of Color. Welcome to Wild Seed Wellness. Their Goal?

Wild Seed Wellness (WSW) has an intentional and evolving commitment to being: Affordable, Accessible, Interdependent, Knowledgeable, Radical, and Creative

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Wild Seed Wellness was founded by Massage Therapist (C.M.T.) Ana María Agüero Jahannes, She decided to center her focus on the needs of Queer/Trans* People of Color due to the unique ways their identities interact with stress. Clients have come to them talking about how they deal with the presentation of their gender, and how they often have few spaces that give them room to celebrate and validate their bodies. Ana wanted to fixed this, and she did by creating a space for QTPoC to congregate and heal safely.

In order to do this groundbreaking initiative justice, Ana has agreed to do an interview, and she has many lovely and informative responses! Let’s get started, shall we?

What was it that inspired you to get into therapeutic services?

In 2011, I founded Wild Seed Wellness in Oakland. Wild Seed Wellness offers affordable massage therapy for queer and trans people in color. Through Clinical Deep Tissue, Trigger Point Therapy and Thai Massage, I aim to find people who are ready to make a commitment to their own healing and want my guided, goal-oriented support.

In 2009, I was working with the Safe Outside the System Collective at my crush org, the Audre Lorde Project in Brooklyn. The S.O.S. Collective was really pushing boundaries of what it meant for QTPOC to live safely. We were talking about a Burn Out Retreat for staff and volunteers, but unfortunately I transitioned from there before I ever was able to participate. Nevertheless, it planted a seed. During the succeeding time of liberated exploration, I made freelance photography and massage therapy main hustles. Deepening my roots in queer and trans people of color spaces, my “clients” were all peers. And we were all burnt out. I recognized in me a desire to be a part of what now seems like a “self-care” generation of radical community organizers and activists reflecting on interdependent strategy.

What keeps me in therapeutic services, now in 2013, is my own process of healing. I have always been a gymnast, dancer and athlete, very conscious of my body’s extraordinary ability. But now more than ever, I feel empowered in my self-discovery and prioritize time to tap into deep, intrinsic knowledge, learn experientially and gather new information. It’s fascinating.

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sneakergenius23:

CHAKA KHAN

BODY IS SNATCHED!!!!

omenwoman:

A great night with the very special Davi at the Peeples premiere. Davi was the choreographer for the movie and he’s the first choreographer I’ve danced with professionally. He is my best friend. That’s me, Ana Maria Aguero Jahannes, feeling fly. I sewed my velvet top an hour before. I’m pleased.

SIGNAL BOOST: 5 DAYS LEFT TO RAISE $6000 FOR MASSAGE THERAPY FOR QUEER AND TRANS PEOPLE OF COLOR. 

WILD SEED WELLNESS OFFERS AFFORDABLE MASSAGE THERAPY FOR QUEER AND TRANS PEOPLE OF COLOR IN OAKLAND. WE ARE RAISING FUNDS TO SUPPORT 1ST AND 3RD TUESDAYS DONATION-BASED MASSAGE, AND THE COMMUNITY APPRECIATION AND EMERGENCY WELLNESS FUNDS. ALL MONEY GOES TO MAKE MASSAGE THERAPY AVAILABLE TO QUEER AND TRANS PEOPLE OF COLOR. OUR GOAL IS TO RAISE $6000 BY MAY 23RD.

DONATE AT INDIEGOGO.COM/AT/COMMUNITYCARE

wildseedwellness:

SIGNAL BOOST: 5 DAYS LEFT TO RAISE $6000 FOR MASSAGE THERAPY FOR QUEER AND TRANS PEOPLE OF COLOR. 

WILD SEED WELLNESS OFFERS AFFORDABLE MASSAGE THERAPY FOR QUEER AND TRANS PEOPLE OF COLOR IN OAKLAND. WE ARE RAISING FUNDS TO SUPPORT 1ST AND 3RD TUESDAYS DONATION-BASED MASSAGE, AND THE COMMUNITY APPRECIATION AND EMERGENCY WELLNESS FUNDS. ALL MONEY GOES TO MAKE MASSAGE THERAPY AVAILABLE TO QUEER AND TRANS PEOPLE OF COLOR. OUR GOAL IS TO RAISE $6000 BY MAY 23RD.

DONATE AT INDIEGOGO.COM/AT/COMMUNITYCARE

wildseedwellness:

Make a decision now to support Wild Seed Wellness. We need $4700 in 10 days to be able to offer affordable massage therapy for queer and trans people of color. Donate here:http://indiegogo.com/at/communitycareAnd spread the good news.

andilionroars asked: Oh my goodness, your pictures are enchanting. I'm going to *love* having you on my dash. Thank you so much for serving our communities. It means a lot to me, personally, to know that someone is taking care of our folks. Going to be promoting you all upside and down my side of Portland, OR! Sending love & support <3

You’re welcome and thank you! Love the reciprocal love. =) Please do, pass the word on. I hope to do some work in Portland one day. I’ve got an Interdependent Community Healing for QTPOC workshop that I do with 1 on 1 sessions. Maybe you can help me?

wildseedwellness:

NOMINATE: WILD SEED AWARD FOR QTPOC COMMUNITY HEALINGIt’s very healing to have a community that affirms you and acknowledges your hard work. Know someone who deserves to be recognized for their dedication to healing the queer community? Submit a nomination.
DONATEWe are raising funds to support 1st and 3rd Tuesdays Donation-Based Massage, and the Community Appreciation and Emergency Wellness Funds. All money goes to make massage therapy available and affordable to queer and trans people of color. Our goal is to raise $6000 by May 23rd, 24 days away!Here’s the Indiegogo link:  http://www.indiegogo.com/at/communitycare
 
SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT
Upcoming openings:
Wed 5/1 at 2:30 and 4 pm
Sun 5/5 at 1:30, 3, 4:30 &amp; 6 pm
Mon 5/6 at 12 pm
Tues 5/7 at 10, 11:30 Donation Based Massage; 5 &amp; 8 pm Regular Sliding Scale
Sun 5/12 at 1:30, 3, 4:30 &amp; 6 pm
Schedule online now.

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Mia McKenzie (l), Black Girl Dangerous; Ana María Agüero Jahannes (c), Wild Seed Wellness; and Micah Frazier (r), Living Room Project

Throwback article from the Bay Area Reporter about Black Girl Dangerous, Wild Seed Wellness and the Living Room Project. This was at the launch of the Living Room Project.

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