“Contrary to what we may have been taught to think, unnecessary and unchosen suffering wounds us but need not scar us for life. It does mark us. What we allow the mark of our suffering to become is in our own hands.”
bell hooks

Healing from the experience of intimate partner violence, does not have to happen alone. We each deserve to be seen, heard and nourished by a community. 

Join The Eva Lee Parker Fund, The Sanctuary In The City and Melody Gross of Courageous Shift for a virtual half-day retreat for survivors of intimate partner violence. This retreat is offered as a place for survivors to rest, connect and hold space to decide how we will live in safety, care and love, individually and collectively. 


FOR WHO: ALL Black people who identify as survivors of intimate partner violence.

WHAT: FREE virtual half day retreat

WHEN:  Sunday 10/23/2022 at 12pm until 3pm est

 WHERE: Zoom (sign up below for login details) 


Retreat Schedule


12:00 pm - Welcome with Melody Gross 

12:15 pm - Gentle Movement and Meditation with Kelley Palmer

12:45 pm - 10-minute break 

12:55 pm - Recognizing, Naming, and Responding to Our Triggers and Symptoms of Trauma 

1:20 pm - 10-minute break 

1:30 pm - Journaling Activity with Melody Gross 

1:45 pm - Journey with Self - Jasiatic Anderson 

2:15 pm - 5-minute break 

2:20 pm - Life After Abuse - Visually, Mentally, and Emotionally Creating the Life You Deserve and Desire with Melody Gross 

2:55pm - Closing Remarks


This is a Black Autonomous Space. The space is Black Led for Black people ONLY.

To support this healing work as a non-Black person consider sharing it with Black people you know, donating towards our work and encouraging others to financially support The Eva Lee Parker Fund. 

The Eva Lee Parker Fund provides financial support to Black women who are currently experiencing intimate partner violence.