Communities of Color
iBme programs designed specifically for Communities of Color
iBme CoC Initiative Advisors
D. Jylani Brown
As a seasoned educator, Jylani has taught children and adults across the U.S. and abroad. Her background as a progressive, public and private school teacher, in both challenged and affluent school communities, allows her a unique perspective on the diverse experiences of children and the adults that support them. She currently works with youth involved with the juvenile justice system and is particularly interested in the integration of mindfulness, wellness practices, social justice and arts education in urban and underserved communities. She specializes in creating culturally relevant lessons supported by strategies for wellness related to inner and outer peace.
Jylani’s mindfulness journey began as a therapeutic way to deal with the many difficulties and stresses she faced as a low income, single mother of two, in Brooklyn, NY. The salvation of her meditation and yoga practice helped her to find the strength to change careers and realize a fabulous sense of peace for her family. From that point, Jylani redirected her energy toward the mindful education of children and families, community outreach and culturally-relevant wellness practices. The practice peace project, a mindfulness in education + lifestyle movement, was born from this space of love, peace and intention.
Charisse Minerva is a Community Builder, Educator, Contemplative and Performance Artist. She focuses on the three essential tools for this work: Culture, Creativity, and Contemplation. She has worked in corporate offices, counseling agencies, detention centers, with artistic groups, and athletes. She designed and directed a Mindfulness K-12 program for Friends School of VA Beach for 7 years and taught Mindfulness for five years as part of a College Success Skills course at Tidewater Community College. She has been working with iBme for several years as a Retreat teacher, Faculty member of the iBme Teacher Training course, and Board member. Minerva is a social activist. She places much of her focus on bringing Contemplative, Culture, and Creative practices to communities as a tool for healing and development and to reveal how these tools are already present in their lives. “I am a guide revealing to others what they already possess.”
The Weekly Pull-Up
Wednesdays and Saturdays
Join our Communities of Color Live Meditations! These free meditations are specifically geared toward our communities of color and take place every Wednesday and Saturday.
The Cipher: for male-identified folx of color
“The Cipher” – a weekly gathering of CoC, male-identified individuals, gathering to explore culturally relevant themes like: how to cultivate curiosity, the impacts of social media, dealing with racism, questions about gender/sexuality, mindfulness and money, feelings, etc. The embodied experience will include: movement, meditation, music and discussion.