Having previously hosted two successful conferences featuring world-renowned poet, Staceyann Chin, and Grammy-nominated recording artist, Dionne Farris, Elements Organization is using this third year as a moment to honor “a commitment to women as whole beings, worthy of whole life harvests.”
Co-Executive Director, Shayna Israel, clarifies stating, “For the last three years, Elements has gotten consistent feedback from the community. People are proud of the work we’ve been doing. It’s exciting, but still shocking … because we’re so proud of them!”
Adrienne Williams, who shares the title of Co-Executive Director with Israel, states, “So many people have consistently given to Elements. This year feels like a harvest season. It’s taken a lot of support to get here. It will take even more to reach new heights. It’s time for us to be even more strategic about how we give back.”
“Fertile Ground” conference highlights include art and education panels and lifestyle workshops offered in addition to the annual themes of relationships, sexuality and sexual practices, gender expression, social justice, spirituality, and wellness.
Community activist and educator, Sappho Fulton, recalls gaining clarity when the group read aloud, “‘The name of the game is taking care of yourself, because you’re going to live long enough to wish you had.’ This was perfect! … Everyone was nodding their head in agreement.”
Executive board member Carrie Kholi states, “We’ve been listening to the community. We’ve been focused on community … but it takes a lot to do this community work. This year, we’re really focused on the individual and how we can help keep them fueled … and sane … on their individual journeys.”
Newly-inducted planning board member, Terinae Holland, adds “This makes sense. Elements is a community of individuals. We’ve got our own dreams and aspirations;
“Fertile Ground” is dedicated to recognizing all forms of LGBTQ community talent & trade while preparing women to care for themselves as sustainable beings first and foremost. From self-branding to self-defense, the conference is set to reveal and revive women in ways previously left uncharted.
For more information on the conference, to register, or to volunteer, visit http://ourelements.org or follow @elementsorg on Twitter.
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