According to the group’s Facebook page, the purpose of the Annual Retreat is “[t]o celebrate our lives as women of African descent who love other women. [Last year, w]omen were drawn here from throughout the US and internationally to experience the love, the joy, the wisdom, the songs and the dance that [are] unique to our lives...This October, we will come together, and again transform our 120-acre private wooded [center] into our own nurturing, loving, supportive, understanding, Sistahspace.”
Last year’s retreat was attended by over 150 women, and the group expects a similar turnout this year. The weekend offers dozens of interactive workshops, games, sports, hiking, a film festival, group meditation, a craft and African goods market, and a dazzling array of performances, including musicians, poetry, vocalists, and dance. Also featured is a presentation by Alexis Pauline Gumbs and Julia Wallace of the Mobile Homecoming project, an oral history archive featuring the stories of Black LGBTQ elders who have been trailblazers in the social justice movement, the creative arts, and within their communities.