This year’s Love Your Body Day theme is “How to Love Your Body Your Body When There are So Many Attacks Against it: The Three Pandemics”. We will explore how to navigate threats on ourselves such as COVID-19, violence on Black bodies, and dating violence. This theme was created to acknowledge what currently endangers our bodies and to remind us how we can take care of ourselves and others in revolutionary ways. The mission of the Love Your Body Day Summit is to recognize loneliness, grief, and fear and to create an empowering space to work through individual and community healing.
- Participants will examine the intersections of violence, pandemics, and systemic oppression that impact your mental and physical health.
- Participants will develop strategies and techniques for revolutionary self-care
- Participants will be able to recognize and validate signs of loneliness, grief, and fear
- Participants will cultivate strategies for individual and community healing.
Jettana Okoye, LCSW is the founder and CEO of J. Okoye Wellness. Leading with compassion, Jettana serves her clients by blending seamlessly psychotherapist principles with integrative health solutions to promote a well-rounded wellness program.
After receiving her Bachelor’s degree at Western Carolina University and Masters degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Social Work, she wanted to round out her holistic expertise with an integrated life and health coaching certification through Duke Integrative Medicine. In order to culminate her experience and education, Jettana decided to build her own practice from the ground up.
When she founded J. Okoye Wellness, her goal was simple. Help the trailblazing women that carry the weight of the world by providing them with clear self-care strategies, a safe space to dream and create, and produce individualized actionable steps to reach their own pinnacle of success.
Her passion has evolved over the years to continue the fight to end the stigma of mental health within minority communities. She offers a safe and honest place to discuss the importance of mental and holistic health. Her goal is to create a lasting positive impact on individuals and their communities.
When she’s not serving her clients and running her business, you can find Jettana zip lining down a mountain, spending time with her husband and family, or traveling to explore a new place in the world.
Deborah is a Reiki Master practicing since 2006. She currently lives in Durham, NC and provides sessions throughout the Triangle Area and trainings at Duke Integrative Medicine and online. She is also a 500 RYT yoga instructor with certifications that include Restorative, Yin, and Yoga Warriors for PTSD. Deborah is currently studying iRest Yoga Nidra with Richard Miller, Pranayama with Gary Kraftsow, and is being certified as a MindBody Therapy practitioner.
Session 1 | 10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Introduction and Opening Remarks | Lisa LaBarbera-Mascote & Carlyn Wright-Eakes
Session 2 | 10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Intersections of Identity, Violence, and Healing | Carlyn Wright-Eakes & Alexius Pearson
This workshop will provide a basic overview of the 3 pandemics faced currently in the United States – COVID-19, Systemic Racism, and IPV. Participants will explore ways in which multiple and intersecting identities are impacted, and consider ways in which communities come together in resistance and solidarity.
Session 3 | 11:30 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
Yoga Nidra | Deborah Dixon
Experience this embodied practice of inner awareness and discourse. The body is where our sociopolitical and sexual experiences ultimately reside. Coming home to our body is an intimate and safe place to find meaning, negotiate, and release. The body speaks our truth.
Session 4 | KEYNOTE SPEAKER| 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Finding Stillness During Three Pandemics | Jett Okoye
A conversation on how to find safety in stillness despite the reality of threat.
Session 5 | 1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Self Love During the Pandemics (Providing Space for Sexual Health & Wellbeing) | April Smith
Join us for a discussion about sexual health and wellbeing. Participants will learn the importance of sexual health and how it affects your overall well being. We will explore the concept of sexual self-care and provide tips on how to create safe spaces at home in order to cultivate sexual health.
Participants will learn coping strategies and tips about how to protect your physical and mental health during these 3 pandemics that are easy and useful.
Session 6 | 2:30 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.
Mindfulness Meditation | Deborah Dixon
Breath and focus are amazing tools that allow us to experience our intrinsic wholeness. We know we are more than our racing thoughts and overwhelming emotions. We will introduce simple ways to find inner peace and space even during our busy days.
Session 7 | 3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Radical-Self Love: Healing from the Hurt of 2020 | Staci Batchelor
Are you feeling exhausted from the year? Join in on the discussion on what threats our mind and bodies have faced this year and how we can move forward with Radical-Self love. Participants will discuss what radical-self love means and how it is used to engage in healing from the three pandemics. As said by Sonya Renee Taylor: “..Your body is not an apology. It is not something you can give to someone to say, ‘I’m sorry’”.