Month: February 2014

d’bi. teaches ‘finding my poetic voice’ course for WATAH womb arts healing…

d'bi smile by wade hudson high res

SEEKING-SPEAKING-HEALING TRUTH: FINDING MY POETIC VOICE
with
d’bi.young anitafrika

WATAH
womb arts healing
presents

a six week poetry workshop
using the sorplusi methodology

COURSE OFFERING
$700

DATE & TIME
saturdays april 5 – may 17, 2014
6:30pm-8:30pm

PLACE
WATAH toronto canada

CONTACT
info@dbi333.com

SPACE
register now!!! space limited!!!

REGISTRATION LINK
SEEKING-SPEAKING-HEALING TRUTH: finding my poetic voice

for immediate release – d’bi.young anitafrika’s YEMOYA international artist residency 2014 being hosted in HAWAII!!!


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for immediate release – d’bi.young anitafrika’s YEMOYA international artist residency AUGUST 2014 being hosted in HAWAII!!! 

Toronto Canada February 26, 2014

CLICK HERE FOR YEMOYA APPLICATION

Internationally acclaimed dubpoet, monodramatist, and educator d’bi.young anitafrika is taking her YEMOYA international artist residency to the Big Island of Hawaii in August 2014. Fresh off of touring globally and having recently returned to Toronto Canada to design and facilitate The Inaugural Arts Academy of The Stephen Lewis Foundation – using her Sorplusi Method – d’bi. is preparing to curate the upcoming YEMOYA at the breathtaking Ohana House. This magical field-forest dwelling is near the ocean and on the mountain-side, providing an enchanting and adventurous environment for an artist to cocoon and blossom.

YEMOYA

YEMOYA is a three week international artist residency, developed by d’bi., that combines trans-disciplinary arts training with wellness practices for the (w)holistic development of people. Founded in summer 2008 in Toronto Canada, YEMOYA’s intensive twenty-one day program focuses on the creative, physical, mental, emotional and spiritual growth and development of its resident artists, using the Sorplusi Method. YEMOYA alumni include international artists such as Ngozi PaulKemba KingTitilope SonugaJamilah MalikaRia HartleyChe KothariBahia WatsonMriga KapadiyaLInda KaomaAmanda ParrisAdiyana MorrisLiza PaulJulene RobinsonRaphael CohenLishai PeelColanthony HumphreysKalmplexErin BosenbergWebster McDonald and Geordie Gescha.  Residencies have been hosted in Canada, England, South Africa, Belize, Jamaica and The Bahamas.

The Sorplusi Method

The Sorplusi Methodology is a framework for 1) self-actualization 2) artistic creation and 3) public engagement towards community mobilization, that (a) focuses on the holistic development of the practitioner in the process of self-discovery/recovery, before, during, and after rigorous self-exploration; (b) helps the practitioner to identify their personal and professional integrities in art creation and dissemination (c) equips the practitioner with the tools to mentor others in their development towards the development of community. Based on seminal work of pioneer dubpoet Anita Stewart (d’bi’s mother), these ideas form a comprehensive eco-system of accountability and responsibility between the practitioner and their communities.

There are eight guiding principles in the method: Self-knowledge, Orality, Rhythm, Political Content and Context, Language, Urgency, Sacredness and Integrity. These are balanced by and explored through the practitioner’s five bodies: the physical, emotional, mental, creative and spiritual. Each principle challenges us to live to our deepest integrities; to not only be self-invested but to (re)position to the centre of our micro and macro communities. Like a storyteller sitting under a tree, at the centre of the village, telling stories to the community gathered, the practitioner’s re-positioning urges them to become both accountable and responsible (able to account for and respond to) their communities. Participants of the residency create works of art catalyzed by their biographical experiences during the course of the residency.

d’bi.young anitafrika

d’bi.young anitafrika is an internationally celebrated African-Jamaican-Canadian dubpoet, monodramatist, educator and mother to her sons Moon and Phoenix. She is the published author of two collections of poetry, eight plays, two dubpoetry albums, and The Sankofa Trilogy. d’bi. is the recipient of two Dora Mavor Moore Awards, the K.M. Hunter Theatre Award, Toronto Mayor’s Arts Council Award, the Women of Resilience Award, the Canadian Poet of Honor Award and the Best Spoken Word Artist Award. She is the Artistic Director of YEMOYA International Artist Residency and the originator of the self-actualization-towards-community-mobilization methodology, Sorplusi. d’bi. is also the Program Designer and Facilitator of the Arts, Activism and AIDS Academy – a recent project of the Stephen Lewis Foundation and the Director of WATAH Womb Arts Academy of Healing. Her storytelling and mentorship have taken her to Africa, the Caribbean, South Asia, North America, Europe and the United Nations, where she has shared her passion for equality and integrity with all whom she meets. d’bi.’s latest unfolding is The Art(is)t Shaman: Sacred Gatherings at The Crossroads of Life, Art, Healing, Ritual and Magic. dbi333.com

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APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN!!!

Interested applicants can visit www.yemoya.org for more information on the upcoming residency.

For Media and Other Inquires, Please Contact:
Hawa Mire, Arts Associate to d’bi.young anitafrika: admin@yemoya.org

THE OHANA HOUSE HAWAII

the YEMOYA photo

a tinyletter of love from d’bi. for the month of march 2014…

d'bi.young at greenpeace event
in february i had the incredible offering of
speaking at greenpeace free the arctic 30
top ten event (pictured above)

‘breathe deeply. smile lovingly. act compassionately’ – d’bi.

dear village
welcome to the 3rd month of 2014
for those of us living in an outdoor ice-box
who formally lived in an outdoor sauna
we welcome the passage of time
as the sun begins to befriend us again
teasing and taunting and flirting with our feelings
i am cultivating patience. i am cultivating patience. i am cultivating patience
and wait for the spring fever to arrive deep in my bones

there are some yummy goodnesses
offerings from WATAH womb arts academy of healing
and upcoming gatherings, storytellings and speechifyings
which i thought you might want to know about

the nucleus of the arts-mentorship works i am creating and sharing
is self-actualization towards community mobilization
this is what i was taught and what i observed
growing up in maxfield avenue kingston 13 jamaica
and having the gift of being surrounded by dubpoetry
and african-jamaican forms of storytelling through
the pantomime, miss lou, drama school, reggae and dancehall
and a whole-heapah-oddah-sumting whe mi cyaan fit inna da
tiny likkle love lettah yah :)

check out what’s on the horizon bringing the sunshine into my life

in love and solidarity
(until april :)
d’bi.

p.s. YOU CAN SUBSCRIBE TO MY MONTHLY TINYLETTER OF LOVE HERE

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APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN!!!
YEMOYA (yemoya.org) is a three week international artist residency that i have been curating for 7 years. it combines trans-disciplinary arts training with wellness practices for the (w)holistic development of people using the Sorplusi Method (sorplusimethod.com). YEMOYA alumni include international artists such as Ngozi Paul, Che Kothari, Amanda Parris, Lishai Peel, Webster McDonald and Ria Hartley. Residencies have been hosted in Canada, England, South Africa, Belize, Jamaica and The Bahamas. The upcoming residency is in Hawaii in August and the applications are now open on the YEMOYA website. to see the official press release visit the yemoya website.

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womb arts academy of healing
I AM! a six week self-recovery course using the sorplusi method

this is the first course of 2014 that i am facilitating for WATAH. there is still one more space left. the course runs on saturdays beginning march 1st until april 5th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. course fee is $600 and all materials are provided. if you are interested, you can fill out the registration form here

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YEMOYA international artist residency indiegogo campaign
we are gearing up for our first indiegogo campaign to raise funds to publish a hard-cover coffee table photo-journal of the first 7 years of YEMOYA international artist residency. the book features over 25 artists from around the globe who have been mentored through YEMOYA using the sorplusi method. it also features the black womben mentors of mine who are the foundation of the sorplusi method. i am so excited about this one!!! look out for the campaign.

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WATAH

womb arts academy of healing
SEEKING-SPEAKING-HEALING TRUTH: a six week course on finding your poetic voice using the sorplusi method

this is the second course of 2014 that i am facilitating for WATAH. it is primarily for performance artists but not exclusively. the course runs on saturdays from april 12th to the may 17th from 6:30pm-8:30pm. course fee is $700 and all materials are provided. if you are interested, email info at dbi333 dot com.

d'bi. logo by nickiart works d’bi.
if you ever feel like getting any of the artworks i have created in the past decade, it’s pretty easy to do so :). visit my bandcamp site and everything can be purchased online.

sankofa by d'bi.

the sankofa trilogy

playwright’s canada press will be publishing the sankofa trilogy. a dvd version of the plays will also be available. the trilogy features three extraordinary stories of three powerful women—mugdu sankofa, her daughter sekesu and her granddaughter benu—and their resolute belief in blood and truth. at the heart of this trilogy is the spirit of sankofa – return and get it, and the mythical sankofa bird of the ashanti, with its head turned backwards, holding an egg (the future) in its beak. weaving together pieces of my own life with the herstory and mythology of my jamaican heritage, this monodrama storytelling brings a cast of characters on the stage, each with their own distinct personality and voice. the individual works have been produced and performed in various theatres internationally and each play stands on its own merit. the first time i performed each of the trilogy monodramas, collectively in one venue was 2011 at tarragon theatre. audiences had the immediate pleasure of reflecting upon the fluidity of time, and the connection between past and present, as they attended each part of the sankofa trilogy.

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the art(is)t shaman sessions

is an ongoing exploration of our sacred gatherings at the crossroads of the life, art, ritual, healing and magick primarily in the lives of continental and diasporic african womben and wimmin of colour. i conceptualized the project as an extension of research around the sorplusi methodology; the project engages black wimmin and womben of color through ritual gatherings that explore their processes of (w)holistic self-actualization. the asp collective comprises of hawa mire, rania el mugammar, natasha adiyana morris and chiedza pasipanodya. the sessions happens monthly on the last tuesday of the month. the march gathering happens on march 25th, 2014. visit the art(is)t shaman sessions for more info

dare to wear love

dare to wear love

dare to wear love is a yearly fundraiser for the stephen lewis foundation and i get to contribute my storytelling to help raise funds. for more information on this year’s dare to wear love which will be on friday march 28th, 2014 visit http://www.blog.daretowearlove.com/

2 Women 2 Stories

speaker at waldorf academy

d'bi. upcoming gig at sassl

feature at sassl performance event
d'bi_FACKeyNote

keynote speaker at the feminist art conference

WATAH womb arts academy of healing
art(is)t shaman sessions
shemurenga black supah shero comic
the sorplusi method
d’bi. bandcamp artworks site

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for immediate release – d’bi.young anitafrika’s YEMOYA international artist residency 2014 being hosted in HAWAII!!!


yemoya full logo

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for immediate release – d’bi.young anitafrika’s YEMOYA international artist residency AUGUST 2014 being hosted in HAWAII!!! 

Toronto Canada February 21, 2014

CLICK HERE FOR YEMOYA APPLICATION

Internationally acclaimed dubpoet, monodramatist, and educator d’bi.young anitafrika is taking her YEMOYA international artist residency to the Big Island of Hawaii in August 2014. Fresh off of touring globally and having recently returned to Toronto Canada to design and facilitate The Inaugural Arts Academy of The Stephen Lewis Foundation – using her Sorplusi Method – d’bi. is preparing to curate the upcoming YEMOYA at the breathtaking Ohana House. This magical field-forest dwelling is near the ocean and on the mountain-side, providing an enchanting and adventurous environment for an artist to cocoon and blossom.

YEMOYA

YEMOYA is a three week international artist residency, developed by d’bi., that combines trans-disciplinary arts training with wellness practices for the (w)holistic development of people. Founded in summer 2008 in Toronto Canada, YEMOYA’s intensive twenty-one day program focuses on the creative, physical, mental, emotional and spiritual growth and development of its resident artists, using the Sorplusi Method. YEMOYA alumni include international artists such as Ngozi PaulKemba KingTitilope SonugaJamilah MalikaRia HartleyChe KothariBahia WatsonMriga KapadiyaLInda KaomaAmanda ParrisAdiyana MorrisLiza PaulJulene RobinsonRaphael CohenLishai PeelColanthony HumphreysKalmplexErin BosenbergWebster McDonald and Geordie Gescha.  Residencies have been hosted in Canada, England, South Africa, Belize, Jamaica and The Bahamas.

The Sorplusi Method

The Sorplusi Methodology is a framework for 1) self-actualization 2) artistic creation and 3) public engagement towards community mobilization, that (a) focuses on the holistic development of the practitioner in the process of self-discovery/recovery, before, during, and after rigorous self-exploration; (b) helps the practitioner to identify their personal and professional integrities in art creation and dissemination (c) equips the practitioner with the tools to mentor others in their development towards the development of community. Based on seminal work of pioneer dubpoet Anita Stewart (d’bi’s mother), these ideas form a comprehensive eco-system of accountability and responsibility between the practitioner and their communities.

There are eight guiding principles in the method: Self-knowledge, Orality, Rhythm, Political Content and Context, Language, Urgency, Sacredness and Integrity. These are balanced by and explored through the practitioner’s five bodies: the physical, emotional, mental, creative and spiritual. Each principle challenges us to live to our deepest integrities; to not only be self-invested but to (re)position to the centre of our micro and macro communities. Like a storyteller sitting under a tree, at the centre of the village, telling stories to the community gathered, the practitioner’s re-positioning urges them to become both accountable and responsible (able to account for and respond to) their communities. Participants of the residency create works of art catalyzed by their biographical experiences during the course of the residency.

d’bi.young anitafrika

d’bi.young anitafrika is an internationally celebrated African-Jamaican-Canadian dubpoet, monodramatist, educator and mother to her sons Moon and Phoenix. She is the published author of two collections of poetry, eight plays, two dubpoetry albums, and The Sankofa Trilogy. d’bi. is the recipient of two Dora Mavor Moore Awards, the K.M. Hunter Theatre Award, Toronto Mayor’s Arts Council Award, the Women of Resilience Award, the Canadian Poet of Honor Award and the Best Spoken Word Artist Award. She is the Artistic Director of YEMOYA International Artist Residency and the originator of the self-actualization-towards-community-mobilization methodology, Sorplusi. d’bi. is also the Program Designer and Facilitator of the Arts, Activism and AIDS Academy – a recent project of the Stephen Lewis Foundation and the Director of WATAH Womb Arts Academy of Healing. Her storytelling and mentorship have taken her to Africa, the Caribbean, South Asia, North America, Europe and the United Nations, where she has shared her passion for equality and integrity with all whom she meets. d’bi.’s latest unfolding is The Art(is)t Shaman: Sacred Gatherings at The Crossroads of Life, Art, Healing, Ritual and Magic. dbi333.com

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APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN!!!

Interested applicants can visit www.yemoya.org for more information on the upcoming residency.

For Media and Other Inquires, Please Contact:
Hawa Mire, Arts Associate to d’bi.young anitafrika: admin@yemoya.org

THE OHANA HOUSE HAWAII

the YEMOYA photo

upcoming mentorship opportunities with d’bi.young anitafrika…

cropped-circle.jpgWATAH

womb arts healing

presents

I AM! a six week self-recovery workshop
with d’bi.young anitafrika
using the sorplusi methodology

COURSE OFFERING
$600

DATE & TIME
saturdays
march 1 – april 5
6:30pm-8:30pm

PLACE
@ WATAH in toronto canada

CONTACT
info@dbi333.com

SPACE
register now!!! space limited!!! https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/IAMregistration

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YEMOYA stamp by graeme arendse

hawaii yemoya 2014