MIRACULOUS!!! ONE SPACE JUST OPENED UP AT THE UPCOMING YEMOYA RESIDENCY IN HAWAII WITH D’BI.YOUNG ANITAFRIKA. WOULD YOU LIKE TO FILL IT?

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

Toronto Canada June 29th, 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 Application and Other Inquires, Please Contact:
Ayse Kapaklili, YEMOYA Portfolio Manager: admin@yemoya.org

THE OHANA HOUSE HAWAII

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MIRACULOUS!!! ONE SPACE JUST OPENED UP AT THE UPCOMING YEMOYA RESIDENCY IN HAWAII WITH D’BI.YOUNG ANITAFRIKA. WOULD YOU LIKE TO FILL IT?

yemoya full logo

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

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

Toronto Canada June 29th, 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 Application and Other Inquires, Please Contact:
Ayse Kapaklili, YEMOYA Portfolio Manager: admin@yemoya.org

THE OHANA HOUSE HAWAII

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d’bi. teaches dynamic performance’ workshop @ the watah school

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BEING NOT ACTING: A FOUR-WEEK WORKSHOP ON DYNAMIC PERFORMANCE

using the sorplusi method

facilitated by d’bi.young anitafrika

DURATION: 4 weeks

TIME: saturday july 5th – saturday july 26th, 2014

3 hrs weekly with class + one 1 hr private mentorship session with d’bi.

PLACE: the WATAH school toronto canada

REGISTRATION LINK: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/beingnotacting

CONTACT: register@watah.org

sorplusi institute books publishes its first anthology…

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the watah school
presents
the launch of

OCHUN
WATAH ANTHOLOGY OF POETRY
BOOK l
PUBLISHED BY SORPLUSI INSTITUTE BOOKS

edited by kanwal rahim
foreward by d’bi.young anitafrika

THURSDAY JULY 17, 2014
ARTSCAPE YOUNGPLACE | 180 SHAW STREET | CLASSROOM 107
8PM DOORS | 8:30PM SHOW
$10 ADMISSION
REGISTER@WATAH.ORG

‘Ochun: Watah Anthology of Poetry Book l’ emerged from the writings of the inaugural poetry practitioners of the watah school’s seeking-healing-speaking-truth poetry course. this is the inaugural publication of sorplusi institute books, a new micro-press in town. we specialize in publications that intersect w/holistic mind & body health with art creation.

the watah school is a w/holistic artist development institute, grounded in d’bi.young anitafrika’s sorplusi method, that cultivates & nurtures artists as healers, mentors & keepers of the sacred. lovingly curated artist residencies, watah workshops & one-to-one mentorship with d’bi. make the watah school a womb-oasis in toronto & the world.
painting | she is a speaker | by ayse kapaklili

OCHUN WATAH ANTHOLOGY OF POETRY BOOK l
featured works & performances by
raven dauda | i.diva | najla edwards |
anique jordan | ayse kapaklili | lana k | lynx sainte-marie
jasbina misir | kanwal rahim | laura kelsey rideout

*we honor the haudenosaunee & mississauga peoples & the land*

* this space is safe & accessible for all peoples*

liza paul in groundings with d’bi. @ the art(is)t shaman sessions – tues june 24, 2014

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liza paul in groundings with d’bi. @ the art(is)t shaman sessions – tues june 24, 2014 @ ARTSCAPE WYCHWOOD BARNES. 601 christie, studio 251 bcurrent theatre.
http://www.artistshaman.org

LIZA PAUL is this month’s special guest at the art(is) shaman sessions…join her in groundings with d’bi.young anitafrika talking about the principle of URGENCY in the SORPLUSI METHOD…see you there!

Liza Paul loves laughter, life, music, family, friends, stories, all things bashment, impromptu dancehall-flavoured a cappella street jams, and pum-related non sequiturs. from 2004 – 2011 she was the associate producer for soulpepper theatre company. in 2009 she completed a yearlong artistic residency with d’bi.young at anitafrika! dub theatre, which culminated in the performance of her one-woman show, everybody waan cyatch a screw. she went on to perform the piece as part of the rock.paper.sistahz festival in 2010. she and co-creator bahia watson put up a workshop performance of pomme is french for apple in december of 2010 and have been producing and performing the show regularly since then. in 2012 she continued her residency with d’bi in india as part of the yemoya program. she is currently working with the AMY project, an organization dedicated to arts education outreach for young women who face barriers to participation in quality arts programming. she and bahia will be taking pomme to the edinburgh festival fringe this coming august.

my deepest gratitude…my deepest love… – d’bi.

blood.claat sankofa trilogy

(amina alfred . d’b.young . waleed abdulhamid)

toronto

here’s to you: a simple letter of love

to say thank you

thank you for being the guiding cauldron

in which i am encouraged to mix stories

thank you for mentoring me even when i am unaware

thank you for believing in our ability

to innerstand our humanity

thank you for being vulnerable

thank you for being loving

thank you for being you

and for being present

to the sankofa trilogy

onwards & inwards

-d’bi.