Thu 05 Apr, 2018
There are many stereotypes about our people and what we will and will not participate in (like hiking). However, the more woke we become, the more we open our minds and schedules to things that make us look and feel good (and keep us on the planet longer!) This is why I like to honor the strong and powerful black women and men who are making an impact in our communities and shifting our culture for the better.
This week I am highlighting a powerful organization called Ihunaanya. They pride themselves on increasing diversity in nature, aka getting black people to hike, camp, swim and shit. Which is a beautiful thing.
Such activities are linked to our people living longer, healthier lives, and while such activities and trips are not financially attainable for all, this organization keeps the costs low so many can participate.
Using tools such as meditation, yoga, and breath-work paired with hiking, swimming, camping, and climbing, they are creating space for our people to dream BIG. They create peaceful environments to think and develop your ideas. They unlock Black Excellence using nature and the senses.
From the Ihunaanya website:
Ihunaanya: Understand Your Impact is a bi-coastal non-profit organization with a mission to increase diversified participation in nature. The organization is open to 18 to 45 year old participants.
Ihunaanya: Understand Your Impact seeks to educate values, beliefs, and team work. IUYI encourages independent thinking and love for others. Adventures and festivals are social utopias where participants are encouraged to be free and authentically them. IUYI hosts hiking, camping, and backpacking events throughout the year that focus on building physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellness.
If you are ever in LA or the surrounding areas I highly recommend going on an excursion with this group of powerful young black people. Your life will be changed for the better.