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Oshun Swim School

We Come From Mermaids: African Diaspora and Water

with Chandrika Francis


(for Black womxn/non-binary folks)

Join for an embodied journey into African diasporic aquatic traditions!  Gain swim skills while learning more about the ways our ancestors engaged with water for resistance and joy during slavery times and the middle passage, and the multitude of rich aquatic traditions in Atlantic African cultures pre European contact.  Through games, water meditation, songs, and other aquatic activities we will tap into the joy, liberation, resistance, and wisdom that connects us to our ancestors.   This workshop also includes LIVE MUSIC to support us in our joy and embodiment!​This space is geared towards beginner to advanced swimmers (to fully participate you can comfortably move around independently in 4ft deep water, and submerge your body in water at least up to your neck.  If you have fear around entering water, you are still completely welcome to join, but may have to opt out of some of the activities.)$25-$60 sliding scale

*COVD-19 Precautions: Workshop limited to 12 students, instructor is vaccinated, temperatures are taken at the door, students are asked to distance from each other, masks are required for bathrooms, deck, and locker rooms. 

*Please note this class is a space for womxn and non-binary folks of the African Diaspora.  Contact if you have questions or want to find a different way to be involved! 

  • Aug 21: We Come From Mermaids: African Diaspora and Water: Aug 21st, 2021
    Sat from 5:00 - 7:00 pm

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