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Warriors | Healers | Builders

(aka Healing Oppressions Wounds)




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2023 Schedule

AYA WHB Super 3-Day Weekend 
Personal and Leadership  Development  Intro

April 21, 22, 23, 2023
Friday Evening: 10 am - 7 pm EST
Saturday:  10 am - 7 pm EST
Sunday:  10 am - 5 pm EST

The Bay Area, CA
May 19 -21
Friday Evening: 10 am - 7 pm EST
Saturday:  10 am - 7 pm EST
Sunday:  10 am - 5 pm EST

Chicago, IL
July 28 - 30
Friday Evening: 10 am - 7 pm EST
Saturday:  10 am - 7 pm EST
Sunday:  10 am - 5 pm EST

 This is the heart and soul of AYA! Everything we do is designed to make us better warriors, healers, and builders. It matters not whether it's a photography workshop, a math class, or relationship coaching. The goal is the same.


We must become better warriors challenging the
  • People
  • Policies
  • Practices 

that aggress upon our families, our people and our community. Find them and challenge them. Choose your area. Unfortunately, we continue to be preyed upon in every conceivable area of life.


African people worldwide have been and continue to be wounded by white domination and other forms of oppression and injected oppression. Unfortunately, neither educational attainment, physical prowess, or political position is sufficient. We need a safe place to discover and heal from the brutal trauma that reverberates down the generational lines from our ancestors to us. No one can do this work for us.


While we fight and heal, we are also obligated to build. We must build:

  • Families
  • Organizations
  • Businesses
  • Institutions.
I know it's a tall order. I know it's not fair. Oppression is not fair. We often times think we can't do it. Here's the good news. We have in the past, and we can do it now. These workshops are designed to help us do just that - in small steps, in sure steps weaving trust out of conflict, confidence out of fear, Success out of the ashes.

Warriors | Healers | Builders Workshop Series

Leadership & Personal Development
Series for Black Men and Women


•Heal & Strengthen Intimate & Family Relationships

•Become Emotionally Literate: Feelings as Messengers

•Use Conflict as a Portal to Building Trust

•Manage Your "River of Touches" - Flow of Recognition

•Learn to challenge oppression in more effective ways

Weekend Workshops:

Upcoming:  See schedule at top of page.
This weekend intensive is for Black (African) people who are building or wanting to build with and for our people. Regardless of profession or training, we re-commit ourselves to our healing and strengthening.
•Is your intimate relationship a love zone or war zone? How do you turn it around?
•Had success talking to your family about oppression lately?
•When you hit a conversational brick wall, do you know how to turn it into a portal for building family and community?


Then, attend Warriors - Healers - Builders (aka Healing Oppressions Wounds) Retreat in Atlanta, DC, or Chicago. We can even bring one to your town. You'll turn that no into a


Want more reasons?

•Learn to use our cultural strengths to improve communication, and counter illness born of oppression in us and among us?

•Is anger, depression or other emotions a problem? It’s just a Yurugu mind trick.

•Learn to read your emotions and balance them with your thinking for a more powerful, more effective you.

•Come, drink from the authentic River of Touches.

THE RIVER...We’re born into a river of touches, sounds, voices, looks. This river moves us along life’s path and shapes us. At its best, a family, community, society makes sure this river nurtures a strong self-connected to God, nature and the community.

In the cool, flowing waters from God and our ancestors, we develop a clear identity, mission, and purpose. In an oppressive or sick society, our best efforts are often thwarted. Poison looks, painful touches, hate-filled voices are thrown into this river that shapes us.

Sometimes the oppressive toxins come through our families, sometimes from the community, and from even larger societal toxic waste dumps. We are amazing beings. We survive; sometimes we thrive - shape-shifting as needed to become the best we can be.

Still, sometimes a voice, an accident, a touch, a sound triggers the toxins that we had so neatly tucked away. They sabotage our best efforts.

We explode or remain silent when we should not. We stop eating, exercising, working, communicating the way we know we should.

Good reasons and excuses combine to explain away our ill-fated actions. In the end, we’re off course, down the hill, swimming up-stream. Our energy, our power is drained. We’re everything but successful.

MANAGING THE FLOW...We’re not children anymore. Back then, we adapted to the river’s flow; now, we can manage the river’s flow for our success.

These “hard” times make it even more important that we combine our thinking and feelings to flip the script - using these times to bring us closer together, to nurture our authenticity, our becoming the authors of our own life script, and authority of our life’s direction and purpose consistent with the river of unconditional love that flows from God and the best of our ancestors.

While we’re no longer children, what we do to flip the script will determine how we will shape our children.

Register. Come. Bring a family member, spouse, or friend. Become renewed & more skilled at challenging oppression and healing its injected and subtle manifestations in ourselves, our families and in our people.

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  • Upcoming:  See schedule at top of page.

Afiya & Wekesa Madzimoyo are co-directors of AYA Educational Institute. They live in the Atlanta, GA Metro area. They’ve been married for 28 years.

 Afua and Osofo Kwesi Atta. Afua, will be a participant  - this time. Osofo will facilitate.

Nzinga & Kemit Mawakana have participated, trained and served as facilitators with AYA Educational Institute for over a decade.  They are the primary contact for AYA's Washington, D.C. area activities.  Nzinga is the owner of NzingaLive! and is a master living foods healer. Kemit is a founding member of AMB an African Men's Organization. Both of them are founding members of APPEAL Inc, a Pan-African non-profit organization for the economic advancement of African people.  They have been married for 12 years.

Yinka Winfrey will be on duty @ the Atlanta and some Wash. DC retreats.


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