My name is Kimberly Peavler
Healer, Filmmaker, Storyteller
In my own life and in my work as a Registered Nurse and holistic healthcare practitioner, I’ve come across many black women looking for healing outside themselves. They’d been told by their community and the culture at large that their worth was to be found in a job, a relationship, or a degree. If they could do enough, and achieve enough, then they would be enough.
I wanted to explore what healing would look like through the lens of self-exploration and mindful presence. To answer the question: what would happen if Black women, in community with each other, sought culturally informed self-healing practices? Would they learn to be present in their lives? Would they learn true self-love irrespective of the murmurings of the outside world?
To that end, I lead a group of Black women of different ages and from all walks of life through eight weeks of guided meditation and self-exploration. At the same time, I will reflect on my personal journey from dis-ease to wellness. I want to share that journey with you.
So much of Black women’s struggle with dis-eases, from hypertension to diabetes, stems from the traumas that occur at the intersection of race, gender, class, and systemic oppression. The lack of culturally informed healing and stress management practices uniquely designed for Black women exacerbates these struggles. In this film, we explore practices like Kemetic yoga, mindful eating, and thoughtful consumption as antidotes to the stressors Black women face in everyday life.
Within a community of sisters, the women depicted in Culture Meets Presence will learn to cultivate self-healing through guided mindfulness practices. We request community support in bringing this story of self-healing to a wider audience of Black women who need and deserve wellness, health, joy, and ease in their lives
A discovery of the inner-healing art of restoration and self-awareness for Black women participating in a culturally-informed, mindfulness meditation series.