Essence 2023 Wellness House Review

From Founders Day 2023 Issue
Blueprint Staff at 2023 Essence Wellness House.
Blueprint Staff at 2023 Essence Wellness House.

Would you say no if you had the opportunity to laugh, exercise, meditate, and tap into your mental wellness while listening to some vibey tunes?

On Sunday, March 26, The Spelman Blueprint had the tremendous pleasure of attending the Essence Wellness House. The annual event focuses on spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical health and contains crucial conversations, unique vendors, and fun stress-relieving activities. 

This year’s first event took place at The Carlyle in Atlanta. The venue was stunning and enormous,

adorned with turquoise and peach walls and pink, green, and white floral arrangements. The lovely color scheme contributed to the relaxing and safe atmosphere. 

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DJ, Lisa Nwoyé set the mood for the evening, with her goal being to “create a relaxing vibe and space for focus on self-care.” Stationed in the Peace Palace venue section, Nwoyé aided the fantastic introduction of Essence’s executive Editor and VP of Content, Danielle Cadet, who shared a bright, warm welcome and started the event.

Succeeding Cadet’s welcome was Dr. Stacii Jae Johnson, Author, Relationship Expert, and Spelman alum. Dr. Johnson encouraged everyone to leave the event “replenished, recharged, and full of selflove” before introducing Tai Beauchamp in conducting the Opening Mindfullness Exercise. 

Beauchamp, Spelman alum, Founder of Morning Mindset with Tai, and Brown Girl Jane Co-Founder, led an extraordinary session. She allowed attendees to move around and communicate with others to gain support and connections with Black women from all places, ages, and backgrounds. 

he encouraged everyone to ask themselves, “How is my spirit,” and “Why is my spirit that way?” Beauchamp motivated all attendees to ask these questions daily, emphasizing that “how you begin your day is half the win of the day.” She concluded the session with group affirmations and reinforced her morning mindset routine of affirming, moving, connecting, and resetting. 

Following the mindfulness sessions, attendees enjoyed listening to artist Da Brat and her wife, Founder and CEO of Kaleidoscope Hair Products, Judy Harris-Dupart, as they discussed the myths and facts about marriage. The couple spoke of the challenges and joys of union with examples from their relationship. However, they mainly stressed the importance of healing oneself before entering a relationship. Judy Harris-Dupart stated, “People get with someone and expect them to save them.”

After a lunch break and other amazing conversations, attendees had the opportunity to participate in the Standing Sculpted Abs workout led by Dashaun Johnson, The Guru of Abs. The exercise was fun, exciting, and highly intense, as Johnson pushed everyone to their limits! Finally, attendees could relax and de-stress with a ten-minute massage to wrap up the lovely evening. Three beautiful Black female massage therapists coordinated a fantastic experience in a private, quiet, and secluded room. The women conducted thorough massages that completely melted the bones and relaxed the limbs. The massage room was indeed the best way to conclude the eventful evening.

Overall, the event was a great success. From the music and the conversation to the meditation and workout, Essence Wellness House indeed created an experience. And so, if you’re ever down, stressed, or need a laugh, a sweat, and a little support from other Black women, Essence Wellness House is undoubtedly the event for you!

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