CUERPOS SANOS, MENTES SANAS
HEALTHY BODIES, HEALTHY MINDS PROGRAM
In 2018, lead artist Andreína in partnership with two Mission District organizations, Dance Mission Theater and La Colectiva de Mujeres de San Francisco, started a unique arts and wellness program for immigrant women domestic workers called Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds. Now the program has expanded its reach by serving BIPOC and working class communities in San Francisco, the Bay Area, and beyond. Our mission is to uplift the voices of immigrant people, people of color, women and low wage workers through self-care practices such as yoga, stress management, creative arts, and leadership development. Our commitment is to make healing and creative arts accessible to communities most affected by social injustices.
In the last 4 years, Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds has reached more than 800+ workers through engagement in dance, theater, music, yoga practice, and political advocacy. Our classes are facilitated through an equity lens by valuing the unique and collective experiences of our participants, supporting their presence in public policies and investment, helping claim artistic and public spaces, and using organizing tools such as popular education to place the voices of workers at front-center.
Free and donations-based Integral Yoga classes in Spanish and English
Fridays from 4:30-6pm PST at San Francisco Integral Yoga, 770 Dolores Street, San Francisco, CA
Wednesdays from 2:30pm-4pm PST at The Women's Building, 3543 18th Street, San Francisco, CA
6- Week Yoga and Stress Management Course in Spanish and English, with certification of completion
Workshops tailored to your organization's specific needs
1:1 consultation on how to facilitate wellness practices for your base or group
Private lessons in Spanish or English
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Our program is fiscally sponsored by Independent Arts & Media, and we can now receive individual and corporate tax-deductible donations!
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OUR WORK, OUR DIGNITY (2022)
In September 24th, 2022, Healthy Bodies Healthy Minds helped produced a theatrical show directed by Andreína called Our Work, Our Dignity presented at Dance Mission Theater featuring 13 domestic workers and day laborers from the Mission District complete with live music, poetry, worker testimonies, and audio visual projections. With the funding support from the San Francisco Arts Commission Individual Artist Grant, Dancer's Group, and Bridge Live Arts, in collaboration with La Colectiva de Mujeres, Day Labor Program and the California Domestic Workers Coalition, we presented a compelling story about worker dignity, home-care, Ecofeminism, advocacy, and our role in environmental justice, proposing new ways of living in harmony with our bodies, our immigrant communities, and the Earth.
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Center on Purpose, Creativity, and Well-being for you and your team with
Integral Yoga, stress management, and creative practices that improve focus, collaboration and creativity. Andreína is a Certified Integral Yoga Teacher, and Stress Management consultant RYT® 300.
MUJER, TRABAJO, SALUD (2021)
In October 2021, BienStar Consulting in partnership with Dance Mission Theater, La Colectiva de Mujeres, and the California Domestic Workers Coalition produced a short film documentary entitled: Mujer, Trabajo, Salud - A Dance Film Celebrating the Lives and Victories of Domestic Workers.
At the intersection of art and activism lies people’s lived experiences rich in hopes and driven by values, resilience, and dignity. During times of struggle, these two lines come together and become less defined for frontline communities such as low wage workers, artists, community organizers, immigrants and BIPOC. In San Francisco, domestic workers are organizing to demand the passing of a municipal-level ordinance that would grant them Access To Paid Time Off. One way they are raising their voices is through the performing arts and community healing practices, both powerful tools used in popular education to unveil self-expression, reflection, and leadership. BienStar Consulting assisted in the production of the film as choreographer, director, and research assistant.
Learn more about the San Francisco Domestic Workers:
Jabola-Carolus, Isaac, Profile of San Francisco Domestic Workers (The Graduate Center: University of New York, 2020) https://academicworks.cuny.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1799&context=gc_pubs