Rochelle Jamila Wilbun - Gibney
Week of July 15, 2020
Making space for

Moving Toward Justice Cohort Member

Woman of color in a teal outfit looking at the camera.

Rochelle Jamila Wilbun

Rochelle Jamila Wilbun is a dancer, doula, and Reiki practitioner based in Brooklyn. Her path to the healing arts began as a child growing up in Memphis, TN where she learned the transcendent power of dance. Upon graduating from Columbia University with a B.A. in Dance and Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, Rochelle found Reiki, herbalism, and meditation as tools for wellness and transformation. Rochelle became a full spectrum doula in 2018 after learning about the maternal health crisis and wishing for better support and information during her own reproductive journey. 

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
AfroPeach

AfroPeach is a series of free dance workshops for Black postpartum people in Manhattan and Brooklyn created by Ogemdi Ude and Rochelle Jamila Wilbun. The workshops will focus on healing from the physical effects of pregnancy and birth, creatively processing birth stories, and building somatic relationships between new parents/caretakers and their babies. Each workshop will be composed of a two-hour movement class, a one-hour discussion with a veteran birth worker/healer/artist to further illuminate the workshop’s focus, and end with a nourishing meal. AfroPeach workshops will be simultaneously educational, social, and supportive.

Photo Credit: Love Legerme