Who We Are

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MISSION

18 Springs Community Healing Center is a space that reimagines wellness & calls the community to be responsible for the collective care of all. 

Through workshops, therapies, spiritual practices, & community events we address wounds created by systems of power & oppression. We resist these systems by healing our relationships with our bodies, with one another, and with the earth.

VISION

We commit to building a culture of inclusivity, belonging, and freedom.

About Us 

18 Springs Community Healing Center is a nonprofit organization that is committed to building a culture of wellbeing and justice in Winston-Salem, NC. We believe that inner change and societal change go hand in hand, and we are dedicated to creating a culture where everyone can thrive. 

 

Our community is aspirational. While we value honest and authentic inclusivity, we have a ways to go, and work to do, to truly live into that reality. Living into our potential calls on us to be humble, courageous, adaptable, and imaginative. 

 

We honor our mission and vision by seeking to dismantle white supremacist and patriarchal patterns which are based in dominance and separation. We work to acknowledge and understand the varying privileges that we all hold, while remembering that impact matters more than intent. We commit to knowing our history and to understanding our individual and collective socialization. We strive to transform and expand our community into a place that nurtures healing spaces for those most marginalized. We engage in individual and communal practices that bring us home to our hearts.

We believe that when we access our deep humanity we have the ability to create a sustainable future.


 

Land Acknowledgement

 

The land where our center is located, like all land in the Americas, was stolen from Native peoples.  We practice Land Acknowledgement as a way of remembering where we are. 

 

Winston-Salem is built on ancestral lands of the Catawba and Carolina Siouan (Tutelo, Sapponi, and Keyauwee) peoples. We seek to learn more about the people whose land we inhabit, and to find concrete ways to honor and support Indigenous communities. 

 

To learn more about Land Acknowledgement go HERE

Behind our Name

Sydney Hughes-McGee

To find a name for the healing center, I entered into a listening process with the land. I had recently gone through a series of initiations in an Andean spiritual lineage of the Q'ero people, called the Ñust'a Karpay, under the guidance of Lucinda Brogden and Petra LeBeau. These ceremonies bring the initiate into sacred relationship with the feminine spirits (Ñust'a in Quechua) associated with different places in the landscape of Peru. These places correlate to the seven energy centers that comprise the chakra system in the body.  

 

As I worked with these Andean practices, I recognized the profound depth of connection with land and body that lives in ancient cultures and which comes from eons of respectful tending to place and spirit. This work helped to create a channel in me for the grief that I carry as a descendent of settlers/colonizers of the Americas. Once I could trust this grief in my own body, it led me to my heart’s longing for collective healing around the trauma of colonization.

 

In looking for a name for a healing center, I asked the Ñust'a of this place if she would help me hear it. In doing some research, I learned that the land here was once known for being well watered and, in fact, was said to have had 18 springs. I accepted "18 Springs" as the answer to my quest.

 

The name "18 Springs" speaks to the abundant life that is under the surface of this cityscape. It honors our potential for healing as a culture if we engage honestly with the painful history at our foundation. The number 18 feels abundant and acknowledges that there are lots of different ways to go about healing the trauma of dominance, separation, and violence.

 

As you come to this space, we ask you to ponder: What is your real name? Who are you and who are we before and beyond the mindset of colonization? What kind of culture could we create if it arose out of a sense of deep connection to place and to one another?

 

Since becoming 18 Springs (in 2013), we have been a place where people come for embodied learning and to engage in community conversations. We have grown to center education around dismantling racism and other forms of oppression, as well as creative conflict resolution, while seeking guidance from Indigenous ways of knowing. We gather together to practice moving and speaking from our deepest knowings and longings for what we can be as individuals and as a people.  

 

We want to be a healing resource for our community and hope you will join us and become a part of the story of 18 Springs.