The House: Odilcia Balondola- The Art of Caring

On the weekend of April 13th The House of Malico hosted their very first Elements retreat. Accepting eight applicants who are advancing social, racial, and economic equity through their art and activism. This three day retreat was a testament to the power of intentional space bringing together a cohort of black, brown and queer women to further strengthen community and to contemplate solutions to some of the hardest obstacles we face today.

The series features Interviews the retreats participants. Curious about their wellness practices, and what keeps them going as they pursue their art and activism.

Odilcia Balondola is a passionate activist and blogger who’s work and goals are deeply rooted in caring for her community. With a background in birth work, she plans to bring the wisdom and traditions from her Congolese Heritage to her community in Oakland.

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