Action and protest are getting a lot of press these days (rightly so), but that forward movement wouldn’t be possible without its counterpart, stillness and preparation.

“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence,” said badass activist Audre Lorde in her collection of essays A Burst of Light. “It is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.”

The goals behind Meditate to Wellness—a two-part retreat designed to bring together women of color to practice breathwork and meditation—weren’t advertised as overtly political. The goal, first and foremost, was to introduce women to specific health-improving tools. But it’s impossible not to see the connection between a healthy body, a healthy mind, and the strength to resist: Dominique Drakeford, a spokesperson for the event, positioned the retreat as an antidote to the 2017 elections—“with so much going on,” she told me, “we wanted to interrupt people’s everyday, the hustle and bustle.” And with the second Sunday of the retreat falling on inauguration weekend, she knew people would be looking for a little stress relief. “It’s definitely needed for folks in the community!” Drakeford explained. Read the article.