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AAPI Mental Health & Wellness Jam 2024

Join OACC and PEERS for an AAPI Mental Health and Wellness Jam, where we will embrace the warmth of our community and celebrate joy. We hope to create a space where Asian American and Pacific Islander communities can access tools and resources to address the needs of the whole person, and have many options for how they want to practice mental health and wellness.


We will cultivate a space of joy, and engage in wellness practices through free workshops that allow us to move our bodies and express our creativity.


Registration is free and required for entry. Early registration is encouraged to sign up for your preferred workshops. Space is limited per workshop. It ensures adequate food and planning for facilities. Same day registration is allowed, but we cannot guarantee there will be space for last minute sign-ups for our workshops. This event is open to those ages 18 and over,  including AAPI and allies!


By way of Tongan South Pacific Roots, Ohlone Territory (Oakland, CA), and proud immigrant parents, SPULU is a creative entrepreneur, storyteller and multidisciplinary performing artist whose work has been showcased all over the world via social media in response to social issues facing Pasifika communities throughout the diaspora.


SPULU will be facilitating a movement activation that will bring that Tongan funk with an East Oakland bliss. A space for affirmation and hella positive movement!


Sign up for up to two 50 minute workshops throughout the day on our registration page.

Sound Session with Lisa Suguitan Melnick & Rachel Lastimosa

Connect to meditative and relaxing space, build collective energy with sound using voice and instruments, play with resonance, and ground oneself with the power of frequency. Receive a sound bath to complete the experience. Please bring a mat or blanket to lay on and something to cover your eyes with for a more relaxing experience.


Available Workshops

Sound Bath Workshop Round 1 (1:30 PM – 2:20 PM)

Sound Bath Workshop Round 2 (2:30 PM – 3:20 PM)


Meet the Facilitators: 

Lisa Suguitan Melnick, third generation Filipinx-American of Ilokano and Cebuano roots, leads meridian-opening sessions emphasizing stretching, meditative breathing postures, and energy awareness/restoration.

IG: @lisatitalisa


Rachel Lastimosa, Unceded Ramaytush Ohlone Territory; SF, CA – a second generation Ilokana via Kalinga Apayao, Ilocos Sur and Ifugao, Philippines, Rachel is an interdisciplinary artist who has toured nationally and internationally. She founded AGASAN in 2018, creating wellness spaces for BIPOC and queer communities and is currently a Counseling Psychology masters student at CIIS, in Expressive Arts Therapy.  www.agasan.org IG:@ibilin_music, @agasan_project, @dirtybootsband

Writing Workshop with Shizue Seigel

This workshop will encourage writing and sharing about mental health and mental health self-care. This will include a short talk on mental health stigma, and will touch on the current increases in mental health stresses, isolation and the need to find support.


Available Workshops

Writing Workshop Round 1 (1:30 PM – 2:20 PM)

Writing Workshop Round 2 (2:30 PM – 3:20 PM)


Meet the Instructor 

Shizue Seigel is a Japanese American writer, editor and visual artist who founded Write Now! SF Bay in 2015 to support writers and artists of color through workshops, events and anthologies. The child of deeply traumatized Japanese American incarcerees, she attempted suicide at 17 to drop out of the model minority. Her work draws on 60 years of lived experience on healing through the arts, spirituality and community. She has been widely published in literary journals and anthologies, and her eight books include five Write Now! anthologies of Bay Area BIPOC writers and artists.

Tea Ceremony Led by Fabula Tea

Fabula Tea specializes in creating one-of-a-kind ceremonial tea experiences and intentional rituals. Their exquisite teas and unique approach offer a place of connection and opens you to new ways to de-stress, practice mindfulness, and step into your higher self so you can bring more peace and harmony into your life.


Available Workshops

Tea Ceremony Workshop Round 1 (1:30 PM – 2:20 PM)

Tea Ceremony Workshop Round 2 (2:30 PM – 3:20 PM)

APIAFreeHealth and WellnessNetworkingWorkshop

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