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THE Sankofa
Study circle



FROM DR SHELLY: One of my favorite professional roles is teaching-training-mentoring and I am excited to offer an opportunity to work with me in an ongoing way in this capacity. The Sankofa Study Circle & Practice Community aims to co-create an intentional and communal space of learning and development for healers and helping/health professionals, community practitioners, program developers (and students!) who resonate strongly with Sankofa Theory & Practice. The vision is to provide opportunities for studying, experiencing, healing, and growing together from the ground of Sankofa Theory & Practice. This community seeks to nurture the development of a Sankofa Practitioner community, people in diverse settings who apply Sankofa Theory and Practice in their work. If this speaks to you, read on for details! 

Membership Features & Benefits

  • Monthly live interactive meetings with Dr. Shelly Harrell and the Sankofa learning community (will include mini-teachings, breakout room discussions, brief exercises and practices)

    • Monthly meetings will alternate 2nd Saturdays and 3rd Fridays 8:15-9:30am US Pacific Time 

  • An online private community space for member interaction and engaged learning (on the Mighty Networks platform) 

  • Exclusive Sankofa Theory & Practice postings (deeper exploration of concepts, Sankofa-related inspirational quotes/poems/songs, intervention tips and tools, infographics, video, audio, downloadable files, etc.) 

  • Special focused topical video teachings (e.g., how to use the Sankofa Practice Pyramid)

  • First to receive Sankofa Theory & Practice updates and developments

  • Access to community-only, informal "Office Hour" sessions, as well as practice/demonstration sessions with Dr. Shelly

  • Discounts and priority registration for Sankofa trainings, Sankofa Life Coaching groups, Consultation Calls with Dr. Shelly, as well as selected Soulfulness Center products and services 

  • Priority application to Dr. Shelly’s upcoming (limited space) Sankofa Consultation Group for experienced practitioners, leaders, supervisors, and program developers who are interested in co-creating applications of Sankofa Theory & Practice for their service setting or population (starting Summer/Fall 2024)

membership FEES:
PROFESSIONAL:  $27.77/Month (or $277/Year)
STUDENT:  $17.77/month (or $177/Year)


Join by September 2024 and be one of our Founding Members!

The first members of the Sankofa Study Circle & Practice Community will help to create our culture, vibe, and activities moving forward. Join now and have a voice in shaping the community into an optimal space for connection, "reconnection", learning, and growth! Our Founding Members will receive special additional discounts on Sankofa (and Soulfulness Center) offerings, as well as additional opportunities to work with Dr. Shelly Harrell.


Our criteria are intended to facilitate creating a community where members share a strong interest in Sankofa Theory & Practice, as well as a sincere and demonstrated commitment to serving BIPOC and/or communities impacted by intersectional oppression, collective-cultural-colonial trauma, sociocultural stressors (e.g., identity, belonging, acculturation, discrimination), marginalization, and stigmatization. This is not a community where we are trying to get as many people as possible to join. Our priority is cultivating and maintaining a learning community where the experience is positive, meaningful, relevant to your work, and in the service of our higher purposes and callings. We ask that all potential members complete a screening questionnaire so that we can be as confident as possible that community members share these priorities.


  • You are a Healing/Helping/Health Professional, OR a student in training for a Healing/Helping/Health career, OR an Adminstrator, Program Developer, Trainer, or other role in a wellness or community-based service delivery setting.  

  • You have completed (or have registered and will complete) the "Introducing Sankofa Theory & Practice" Webinar Series (or equivalent exposure to Sankofa Theory & Practice).

        ✓ Prerequisite: Attendance or Video/Audio of all 4 webinar sessions, PLUS review of

            at least 50% of summaries/handouts/slides/study guides (must be completed within

            the first 3 months of membership)

  • Genuine and demonstrated commitment to serving BIPOC, or persons experiencing intersectional oppression, collective/communal/colonial trauma, marginalization, stigmatization, and/or sociocultural stress.

  • Commitment to attend monthly live meetings as frequently as possible.

  • Commitment to engagement in the online community through reading and responding to posts, as well as posting relevant questions, comments, or related resources.

Only takes 5-10 minutes!

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