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Brothers of the Desert Annual Wellness Summit

13novAll DayBrothers of the Desert Annual Wellness Summit(All Day: saturday)

BOD Wellness Summit

Event Details

Brothers of the Desert present their 3rd Annual Wellness Summit: "Navigating New Waters"

About this event

Brothers of the Desert is conducting our third annual wellness summit focusing on Black gay men and our allies in the Coachella Valley and beyond in-person (and virtually) on Saturday, November 13th at Margaritaville Resort in Palm Springs from 8:30 AM-4:30 PM. Given the unprecedented individual and collective struggles we experienced over the past years, creating a safe space to support Black gay men’s health and wellness is more vital than ever!

The one-day event features innovative workshops, interactive discussions, and inspiring keynote presentations on a diverse range of topics, such as spirituality, sexuality and identity, emotional health, aging considerations, examining race, physical health, social advocacy and entrepreneurship.

Navigating New Waters “is the theme of the summit. Join us as we consider how to navigate through this much needed time of renewal with an enhanced consciousness and sense of purpose.

The summit begins with a meet-and-greet at 8:30 AM and the program starting promptly at 9:00 AM. Participants will be able to choose to attend concurrent workshops at three different times during the day and meet and connect with new people. Lunch will be provided, along with raffle prizes and entertainment.

Dr. Leo Moore and Bishop Yvette Flunder will offer keynote remarks and workshop presenters include: activist and mental health advocate, Yolo Akili Robinson, public health leader and community advocate, Dr. Stephaun Elite Wallace, film director, Nathan Hale-Williams, motivational speaker Jared Sampson, actor and teaching artist Trey Wilson, community activist Wes Rankins, spiritual leader Tony Bradford and CEO of TruEvolution, Gabriel Maldonado.

Space is limited, and registration is required. A donation of $25 is suggested but no one will be turned away for a lack of funds. All COVID-19 safety protocols will be followed. A virtual format will be available go to: Virtual Event Tickets for more information.

We are also hosting a free pre-event to meet the speakers and particpants for the summit on Friday evening from 5:30-7:00PM at Margaritaville Resort. RSVP for the Pre-Event Here.

The Wellness Summit connections continue on Sunday, November 14th with a no-host brunch at Blackbook on Arenas at 11:00 am until 1:00pm. To reserve a spot for brunch email David, Davidmaurice.jones@2414calientegmail-com

At Dezart Performs' Pearl McManus Theater in downtown Palm Springs at 2:00 p.m will be a live staged reading of a new play, "Speak My Words, Tell My Truth" by Lorenz Qatava. The play explores the legacy of five Black Gay writers and applies their lessons to present-day life in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement. An all-star cast will be directed by Yvans Jourdain.

All proceeds benefit Brothers of the Desert and tickets for this performance can be purchased on the Dezarts Performs website.


All Day (Saturday)


Margaritaville Resort Palm Springs

1600 N Indian Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262


25.00 Donation