body rites

a holistic healing and embodiment workbook for Black survivors of sexual trauma

8 December 2023

shena j young (Author), Shyma El Sayed (Illustrated by)

With a Foreword by Aishah Shahidah Simmons


A written companion and workbook for readers seeking to reclaim their bodies as home in healing from sexual trauma.

Body rites as a holistic healing journey, anchored in the practice of decolonising healing and reclaiming body sovereignty, reaches back into indigenous roots and land-based healing. It centres remembering as a means of survival.

This workbook is the first of its kind: a resource of rituals divided into four healing journeys for Black women, femmes and nonbinary survivors of sexual assault. The experiential workbook moves beyond prescriptive self-help models by providing a gentle guide and liaison to explore the impact of sexual trauma on the mind, body, heart and spirit. It is an invitation to heal holistically, drawing upon psychophysiology, lived body wisdom, trauma-informed embodiment practices, kinship and ancestral connections, and African spiritual practices. Most urgently, this book is a series of intimate conversations with your “self”; and remembrance that healing lives at the core of your intuition.



180 x 257 mm • 224 pages


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