Move Into Stillness: Meditation and Healing Arts
Joy Angela Anderson
Sunday, Feb 27 2022
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
$22-$44 sliding scale via Venmo (@pieter-space) or PayPal ( Price includes cacao drink and journals. No one turned away for lack of funds. Register

Bookings are closed for this event.

This month Move Into Stillness Meditation & Healing Arts brings you: Cacao Ceremony & Meditation on All About Love by bell hooks.


This month as we reflect on the themes of Love and Black History month, we will move and meditate with the sacred plant medicine of Theobroma Cacao and words from All About Love, written by late African – American author bell hooks. 


Our plant relative Theobroma Cacao, has been used traditionally by my ancestors in Mexico and throughout Central America as a valuable heart medicine. One of the indigenous tribes in Mexico known as the Aztecs, drank a liquid they called Xocolatl which translates to bitter water. We will learn about and drink Xocolatl as a sacred plant medicine to support our hearts and tune into the vibration of love. 


Be ready and open to journey in the garden with ceremonial grade cacao! Through writing, movement and meditations on words from the book All About Love we will move and reflect on love as an action in our daily lives and its healing power towards transformation for ourselves and the planet.


All are welcome. This event is outdoors, bring a hat, umbrella and/or sunscreen if needed. Please bring your own cup, lots of water to stay hydrated, a yoga mat for some heart-opening movements, clothes and shoes you could comfortably move in and your open heart. Use this link to access and read bell hook’s book, All About Love


This workshop series will be taking place at the El Sereno Community Garden. The wheelchair accessible entrance is located at:

5466 Huntington Dr N, Los Angeles, CA 90032 



What participants can expect: All participants will receive a Xocolatl drink made by Joy of Alegria Xocolatl along with a hand-crafted upcycled journal made by artist Crafty Nana.(IG: @craftynana). This is for all bodies, movement is improvisational and at your own pace. No experience with meditation or dance is necessary to attend this workshop. All are welcome. You are welcome to bring a yoga mat or blanket for sitting.


COVID guidelines: in accordance with the El Sereno Community Garden COVID protocols, all participants are required to wear a mask while in the garden. 


Accessibility note: All entrances are wheelchair accessible. At this time there is no ADA toilet but the garden is working to install one. 



Joy Angela Anderson (Alegria) is a curator, movement/yoga/meditation facilitator and artist/educator from East L.A. She integrates dance, yoga, somatics and plant medicines as a healing, creative, meditative and regenerative practice for mental health and wellness.


As a Chicana, native of East L.A., Chicanx art and culture informed her social and political consciousness. Her background in arts, culture, performance and activism lead her to receive a BA in “World Arts and Cultures” from UCLA School of Arts and Architecture and a Master’s degree in “Art/Curatorial Practices in the Public Sphere” from USC Roski School of Fine Arts in 2011. After a career as a museum-gallery educator and public programs coordinator, working at several Los Angeles Contemporary art museums and artist/activist-run spaces, Joy’s devotion to healing arts and dance for mental health, lead her to work independently as a curator, dance/movement facilitator, yoga teacher, raw vegan artisan-chef and entrepreneur.


It was especially through Yoga Teacher Training and dance performances with Critical Mass Dance Company, WXPT and HomeLA, that Joy recognized and remembered the value of movement and meditation as transformative healing practices. Along this journey, Joy has offered classes at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), Human Resources Gallery, People’s Yoga, The Boyle Heights Conservatory, The Healing Center of Immanuel Presbyterian Church, Plummer Park Senior programs, Indigo Yoga, Self Help Graphics and Pieter Performance Space. She is currently working on her DIYPhd through the School for the Ecocene.

Joy is grateful for the opportunity to offer healing arts practices in collaboration to co-create sacred and supportive space and as a practice towards de-colonization in mental health through connections to the divine wisdom of ancestral, indigenous and nature based healing.


Archival photo courtesy of Joy from an Alegria Xocolatl pop-up.