Soul Circle, LLC is an arts-based wellness center that centers community exploration, healing, learning, and discovery. We offer robust Arts in Health classes and workshops, drawing on the healing and educational power of the arts. The center was founded in June 2020 by Founder and Artistic Director Saharra Dixon in response to the collective trauma of COVID-19 and racial violence. All women and girls need sustainable ways to continue processing and moving forward.
Soul Circle aims to foster healing, resiliency, advocacy, and action through song, dance, theatre, and other art forms to continue the fight towards a more loving and just world. Soul Circle offers a plethora of Arts in Health classes, health coaching, and community outreach that range from developing the young artist, learning and listening to our body & minds, and using art as a tool for behavioral and social change. Join our Circle and come explore with us! It’s never too late to explore the healing and transformative power of the arts!
We work to cultivate a culture of health and justice by combining integrative and holistic arts in health modalities and practitioners under one roof. We prioritize developing healthy and empowered communities through robust arts in health practices that fortify body, mind, and soul wellness for Black and Brown women and girls. We found that while the wellness industry is booming, there are few offerings tailored specifically to this demographic. We understand that Black/Brown communities hold fast to their arts and culture, and have continuously put social justice at the forefront of their plight. By centering these values, we aim to increase participation in wellness-based practices. We want to make the healthy and empowered choice the easy choice by offering low-cost arts in health programming that is accessible through a virtual roll-out. Arts in Health is an interdisciplinary field dedicated to transforming health and healthcare experiences through the use of art such as literary, visual, and performing arts. We have found through our research that creative expression has been proven to be helpful to individuals with PTSD, depression, and anxiety. The University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine notes, “At the intersection of public health, arts, and culture lies the potential for building stronger and healthier communities in America.” Artists and Cultural Workers are adept at translating information across languages, cultures, and sectors. They communicate in ways that are emotionally engaging, memorable, and personally & culturally relevant—important when working with Black and Brown populations. The arts are particularly situated to address the following public health issues: collective trauma, racism, social isolation and exclusion, mental health, and chronic disease. These are important health factors for Black and Brown women, but are not at the forefront of tailored wellness programs. Our vision is to create a culturally-relevant, inclusive, and creative wellness center where women and girls can explore health, community, and social justice with the supportive nature of a “Soul Circle.”