The Dark Room ~ Healing the Shadow

THE DARK ROOM: Healing the Heart, Healing the Shadow!

There is no light without darkness. What is it about the dark that terrifies us? Rituals, mantras, yoga, healing crystals, and meditation are powerful spiritual practices, yet before we can get to a place of enlightenment there must be time spent in the dark. I have designed an eight week program where you are invited to embrace your shadow self. We will be exploring all that lurks in the dark, tending to all that we keep hidden and healing the wounds that keep us from moving forward. In the DARK ROOM we will be meditating in the dark. I will be using Hridaya Meditation which honors three areas of practice: connecting to our heart center, awareness of breath and a deepening of the self through inquiry where we explore the questions: Who am I? What am I here to do? Am I aligned with my deepest desires?

We will be reading The Shadow Effect by Debbie Ford, and weekly reflections will be provided. The DARK ROOM is a virtual spiritual circle, practice and weekly check-in facilitated by Alicia Anabel Santos. We will work on releasing what has been keeping us blocked?

What can we learn from the darkness in order to step into our light?

Together we will stand in our power, discovering and tapping into our authentic selves, while being unapologetic about who we are—no longer afraid to shine!

The DARK ROOM combines gentle poses and movement, breath work, meditation, and journaling.

We meet virtually and via telephone Wednesdays, 8:00PM – 10:00PM EST

Dates: 4/29, 5/6, 5/13, 5/20, 5/27, 6/3, 6/10, 6/17




Alicia Anabel Santos is a Writer, Producer, Playwright, Speaker, Activist, Teaching Artist, Afrolatina Lesbian Storyteller and Iyalocha. She was born in Brooklyn and is a proud Dominican Writer. Founder of the New York City Latina Writers Group and is the 2018 recipient of the BRIO Award (Bronx Recognizes its Own) for fiction. In 2019, she launched LA SANTERA Spiritual Consulting Firm which offers services to help clients deepen their spiritual practice, self-heal, understand and recover from intergenerational trauma, ancestor honoring, manifestation, guidance, and ascension. She is currently working on a historical fiction memoir where she merges poetry and witchcraft, and is writing “I.D.G.A.F – I Don’t Give a Fck”, a memoir that dissects three generations of rage. These days she can be found practicing brujeria and writing with senior citizens in the Bronx and Manhattan. She attended New York University and lives with her partner in the Bronx, New York.


FAQ about the Dark Room

i. Do I have to participate in all 8 sessions? NO. You can attend as many or just the ones that resonate most for you right now. Honor where you are and what you need.

ii. How much does it cost? What if I don’t have the money right now? Is there a payment plan? PAY WHAT YOU WANT WHEN YOU CAN! No one will be turned away.

iii. Will there be homework? YES. There will be journaling and readings.

iv. Can I invite others? YES. You are more than welcome to do this work with your bestie. There might be a family member you would love to attend this workshop with.

v. What do I need? Water. Please stay hydrated. Bring a yoga mat or pillow (useful but not necessary) choose something comfortable to sit on. If being on the floor is uncomfortable you can practice seated on a chair. Bring something to cover your eyes. An eye mask, scarf or handkerchief.

vi. What should the environment be for meditation? This work should be done alone in a DARK place where you will not be interrupted it might be your bathroom floor—if that’s the only place you can get some privacy these days lol. You want to be alone in a comfortable place that is as dark as you can make it.

vii. What if I am afraid of the dark? It’s fine to light candles. Just make sure you keep your cameras off during our practice in the dark room. It might be useful to dim your computer while we meditate.

viii. How long are the sessions? Each session is two hours and are eight weeks long recorded LIVE on Wednesday’s from 8:00PM – 10PM EST. Beginning April 29-June 17, 2020.

ix. Will the vídeos me saved? YES you can watch at your leisure. The videos will be private and only available to registered participants.

x. What forms of yoga will be practiced? What if I have never done yoga or practiced meditation? This workshop is created with a beginners mind. We are all students. We are all learning together. I ask that you bring an open heart and a willingness to surrender. Your body will let you know what works for you. Aché

If you have any further questions please email me