Lowell Lecture

The Art of Healing

Date & Time

May 3, 2021 at 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.


, MA
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Chrystian Dennis graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering and received her Nutrition Health Coach Certification. She encourages a holistic approach to recognize, recall and reset lasting changes and healing through her brand, WOMBXN, a lifestyle and magazine welcoming individuals to wander in creativity, explore vulnerability and experience intimacy.

Mike Massey (aka Yoga Mike) received his yoga certification in 2014 from South Boston Yoga. During his training, Massey studied the history, theory and origins of yoga and developed a personal approach to delivering yoga to the masses. He is a licensed massage therapist and started a registered yoga school under his brand: 33 Degree Yoga — a company he runs and operates with members of his community and his family.

Bryan McAskill is a herbalist, naturopath and alternative health educator from Lynn who provides nutritional consultations, coordinates community gardening and teaches holistic health and wellness through Alkaline, plant-based modalities. He has remained passionate about being able to provide nutrition information and healthy food options to communities in need. Learn more on McAskill’s Instagram @herbal.healing781

JAZZMYN RED, the moderator, is a passionate artist from Massachusetts whose songwriting talents and musical message resonate through bold storytelling based on her own experiences about relationships, our communities and social justice issues. Her new EP, REDvolution, recently earned three Boston Music Awards 2020 nominations.

Genie Santiago is a Boston-based musician, poet, visual artist, artivist and bruja. Her art draws from her experience growing up in poverty and overcoming trauma as a Queer Latina. She is unafraid to empower others to overcome trauma, decolonize the mind and promote sexual freedom. Listen to Santiago’s music at geniesantiagomusic.com.

Venita Qualls is a licensed mental health and drug and alcohol counselor with a private practice in Taunton. Her areas of expertise are working with individuals, families and couples who are suffering from addiction, PTSD, depression, anxiety, personality issues and other disorders. She holds two masters’ degrees from Cambridge College.

Please note: This panel discussion is meant to provide support, information and resources associated with wellness and healing, and may address sensitive topics. The conversation is not meant to replace professional mental health advice.

Presenting Organization

Peabody Essex Museum


The Arts

Join PEM and Wreck Shop Movement for the next installment of Culture Talks, focusing on self care and community healing. This conversation, led by MC, singer, poet, educator and hip-hop activist Jazzmyn Red, takes place as a response to these challenging times that have impacted our individual selves and the community as a whole.

Hear from a diverse group of panelists featuring: Chrystian Dennis, Mike Massey (aka Yoga Mike), Bryan McAskill, Genie Santiago and Venita Qualls. The group will explore various topics and offer their perspective and expertise as community healers who are doing this work in a myriad of ways.