News of a black female-only retreat located in Costa Rica is going viral. The retreat offers women of color a chance to get a break from white people.
Andrea X, who created Women of Color Healing Retreat in Puerto Viejo, said she has ‘completely cut out white people’ from her life, saying ‘they have caused enough damage’.
Guests eat the retreat, enjoy yoga, meditation and vegan food in an environment free from what the founder calls micro-aggressions and passive-aggressiveness that exists in the US.
The getaway location in Puerto Viejo has banned white people, meaning those who attend spend their time exclusively with women of color.
Vice News traveled to the retreat to get a first-hand look at how it operates, and discovered hundreds of thousands of dollars were being spent on locations to facilitate completely white-free communities.
Andrea X said she decided one day to completely ‘eliminate’ white people from her personal life.
She said her life became ‘much more breezy’, and even said white people shouldn’t be given passports due to how destructive they are.
‘They are here,’ she said, ‘They are everywhere. I feel white people shouldn’t even have passports.
‘I have no tips for white people. Let us have our space.
‘Let us have our room and hang out with other white people – you’ve done enough damage.’
For me, this is sad. Racism is dangerous, no matter who it’s coming from. And just like all black women aren’t bad, all white women aren’t bad either. There has to be a better way…