In 2015 I served as Resident Healing Artist for a city-wide campaign called the New Day Campaign and in 2017 I received recognition from Maryland's First Lady Yumi Hogan & the Maryland Behavioral Health Administration for my art and activism in raising awareness on issues and stigmas surrounding mental health and substance use disorder.

Alchemical Artforms: A Workshop Series for Black Women

Offerings Include:

  • - Hand Crafted Teas & Herbalism

  • - Bookmaking & creative practice

  • - Self-care & Self-preservation

  • - Self-care boxes & survival kits

  • - Sensory Exploration

  • - Ritual & Rite of Passage Ceremony

  • - Daring to Rest Yoga Nidra

Performances, Workshops & Ritual Offerings, 2018 - 2019
Glimpses into the process of preparing for various workshop offerings, overlaid by sound from an opening circle with some of my workshop participants.

Tea Ceremony: Based on the research & work of Dr. Masaru Emoto; I facilitate a silent tea ceremony in which we create a communal brew in one central cauldron. Participants are guided through the process of choosing & filling their own tea bags with herbs, then adding those to a communal brew. Prior to the ceremony my Grandmother & I hand embroider each tea bag with a word or affirmation. Infusing the hot water with the embroidered words, herbs and our intentions changes the molecular structure of the water; thus by drinking with intention and attention, we change our own biochemistry and emotional state when we introduce this brew into our bodies during the silent tasting.

Words such as “Love”, “Peace” & “Stillness” are literally woven into the bags that house our tea. In this way we’ve also invited our Ancestors into this ceremony through the sacred and ancient practice of sewing & embroidery. This ceremony uses all elements but focuses on the transformative qualities of water & earth, present in both the tea and in our physical bodies.

“Water records information, and while circulating throughout the earth distributes information. This water sent from the universe is full of the information of life...” ―  Masaru Emoto, The Hidden Messages in Water

Alchemical Artforms Tea Ceremony: Washington College -- "Trauma, Art & Healing" ~ Timelapse of my team (Cathy & Cia), and I preparing the space for the tea ceremony.

Alchemical Artforms Tea Ceremony: Washington College -- "Trauma, Art & Healing" an event conceptualized by Peter Bruun was sponsored by the Prevention, Education, Advocacy Center (PEAC) at Washington College and takes place at the college the afternoon of Sunday, March 4. The event features a communal healing experience led by artist Phylicia Ghee with the purpose of addressing trauma head on through spiritual, communal, and ritualistic healing.

Above photograph by Alona Shavi Cabrera (IEnvision Photography); documenting my work with herbs & tea

Self-Preservation Boxes ~ 
Hand-built self-preservation kits filled with over 20 handcrafted self-care tools.

BLACKBIRD ~ Hand-built Self Preservation Kits, over 25 handcrafted & carefully chosen items.

This workshop was free for 16 black women, to whom I taught bookmaking, conducted tea ceremony & gifted hand-built self-preservation kits. These boxes were built, cut, sanded, burned and fastened by myself and my Grandfather using deconstructed wine boxes. With kits assembled by myself, close friends & Alexis Dixon (curator of BLACKBIRD); I created handles for the boxes from rope and leather. These boxes serve as a companion for the women, the contents of which are still being used for self-care, years later.

Handcrafted Books ~ 
I teach the creation of personalized, hand-bound books. The handmade books serve as alchemical tools that offer the opportunity to release, affirm, manifest, and process ones emotions; as well as unearth ancestral stories and gain a deeper understanding of self.

Alchemical Artforms: BLACKBIRD ~
A bookmaking & self-care focused workshop for black women, conceptualized by myself & Alexis Dixon in conjunction with her curatorial thesis exhibition entitled "BLACKBIRD". "BLACKBIRD" featured the work of 5 black women artists (including myself) creating work that explores spirituality and its connections to lineage/ancestry, healing, self-preservation, and liberation.

Alchemical Artforms: A Workshop Series by Phylicia Ghee, New Orleans ~
Les Bohèmes The Spirit of The Creatives Retreat, New Orleans, LA // A 5-day recharge & gathering to inspire, create & share in a safe & sacred space amongst kindred spirits.

I am a certified Daring to Rest Yoga Nidra Facilitator, I also teach Sleep Hygiene Workshops. ~ I bring art-based ritual to various communities in the forms of intergenerational storytelling, performance, ceremonial rites of passage, installation, sensory therapy and deep meditative rest experiences.

"I loved Phylicia’s confident and soothing voice/presence. She was deeply knowledgeable and held space for her students with grace, compassion and refreshing realness. This was my first experience with Phylicia and I felt she is a truly transformational teacher. I look forward to following her work, supporting and participating in any way I can." ~ Workshop Participant (Sleep Hygiene Workshop)

Love Thy Self - Meditative Moment
Facilitating a meditative body scan experience at "One Thousand Love Letters" Exhibition by Peter Bruun at the "Love Thy Self" public program (March 7th, 2019 at Maryland Art Place) - onethousandloveletters.com
Above photograph by Alona Shavi Cabrera (IEnvision Photography)

HOW TO TAKE CARE: Sleep Hygiene Workshop.
 ~ Making essential oil blends for participants In this workshop I explore the science, fundamentals and importance of sleep, with a focus on Black Women resting. Offering insight around healthy sleep practices, as well as ways to develop a deeper relationship with sleep and rest. Learning to use rest as a time to reclaim our dreams; resting for our ancestors who couldn’t. This workshop reframes rest as revolutionary as we learn to traverse deep brain wave states to heal on a cellular level.

Sleep Hygiene Workshop ~ I created these essential oil blends for participants.

HOW TO TAKE CARE, Contributor
(Above are various excerpts from the E-Guide + NYT Article)

HOW TO TAKE CARE is a collaborative E-Guide with 100 Pages Of Recipes, Rituals, And Reflections from IAO Studio created and edited by Krystal Mack as a free offering that raised over $10,000 for victims and survivors of IP and domestic violence during the COVID-19 pandemic. I was one of 32 contributors from around the world. I contributed two recipes (ginger + tumeric tea & fire cider) and two offerings (a body scan/sleep meditation - entitled SURRENDER - & aromatherapy sachets). https://www.instagram.com/absence.of/

BLACK ART IN AMERICA Read the full article: https://www.blackartinamerica.com/index.php/2019/10/23/decolonizing-performance-art-phylicia-ghee-uses-ritual-performance-to-heal-the-generational-trauma-of-black-women/

Workshops & Ritual Offerings

Alchemical Artforms, Workshops & Ritual Offerings (2015 – Ongoing)

My work extends beyond my personal practice and engages collaboratively with community. I bring art-based ritual to various communities in the forms of intergenerational storytelling, performance, ceremonial rites of passage, installation, sensory therapy and deep meditative rest experiences. I have received recognition from Maryland’s First Lady Yumi Hogan & the Maryland Behavioral Health Administration for my art and activism in raising awareness on issues and stigmas surrounding mental health and substance use disorder. I served as Resident Healing Artist for a Baltimore-based initiative created by Peter Bruun, called The New Day Campaign (https://newdaycampaign.org) dedicated to creating and curating over 32 art-based public events and art exhibitions to challenge stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness and substance use disorder, making the world a more healing place.

I created and facilitated a free workshop for 16 black women in association with an exhibition I was invited to participate in called BLACKBIRD, and in collaboration with BLACKBIRD curator Alexis Dixon. I taught bookmaking, conducted tea ceremony and I gifted the women hand-built self-preservation boxes I filled these kits with over 25 handcrafted and carefully chosen self-preservation + survival tools. These boxes were built, cut, sanded and fastened by myself and my Grandfather using deconstructed wine boxes. I created handles for them from rope and leather. These boxes serve as a companion for these women, and are still being used now, almost two years later. I continue to get messages from the women saying how much the self-preservation kit and workshop experience has influenced their lives and how they move through the world and care for themselves.

My work explores healing and liberation, through the vehicle & practice of various art forms. Discoveries from my personal art practice inform how I engage with my community and share these tools in the form of sensory, communal experiences and rites of passage. I am passionate about black women resting and engaging in practices of self-care. As a certified yoga nidra instructor I create unique rest experiences.

Recently I was able to visit Patuxent Prison Institution as a part of my friend and fellow artist, Nikia Kigler’s program to bring art-based classes to men and women in prison (Art Inside/Out). While at the prison I taught a class focused on art, yoga nidra/deep rest and self preservation to the women there. I guided them through creating an inner sanctuary or inner resource and gifted them with aromatherapy sachets that I hand crafted with dried flowers and essential oils. Stimulating the senses in this way was meant to create new memories that activate the parasympathetic nervous system while allowing them to transport themselves through visualization & breath work to experience true rest, even in such a tumultuous environment. For those moments we were not in a prison. We shared stories and explored the complexities of healing and self-preservation.

Overall, I am here to unearth a space that can be accessed through this unique merging of worlds; that of art, ritual, spirituality, neuroscience and sensory exploration. My desire is to rediscover a sense of peace, wonder, healing happiness for us all, especially BIPOC (Black & Indigenous People of color). In ritualizing the mundane I hope to rediscover that which has been forgotten and stolen from us. My desire is to armor us with tools and practices for sustenance and connection in a society that often does not make us feel safe, loved and held.