A female-only retreat in Costa Rica is offering women of color the chance of 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 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.
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.’
Andrea X’s retreat allows women to spend 10 days in her company, discussing the frustrations of life in the US.
Many, including Alexis Bromley from Omaha, Nebraska, used the trip to detox from what was described as constant racism in the US.
She said everyday judgment means she feels more at home in foreign countries than in her home state.
And with Donald Trump as President, the women said the issue is getting worse rather than better.
‘It’s hard in Nebraska because it’s a red state,’ Ms. Bromley told Vice.
The Republican has divided the country, in the opinion of those who stayed at the retreat, saying
The idea in Costa Rica is to effectively create a black nation, according to Andrea X, which would cater exclusively to people of color.
She said: ‘It will be a community of just black people living here.’
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