SEE: Everything is a Human Being

What are the voices that guide you closer to your deepest self? The words? The places? The circumstances? Join Marlanda Dekine-Sapient Soul, poet and transformation worker, for a retreat based in contemplation, writing, self-discovery and dialogue. The retreat will center around a keynote speech from a collection of Alice Walker’s writings, “Living By The Word.” Using Walker’s writing, we will look deeply into our personal, interpersonal and collective humanity. Together, we will imagine our way into a space of wholeness, mutuality and courage. This Spiritual Enrichment Event (SEE) will be held in the First Baptist Parlor on August 25, 10:00am-12:30pm. The cost is $10, which includes lunch at 12:30pm. Register at

Marlanda Dekine is Sapient Soul, a poet and social worker living in South Carolina. She seeks to go beyond the consumption of art and the exploitation of people’s gifts towards building emotional infrastructures for the sustainability of the artist within us all. She believes in our imaginative power for equity. To this end, she founded {unnamed}, a transformative art label that shares art and cultivates artists. Marlanda is also the author and recording artist of i am from a punch & a kiss, a multimedia project released in 2017. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Speaking Down Barriers, a nonprofit that works to transform our life together across human difference. Marlanda’s poems and thoughts can be found in USA Today, Sojourners, The Greenville News, The Spartanburg Herald Journal, Spartanburg Magazine, Flycatcher Journal, Spark & Echo Arts, Minerva Rising’s Sparrow’s Trill, and The New Social Worker. Her intention is for her poems to move the world towards healing and transformation.

— Jennifer