Sneak peek

  The Whole Note Healing Collective is a cooperative community space organized by activists, healers, health practitioners and health and healing justice organizers. The collective includes leaders and advocates in Yoga, Reiki, Acudetox (Ear Acupuncture), Eco-psychology, Massage, Full Spectrum Reproductive Services, Belly Dance, Conflict Resolution and more. All members of this diverse group have multiple skills, offered as gifts to the community at large and are leaders in their own right.

Whole Note is a work in progress (and always will be). Currently, they are doing extensive research on health, healing, and wellness initiatives around the country and gathering information on principles, guidelines, and operating procedures. All recommendations are welcome. In the meantime, Whole Note is working on designating space at the Cass Corridor Commons (C3) and offering select services.

Services available


Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that a “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.

Reiki was rediscovered by a Japanese man, Dr. Mikai Usui.  Its history is ancient and the concepts are present in several cultures.

While individual treatments will always be available, Whole Note will also be offering group Reiki healing in a shared, community space. Reiki Thursdays will be a collective healing space because we are inspired to heal together. Reiki Thursdays will be offered in one large room with individual treatment areas set-up for separate treatments. Stay tuned for more information.

Individual or group Reiki treatments can be scheduled by emailing:

Healing Belly Dance

Belly Dance classes are offered on Monday, Friday and Saturday. They are taught with a focus on empowering women to connect with their brightest self. Basic Belly Dance techniques are taught by using North African rhythms and encourage each woman to accept her body just as it is. This Belly Dance is for all female identified people.

For more information, contact Sanaa at, 313.478.3920.

Update and Upcoming

The Good Vibrations Wellness Fair and Fundraiser has been postponed until April. Plans are underway for a city-wide fast and holistic health fair fundraiser. As details for this event and others become available, we will post them on the calendar.

Photo credit: Mountain Metal Arts


The Norming of the Collective

Last year, EMEAC (East Michigan Environmental Action Council) was given the opportunity of creating a Commons at the First Unitarian Universalist Church in the heart of Detroit’s Cultural District. One of the innovative ideas that came from the announcement of this collaboration is the Whole Note Healing Collective.

Along with the opportunity to build a healing community that serves activists and the under served with holistic health services, comes the challenge of learning to work together, locating a space with in the Cass Corridor Commons and establishing our core values and mission statement.

The group is going through the natural formation process; storming, norming and forming. Now it seems we are at the norming stage as we learn to share responsibility of conducting meetings and build on each others ideas. We formed sub-committees to work on; crafting a vision and mission statement, researching other justice-based healing centers, and securing a space to hold classes and offer services.

All of these endeavors require some digging to get to the jewels buried just under our feet. We may not have gotten to the biggest jewels; yet, I think we have found some nuggets with which to build. The Vision statement has gone through several iterations and now reads:

The Whole Note Healing Collective is a cooperative community space. We recognize that we need each other and are working towards a just world where medical institutions do not violate our dignity and choice where oppression is acknowledged and trauma is emphasized as central to our personal and communal healing processes, and where we find the space for healing in ourselves, our communities and in the natural environment.

This is a effective working statement. The Collective is still processing this wording and will continue to massage it to clearly reflect the scope of the needs of our community and the Collective’s responses to them.

Already, the healing center research sub-committee has shared valuable information on other healing centers around the US. Once we have reviewed the research, We will use the models of other healing centers. This is a daunting task and will take at least 3 additional months to compile and analyze the data. The Collective agreed to take a road trip to Chicago to visit a healing center. This will give us all a chance to see the work ideal in practice and will inspire the creation of Whole Note.

There are 3 large buildings in the church complex; still, finding a space that is appropriate for EMEAC and all the Commons partners is a challenge! The Whole Note Collective needs a space large enough for movement classes and treatment rooms that is accessible to those with limited mobility. A space has been designated for us; however, it requires renovation. Because the space in is a turn of the century mansion,we will need to reconstruct the entrance to allow easy access from the street. Many of the suitable spaces have been spoken for or have access issues. We also face the challenge of bringing our visions for the space to fruition with limited revenue.

I hope to lead an initiative of tending to the energetic and physic affirmation of abundance of the Commons. Personally, abundance is a key issue and it is often an issue of non-profits and activists. It would be radical to serve the community and ourselves in a state of constant abundance.

We, the founding members of the Collective have made great progress and we are poised to serve ourselves, our community, our city, and our world in a soaring way!

Detroit, Michigan
January 2012

In the Early Stages of Development

We are a collective of healing practitioners and supporters committed to principles of justice in the structure of systems, organization and practice of personal, community and environmental health. The concept of Whole Note Healing space was born in the mind of one of our members several years ago. It evolved as the 2010 U.S. Social Forum (Detroit, MI) brought together others concerned about health and well-being from the orientation of doing right by people and the environment.

We are in the early stages of our formation. This blog will serve as a space for us to document the process of our development, as well as share resources and information. To date, we have defined our vision and are in the process of finalizing our mission. Over the coming months we will work on evolving the structure of our collective and identifying organizing principles, while offering basic programming.

The vision of the Whole Note Healing Collective is to support the creation of a just world in which the healing of people, communities and the environment is valued and practiced.

Whole Note Healing Collective is a member of The Commons, a cooperative space shared with the East Michigan Environmental Action Council, People’s Kitchen Detroit, Fender Bender, and Detroit Grassroots Cultural Arts Center.