Samantha Jo is a Visual Artist, Curator, and a Mental Health Activist born and raised in the city of Chicago. After graduating from Columbia College Chicago in 2015 with her BFA in Fashion Business & Marketing-PR, Samantha became passionate about teaching Mindfulness + Meditation at local DIY venues in Chicago. Through her own experiences with different types of therapy, she discovered most spaces did not have many women of color. She found it hard to heal her trauma with having no person of color to relate to in a group therapy setting. With that discovery she founded the Healing Circle Workshop Series. Her mission is to facilitate and create safe spaces where women of color can come together and support one another on their own personal paths of self-empowerment and group therapy. Samantha, believes in the after care of women who struggle with mental illnesses and makes time after each workshop to offer space for women to process with each other. All while staying committed to reclaiming love & power within ourselves and to create a culture of understanding self-care, mental health awareness, and spirituality. The Healing Circle is for all ages of women of color-cis, trans, queer, and gender non-conforming.