Frederick, MD – November 10, 2022 – The first Love Camp, an invitation to explore and experience some best practices around living life and finding love for black men and women, was held during a 10-day trip from October 3-13, to Tanzania, Africa. Participants were treated to insightful and introspective conversations stemming from comprehensive curriculum, as well as experiencing the beautiful Tanzanian culture and plans are now in the works for more Love Camp experiences in 2023.
Curated by Renee Miller, (PCC) Professional Coach Certification and CEO of Remember Who You Are, LLC. And Kim Poole, Co-Founder of Teaching Artists Institute (TAI) and TAI Tours, The Love Camp was a successful collaboration between the two Baltimore area-based Black women business owners, who met a year before on an investment trip to Africa.
“Meeting Kim Poole Last year was definitely a divine connection and her expertise and knowledge of the country and culture was exactly what was needed to execute the first Love Camp,” shared Miller. “Male and female relationships in popular culture are unhealthy and as a culture, we’ve gotten off the path of showing up genuinely for love…love for ourselves, our communities, our culture and love between a man and a woman,” she continued. “The first Love Camp was an invitation and opportunity for people to tap into their individual love journeys and learn some best practices through guided courses and coaching events, which in the case of Love Camp Tanzania, was combined with exploring the beautiful people, culture and places Tanzania has to offer, shared through the skilled expertise of our travel curator and Love Camp partner, Kim Poole of TAI Tours,” said Miller.
Intentionally wanting the first Love Camp to consist of a small intimate group, there were about 15 participants of the first Love Camp, which was comprised of African-American professional men and women from their mid-30’s to early 60’s, including some girlfriends, a couple single male participants, a couple of active seniors, as well as the Love Camp team of curators.
“We are so excited about the enlightenment, the introspection, the healing and the overall response by those who participated in the first Love Camp,” shared Miller. “The curriculum included an optional certification and we are also excited about certifying two new love coaches during the trip, which we hope to be the first of many love coaches who can help guide others in creating healthy life and love relationships around the country and the world,” she said.
The Love Camp Tanzania travelled to Kilimanjaro in the northern part of Tanzania, then to Zanzibar, then on to the metropolitan city of Dar Es Salaam, and finally to Bagamoyo, where they visited slave dungeons and learned about the slave trade of East Africa. In addition to participating in the Love Camp curriculum, held throughout the day, guests also got a chance to participate in African Yoga every morning; experience Tanzanian culture by meeting the local Massai tribe; participating in a safari, hiking up Mount Meru to the sacred waterfalls in Kilimanjaro; having a day of service at a local orphanage; checking out Tanzanian cuisine at quaint local restaurants, as well as famous upscale spots like The Rock Restaurant in Zanzibar. The trip also included checking out the night life in Dar Es Salaam, which looks like any big city; getting spa treatments at luxurious hotels like The Grand Melia and staying at lovely hotels, resorts and bungalows in the various regions; learning African dance in front of a bonfire on the beach, and much more.
“At TAI Tours, we believe that culture is the new currency, and we pride ourselves on offering unique travel experiences, that allows travelers to engage in authentic exchanges with people of the world,” says Kim Poole, whose travel company works in about 16 countries around the world, and whose team of professionals expertly guided Love Camp guests through the various accommodations and excursions on the 10-day trip. “Only a very small percent of African-Americans from the United States get a chance to visit Africa, learn about the culture and see how different it is from what we see on television, and we want to help increase that number,” she continued. “Partnering with Renee on bringing the first Love Camp to life in 2022, as well as the ones to follow in 2023 and beyond, is something I believe will positively impact our communities globally, moving forward,” she said.
Miller concurred, saying she and Poole want to help change for the better, love relationships between Black men and women around the world, through Love Camp.
“The first Love Camp participants continue to tell me how special and how life changing the experience was for them and how the group really connected with each other and became real friends by the end of the trip,” Miller said. “They were also genuinely thankful for the safe space in which to be vulnerable and release some things they were unknowingly holding onto which were keeping them from fully experiencing love, through our daily curriculum activities,” she continued. “We want Love Camp to interrupt ideologies about love and help correct some erroneous views about not only what and how people think about love, but how we can better connect with ourselves and each other,” she said.
Miller and Poole are planning other Love Camp experiences in 2023, including a conference in Virginia in mid-March, as well as another Love Camp Tanzania in October and possibly one in Bali, Indonesia in December 2023.
For more information about Renee Miller’s love coaching services and other upcoming Love Camp events, go to http://www.thelovecamp.co.
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