Elisa Shankle is an American wellness leader and Reiki practitioner who cofounded HealHaus in Brooklyn, NY.
The wellness industry is not exempt from the culture of white supremacy that plagues the U.S. (and much of the world). Far from it: For an industry that purports to be healing, racist and white-washing behaviors can feel even more insidious.
Mere days from the official opening of HealHaus, business partners and long-time friends Darian Hall and Elisa Shankle were vibrating with excitement. Final installations and finishing touches were underway, and the pair had high hopes for their new community healing concept.