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Learn More About the Healing Ceremony Seen on RHONY Season 14

In one of the more tender parts of the season, the women comforted Ubah Hassan after a session with her healer.

By Jax Miller

Following the Anguilla girls’ trip drama, it was time for The Real Housewives of New York City ladies to return to the city that never sleeps for some much-needed rest and recovery.

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Ubah Hassan hoped to bring healing and sisterhood to the group, especially after her and Erin Lichy's big blowout in Anguilla. Ubah organized a session with her healer, Alexandra, bringing the ladies (except Brynn Whitfield, who tested positive for COVID-19) for a sound bath and meditation ceremony.

What is the healing ceremony seen on RHONY?

The Housewives, including Jessel Taank and Sai De Silva (both still at odds from the Anguilla trip), met with the others at New York City’s FloLo Holistic. The wellness center offers a host of services, including salt caves, floatation therapies, and acupuncture, according to the spa’s website. Massages and yoga are also available, though Ubah opted for a healing ceremony.

RHONY cast at a spiritual healing circle in New York City.

“This event was inspired by the incident in Anguilla,” Ubah told RHONY producers. “I would like to use this event to make it so all of us can let it go, what happened in Anguilla. But also, on a deeper level, of healing in whatever that they’re going through in their lives.”

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“I’m so happy Ubah planned this,” said Erin. “I could use a healing experience after the craziness of Anguilla. I’m all for it.”

The session was led by Alexandra, who had the ladies sit in a semi-circle. On hand was a lavender-infused sage for smudging, Himalayan salt tablets, candles, and fresh flowers, while the healer incorporated drumming and tribal-esque chanting around the room.

Alexandra invited each Housewife to share their intentions, beginning with Sai, who wished “to be more present.”

Jenna Lyons said her intention was to be “more open and less guarded.”

“My intention is to really stay grounded,” said Jessel, while Erin’s was to “be more patient and present” with her children.

For her part, Ubah wanted to receive as much love as she put out to the world, something that made Jenna laugh when speaking with RHONY producers.

“I’m sorry, I feel like Ubah has so much self-love,” she said. “I didn’t know she needed more, but great!”

RHONY cast at a spiritual healing circle in New York City.

Alexandra used chimes and maraca-style instruments when trying to get the women to connect to their inner child. Part of the session required they physically shake loose the negative energy, though some of them, including Sai, didn’t seem to take it seriously.

“I don’t like it; it’s not for me,” Sai later said. “I don’t want to go on a journey anywhere unless it’s, like, you’re stamping my passport.”

They laid down on serape-fashioned mats as Alexandra softly tapped a gong. She continued playing a hand-held drum while taking them “on a journey,” having them instruct their inner child that they’re safe and blessed.

Speaking with producers, Jenna said she found the whole thing “hokey” but admitted that “it totally works.”

Alexander also sensed an abundance of joy mixed with sadness for Ubah, who visibly started to cry over the loss of her mother.

Ubah has been reserved about her mother’s passing on the series. However, in Season 14, Episode 4, she opened up to her “fearless” friend and business consultant, Kathleen, when admitting she felt alone since her mother passed away in December 2012.

“Growing up with a mother like mine, she was the boss; she’s the breadwinner of my family,” Ubah previously said. “She was the one who taught me everything was possible. I’m so grateful for that.”

During the healing circle, Ubah cried at the mention of her mother, whom Alexander said was “here in spirit.” 

“We very rarely see Ubah open up,” said Jessel. “I think she’s quite a private person, and I just want to make sure she knows we’re there for her.”

It was one of the more tender parts of RHONY Season 14, perhaps a sign of continued sisterhood and good things to come.

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