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Meet the Founders, Banio & Shanelle Koroma. Ujima Retreat Center is a privately owned, family-operated business.

Banio Koroma Jr.

Banio "B.K." Koroma Jr.

Licensed Conflict Mediator, Fitness Coach, Youth Mentor

"As a former body builder & athlete, with over 25 years of self-development and fitness training, I understand the purpose of pushing yourself to the next level. With certifications in conflict mediation, life coaching, and fitness instruction, I help guide others through the challenging work called life.

As a host at Ujima Retreat Center, I've seen firsthand the growth that can come from helping people step outside of their comfort zone and engage in physical and mental challenges. For young people especially, nature provides an opportunity to release stress, reflect, meditate, build confidence, and engage in risky play in a safe and supportive environment.

As a licensed conflict mediator, group facilitator, experienced life coach, and motivator, I help our guests explore the root causes of their stress and lack of fulfillment, and provide the tools needed to create lasting change. Our beautiful retreat center offers a supportive environment, and I am committed to helping you reach your goals and improve your life."

Vision to Succeed LLC (Manhood Training Camp)

Nonviolence Challenge 501(c)3

Mandela Effect Radio Show 104.5 WRFU



Shanelle Koroma

Shanelle Koroma LPHA, LCSW

Licensed Mental Health Therapist, Life &Wellness Coach

"Community development has been a life-long passion of mine, and my co-founding of Ujima Retreat Center is a testament to that. As a licensed clinical social worker with a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois, I am committed to creating a safe haven for people to come and find support, healing and inspiration.

For over 12 years I have been practicing mental health therapy & program development, with empirical-based research and practices related to stress, anxiety, and trauma disorders. The COVID-era is a trauma that many endured and still have not recovered from. 


It is no surprise to me that people are overwhelmed with the many demands of life. We are consistently being told to work longer and harder, only to feel more burnt out and despondent. My work has been helping people tackle the cares of life through rest, mindfulness, recreation, social connectedness, planning, and wellness activities.

Co-founding Ujima Retreat Center, is my way of promoting to everyone that that their needs matter. That self-care is not a luxury, it is a necessity. That when we care for ourselves everything around us (family, career, health, finances, relationships) can blossom.

Shanelle Clinical Counseling & Consulting



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