SOD will be an EXPERIENCE!

Together, we will re-create a village filled with activities, food and guests, that speak to the African Diaspora. Villages work best when everyone lends a hand, pitches in and is committed to the well-being of the COMMUNITY. I can guarantee that when you arrive, a lot of work will have already been done to make you feel comfortable, but don't be surprised if you're asked to help out where needed (volunteer opportunities will be listed below...eventually). Surrounded by the beauty and majesty of Joshua Tree National Park, I want YOU to leave, feeling rejuvenated and motivated to carry on effective change to wherever you call home.

About the Black Lotus Institute

Eric Quander aka Q

Founder, Event Producer

Thanks for your interest in Soul of the Desert: A Black Family Celebration.

“The success of Black America is intrinsically linked to addressing the concerns and needs of individuals,” says Eric Quander aka Q, the event's coordinator and Founder of the Black Lotus Institute, “when we do this, we enhance families which results in the overall empowerment of the community.” Q works diligently to ensure that the Soul of the Desert Weekend stays in-line with the organization’s mission to create various platforms that highlight the enduring legacy and limitless future of Black people across the world.


Joshua Tree National Park 

Joshua Tree, CA 92252

Store Hours

Monday — Friday

10:00 AM — 9:30 PM


Noon — 7:00 PM