i work from the root! ancestral roots, root causes, root chakras, plant roots, root down with community…

I’m an ecstatic ceremonykeeper, facilitator, and geographer based in the United States, working everywhere. At this very moment, I’m reimagining “health” with other community builders as a RWJF Culture of Health Leader (2017-2020).

This is ancestor work! As a Blaxicana (African-American and Xicana), I’m inspired by African-American rootwomen, Xicana/Mexicana curanderas, and healer-scholars who have long supported collective health and healing: spirit, mind, body, and earth.

Since 2008, I’ve partnered with individuals and organizations for meditative arts with communities of color and food justice trainings. Together we “get rooted” in radical self care and social justice.

For community-rooted arts and research, I broadly focus on sovereignty, holistic and indigenous medicine, and Black geographies of food, environment, and healing.

Welcome, welcome. I invite you to linger. Read the blog. Witness. Get the e-letter. Connect. - Onward, Naya | Founder & Facilitator, Rootwork | Co-Founder, Food for Black Thought




A few past and present partners. Click to witness their works!




“The struggle has always been inner, and is played out in outer terrains”

- Gloria Anzaldúa