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

I’m an ecstatic ceremonykeeper 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), my path honors the legacies of Black rootwomen, Xicana/Mexican curanderas, and healer-scholars who have long practiced community health and healing: spirit, mind, body, and earth.

Since 2008, I’ve helped individuals and orgs “get rooted” through meditative arts with Black women and other communities of color and food justice trainings. Together we build capacity for everyday living and building.

For arts and research, I explore healing, food, environmental knowledge, and sovereignty with emphasis on the Black Diaspora (including Afromexico).

Welcome, welcome. Read the blog. Witness the work. Connect. Onward ~ Naya | Naya Jones PhD




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