Dr. Naya, where she’s re-energized. Picture by K. Thomas; in the Texas Hill Country.

Dr. Naya, where she’s re-energized. Picture by K. Thomas; in the Texas Hill Country.

Bio

Naya Jones, PhD is an ecstatic facilitator, health geographer, and ceremonykeeper. Newly based in Wisconsin, she creates with partners everywhere. Naya is a national Culture of Health Leader (2017-2020) with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and a Fellow at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Her “roots" as a Blaxicana (African-American and Xicana) inspire all aspects of her work with community. Naya’s arts-based research focuses on place, healing, sovereignty, and trauma, with emphasis on the Black Diaspora. Since 2008, she has also facilitated meditative arts and ceremony with Black and other resilient (aka oppressed) populations. She helps individuals and organizations “get rooted” in radical self care, ancestor work, and social justice. Naya is founder RootWork, a culturally-rooted and trauma-conscious holistic wellness practice. She is co-founder of Get Rooted Consulting LLC and co-creatrix of Food for Black Thought. Naya holds a PhD in Geography and the Environment and a MA in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. She brings certification in trauma-informed yoga therapy and Master-Level Reiki to the work. Her first teachers are elders and ancestors. Among current projects, she is growing Fruit and her writing is forthcoming in Race in the Marketplace: Crossing Critical Boundaries and Policy Futures in Education. Time with nature keeps Naya dreaming. Her three joys right now: Sunday breakfast with her life partner Kevin and connecting with inspiring people in Milwaukee and beyond.