Naya Armendarez Jones, PhD is an ecstatic facilitator, creative geographer, meditation guide, and action educator who is passionate about radical wellbeing. Much of her inspiration comes from her African-American and Mexican/Xicana roots. Originally from Texas, she "digs deep" with communities in the United States and beyond.
Meditation, ceremony, time with nature - all of these keep Naya inspired. These "inner" practices like meditation are central to her holistic approach to research, art, and consulting. She believes in the power of meditation and other inner practices for transformation - personal and collective.
Naya partners with justice-centered organizations as a speaker, consultant, and facilitator. She is Owner & Ecstatic Facilitator of Get Rooted Consulting LLC. This action consultancy houses culturally-grounded meditation (RootWork) and a food justice education initiative (Food for Black Thought).
Since 2008, Naya has facilitated meditation and ceremony through RootWork. RootWork centers the mind/body wellbeing of fellow Black women, queer people of color, underrepresented students, and other populations with histories of trauma and resilience. In 2012, Naya and her life partner Kevin launched Food for Black Thought, which promotes food justice through action education.
In related research and art, Naya broadly focuses on issues of race/racism, the environment, and healing. She especially focuses on Black wellbeing in North and Latin America (African-American and Afro-Latinx). Among current projects, Fruit explores Black relationships with land through public ritual. Eating While Young and Black is an essay collection based on participatory research with Black teens.
Naya's teachers are many. A first generation college student, she holds a PhD in Geography and the Environment and a MA in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas-Austin. She is trained in trauma-informed yoga therapy and Reiki, among other healing ways. Naya continues to learn from inspiring people and places on the path.
It's been a journey! Naya is passionate about sharing back.