Bio

Naya Jones, PhD is an facilitator, health geographer, and ceremonykeeper. She is a national Culture of Health Leader (2017-2020), a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Naya’s “roots" as a Blaxicana (African-American and Xicana) inspire all aspects of her work with community. Her arts-based research focuses on place, healing, sovereignty, and trauma, with emphasis on the Black Diaspora. Since 2008, she has also facilitated healing arts and ceremony with Black and other radically resilient (aka historically-oppressed) populations. She helps individuals and organizations “get rooted” in radical self care, ancestor work, and social justice. Naya is founder Rootwork, a healing arts practice & consultancy, and co-creatrix of Food for Black Thought. She 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. Among current projects, she is growing Fruit. Naya’s writing has been published in Race in the Marketplace: Crossing Critical Boundaries and Policy Futures in Education. Time with nature keeps her dreaming.