Dr. Naya, joy-full.

Dr. Naya, joy-full.

Bio

Naya Jones, PhD is an ecstatic facilitator, health geographer, and ceremonykeeper. She is a Culture of Health Leader (2017-2020) with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Her arts-based research focuses on themes of place, healing, sovereignty, and trauma, with emphasis on the Black Diaspora. A long-time meditative arts facilitator and food justice educator, Naya also helps individuals and organizations “get rooted” in self-care and social justice. She is owner of a holistic practice (RootWork) and co-founder of Get Rooted Consulting LLC. She also co-creates 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 is certified in trauma-informed yoga therapy and Master-Level Reiki.  Her first teachers are ancestors and elders. She is ever-inspired by grassroots movements to harness community power. Among current projects, Naya is writing publications based on her dissertation, Eating While Young and Black. Her "roots" as a Black woman and Blaxicana (African-American and Xicana) inspire all aspects of her work. Time with nature keeps her dreaming.