Naya Armendarez Jones, PhD is an ecstatic facilitator, geographer, meditation guide, and action educator who is passionate about radical wellbeing.
Naya is co-founder of Food for Black Thought, an initiative that promotes food justice through action education and food systems consulting. Since 2008, Naya has facilitated meditation with fellow Black woman and other resilient (aka marginalized) communities as owner of a private practice (RootWork). Naya partners with likespirited organizations as a speaker and workshop presenter. She's active in grassroots and policy advocacy.
In related research, Naya focuses on of race, place, and wellbeing. She especially focuses on Black experiences in North and Latin America. Among current projects, Fruit explores Black relationships with land through public ritual. Eating While Young and Black is an essay collection in progress. Naya brings training from the Public Science Project and the Southern Foodways Alliance.
Naya continues to learn from inspiring elders and students. She holds a PhD in Geography and the Environment and a MA in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas-Austin. She's trained in trauma-informed yoga therapy and Reiki, among other holistic paths.
It's been a journey! As a first generation college student, Naya is passionate about sharing back.