Naya Armendarez Jones, PhD is an ecstatic facilitator, creative geographer, meditation guide, and action educator who is passionate about radical wellbeing. Her inspiration comes from her African-American and Mexican/Xicana roots. Originally from Texas, she currently "digs deep" with communities and organizations in the United States and beyond.
Naya partners with justice-centered organizations as Owner of Get Rooted Consulting LLC, an action consultancy that houses RootWork and Food for Black Thought. Since 2008, Naya has facilitated meditation and ceremony through her small private practice (RootWork), centering the mind/body wellbeing of fellow Black women, queer people of color, underrepresented students, and other populations with histories of resilience and trauma. In 2012, Naya and her life partner Kevin launched Food for Black Thought, which promotes food justice through action education with community partners.
For related research and art, Naya focuses on issues of race/racism, the environment, and healing. She especially focuses on the Black Diaspora in North and Latin America (African-American and Afro-Latinx). Among current projects, Fruit explores Black relationships with land through public ritual with community-based organizations.
A first generation college student, Naya holds a PhD in Geography and the Environment and a MA in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas-Austin. She started her academic journey as an English major. Naya is trained in trauma-informed yoga therapy and Reiki, among other healing ways. She continues to learn from inspiring people and places on the path.