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Ecstatic facilitator, geographer, and ceremonykeeper. Reclaiming radical joy . . .


"The struggle has always been inner, and is played out in outer terrains."

- Gloria E. Anzaldúa


Welcome! I work at the crossroads of social justice and healing, arts and research. Much of my personal journey is about bringing these together. Sharing back about self care. Reclaiming joy! And remembering to breathe.

For the past 10 years, I've partnered with individuals and organizations, using meditative arts to cultivate everyday self care and social justice. For art and research, I broadly engage with themes of healing, place, and racial/ancestral trauma. I especially lift up healing and food practices of the Black Diaspora (African-American, Afromexican, Afro-Latinx). 

At this very moment, I’m a Culture of Health Leader (2017-2020) and a Postdoctoral Fellow.

This is ancestor work! As a Black woman and Blaxicana, my "roots" inspire me. I invite you to stay awhile. Witness what's new. Get updates. Dig deep. Connect. ~Dr. Naya  


Creative Research

Arts-based research and writing on issues of race/racism, healing, and place including Black geographies of food, ancestral trauma, and meditative arts

Holistic Healing

Meditation, Reiki, and ceremony, specializing in holistic health with Black women, LGBTQ people of color, and other resilient (aka oppressed) populations since 2008.

Dig Deep with Naya

Immersive speaking and consulting for social justice educators and organizations as they sustain themselves + their community work - mind, body, and spirit. 


Above: Ancestor Meditation with community members at allgo, a Texas statewide queer people of color organization. Visit allgo to learn more about their 30+ years of community work focused on arts, wellness, and more: