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Ecstatic facilitator, health geographer, ceremonykeeper and meditation guide, Reclaiming radical joy . . .


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

- Gloria E. Anzaldúa


As a scholar-practitioner, I work at the crossroads of social justice and healing, research and practice.  For the past 10 years, I've partnered with seekers, universities, non-profits, and grassroots orgs as they seek to sustain themselves + their work. You'll find me co-supporting work that's Black and people of color-led and culturally-grounded. At the moment, I'm connecting my passions for critical food justice and holistic health as a Culture of Health Leader (2017-2020) and as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Medical College of Wisconsin. This is ancestor work! As a Black woman and Blaxicana, my "roots" inspire me. Welcome to my virtual home/casita. I invite you to linger. Visit the blog. Sign up for updates. Dig deep with me. Witness. Just connect. ~ Dr. Naya  


Creative Research

Arts-based research, writings, and analysis on race/racism, health, and place with a focus on  Black geographies of food, nature, spirituality, and healing.  

Holistic Healing

Meditation, Reiki, and ceremony, specializing in meditative arts with Black women, LGBTQ people of color, and other marginalized groups since 2008.

Dig Deep with Naya

Immersive speaking and consulting for social justice researchers, educators, and orgs as they sustain themselves and their 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: