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

[P.S. Here’s a bio. If you miss letters as much as I do, here goes ...]

Are you living at a crossroads, too? When people visit this website, they’re often bridging fields, identities, or passions. I can relate.

Currently, I’m a Culture of Health Leader (2017-2020) with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and a Postdoctoral Fellow. I live + work at the crossroads of social justice and healing, arts and research. As a Blaxicana, my African-American, Mexican, and Xicanx roots deeply inspire why I do this work and how.

Since 2008, I’ve helped individuals and organizations “get rooted” in self-care and social justice through the meditative arts. For related research, I use the arts to address issues of place, trauma, sovereignty, and healing, with emphasis on the Black Diaspora (African-American and Afro-Latinx).

Among current projects, I lift up Black geographies of grassroots healing in North and Latin America; write about food, racial trauma, and blackness; and use ritual to “feel through” legacies of food and power with communities of color.

This is ancestor work! Much of my journey is about navigating the crossroads. Learning from elders and youth. Sharing back. And listening for spiritual and intuitive guidance. Time with nature keeps me grounded, along with these books.

Welcome to my virtual home/casita. I invite you to stay awhile. Get the e-letter. Visit the blog. Dig deep with me. Or just connect. ~ Onward, Dr. Naya

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers | Owner, Rootwork ** Co-Founder, Get Rooted Consulting LLC ** Co-Creatrix, Food for Black Thought w/ (my awesome partner) Kevin Thomas


Research & Writing



Meditative Arts & Ceremony

Taking Root . . .

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

- Gloria Anzaldúa