Naya Jones

Naya Jones
Location: Santa Cruz, California Cohort Start Year: 2017 Project Topics: Arts in Health and Healing, Behavioral and Mental Health, Environmental Justice, Food Systems and Nutrition Populations Served: African-American/Black, Hispanic/Latino/Latinx
Managing Director
Get Rooted Consulting, LLC

Throughout American cities, Black, indigenous, and people of color communities {BIPOC} and BIPOC-led organizations navigate the intertwined challenges of food injustice, displacement, and wellbeing. As a geographer and healing arts practitioner, I help organizations and cultural workers put healing arts into everyday practice as they reimagine food and healing systems. Through collaborative research and healing arts like meditation and movement, somatic inquiry, ancestral healing ways, and more, we harness local knowledge and we build collective capacity for now – and for the future.

As a geographer, meditation guide, and action educator, I bridge knowledge communities and sectors. I combine training in trauma-informed mind/body wellness with a PhD in geography.

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