18 Collective Healing — Healing By Choice (Adela Nieves Martinez, Violeta Donawa, & Marcia Lee)

This week we’re sharing and laughing with Healing By Choice collective members Violeta Donawa, Marcia Lee, and Adela Nieves Martinez. We talk about creating healing justice practice space, the role of suffering and love in learning and transformation, asking for help, operating as a collective, the role of healers in people healing themselves, and more.

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About our guests

Healing by Choice! is a circle of women of Color health and healing practitioners in Detroit who offer a range of healing modalities for self-care and the reduction of racial harm in mind, body, and institution. The modalities we work through include Reiki, meditation, Tai-Chi, Peace Circles, herbal consultations, ear acupuncture, food as medicine, workshops and presentations. Connect with them on Facebook.

Violeta Donawa, MA, is a healing justice organizer born and raised on the eastside of Detroit, Michigan, whose work revolves around the relationship between systemic oppression, intergenerational trauma and healing, and spirituality. Ancestral work, deep listening, and Reiki are her primary modalities. Connect with her on social media: @moonbellywoman

Marcia Lee aspires to listen deeply, laugh wholeheartedly, and to be a welcoming presence for herself and others to show up as fully as themselves.  She co-founded Taproot Sanctuary, an intentional community living for spirituality, right relationship with the earth, and social justice.  She leads Courage and Renewal retreats; facilitates restorative justice circles; teaches tai chi; supports Franciscans in justice and peace work; is an acudetox specialist, and gifts workshops and services with Healing by Choice!

Adela Nieves Martinez is a Traditional Community Health and Healing Arts Practitioner. She is deeply committed to her Taino (indigenous peoples of the Caribbean) roots and integrative wellness approaches, practicing Acudetox (ear acupuncture), indigenous traditional medicine, cupping therapy, whole person natural care, and Reiki for individuals and groups struggling with addiction, PTSD, stress and trauma. She supports people in their journeys to tell their own story and define health, healing, and wellness for themselves.


Join Healing By Choice at the Allied Media Conference:

Apply to join the Healing Justice Practice Space as a practitioner (due March 16)

Apply to host a workshop in the Healing Justice Track (due March 16)

Register to attend the conference

Practice: Holding a Healing Justice Practice Space

Check out the corresponding practice episode to learn the basics of holding a Healing Justice Practice Space. It’s more of a training to lead a practice yourself, so the only thing you’ll need is a way to take notes if you want to.

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