We are a group of four sisters who have responded to a Call to organize The Wind & Warrior gathering, while a larger circle of Spiritualists and Activists provide consultation on a variety of issues.
We cannot speak on who we are without acknowledging the call of the Ancestors, Abosom, Orisha and Spirit Guides for such a gathering in this particular moment in history. Nor can we share about ourselves without recognizing the role that the Circle of Light Society, a cultural institution in Washington, DC where we have cultivated spiritual sisterhood together for over 20 years, has played in connecting us time and time again, across decades, in ceremony, learning, and practice.
As activists and as initiates of indigenous spiritual systems, we (the Wind & Warrior Founders) asked ourselves what, in addition our current work as community organizers, can we offer to the larger fight for systemic change? Some of us have met and worked with social and environmental activists who expressed an interest in deepening their spiritual practice individually and in community with others. And as spiritualists, we came to know others who wanted to deepen their activism and direct their spiritual work toward social transformation. Additionally, we acknowledge the immense need for healing within social movements at the individual, interpersonal and community levels. We wondered what could happen if we brought folks like these together to explore how greater alignment of activism and spirituality together and within each of us can lead to greater impact on our communities, movements and beyond.
Nana Fofie Amina Bashir • Facilitator, Abettor, Questioner, Realm Traveler
For over 20 years, Nana Fofie has brought healing to her work as an organizer, educator, social and transformational justice activist, and personal and organizational facilitator. In 2015 she started Wisdom’s Ladder to work with individuals, families, and community organizations with a focus on addressing intergenerational trauma in marginalized communities and healing for healers. In New Orleans, Nana Fofie offers personal sessions, circle spaces, and workshops for grassroots organizations and community groups on issues of decolonizing spaces and movements, community building and accountability, and transformative justice. She currently serves groups and individuals across the U.S. and in India, Canada, South Africa, and Mexico. A spiritualist, counselor, medicine & energy healer trained in the Akom tradition of West Africa, Nana Fofie is passionate about the honoring curiosity, art, and (re)integration of our indigenous knowledges into future visioning.
Karma is based in Brooklyn, New York and originally from Chicago, of Mississippi heritage. Karma's gift as a channel of ancestral spirits has informed her life since childhood. Sharing messages from family ancestors and elemental beings, she offers healing modalities grounded in Rootwork, including stone and water blessings and insight readings. Her work with youth in community settings, arts education, and grassroots organizations facilitates the cultivation of peace through justice within relationships. As the creator of the Rootsong* practice, she shares the process of somatic improvisation as a tool for personal and communal transformation. As poet, composer/performer, educator, and yogi, Karma brings the same reverence for the Mystery to each modality.
Nana A. Korantemah Pierce Williams • MS-Mind Body Medicine, CMT-Certified Massage Therapist
An advocate for community growth, development, and healing, for more than 20 years Nana Korantemah has been an Akan Priestess (origin Ghana, West Africa), spearheading sacred healing rites for individuals and organizations. Currently pursuing doctoral studies in Mind-Body Medicine at Saybrook University, her body of work includes: developing and conducting individual and collective self-care and mindfulness practices; leading traditional empowerment and awareness programs for Rites of Passage entities; facilitation of small group trainings for survivors of trauma in its various forms; disrupting stagnant actions and thoughts through positive activities within grass roots and community environments; therapeutic bodywork, exploring the intersections of touch, guided imagery, meditation, and breath work as vehicles of release for various conditions in the body. Nana Korantemah is a wife, sister, daughter, godmother, healer, educator, and life-long learner, who remains humbled by the healing power of compassion, forgiveness, and love.
Ife Afriye Fagbulu Kilimanjaro, Ph.D. • Mother, Social-Environmental Justice Activist
From DC to Detroit and beyond, Ife has dedicated her life to working among those challenging exploitative socio-economic-political systems in order to co-create the basis for a new, just and sustainable world for all. After receiving her doctorate in Sociology at Howard University, Ife has worked for over 20 years with Black and brown led environmental and social justice organizations and frontline community organizations to strengthen their work, impact and effectiveness through relationship building, logistics coordination, strategic planning, and research; through the University of Kmt Press as contributing researcher/writer; and with individuals and groups through healing and spiritual development as Omo Awo (Ifa spiritual tradition), Okomfo (Akom spiritual tradition) and Reiki Master.