Our vision for the Wind & Warrior gathering is to strengthen movements for justice by aligning social activism and community spiritual practice.
As activists and as people initiated to 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.
These questions inspired us to create a space that would bring together people who could explore answers together. Rooted in the spiritual traditions of Africa and Indigenous America, what we aim to do with the Wind and Warrior gathering is to...
Draw from lessons of the ancestors and call upon the energies of those who have elevated, to assist us in our struggles;
Share skills and tools to nurture, heal and strengthen the mind, body and spirits of those engaged in movement building;
Create a common assessment of movement opportunities for collective action; and
Develop a toolkit for collective action that integrates key discussions and lessons of the gathering.
From the Wind & Warrior gathering, participants will take lessons, skills and tools to their organizations and communities to continue building stronger justice movements empowered by and rooted in the cultural and spiritual traditions of their people.