Facilitate a culture of generative communication, appreciation, and transformation;
Build democratic movements to shift systems of power;
Invite people of diverse persuasions to engage through their own wisdom;
Nurture the creative capacity of organizations, change makers, and politicized healers;
Integrate ecological and holistic practices that are accessible to people of all means; and
Hold space for sanctuary, contemplation and healing as foundational to social transformation
Ana and nisha feel deep alignment with The Watershed Center core commitments which are:
The Watershed Center cultivates right relationship with the Schaghticoke people, the historic, present day, and future stewards of the land and its radical neighbors, who include Rock Steady Farm, Wildseed Healing Village, Linke Fligl Chicken Farm, and the Brooklyn Zen Center’s Ancestral Heart Monastery.
I am the daughter of immigrant, mixed-race, healers with roots in the Dominican Republic and Colombia. My parents came to the United States pursuing the American Dream of freedom and success, only to give birth to me, a daughter who also told the story of America’s unkept promise. It was through the retrieval of ancestral wisdom in this colonial journey, that I became conscious of my role, to harvest and cultivate the conditions for the Wild Dreams Coaching Program, a space for black, indigenous and immigrant women of color to explore and define freedom for themselves and their communities. The work of decolonizing coaching methods, integration with family constellations and retrieval of ceremonial practices has allowed me to grow a deeper relationship with the land, herbalism, community members and elders. As a result, my ability to listen, speak, write, and accompany others in our collective and emerging liberatory process continues to grow stronger and evolve.
I am a queer femme artist, healing justice facilitator, liberatory coach, mama, the proud daughter of Indian immigrants, and a settler reckoning with what it means to be in the right relationship with the indigenous people of Turtle Island. I find joy, strength, solace and power in writing, songwriting, listening, and co-creating healing and liberatory spaces. I integrate somatic practice, Parts Work, song medicine, and attunement to Spirit in my work. My proudest accomplishments are raising a creative, strong-willed, and loving child, composing an emerging people’s song collection, and co-founding the Circle of Elders, an abolitionist experiment rooted in transformative justice principles which seeks to keep people and communities whole.
Thank you for joining or following the Rebirth journey. To learn more about future events, sign up here.