Today we’d like to introduce you to Kama Mitchell.
Kama, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
In the winter of 2014, my sister/cousin and I were a bit perturbed about how few women of color we see in our yoga and West African Dance classes. We decided to write a small grant using a fiduciary to offer six weeks of dance and yoga for women of color. In week one we had one 16 yr. old girl in class and by week six we had nearly 30 women in our class ages 8 -80. It was a great success and when we reported out to our fiduciary and funder, we got an overwhelming response to start our own 501(c)3. By April of 2015 we had status and slowly, in true grassroots fashion, began to build a following, offering movement-based classes that strategically reduce stress and metabolize trauma. soon after, we added doula training and services to our community to combat our very high rates of black infant mortality, to date we have served over 100 families in birth work and over 600 youth in drum and dance programming. During the pandemic, we saw many black and brown folx suffer even more and added two more very needed offerings in our community. Radicle-a safe, intergenerational space for LGBTQIA+ identified people, centering QTBIPOC voices, experiences and wellness. We offer healing spaces through art and communal gatherings as an initiative of Rootead. And; The black and brown therapy collective -Connecting residents of color to therapists of color for the healing of racial trauma.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Some huge lessons learned: Be ok with failing forward. Stay true to your mission and vision, co-create and collaborate with people and organizations that align in values, there is enough to go around(lead with an abundant worldview) It has been hills and valleys and tenacity has to be the well you draw upon in the non-profit sector.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
Embodied practices are the quickest way to heal. We get out of our heads and move our bodies, we watch our breath, and we get inside the sounds of music and mantra to remember our oneness and connectedness to others. I specialize in holding space for healing and transformation through various modalities of healing arts.
I am an alchemist of energy, frequency, vibrations, and alchemy. Many tools make healing attainable, so we seek tools for various brains, bodies, and lived experiences as one person’s trauma is not reflective of the next person.
Before we go, is there anything else you can share with us?
To live a good life, be adaptable like water, as change will keep coming.
- Website: rootead.org
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