Richael Faithful (they/them/theirs) is a multi-disciplinary folk healer and spiritual activist rooted in the Black tradition of conjure. They were born in Washington DC and raised in Virginia, with a strong affinity to their southern family line in Georgia, Alabama and Texas.
Faithful supports national and local activists of all backgrounds, particularly leaders of Black Liberation movements. They are known for creating spaces to help activist identify and process trauma and invest into healing justice movements.
Their work has been featured in national publications, including in Colorlines, The Root, Everyday Feminism, Huff Post, among others. They also publish their own words in several books and law review articles.
Faithful is former Shaman-in-Residence at Freed Bodyworks. Before formal shamanic initiation, Richael was a healing-oriented community organizer and peoples’ lawyer.
About The Practice
Healing curation is the skilled imagining, preparation, and facilitation of a group healing experience. These experiences are designed to be experiential and meet specific individual and communal needs. Richael's curation is known to be powerfully creative and evocative.
Richael is also part of the Oxalis Collective, with Miriam Zoila Pérez & Karen L. Culpepper, which offers more capacity for healing curation, especially for conferences and gatherings. Learn more.
Co-Facilitator, Sex Workers Community Summit on Arrest Diversion and Criminal Justice Reform, Open Society Foundation (August 2017).
Facilitator, at Unlearning Stigma, Gaining Magic Summit with HIV public health group, NASTAD (June 2017).
On-Site Healer, Black Youth Project 100 National Convening (June 2017).
On-Site Healer, Duke University, Policing Color: Black, Brown and Blue, Provost Forum on Race, Community, and the Pursuit of Justice (March 2017).
Liberatory Healing Circle Facilitator, Emerging Philanthropies (September 2016).
On-Site Shaman & Workshop Presenter, Warmth of Other Suns Conference for Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance (August 2016).
[Healing] Conjure Drum
Conjure drum is sacred, ancestor-guided sound healing. Richael shares conjure drum in healing circles and often integrates conjure drum into curated experiences. Conjure drum is also available on Richael's YouTube channel.
Richael is a compelling writer who publishes healing-related essays, creative non-fiction, poetry, and cultural analysis. To read more, see below for their selected work. If you'd like Richael to contribute to your publication, please Reach Back.
"The Future Is Here: First Nations & Black Sovereignties in a New Era of Land Justice," Land Justice: Re-Imagining Land, Food and the Commons (June 2017).
The Hourglass of White Paralysis, Huffington Post (February 2017).
4 Ways To Stay Grounded After the Election, Everyday Feminism (December 2016).
"My Name Is Dirt," Outside the XY: Black and Brown Queer Masculinity (August 2016) Lambda Literary Award Nominee.
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Richael occasionally uses performance as an extension of creative healing innovation. With a belief that the immersion of experience can move, impress, and embolden toward our wholeness, healing can emerge from any form of artistic expression, from performance art to comedy.
Body of Work
- In Laughing Color: For Queerky Folks When Comedy Central Wasn't Enuf (Co-Founder, Co-Producer & Performer, Spring 2015 - Fall 2016).
- Capital Fringe Festival: He(a)r/e (Writer, Co-Producer & Performer, Summer 2015).
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About The Vision
Richael is committed to cultivating moments and spaces for healing across space and time. They believe when we support wholeness and integration on individual, family, community and systems-levels that we affect generations--past and future. Simply put, they facilitate trans-generational healing at individual and collective levels.
Richael sources their healing gifts, capacities and knowledge from conjure, the Black folk/shamanic/majik tradition of the US. They depend on the resilience, adaptability, and creativity inherent in this powerful diasporic tradition that was harnessed by enslaved people of the continent. One of Richael's unique offerings is their ability to make this knowledge contemporary and accessible for these times.
Richael adopts a loving warriorhood approach in their creation, which they call "love politic." Here, they intend to reclaim conjure as a healing practice of a robust lineage. As a multidisciplinary healer and justice worker, with experience in organizing, facilitation, energy work, ritual, art, and emerging thought, Richael seeks to spread their love politic vision--one of compassionate justice and spiritual awakening-- through their work.