I felt drawn to and inspired by the magical ways of being of enslaved folks on this soil. To me their very survival was magical. And as I learned more about [Conjure, an African-American healing tradition], it’s super practical, which makes sense. It’s practical, it’s eclectic and it is truly about survival and thriving which is very also true to the black experience in this country.” -- Meet Richael Faithful, a Queer Black ‘Street Shaman’
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.
Faithful is former Shaman-in-Residence at Freed Bodyworks. Before formal shamanic initiation, Richael was a healing-oriented community organizer and peoples’ lawyer.
Listen to Richael talk about Black Occultism & Black Power on the Epistemic Unruliness Podcast.
For more about Richael's current offerings, please see their Practice page.
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.