A multi-disciplinary healing artist from the Black folk tradition of the US.

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About Richael

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 healing artist and healing justice practitioner rooted in the African diasporic 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 frameworks.

Their work has been featured in national publications, including in ColorlinesThe RootEveryday FeminismHuff 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

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.

Selected Work

  • 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).

Need 1-on-1 Support? 

Earlier in 2017, Richael paused my 1-on-1 support to birth the healing curation practices and create a futuristic and sustainable model to support the work. They wholeheartedly recommend AfroMajick for intuitive support.  Please reach back if you need further guidance on individual shamanic support.


[Healing] Words

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.

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[Healing] Repair Processes

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This offering emerged from more and more requests for support with restorative and accountability processes for movement groups. 

Richael has successfully designed both restorative and accountability processes that are rooted in healing justice principles.

Design may include suggestions about the nature of repair, creation and mapping of a process, preparatory support, and post-meeting or process report/archive, and process facilitation (case-by-case basis).

Please Reach Back to explore possibilities. 


[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.


[Healing] Performance

And so that’s why I’m high on this show: if she could get these impressive results from such meager ingredients, then Faithful has real performance-artist cred.
— DC Theatre Scene

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).

About The Vision

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Photo by T. Thompson

 

 

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.  And beyond adapting old healing technologies, they are at the forefront of sourcing and translating the new spiritual paradigm into which the world is entering. 

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 and often neglected lineage. As a multidisciplinary healing artist and healing justice practitioner, 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.

If you support this vision, and appreciate futuristic models that leave behind transactional relationships, consider joining the collective support of Richael on Patreon. 

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