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 Colorlines, The Root, Everyday Feminism, HuffPost, 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 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. 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.
The Practice: Major Arcana
Whole Selves, Whole Movements
Whole Selves, Whole Movements is a body of work supporting healing justice and healing culture within movement groups.
So many people in movement are feeling unwell in their bodies and lives; experiencing harm and dealing with ruptures within their groups, organizations, and collectives; and struggling with these breakdowns, while managing with the stress of violence, marginalization, threat, and/or vicarious traumas.
When we're able to remove the toxicity of our movement spaces, and create healing culture in its place, we are better and healthier beings, support our communities more easily, and can change other systems more effectively.
How It Works
Whole Selves, Whole Movements, is a supported five-part workshop series designed to be an organizational entry-point for learning about healing justice principles, the nature of toxic culture and harm, and and ways to embody healing culture. It can be in-person or virtual over several months, and can contain bridge curricula--activities to further learning between workspaces--for in-depth individual and group exploration into healing-centered movement work.
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.
Presenter, Cosmic Mass at the Washington National Cathedral (February 2018).
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).
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 and reach back if you'd like Richael to contribute to your publication.
- Tonic: A Healing Advice Podcast with The Oxalis Collective (September 2017).
"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.
This premium newsletter provides healing-related guidance, insights, and tools based on a theme every other week. HealingTools is intended to complement your existing supports, by speaking more in depth about how to practically navigate what is coming to surface.
The Practice: Minor Arcana
Open hours is an offering of informal, low-pressure, 1-on-1 virtual support. It is designed to be more accessible for regular folk, and to create ease in providing support, too.
Here's how it works:
1. Complete the form below.
2. Receive a follow-up confirming the day and time, and containing a Zoom video meeting.
3. Join me at the confirmed open hours time for up to one hour of support.
4. Gift what you can via the button below the form.
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(At this time, Wednesdays only; please contact me for additional availability).
Please remember you may sign-up at anytime, and your requested time still must be confirmed.
Black American Shamanic Ritual To End White Supremacy
This multi-part ritual was first performed in September 2017. The experience, rooted in Black shamanic death rituals of the U.S. South, commemorates the end of the Confederacy, and its progeny--white supremacy.
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Human Ecology of Racism (H.E.R.)
relating to or characteristic of people or human beings; of or characteristic of people's better qualities, such as kindness or sensitivity.
the branch of biology that deals with the relations of organisms to one another.
The Human Ecology of Racism (H.E.R.): A Virtual Curricula is an intensive monthly virtual experience, rooted in radical Black intellectual and nature-based spiritual traditions, to develop, practice, share, and archive cutting-edge approaches to white solidarity. H.E.R. relies on ancestral and futuristic healing teachings and technologies to relearn culture, and is inspired by two previous projects, Liberatory Healing Circle, and What The Land Tells Us: A Racial Justice Liberatory Healing Experience.
What is the goal of H.E.R.?
This curricula is an opportunity for people who substantially benefit from whiteness to relearn their own human ecology, shifting from control, individualism, and separation, to collaboration, collectivism, and connection. H.E.R. also hopes to remake anti-racism training to be more multidisciplinary, intersectional, dynamic, transformative, and more rigorous.
Who is H.E.R. for?
H.E.R. is designed for people in white solidarity movements to take their commitments to the next level. Participants will benefit the most if they have previously participated in anti-racism or white solidarity work or group conversation. It is designed to change how you are in the world, not to deepen your intellectual understanding of white supremacy or racism.
Why healing for white folks?
H.E.R. is a model centered on the belief that white folks’ healing is an essential part to ending white supremacy. No political systems can be transformed if the cultural systems that maintain them remain intact, and can replicate and regenerate systems of harm. The curricula's point of view is, as there are a lot of beautiful and brilliant survivalist and world-building efforts for Black, Indigenous and People of Color, we need people invested in, and who benefit the most from whiteness, to be different beings in the world for white supremacist and derivative systems to be destroyed, transformed, or regrown. The creation of ancestral and cultural healing spaces for white folks is a means to dismantle whiteness, and generate new forms of being that help all of us.
Each experience will include key concepts, embodiment practices/rituals, group participation, and prompts for post-event reflections.
All experiences are on the fourth Sunday, 7pm ET - 8:30pm ET/4pm - 5:30pm PT via Zoom (video/call).
Any person can join. However, the experience will center toxic white culture, and may not be an affirming space for people of color.
There’s also not requirement to join for the entire series, although, except for the Introduction, it is strongly encouraged and structured to incentivize full participation.
All experiences will be recorded, and will be available for participants.
Folks are welcome to join at anytime.
0: H.E.R. Introduction - March 4, 2018, 7 - 7:30pm ET
A 30-minute introduction to the Human Ecology of Racism designed to answer questions or relate needs to the facilitator. The introduction will also address where it lives within the landscape of anti-racism movements, and key questions/concepts shaping the model.
1: Healing for White Solidarity Movements as Theory of Change
March 25, 2018, 7 - 8:30pm ET
A deeper introduction to key questions/concepts, and lineages that have inspired H.E.R., and an introduction to healing justice for people who most benefit from white supremacy as a theory of change for Black Liberation movements.
2: Spiritual Inheritance & Other Cultural-Emotional White Supremacy Legacies
April 22, 2018, 7 - 8:30pm ET
An exploration into the key concept of spiritual inheritance and other intangible legacies of white supremacy that shape our human ecology.
3: A Great Relearning - May 27, 2018, 7 - 8:30pm ET
A close look at how we are unlearning the cultural, emotional and psychic legacies of white supremacy, where it leaves people who abandon those legacies, and how we can respond to our whole selves’ longings.
4: Embodiment & Presence - June 24, 2018, 7 - 8:30pm ET
An affirmative practice in embodiment and presence, in an effort to create pathways for a complete way of being, and shift away from white supremacy cultural norms of dissociation, disconnection, and domination.
5: Intersectionality of Being - July 22, 2018, 7 - 8:30pm ET
An examination into the new ways of being--norms, practices, and values--that need to be cultivated to exist in opposition to toxic white culture.
6: Human Ecology of Being - August 26, 2018, 7 - 8:30pm ET
A courageous effort to move beyond whiteness into a human ecology of being that values and responds to all life as sacred, including ecology associated with Blackness.
Becoming Part of the Experience
H.E.R. A Virtual Curricula, is supported by a solidarity economy. This form of economy avoids a “retail value” of a “product” in which a participant makes a one-time transaction for consumption.
Instead, participants are asked to become monthly sustainers to Richael Faithful’s healing practice at any level.
This model supports the 6-month development of the curricula, avoids valuation through transactions, and contributes toward sustainability for Richael to continue this work.
As a practice of solidarity economy, please consider both the importance of this work and your ability and access to material resources, when making a choice about your role as a sustainer.
H.E.R. will also have a threshold for an additional post-webinar monthly resource. If H.E.R. participants collectively provide $350 in support, Richael will be able to create a resource with guided questions, readings, and other exercises, to serve as a "bridge" between monthly webinars.
To become part of the experience, please follow the button, and choose a H.E.R. sustainer level. Please be aware that becoming a sustainer means a commitment to monthly recurring payments. There is no one-time payment option available to maintain the solidarity economy model, however, you may become part of the experience, at any level.
Once you join as a sustainer, more details about the webinars and curricula will be shared via email.
If you're currently a general sustainer, you're welcome to join as a H.E.R. sustainer, or change your current level to reflect your participation with H.E.R.
1. Healing Justice and Ecology Framework, which provides existing culture templates for connection over control, and wholeness over fragmentation.
2. Intersectionality, as a political, psychic, and emotional assumption, which links nature-based spirituality/worldview, queer Black feminism, and Afrofuturism.
3. Communal Participation, dynamic and interactive, by design, in which content is sourced, and curated by an individual healing practice, it will be further developed, and made more intelligent, by the participants themselves through the series.
4. Solidarity Economies, rather than transactional models, offer us an opportunity to practice necessary challenges and interruptions to white supremacy-rooted capitalism. A model is the solidarity economy used to birth this curricula.
Theory of Change
H.E.R. intends to contribute toward the transformation of white racial justice education. This series-in-motion seeks to influence the white racial justice paradigm on four structural levels:
uproot core beliefs and cultural practices that replicate white supremacy and help emerge a model for a human ecology of being beyond whiteness;
support leaders of color, who with more reliable white solidarity support, can concentrate their resources and well-being toward strategic and survival needs;
foster generational healing for individual white supporters for Black, Indigenous and People of Color Liberation, and prepare white solidarity leaders to show up for all of us more powerfully;
fortify racial justice movements by strengthening and deepening the possibility for trans-generational, trans-identity, and trans-global relationships.
I'm just learning about H.E.R., can I join?
Yes. You can become part of the experience at any time. All of the experience is recorded and/or archived so you can catch-up at your own pace.
I can't make every session, can I participate?
Yes. And the webinars will be recorded. Self-determination is another value of this series. H.E.R. curates and provides content, and every person can engage with the content and space as they can.
Will the sessions be recorded?
Yes. However, they will only be available to participants, and folks may join at any time.
What kind of things will we do in an experience (webinar session)?
Facilitated group dialogues. Writing and visual reflections. Prompt reacting. Meditations. Role playing. Rituals. Storytelling. Guests. + More.
Can I make a one-time payment instead of becoming a sustainer?
Yes (please contact Richael). However I really want to encourage folks to use the solidarity model. Remember, you can join at any level.
Is there an alternative to using my credit card via Memberful?
Not yet. Richael hopes to finish setting up a Paypal subscription option soon.
How do I join H.E.R. and become a General Sustainer?
At this time the best way is to join H.E.R. via Memberful on the Support Page, and then, become a General Sustainer on the Support Page, also via Memberful. You'll be able to track all your support via your Memberful account.
Can I change my sustainer commitment is something changes or if the series isn't for me?
Of course. And if you need to change your amount, or decide to end your support as a sustainer, you can make changes to your Memberful account.
Other Important Things
What will happen in between webinars?
As H.E.R. has reached the Threshold, bridge curricula--preview into key concepts for the next experience, self-guided activities, meditations, and rituals--will be provided a week after the previous experience. Bridge curricula can be explored alone or with/among other participants. There is also now a Facebook Group & Listserv for further discussion among participants.
What kind of practical skills will I gain from this experience?
That's a hard question given the nature of this experience because it's oriented toward culture-making. In other words, it's designed to help you be different in the world, and relate to all life in a different way. Both the experiences, and post-webinar reflections will provide specific opportunities to do, or be different, in your life, and it will be up to you to accept these invitations. The hope, however, is that you will feel and act differently because of H.E.R.
Will the webinars be accessible?
Hopefully. Richael is working to integrate a third-party application for closed captioning.
Other Questions? Reach Back.
About The Facilitator
Richael Faithful (they/them/theirs) is a folk healing artist and healing justice practitioner rooted in the African diasporic healing tradition of the US. Richael supports movement leaders nationally, in their individual capacity as a healer, facilitator, writer, and model-builder, and as a co-founder/member of the Oxalis Collective. H.E.R. is the third iteration of creating healing space they have curated for white folks over the last four years. Richael believes ancestral and cultural white healing is integral to liberation struggle, and they are uniquely able to create and maintain these healing spaces in accountable integrity. H.E.R. essentially is a love project for the Black Diaspora. Richael is excited to continue integrating their insights as a spirit worker, peoples' lawyer, creative, and organizer to curate futuristic healing spaces for everyone.
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Human Ecology of Racism
Human Ecology of Racism (H.E.R.) Curricula
The Virtual Curricula is live from March - August 2018.