Folk Healer

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 also very 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 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

 Photo by T. Thompson

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.


Portfolio

Richael has a rich and deep body of work across disciplines.


Folk Healing Arts


Short Introduction/Consult

An opportunity to be introduced to each other as a potential part of your care team or collaborator.

Open Hours

Open Hours provides virtual healing support.

Energy Healing

In-person energy healing session.

Village Healer

Village Healer provides deeper-level healing support for a limited number of people each month. 

Ritual Design

Custom and co-created ritual for individuals and groups. 


Healing Justice Practitioner


Healing Culture Support

A form of consultancy about the development of healing group culture, which may include: healing circles, repair process, conflict mapping, deep community agreements, compassionate accountability practice, communication skill-building, self and group wellness planning, and an organizational systems study/recommendations.

Healer-in-Residence

Healer-in-Residence is for conferences and convenings in which healing is a centered theme that is integrated into the space. As a healer-in-residence, a range of skills and tools are available as the healer is on-site for scheduled events and as-needed basis.

Whole Selves, Whole Movements

Whole Selves, Whole Movements is a 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. 


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