2022 Speakers

YeYe Luisah Teish

Yeye Luisah Teish

Yeye Luisah Teish is a teacher, dancer, storyteller, and high priestess. She also is an author, most notably of Jambalaya: The Natural Woman's Book of Personal Charms and Practical Rituals. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, her father was an African Methodist Episcopal and her mother was a Catholic, of Haitian, French, and Choctaw heritage.

Yeye Teish is an Iyanifa and Oshun chief in Yoruba tradition.
Yeye Teish is one of the most well known Yoruba priestesses worldwide, who is celebrated internationally in Goddess circles as a writer and ritual-maker. She quite literally a legendary woman of great character and exceeding positive impact for this generation and all time.

www.yeyeluisahteish.com

Queen Mother Osunnike Scott-Manna

Queen Mother Osunnike is a natural healer, spiritual midwife, seeress, Iyanifa and priestess of Osun, goddess of love, beauty, sensuality, and fertility, and a Reiki Master teacher. Iya Osunnike is the paramount Queen Mother and co-founder and president of the Institute of Whole Life Healing, (www.manypaths1truth.org ) an organization designed to assist individuals and groups in rebirthing their divinity. She is also the founder of One Million Wombs United (OMWU) and the chief priestess of the Sacred Feminine Mysteries Initiation – Passage into the Great Mother (SFM).

The mission of OMWU is intended to ignite the luminous light within the wombs of women across the world. The SFM initiation is uniquely designed to guide women who are called to the priesthood to restore their sacred feminine convenient with the Great Mother. Queen Mother Osunnike’s additional training and talent is in psycho-spiritual therapy, drama therapy and the creative and performing arts; all of which she creatively weaves into her Sacred Sexual Healing, Liberation and Wholeness retreats for women. This sacred work is designed to assist women in healing sexual wounding derived from trauma and armoring so they can begin reclaiming their sacred sexual womb wisdom and power.

Queen Mother Osunnike traverses the universe from Peru to Africa, healing hearts and wombs from all walks of life. She is affectionately known to so many as the “healer’s healer”. She encircles people in her magically woven tapestry of healing, love, grace and spiritual truth. Her spiritual work is truly a radiant reflection of her diverse life’s journey.

www.manypaths1truth.org

Emily Gunter

Emily D. Gunter

Emily Diane Gunter, Founder of the Rites of Passage Youth Empowerment Foundation, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives with the Albert Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award for dedication, achievements, and leadership in communications and education.

With nearly 50 years of professional experience, Ms. Gunter has been the president of Gunter Developmental Enterprises since 1998, the founder of the Rites of Passage Youth Empowerment Foundation since 1996, and a training manager with Urgent, Inc., since 2007. As someone whose entire essence is one of love and positivity, Ms. Gunter has made it her life’s work to empower others. She has a natural affinity for inspiring, spreading her wisdom as a spiritual life coach and motivational speaker since 1992. Ms. Gunter’s roles in the field have been vast, having been the founder of the Heart Africa Holding Company, where she currently served as chairman and chief executive officer, from 2000 to 2015, vice president of Black Americans of Achievement, Inc., from 1994 to 1995, and an account executive and Telecommunication Engineer with Pacific Bell from 1987 to 1993. Prior to these roles, she was an adjunct faculty member of mathematics at Grossmont College, San Diego Community College, and American University, as well as an outside plant engineer for New Jersey Bell, and traffic engineer for C&P Bell beginning in 1970.

Ms. Gunter has been an author throughout her career as well, authoring numerous books regarding self-actualization, education and healing, including “Superlearning 2000: The New Technologies of Self-Empowerment” in 1993, “Achieve Goals 2000: A Personal Handbook for the Lifelong Learner” in 1995, “Living, Learning & Healing Through the Right Use of Your Mind” in 1996, and “Superlearning 3000: Learning Made Simple” in 2011, among others. A bulk of her work has been illustrated by her son, Kadir Nelson, a world-renowned artist, author and illustrator who has painted album covers and murals for such prominent artists as Michael Jackson and Drake.

As a testament to her professional success, Ms. Gunter has accrued several accolades throughout her impressive career. The recipient of a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition in 1997, she also received the California State 79th Assembly Certificate of Recognition and the Atlantic County Commissioner on Women to Women’s and Girls’ Award for Rites of Passage in 1998. In 1999, she received The Children’s Trust Champion for Children Award 2012, she has been selected for inclusion in several editions of Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders in the World, Who’s Who in Science and Mathematics, Who’s Who in the World and Who’s Who of American Women.

Queen Mother Imaku

Imakhu Elaine Lloyd, also known to the world as Rev. Queen Mother Imakhu, has enjoyed a well-rounded, forty-plus year career as an artist, activist, motivational speaker, lecturer, and yoga instructor.

Former columnist/reporter for First World News. Director and playwright. touring, storyteller, vocalist, poet, dancer, and musician/percussionist throughout the U.S. and Canada. Founder of AKERU Multimedia in 2004. First African American woman to found and run her own 24/7 online Black & Brown Consciousness radio station in 2005. Host/Producer of video/podcast series, ASHE: The Truth is Black & Brown (2003-present), highlighting politics, cultural news, poetry, and art, return to the airwaves in fall of 2021. Imakhu is the original creator, executive director/producer and co-founder of Newark Latino Film Festival, LLC (2018), founder/director/producer of Newark Latino Fashion Show (2019), co-founder/producer of Cultures Across the City Music Festival (2019). In 2019, Imakhu founded UHEMU Black & Brown Storytellers. In 2021, she founded Greater Essex LatinX Art & Film Fest.

Spiritually, Imakhu was ordained as an Interfaith Healing Minister by Metaphysical Universal Ministries Seminary of Allentown, PA, an Ordained Minister by Spiritual Healers & Universal Ministries in 1999, and in the same year established Universal Circle of Light Ministries, now known as SHENU Khametic Ministries, LLC. Mai Imakhu is known for her expertise in Ancient Egyptian culture, yoga, and language, and her lifelong immersion in African/Afro-Caribbean traditions. In 2006, Imakhu was initiated as a Bantu nganga and peacemaker by Michael Ortiz Hill.

Over the years, Imakhu has served the greater Newark community by offering free yoga and meditation, spiritual and business mentoring to the city's underground artists, and pandemic food distribution to Newark artists, residents, and our neighbors-with-no-addresses. Imakhu was recently honored by the Newark Interfaith Alliance for her ongoing commitment to community service.

www.imakhu.info

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Jaymii Liehr

As a native-born Filipina, Jaymii started her life in an art-rich culture steeped deep in ritual, ancestral knowledge & appreciation for a natural way of living. For over 20 years, she has studied herbs (and their medicinal/magical uses) under the tutelage of master herbalists and native shamans from all across the globe. Jaymii is a certified Reiki Master, energy healer, an intuitive reader and is currently immersed in studying the healing arts of her own indigenous ancestors.
Living fully present in the Queen stage of her life, Jaymii has coalesced her love of plants and Spirit with her nearly 30 year art career. She is the founder of The Moon Room Studio and creates tools for ritual, self-care and manifestation. She is an artist, a healer, a teacher; animal & plant lover, paper addict, Soulful Seeker, grower of herbs and maker of magical things.

WORKSHOP: Eco Dyeing with Botanicals and Edibles

DESCRIPTION: A fun and hands-on workshop where we will eco dye paper and fabric using plants and a few simple vegetable items and water.
Materials Fee: $15 goes towards paper, dye materials and mordant. It also includes 1 ea 100% silk scarf for dyeing. Two sizes (white; 15" x 60" and 35" x 35") are available and may be chosen during workshop. You are also welcome to bring your own paper and/or 1 scarf* or up to 1/2 yard of fabric*.

* Please Note: Bring only white or light coloured cotton, muslin, wool, silk or linen. White silk and wool produce the brightest, clearest colours. The plant dye will not adhere to other fibers properly. Please wash your fabric in a mild or natural soap and do not use fabric softeners or dryer sheets when drying. These items will not allow the dye to adhere properly.

Luna LotusLove

Rachael Vel Phillips, affectionately known in the artist community as Luna LotusLove, is an indie singer/songwriter, musician and producer born in Milwaukee, WI, raised in Atlanta, GA. Luna’s music is an integration of sensual, soulful love songs with gospel inspired harmonies, and trap rhythms graced with ethereal, empowering messages of self-love.

As an educator, Luna dedicates her life and professional talents toward arts activism and the development of programming that specifically cater to the needs of women of color and urban youth.

The founder of Mirror Magic, LLC, Luna has developed a self care practice for black and brown women, using the mirror as a divine tool of deep self-reflection, intuition, and access to personal power on the journey of healing and manifestation. In this space we recognize creative power as ritual; ritual as self-care, and the mirror as a portal into the inner workings of the Universe(God) within.

An excerpt from the Mirror Magic Manifesto: We see ourselves and understand that self reflection is the seed from which personal power grows. We use the mirror as a symbol and tool to connect ourselves to our personal process of manifestation and follow the mantra, “What I focus on, will focus on me.”

Luna is a graduate of Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University where she earned a B.A in Music. Presently living in Atlanta, GA she is a mother of 3 and still makes time for family, travel and creating new experiences.

WORKSHOP: Mirror Magic: Unlocking the Vision Board Within

DESCRIPTION: Creating a vision board is a great tool that many of us tap into for a beginning of the year activity, only. Perspective shift - the mirror is your year-long, 24-7 vision board and access point to unlocking the highest vision of yourself - the key to attraction, abundance, and all forms of manifestation. The goal of this workshop is less focused on the ascertation of goals in connection to the accumulation of things, and more focused on stepping into the process of awakening your senses, inner vision and the alignment with your truest identity and purpose. Results for goal-setting are fleeting, if not impossible to achieve without properly understanding who you are in the process. Mirror and reflection work is the foundational building blocks for manifestation.

Lydia Koltai

Lydia Koltai

Lydia Koltai is an herbalist, permaculture practitioner, community activist and homeschooling mother of four amazing children. She began her herbal studies in 2003, after learning about indigenous cultures and their medicinal plant practices in an Ethnoecology class in college. In 2007, while pregnant with her first child, Lydia completed a 13-week shamanic apprenticeship with Susan Weed. Since that time, she has continued to practice and study, providing herbal remedies and advice to her family and community and attending herbal classes to continue her own learning. Currently, she is enrolled as a student in the Chestnut School for Herbal Medicine. For the past two years, Lydia has been leading herbal education workshops in her community and is passionate about sharing the wisdom of the plants with anyone who shares a love for the green world.

WORKSHOP: Wild Medicine: A Walk in the Woods with Plants that Heal.

DESCRIPTION: This workshop will consist of a 1.5-2-hour plant walk and a plant spirit meditation exercise. I will lead participants on a walk around the grounds and forest, identifying medicinal plants that grow on the land, discussing their uses, and sharing samples of medicine I have made with those plants. We will discuss various ways to connect with and learn from plants as well as how to identify plants safely. We will conclude the class with a plant spirit meditation designed to help participants connect more deeply with a plant and begin to build their own relationships with healing plants.

S. J. Boyce

S.J. Boyce resides in the Middle Tennessee area. She considers her spirituality and family to be most important to her. If she isn’t spending time with her friends and family, you can almost always find her relaxing, reading a good book, or listening to great live music. The Other Side of a Murder is S.J.’s first novel.

WORKSHOP: Writing Your First Book

DESCRIPTION: Writing an entire book can be an intimidating task, especially for novice writers. It requires hard work, dedication, and intense discipline. Even for progressive writers of bestsellers, one of the hardest parts of the writing process can be simply sitting down to write the first page. If you take it one step at a time, one day at a time, writing a book is an achievable goal.

This class will help new authors overcome the intimidating parts of writing a book, allowing them to stay focused and develop their voices to communicate to their readers.

Attendees are asked to bring an open mind and a journal for note-taking/writing.

Maati "Sanovia" Muhammad

Maati Sanovia Haleemah Muhammad is a committed yogini, community activist, performing poet and passionate speaker. She is the founder of Ka Vibrations Yoga, offering Goddess workshops, retreats and certifications.

She is a Shaktii Yogini, offering a platform that serves the empowerment of women. You can expect High vibrational gatherings, at any of her offerings. She has chosen the title of Maati, because of her path is to uphold the principles and traditions of the Ancient Goddess of ancient Kemet, Maat. Some of these are balance, righteousness, truth and harmony. She believes that the power of women, when awakened, is magical.

Sanovia Muhammad, is a Retired Registered Nurse. She serviced the community in this profession for 30 years, primarily in Labor and Delivery. She is the womb mama of six and the community mama of many more. She also has seven biological grandchildren at the time of this writing. This is her 1st book and probably, she says her last. This book was an endeavor of love orchestrated by the untimely murder of her mama, Dr. Vergie Rasheedah Muhammad. .

WORKSHOP: Kemetic Yoga

DESCRIPTION: Kemetic Yoga is excellent for connecting with ancestral wisdom and a deep knowing that we all possess. This practice incudes three basic Kemetic sequences. The movements are slow and with the breath. This form of yoga is adaptable for all ages and body types. See you at sunrise!.

Rose Bird

Stephanie Rose Bird

Stephanie Rose Bird, is the author of eight nonfiction books, including: The Big Book of Soul: the Ultimate Guide to the African American Spirit: Legends and Lore, Music and Mysticism and Recipes and Rituals, (2010, Hampton Road Publishers), A Healing Grove: African Tree Medicine, Remedies and Rituals (2010, Chicago Review Press), Light, Bright, Damn Near White: Biracial and Triracial Culture in America and Beyond (2009, Praeger Press) Sticks, Stones, Roots and Bones: Hoodoo, Mojo and Conjuring with Herbs (June 2004, Llewellyn Worldwide Publishers) and “Four Seasons of Mojo: an Herbal Guide to Natural Living” (Llewellyn Worldwide Publishers, 2006),“Mama Nature’s Spiritual Guide to Weight Loss,” (Green Magic Publishing, 2018). Her most recent book, “365 Days of Hoodoo” was released last winter and is a top 50-100 amazon special category bestseller.

Bird works as a magickal herbalist, aromatherapist and is sole proprietor of Almost Edible Natural Products. Her products include organic herbal soap, incense, potpourri, bath salts, sachets and dream pillows. Bird writes regularly for www.naturallycurly.com as the resident herbalist and expert on natural ingredients. She has been a professional member of the Handcrafted Soap Maker’s Guild, for whom she wrote a column “Soap Worts: Useful Herbs for Soap Makers.” Bird’s professional memberships include: the American Botanical Council’s, Herb Research Society; the National Association for Holistic Health and Aromatherapy and Black Midwives and Healers: International Center for Traditional Childrearing.

Bird is a practicing healer, green witch, hoodoo and shaman, as well as being a mother, wife, author and artist.

WORKSHOP: Health through Water: Water and Earth Magick Rituals and Workshop (2 hours)

DESCRIPTION: The Latin phrase salus per aqua means health through water. This workshop embodies this phrase using several age-old methods to clarify your mind and strengthen your body through the senses. Our healing workshop begins with a guided meditation and clarifying sound bath. We deepen the work with a ritual involving affirmations and chants. You go on to make a Hoodoo Peace Water Jar, which you can take home. The work progresses through earthing, caressing Mama Earth, with your bare feet, on the way to the lake. Healing work culminates with relaxing guided hydrotherapy, (wet your feet, come in the lake up to your waist, or fully submerge), all depending on your comfort level. Come dressed comfortably. Wear or bring a bathing suit and cover up, or clothing to get wet. Bring a towel or two.

There is a $3.50 supply fee attached to this class

She will also provide this service during the weekend:

In this hour-long healing session, Stephanie Rose Bird brings together her skills as an African aromatherapist, magickal herbalist, seer, intuitive and Hoodoo. Ms. Stephanie works with you and spirit, with the goal of bringing subtle positive energy shifts into your life. This work utilizes divination in selecting and using tea leaf reading, crystal ball gazing or smoke reading to guide and inform the energy work. This is gentle, beautiful plant-based work that is relaxing yet opening. (60 minutes -$120.)

Stephanie Seibert

Stephanie Seibert

Stephanie Seibert is a certified yoga instructor, vibrational sound practitioner and is currently in the process of becoming a licensed massage therapist. Through her 10 years of yoga practice, she was introduced to the transformative power of sound healing. She began her journey to facilitate safe spaces of rest for others by completing a mentorship with Sound Therapist Shana Nunnelly in Atlanta, Ga. Because of this dedicated personal practice of deep listening through yoga, breathwork, and vibrational sound she’s able to offer time for rest and reflection, creating space for each person to find their own way. Stephanie resides in Decatur, Ga., and offers small group and 1:1 sessions in the Atlanta area.

WORKSHOP: Grounding Circle & Sound Bath

DESCRIPTION: Come take a pause as Stephanie creates space for receiving and deep listening through rest. Time together will include Yoga Nidra Centering, guided meditation, Breathwork & sound bath. Suitable for all ages. Attendees are encouraged to bring a journal, something to write with, and anything that would help them feel comfortable. Ex. yoga mat, blanket, pillow/bolster, socks, sweater, eye mask, something to drink.