Prentis Hemphill on Healing Justice & Queer Spiritual Purpose (#130)

About the Guest

Prentis Hemphill is a movement facilitator, Somatics teacher, and practitioner, and working at the convergence of healing, collective transformation, and political organizing. Prentis has spent the last 15 years bridging wellbeing and power building as a part of movement building organizations, most recently as the Healing Justice Director at Black Lives Matter Global Network. In 2016, Prentis was awarded the Buddhist Peace Fellowship Soma Award for community work inspired by Buddhist thought. At present, Prentis is the co-founder of Resilient Strategies, a project intended to deepen movement practice and understanding of politicized healing. Prentis is also a teacher of Somatics with Generative Somatics and with Black Organizing for Leadership and Dignity. 

In this episode we discuss:

  1. What is healing? How do we heal?
  2. How does somatics shift the paradigm of traditional therapy?
  3. What is healing justice and how does it differ from other approaches to social justice?
  4. Recovering pre-colonial practices in a post-colonial context through the lens of somatics.
  5. Healing individual and collective trauma.
  6. Critiques of the wellness industry and the structures that deny access to healing for everyone.
  7. Queer spiritual purpose, supporting repair and stretching the parameters of belonging.
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