Who Heals the Healer?
Who Heals the Healer?
"For those who feel too much, may you guard your position as holy."
 
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Veronica agard

Founder, Creative Director

Veronica Agard is an alchemist, educator and connector at the intersections of Black identity, wellness, representation, and culture. Of Afro-Caribbean, African-American and Indigenous descent, she continues to experiment with healing modalities such movement, singing, herbalism, divination, capoeira, and yoga. Her primary channel is writing, and holds healing space for community through writing cyphers. She is the curator of the Who Heals the Healer series and the conference of the same name, the first generation of the Reparations: Wellness Clinic, as well as the Ancestors in Training series. In 2014, she graduated from The City College of New York with a BA in international studies and history and continued her work as a co-founder of Sister Circle Collective, a role she was active in for five years. As a writer, Veronica’s work has been featured in The Grio, Let Your Voice Be Heard, Mic, For Harriet, Black Girl Magik and has forthcoming publications in Life as Ceremony, Black + Well and Songs of Oshun. She has held space at; the Mystic Soul Conference, New Women Space, Earth Arts Center, the Caribbean Cultural Center, BRIC Media House, Studio Museum of Harlem, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Pratt Institute, WOC in Solidarity Conference, the Bridges to the Brave Project, Critical Ethnic Studies Association Conference, The Black Girl Project’s Sisterhood Summit, Diaspora Radicalx Conference, HOME: Return, Reclaim, Reframe at CCCADI, the Radical Futures, Confront, Heal, Prevent, and Cultures of Accountability Free School Conferences with Free University NYC and Decolonize this Place, Our Liberation Summit at Sarah Lawrence College, and more. Her work has been profiled at Loca Vibes Radio, Black Abundance BK, eres.you, The Glam Femme, The Bag Ladiez Podcast, NFLUX Magazine and the Bushwick Podcast. No matter the role, Veronica offers her expressions as a means to amplify the voices of those that walk with her. She seeks to do this work through her latest platform, Vera Icon, LLC.   

www.veronicaagard.com @verosgotthejuice

 
 
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Rigoberto lara guzmÁN

Director of Production

RIGOBERTO LARA GUZMÁN (PRONOUN FLUID) IS A XICANO CONCEPTUAL ARTIST AND ORGANIZER INTERESTED IN DECODING OPPRESSIVE SYSTEMS AND RECONSTITUTING RADICAL CARE COMMUNITIES. HE IS A BAY COASTAL ORGANISM BORN IN CENTRAL MEXICO RAISED IN OHLONE TERRITORY AKA THE SF BAY AREA CURRENTLY INHABITING THE UPPER NY BAY INDUSTRIAL WATERFRONT BARRIO OF SUNSET PARK, BK WHERE HE CARES FOR A SMALL COMMUNITY GARDEN AND ORGANIZES WITH AN ABOLITIONIST COLLECTIVE KNOWN AS SPLF. RIGHT NOW, HE IS WORKING ON DECOLONIZING ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND CURATING BIMONTHLY BONFIRE GATHERINGS.

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Sheena Crystalyn SepulvedA

Co-Creation Manager

Sheena Crystalyn Sepulveda is a Nuyorican Artist, Co-Creative, and Urbanist based in NYC. As a third-generation Nuyoricaña within the Puerto Rican diaspora her individual and collective projects are heavily influenced by the actions of collectivity and creative power, POC and Nuyoricans have historically enacted on to shape their New York City. With a strong passion for Urbanism with direct intangibility to community + artistic growth, Sheena is actively involved in the relationship public space, cultural programming, and conceptual sustainability have in shaping an elevated dreamy POC inhabited New York City landscape. Sheena is currently engaged in creative consulting or planning an array of collective projects, along with brewing her own brand of herbal mixology and future gatherings under Boriqua Tea Party. Sheena currently resides in the Bronx, NY where you can often find her dancing and holding space in beautiful terrain.

 
 
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Sonya Joseph

Volunteer Army Captain

Sonya Joseph is an entrepreneur, visionary, public speaker and community activist on a mission to mentor, heal, empower and cultivate liberated black communities. 

Born in Toronto and raised by parents of Caribbean decent (St. Kitts & Antigua) in the heart of East New York Brooklyn, was unsatisfied with the lack of resources and opportunity in her neighborhood. At the early age of 10, she expressed a deep devotion to develop solutions to address racial inequality through law and politics. In 2016 she obtained her Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and Africana Studies from Brooklyn College. 

Her most recent positions held include NYC Criminal Justice Community Organizer; Affordable Housing/Tenants Rights Organizer in effort to combat gentrification in Brooklyn, Deputy Campaign Manager for former City Council Candidates, & Senior Intern Supervisor at the City Hall Offices for elected officials. 

Currently, Sonya is working in community to become a holistic health practitioner and women’s empowerment life coach.