Cultivating Collective Healing & Liberation

Centering people of color - Black, Indigenous, API, immigrants, queer, and womxn - in our pursuit of shared healing and liberation.

Testimonials

—Marilyn Travis, educator, East Palo Alto, ‘19
Sacred Roots has offered a home to explore my spiritual journey of deconstructing and constructing theology. The retreat came at the right time for me to continue learning and practicing tools in the context of a safe and loving community. I am especially grateful to Martha Martinez who has been a wonderful healer in my life and to Yu-shuan for her loving leadership and organizing.
—Marilyn Travis, educator, East Palo Alto, ‘19
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—Marilyn Travis, educator, East Palo Alto, ‘19
Sacred Roots has offered a home to explore my spiritual journey of deconstructing and constructing theology. The retreat came at the right time for me to continue learning and practicing tools in the context of a safe and loving community. I am especially grateful to Martha Martinez who has been a wonderful healer in my life and to Yu-shuan for her loving leadership and organizing.
—Marilyn Travis, educator, East Palo Alto, ‘19
—Exie Adams, Marriage & Family Therapist, Philadelphia, ‘14
Sacred Roots has not only been a physical home for me but also a spiritual one. Sacred Roots helped me better understand and see what my values could look like in praxis. Sacred Roots showed me what community care looks like, and I am forever grateful.
—Exie Adams, Marriage & Family Therapist, Philadelphia, ‘14
—H. Jamison, Technology Manager, Oakland, CA, ‘13 and ‘14
Sacred Roots offers opportunities for people seeking truth to do it in an emotionally, intellectually, and physically safe space. The invitation to do the deep work of unlearning and relearning in a community with a frame of equity is very powerful and encouraging. Absolutely have nothing but praise to share about the positive impact this work has had on me and the community!
—H. Jamison, Technology Manager, Oakland, CA, ‘13 and ‘14
—Jessica Lopez, Interpreter Program Manager, Partnerships for Trauma Recovery, Berkeley. '12 & '14
Participating in the summer program marked a formative and liberating experience for me in my spiritual and personal journey that continues to ground me to this day. It was a space where I was reminded to continually re-connect with and honor my own voice and story as an act of resistance. It was a safe space that encouraged me to openly grieve the systemic oppressions that surround BIPOC communities and where I experienced a renewal of hope by witnessing the power of communal healing.
—Jessica Lopez, Interpreter Program Manager, Partnerships for Trauma Recovery, Berkeley. '12 & '14
—Justin Talbott, immigrant rights advocate, San Francisco, '16
I often think back to the summer I spent at Sacred Roots in 2016. I got my start in immigration advocacy that summer, but more importantly I got to experience a place where justice was realized through collective reflection, repentance, and joy. I am forever grateful to Yu-Shuan and my cohort for teaching me how to hope.
—Justin Talbott, immigrant rights advocate, San Francisco, '16
—Rashad M, grad student and campus minister, Seattle, ‘16
Sacred Roots shifted so many paradigms of faith, justice, and community for me. I continue to reflect on my time here as I pursue liberation and advocate for BIPOC communities. This program will continue to be one of the most impactful experiences of my adult life. In times of deep deconstruction in my life, Sacred Roots gave me ample space to develop new and sustaining spiritual practices, amd find new theologies that were healing to my experience as a Black Queer man. I’m forever grateful for the sacred and generous leadership of Yu-Shaun.
—Rashad M, grad student and campus minister, Seattle, ‘16
—Albert (Iok-Piak) Hong, pastor, Oakland, ‘19
The Sacred Roots POC healing retreat was such a powerful experience of being led by wise POC women and reclaiming spiritual practices that are ancient, ancestral and embodied. Sacred Roots offers brave and loving space to encounter Spirit that is more mysterious and more beautiful than all the supremacies that try to shackle it.
—Albert (Iok-Piak) Hong, pastor, Oakland, ‘19
—Sam Garcia, Urban Planner, Oregon, ‘11
The Sacred Roots summer program was a catalyst for me to engage more deeply with my own stories at the margin, equipping me with healing practices and sustainable advocacy led by the Spirit. Under the leadership of Yu-Shuan I was able to come as I was, broken and in pain, and yet realize again that me and my community's stories were still part of God's plan for the redeemed. Since then, I have pursued a career where I can utilize my spiritual gifts, pursue justice for communities, and share how my faith continues to shape me.
—Sam Garcia, Urban Planner, Oregon, ‘11
—Rev. Anthony Jones, Long Island NY, ‘20
There have been a few moments in seminary and in life where I sense that prior life experiences have come together in a transformative way that brought those life experiences together and set me on my way forever changed. This course is one of those profound markers in my formation.
—Rev. Anthony Jones, Long Island NY, ‘20

Upcoming & Past Offerings

Wellness Fridays for Educators
Wellness Fridays for Educators
September 10, 2021
Build resiliency and capacity through our 6-week wellness workshops as we return back to our schools
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Witnessing the Sacred Among the Marginalized
Witnessing the Sacred Among the Marginalized
This is a 6-day immersion course, a spiritual pilgrimage, that engages with both the persecution and resilience of marginalized people in the United States.
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Wellness Fridays for Educators
Wellness Fridays for Educators
September 10, 2021
Build resiliency and capacity through our 6-week wellness workshops as we return back to our schools
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Weaving the Basket of Wellness
Weaving the Basket of Wellness
July 21, 2021
Join educators around the country in person to engage in a professional development experience that goes to the heart of what you need right now: rest, joy, wellness, and radical-self-care in community.
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Emotional Recovery: Moving Through Anger and Trauma
Emotional Recovery: Moving Through Anger and Trauma
December 10, 2020
From the pandemic to protests and riots, there is a lot coming at us.
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Dance to Liberation
Dance to Liberation
October 26, 2020
Join us weekly for a high energy and grounded movement live-video class to build resilience, community, and liberation through Haitian and West African dance and its history.
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Plant Medicine for the People: Dreams & Rest
Plant Medicine for the People: Dreams & Rest
October 3, 2020
Learn about plant allies and how to make herbal medicines to nourish your sleep and dream cycles in this time of collective unrest.
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People of Color Healing Retreat
People of Color Healing Retreat
September 7, 2020
We will be holding space for collective remembering and reclaiming our birthright to wellness, choice, and right relationships.
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Remember Reclaim Restore Breathe
Remember Reclaim Restore Breathe
May 5, 2020
In response to the pandemic, Sacred Roots Healers of Color Collective is offering a 5-week live-video series to Communities of Color, sharing traditional wisdom and practices to support us through this time of crisis.
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