Afia Walking Tree - teacher
2017. Afia Walking Tree, M.Ed - Educator, Facilitator, Permaculturist, and Ritualist. Afia Walking Tree, M.Ed is a world-class cultural ambassador, spiritual activist, empowerment guide, leadership development advocate and trainer. Born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, Walking Tree’s drum-songs are prayers of gratitude for the generosity of spirit. Her lyrics are evolutionary teachings, addressing present day issues of social justice, freedom, healing and self-love. For over 25 years, Afia Walking Tree has served her destiny as visionary director of her brainchild, Spirit Drumz, an international organization that prioritizes women and youth of all cultures to utilize African Diasporic song, permaculture, drumming, dancing, storytelling to activate empowerment and healing. Afia's livity has always been rooted in liberation of the Global Underrepresented Indigenous Family and in the last two years, in response to the Black Lives Matter movement, Afia has created new spaces for Black healing and activism through the Jamaican Drum Retreats for Womyn, and #BlackPowerDrumMedicine. Afia's continued evolution is supporting the growth of the drumming arts as a tool for activism, healing and community building through partnerships with One Billion Rising, Echo Valley Farms, Qilombo Oakland, Acta Non-Verba, Bele Bele Rythm Collective, Women Drummers International and more. Afia has been blessed to bring her powerful work to Bioneers , Northern California Permaculturre Convergence, TEDWomen 2016, Blessed Unrest, Song for All Beings and numerous, festivals, non-profit organizations, and universities across the globe.