Sacred Activism, Spiritual Resilience and Co-Creating Cultures of Belonging with Hanifa Nayo Washington - 52
Episode 5212th May 2022 • The Psychedelic Leadership Podcast • Live Free Laura D
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How do we as leaders cultivate a deeply caring, resilient, just/equitable, and loving community? Perhaps the answer lies in “sacred activism”. I brought on sacred activist, Hanifa Nayo Washington who has been working at the forefront of mindfulness, place-making, and social justice to cultivate organizations, gatherings, spaces, and experiences rooted in the values of beloved community.

As the Co-founder and Organizing Principle of One Village Healing, an online BIPOC centered healing, resilience, and psychedelic wellness space, and the Fireside Project, a nonprofit that is creating systemic change in the field of psychedelics in three key domains: safety, diversity, and equitable access, Hanifa knows how to lead courageously with her heart in collaboration with plant medicine, inner guidance, and her community.

In this episode I ask Hanifa about how to embody sacred activism and spiritual resilience. You will learn how to truly be there for someone else through deep and reflective listening. We explore our relationship with power, how to utilize our energy in conscious co-creation, and how to work with rage in a healthy way. 

Hanifa is the Co-founder and Chief of Strategy at Through their Psychedelic Peer Support Line, Fireside Project has created a nationwide safety net that has substantially decreased 911 calls and hospitalizations while democratizing access to free high-quality care. The line has supported thousands of callers since launching in April of 2021. 


Key Takeaways

  • Understanding our relationship to power is vital in creating a just and equitable society.
  • Gratitude is a great place to start becoming aware of our relationship with power. Then where is the pain? We have to start with self inquiry.
  • Being with another, in their full expression is real peer-support and is a deep practice of ally-ship, without trying to fix or heal them, nor move them away from their present experience.


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Featured Music

Episode #44 of the Psychedelic Leadership Podcast features a song called "River" by Hanifa Nayo Washington.

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