J. Phoenix Smith, MSW

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Becoming aware of your gifts, and bringing forth your medicine is a way of honoring your ancestors, your highest self, and the earth. The world needs this medicine now more than ever.

As a Queer Ecofeminist, Ecotherapist, Spiritual teacher and mentor my life and work is grounded in Liberation Ecotherapy as a form of healing that is rooted in intersectionality as a way of knowing, a term first coined by the Black legal scholar and feminist Dr. Kimberle’ Crenshaw. This means that Liberation ecotherapy understands that the destruction of the earth is deeply intertwined with multiple systems of oppression and domination that has led to destruction of indigenous peoples, women, people of color and the poor. My purpose in life is to use my unique creativity and passion in service of the Divine to teach, inspire, and empower everyone to experience peace and love in connecting with the natural world.  Through my service as a guide I work to bring forth and facilitate a process that allows individuals to become aware of their gifts through earth honoring practices and therapies.  I am an ordained and initiated Elder in the Afro-Cuban Lucumi  Oricha spiritual tradition and have been taught and trained by knowledgeable Elders with my primary teacher being Dr. Michael Atwood Mason who currently serves as the Director of the Folklife Institute at the Smithsonian.  I give thanks for the past 15 years of this rare gift of mentorship and apprenticeship.   I walk in multiple worlds as I have also received Western graduate education in both Social Work from Howard University and Ecopsychology from Dr. Craig Chalquist one of the leading Ecopsychologists in the United States who created the first Ecotherapy graduate certificate program in the United States.   For over  20 years, I have also worked in public health and been active in social justice movements that address  issues such as  HIV/AIDS, and  health and healing in communities of color in the United States.  I have designed and implemented public health programs addressing chronic health diseases and have successfully written grants totaling over $1 million dollars for community health clinics and community based organizations.

I am also a teacher of Mindfulness-Based therapies and have conducted health education training and presentations for health providers throughout California. In 2011, I received a grant for an original class I designed called Fertile Ground: An EcoSoul Journey with the ancestors that teaches the fundamentals of ancestor reverence that connect to the spirit of nature for healing and well-being.  In recent years, my work as an Ecotherapist has been featured in The Atlantic Magazine.

I am passionate about making ecotherapy, mindfulness, & earth based healing practices accessible & meaningful for diverse communities to cultivate peace and wellness. 

Through EcoSoul I provide ecotherapycoaching, trainings , and presentations  designed to introduce ecotherapy practices as an evidenced based health and wellness intervention for culturally aware programming and service delivery.


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