WHO WE BE
At the intersection of arts, healing, and justice- One Village Healing [OVH] is an emerging New Haven based wellness and healing arts initiative dedicated to creating spaces, convenings, and programming, rooted in the values of the healing justice movement to collectively heal from the impact of systems of oppression so we can all live wildly liberated, connected, inspired, and healthy lives.
OVH is invested in creating grassroots level healing spaces in New Haven consciously designed for restoring wholeness, mindfulness, wellbeing, and health disrupted and imbalanced by systemic oppression and injustice- resulting in complete healing and wellbeing for everyone.
In its first phase, founding practitioners Hanifa Nayo Washington and Thema Haida will establish the OVH Healing Studio as a primary place of their individual healing practices. Hanifa and Thema both offer Reiki, intuitive healing sessions, and various small group classes (8-15 ppl). In addition to these offerings OVH will feature, host, and build healing community with other local, regional, and international healer folk.
Located in downtown in New Haven’s 9th Square and part of Breathing Room’s Wellness Center Elevated OVH offers:
Healing, learning, and convening opportunities based in holistic wellness practices including but not limited to- reiki, meditation, mindfulness, counseling, ancestral healing, herbal medicine, creative arts, sound healing, intuitive healing, yoga, divinity readings, Earth based wellness, somatics, theater arts, thought partnership, life coaching, liberation education, and affinity healing groups.
Free and pay what you can options for service, staff trained in anti-oppression, accessible spaces for people with disabilities, and a cultivated healing space that is nourishing and regenerative.
Programming designed to enliven and grow New Haven’s network of healing justice practitioners; and programming that offers these practitioners time and space to rest and restore.
We give thanks, praise, gratitude, and respect to this community and to all of our teachers and guides, and to the visionaries who have long held this work. We recognize and appreciate the foundational work of Niyonu Spann via Beyond Diversity 101 and CEIO, as well as the Graustein Family Office via the New Haven Community Leadership Program and Story Week as core training experiences that have benefited our personal transformation and have greatly informed the shaping of this project. We shout out Harriet's Apothecary, Heal Haus, Minka, and Third Root Health Center as models of inspiration.
We are honored to add a branch to this tree of healing transformation and bow in full awareness of the ones who came before us and are yet to come.
FUNDERS & SPONSORS
... and much appreciated private and community donations
Principal Organizer & Co-Founding Practitioner
Hanifa Nayo Washington is an award winning cultural activist, storyteller, singer songwriter, performing artist, and a certified Usui/Holy Fire Reiki Master Practitioner who graduated from Beloit College in 2001 with a B.A. in Communications & Russian & Soviet Studies.
Hanifa is a former Arts Fellow of the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund and currently works with The Word Poetry, Co-Creating Effective and Inclusive Organizations (CEIO), serves as an Intern for Beyond Diversity 101, and is a leader of the New Haven Community Leadership Program.
As a cultural activist Hanifa views her creativity as a radical tool for liberation, healing, and community building. Most recently Hanifa was awarded a Phenomenal Woman in the Arts Award by the Arts Council of Greater New Haven.
Thema is a certified Usui/Holy Fire Reiki Master Teacher, a 200hr Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Instructor, and a certified Advanced Metaphysical Healing Practitioner.
While holding a space of non-judgement and care, Thema combines Reiki with intuitive energy assessments to facilitate and guide people on their healing journey to wholeness. Her practice as a energy healer and yoga instructor has focused on supporting community activists, artists, healers, and people of color- the people that hold and bring life to communities that are most affected by racism, systematic oppression and inequality.
Her passion is working with organizations that support these groups specifically, and she contributes by providing a place for stress relief, healing and spiritual guidance.
We operate from a place that is rooted in the values of the Healing Justice Movement. Created in the early 2000’s by Cara Page and the Kindred Healing Justice Collective, “healing justice identifies how we can holistically respond to and intervene on generational trauma and violence, and to bring collective practices that can impact and transform the consequences of oppression on our bodies, hearts and minds.”
We lead from a place of spirit, joy, justice, and resilience.