Our mission is to connect healers across the African diaspora to share ancestral wisdom to heal ourselves and our communities. We host events and convenings that amplify healing through acknowledging and releasing ancestral trauma and pain in order to embody joy, freedom and thriving.
We envision awakening a critical mass of people of color to remember and tap into their inherent greatness. We envision stewarding a collective shift that empowers our people to reclaim the healing wisdom of our ancestors, using it as a tool for personal and collective liberation.
Heather Archer, Co-Founder (she/her) was born in Chicago, raised in Pasadena, CA and now calls Oakland, CA her home. A scholar and educator by trade, she was called to this work as a result of her own healing journey recovering from childhood trauma caused by poverty, housing insecurity, and family separation. Heather realized early on that her story had more to offer and committed herself to a life that centered healing at the forefront. She has embodied her life’s purpose by creating experiences that center well-being, belonging, and healing justice.
In addition to her work with Black Healers Connect, Heather also serves as the Director of Healing Centered Engagement with Flourish Agenda, an educational consulting firm that helps educators to deepen the quality of their relationships with students and staff through transformational trainings and retreats.
Heather’s passions include: mothering, uplifting her sister circle, forest bathing, healing through sound, local and world travel, and studying ancient civilizations. Heather has a B.A. in African American Studies from Smith College, and an M.A. of an Educational Leadership, Policy and Advocacy from New York University.
Monica Cadena, Co-Founder Monica (she/her) is an Afro-Latinx California based artist, writer, yogi, movement worker and digital alchemist.
The former co-founder of Wear Your Voice Magazine, an intersectional feminist magazine centering the voices of Black and Brown queer women, femmes, trans and non-binary people, Monica’s work is heavily influenced by the the resilience of the diasporic community.
Outside of Black Healers Connect, Monica has worked for internationally recognized healing and wellness organizations centered around wellness and social justice such as the East Bay Meditation Center and Off the Mat, Into The World and travels around the globe bringing communities together through collective healing.