I am a teacher, a Somatics practitioner, a movement facilitator, and a coach who holds the importance of intimate, body centered transformation as key to healing and key to justice.

Prentis Hemphill is a genderqueer and Texan born healer, movement facilitator, Somatics teacher, and writer living and working at the convergence of healing, individual and collective transformation, and political organizing. Prentis spent many years developing, learning and contributing to powerful organizations such as generationFIVE, Communities United Against Violence (CUAV), The Relational Center, Dignity and Power Now, Black Organizing for Leadership and Dignity (BOLD) and as the former Healing Justice Director at Black Lives Matter Global Network - grappling with questions of how we value and transform ourselves and our intimate relationships, all while transforming conditions and institutions around us. In 2016, Prentis was awarded the Buddhist Peace Fellowship Soma Award for community work inspired by Buddhist thought. Uncovering ancestral wisdom, creating new healing interventions, and shifting the culture of organizing towards creativity, healing, and joy have been central to Prentis' commitment and work. 

Currently Prentis is a teacher of Somatics with Generative Somaticswhich is focused on bringing a politicized Somatics practice to movement building organizations, and with Black Organizing for Leadership and Dignitya training program for Black organizers throughout the US, and works as a facilitator and consultant for organizations and groups looking to center healing justice and transformative justice into the very core of their work to build more whole, well and self-determined communities. Prentis also serves as a board member for projects close to their heart, including the Pōpolo Project, an initiative in their current home of Hawai'i to amplify voices and concepts of Blackness locally and throughout the Pacific; National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network (NQTTCN), a network for connecting communities with representative mental health practitioners and an effort at bringing frameworks of healing justice more soundly into current mental health provision models; and on Black Emotional and Mental Health (BEAM), an organization committed to removing the barriers for Black people to receive mental and emotional care. 

Prentis is also a deeply committed practitioner and healer who utilizes Somatics methodology, intuitive and ancestral practice into their work to heal trauma, and unlock the unique brilliance and contribution of each person, body and being they work with.

"The kind of change we are after is cellular as well as institutional, is personal and intimate, is collective as well as cultural. We are making love synonymous with justice."

 

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