Afia Walking Tree, M.Ed is a world-class cultural ambassador, spiritual activist, empowerment guide, leadership development advocate and trainer. Born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica. Walking Tree’s drum-songs are prayers of gratitude for the generosity of spirit. Her lyrics are evolutionary teachings, addressing present day issues of social justice, freedom, healing and self-love. For over 25 years, Afia Walking Tree has served her destiny as visionary director of her brainchild, Spirit Drumz, an international organization that prioritizes women and youth of all cultures to utilize African Diasporic song, permaculture, drumming, dancing, storytelling to activate empowerment and healing. Afia's work has always been rooted in liberation of the global Black Family and in the last two years, in response to the Black Lives Matter movement, Afia has created new spaces for Black healing and activism through the Jamaican Drum Retreats for Womyn, and #BlackPowerDrumMedicine. Afia's continued evolution is supporting the growth of the drumming arts as a tool for activism, healing and community building through partnerships with One Billion Rising, Echo Valley Farms, Open Meadows Foundation, and many others. Afia has been blessed to bring her powerful work to Bioneers , Northern California Permaculturre Convergence, TEDWomen 2016 and numerous, festivals, non-profit organizations, and universities across the globe.
DIASPORA: Activate your VOICE through the legacy of African Drumming
The drum is a powerhouse for US Africans to remember our inherent nature and connective heritage. Vibrations of our ancient language are codes for our spiritual values, our creation stories, stories of courage, perseverance, and our legacy of liberation. The powah of the drum, dance, song, and story are woven into an intricate fabric for our greatest restoriation.
We will witness and share our grief of the racial injustices that is a result of us not being seen as whole conscious humans, and connect with the richness and depth of OUR collective legacy in a drum orchestra each bringing all our parts to the circle. (No Drum Experience Necessary)