activist | speaker |healer | writer
My name’s Rachel Ricketts and I’m an international activist, speaker + writer.
My life’s mission is to help heal the collective divide by dismantling racist heteropatriarchy, supporting healing for Black + Indigenous womxn and help us all reclaim our freedom of our mind, body and soul.
As a racial justice activist, lawyer, healer, speaker and writer, I educate white folx on their role in perpetuating white supremacy, help POC and mixed folx heal from internalized oppression, and offer practical solutions for all hue-mans to dismantle racist heteropatriarchy.
I host online and in-person workshops including my renowned Spiritual Activism series which promotes racial justice, reconciliation and healing for all hue-mans, prioritizing the needs and comfort of Black and Indigenous womxn.
My work has been featured in publications such as Huffington Post, Mind Body Green, BuzzFeed, Black Girl in Om, Hello Giggle and Thrive, and I’ve presented at international conferences including SXSW in Austin (twice), me Convention by MercedesBenz in Stockholm and the Follow Black Women Conference. I’ve also worked with a variety of global organizations including Google, WeWork, CreativeLive and Lululemon. I love donuts, dancing and all things metaphysical (ideally all at the same time).
I am an outspoken champion for womxn of colour, and am committed to educating, promoting and advocating for anti-racism in our personal, professional and collective lives, and prioritizing healing for POC.
I started this work after helping my mother and sole parent starve herself to death in 2015, following a debilitating 20-year battle with multiple sclerosis. The grief and loss I felt after her death sent me into a dark night of the soul. I spent many a day in despair and the weight of it all nearly cost me my life. Still, the most acute grief I have, and will continue to, experience is a result of navigating a racist heteropatriarchal world as a Black woman.
I believe getting comfortable with our discomfort is the only way we can begin to make lasting and meaningful change. I know, because it’s how I’ve healed my own heart. From my mother’s death, burning out from my corporate law career, making it through the terrorism of the Paris Attacks, or enduring the omnipresent onslaught of white supremacy, I’ve been through some shit, faced my shadows and made it out the other side. Braver, brighter, bolder and ready to help you and/or your business do the same.
I curate difficult but necessary racial justice conversation with truth and compassion and help people find tangible tools to create personal and collective transformation while healing our hearts.
I’m versed in a variety of culturally-informed spiritual tools to help people and businesses unearth their struggles, raise the collective consciousness and commit to dismantling racist heteropatriarchy. I do this through speaking, online courses, events, and writing.
“[You have] provided me with a sense of affirmation of my Beingness as a woman of colour, and with words/wisdoms that I can use to both express my anger and explain the significance of daily, anti-racism work. Thank you. Your work is life-affirming and faith-building, and you deliver it with such empathy, compassion, and loving anger...”
- Ji-Youn Kim, Self-Care + Performance Coach
Diploma in Intercultural Education & Training (Anti-Racism + Diversity Training), University of Victoria.
Juris Doctorate, Allard School of Law at University of British Columbia
Former Chair of Equity Committee, Allard School of Law
Co-Founder, WOC (Women of Colour) Talks
Active Member, BC Civil Liberties Association
Active Member, NAACP
Bachelor's degree in Psychology, University of Victoria
Certificate in Grief & Loss Training for Professionals, Living Through Loss Counselling Society
Certified Yin Yoga Teacher, One Yoga for the People
Breathwork for Couples + Groups Training, Jon Paul Crimi
Breathwork: Pranayama Breathing Techniques Training, The Chopra Centre
Certified Level 1 Reiki healer, Myorei Healing.
Certified Death Doula, Doulagivers End of Life Care Training
Communication Training, Igolu
Graduate of The Landmark Forum, The Landmark Institute.
I’ve attended an Indigenous healing circle and 2Chainz concert in the same day (#balance)
Young Blue Ivy Carter is my baby doppleganger (my mom pointed it out)
This work is in honour of my departed ancestors, particularly my mom. I owe my drive, compassion, sass and love of champagne to her.
“I just finished you Spiritual Activism 101 class. Holy shit! You literally deconstructed the foundation of my beliefs on what racism is and my part in that as a white woman. I hated hearing all of that, it hurt, I feel so many overwhelming feelings, but among those feelings, I found gratitude. Thank you doesn't seem adequate, but I will say it anyways, Thank YOU. “
- Brandy Wilson, Chicago, IL
Mind Body Green’s “Thirty Ways to Actually Empower Women”
Wild Mystic Woman Podcast w/ Layla Saad “Spiritual Activism with Rachel Ricketts”
RECLAIM Podcast “Doing Anti-Racism Work with Rachel Ricketts”
Huffington Post “The Grief Inherent in Being Black and Feminist”
To eradicate anti-Blackness + white supremacist heteropatriarchy and help POC around the globe, especially BIPOC, heal from racialized trauma.
Through writing, speaking and workshops I offer spirit-centric tools + sacred spaces for womxn/femmes of colour (including mixed folx) to unapologetically defy racist patriarchy + heal our hearts, and white and white-passing womxn/femmes to commit to authentic anti-racism via soul-based social justice.
INTEGRITY - I stand in + speak my truth and bring every ounce of me to all facets of my work. I strive to keep it real and raw and to keep my word. I expect anyone in my space or with whom I collaborate to do the same. Impact over intention. No bullshit allowed.
AUTHENTICITY - I am honestly, authentically and unapologetically myself. I speak from my heart and constantly evaluate the how and why of all that I do. I seek to engage with folx and organizations who want to dismantle racist patriarchy not because it looks good or helps their bottom line, but because it is the right thing to do.
LOVE - I do this work from a profound and limitless place of love for all, particularly my fellow Black + Indigenous folks, and the world I know we can create together. My love is fierce. My love has boundaries and my love includes anger.
DIVINE COMPASSION - I believe we are all connected by and through Spirit and when we access our most vulnerable parts to find compassion for ourselves and others to uplift those who need it most, we all win. Collaboration over competition.
INTERSECTIONALITY - Racial justice will not and cannot be achieved without addressing all forms of marginalization and oppression and the ways in which they intersect. I seek to include all voices and folx in our collective liberation including but not limited to trans, gender non-conforming, non-binary, intersex, LGBTQIAP+, persons with disabilities, non neurotypical, poor, fat, undereducated, immigrant and refugee folx.
“Every time I am in a room with Rachel, I am filled with a light and energy that keeps me lit for days — lit with optimism, passion, and hope. In a city (and world... and body... and society...) that often has me feeling unsafe, I appreciate her giving [Black] women like me dedicated space to feel guarded by a strong activist, heard by those who are forced to listen, and truly ourselves in the best way possible."
- Alica Forneret, Writer, Editor + Creative, Los Angeles, CA