Racial Justice Advocate. public speaker + writer.
My name’s Rachel Ricketts and I’m a healer, coach and activist. My life’s mission is to heal the collective divide by addressing + eradicating racist patriarchy, supporting folks (particularly womxn of colour) through grief and helping us all manifest more joy.
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 and it was awful AF. I spent many a lonely day in deep, dark despair and the weight of it all nearly cost me my life. Still, the most acute grief I have, and will continue to, experience in my life is a result of navigating a racist patriarchal 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, dealing with chronic pain from a car accident, making it through the terrorism of the Paris Attacks, or enduring the omnipresent onslaught of racism and sexism from the status quo 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 + your business do the same.
I am an outspoken champion for womxn of colour and our healing, and am committed to educating, promoting and advocating for anti-racism and inclusion in our personal, professional and collective lives, and prioritizing healing for people of colour.
I curate difficult but necessary conversations 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, step into their power and raise the collective consciousness. I do this through speaking, online courses, events, and retreats.
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
Certificate in Grief & Loss Training for Professionals, Living Through Loss Counselling Society
Bachelor's degree in Psychology, University of Victoria.
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
Former Board Member, BC Bereavement Helpline.
Graduate of The Landmark Forum, The Landmark Institute.
Co-Founder, WOC (Women of Colour) Talks
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.
"Rachel is a bright light on a dark night. She’s full of compassion and intuitive wisdom, and she knows how to take me to the heart of the matter. When I’m working with her, I feel truly honoured for who I am and where I’m at. Rachel asks potent questions, and she’s not afraid to say what needs to be said. Her insights transform our conversations and the way I feel. Working with her is a brilliant and beautiful experience of healing through feeling."
- Lucie B., Certified Executive Coach
Black Girl in Om ‘BGIO Beauty’ Feature
Huffington Post “The Grief Inherent in Being Black and Feminist”
Thrive “Calling In Your Dream Support Team”
Global News Segment "Coping With Grief During the Holidays"
“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 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