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Photo of Rachel Ricketts by Bethany Schiedel

meet rachel…

Rachel Ricketts is a thought leader + outspoken  champion for womxn  of colour. As a racial justice advocate, intuitive coach, public speaker + writer, she educates White folx on their role in perpetuating White Supremacy, helps folx of colour heal from internalized oppression and offers practical solutions for all hue-mans to dismantle racist patriarchy. Rachel hosts online and in-person workshops including her renowned Spiritual Activism  series which promotes racial justice, reconciliation and healing for all hue-mans. She has helped a variety of global brands with anti-racism including WeWork, Mercedes Benz, Lululemon and TELUS.

Rachel’s work has been featured in publications such as Huffington PostBuzzFeed, Black Girl in Om and Thrive, and she's presented at international conferences including SXSW in Austin, me Convention in Stockholm and the Follow Black Women Conference in Omaha. She loves donuts, dancing and all things metaphysical. Learn more at and @iamrachelricketts


as seen or heard in…


"Thank you for being such a bad ass!!!!”

- Glennon Doyle-Melton, NYT-Bestselling Author + Speaker

“I love learning from you, you’ve taught me so much...”

- Rachel Cargle, Racial Justice Advocate + Scholar

“…She has lit a fire under me, and I'm so glad I didn't wait another second to hire her. What Rachel has taught me has had an immediate impact on how I run my business for the better...”

- Kait Hurley, Founder of the KAIT app

“I really want to thank you again for unpacking this with me yesterday. I appreciate you. And I’m sending love your way today.”

- Sophia Bush, Actress + Advocate

“[Rachel] gets into your head. She scared the S#!T out of me, then taught me how to pay attention and ways to move forward with grace and compassion.”

– Barbara Kuhr, Co-founder Wired Magazine

who she works with…

Rachel holds space + curates difficult but necessary conversations with truth and compassion, helping people find tangible tools to create personal and collective anti-racist transformation while healing their hearts.

Her clients range from billion-dollar apparel brands to international co-working spaces to yoga studio startups. The common thread? They’re all businesses and individuals committed to authentic anti-racism and soulful social justice. Those working with Rachel are ready to dive deep into racial justice and get comfortable with their discomfort. They’re seeking culturally-informed spiritual tools and support to level up, heal their hearts, take a stand for anti-racism and inclusion and watch their personal and professional lives align and grow as a result.



Rachel is highly educated in both academic and spiritual teachings. In addition to her Law Degree, Diploma in Intercultural Education & Training and Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, she is also a certified yin yoga teacher, Reiki energy healer, transformative breathwork facilitator, death doula and grief + loss professional. She is the co-founder of WOC (Women of Colour) Talks and, alongside every other Black person born in the last five centuries, a life-long student of the School of Hard Knocks housed within the Institute of White Supremacist Patriarchy.

Rachel Ricketts meditating

"unpacking race + Racism is daily, lifelong work. It’s hard af, it must be done AND you need not do it all alone."


speaking topics

Rachel speaks on a breadth of topics including race + anti-racism, dismantling patriarchy, grief + loss, health and wellness and more. Her current speaking + workshop discourse includes:


  • Spiritual Activism 101: An Anti-Racism + Inclusion Workshop for All Hue-Mans [*suggested initial workshop]

  • Spiritual Activism 102 - What’s Next for White/White-Passing Folx? A Deeper Dive Into Racial Justice + Addressing Your White Supremacy

  • Spiritual Activism 102 - What’s Next for POC/Mixed Folx? A Workshop for Addressing + Healing From the Grief Caused by Racist Patriarchy

  • Feelin’ + Healin': A Mindfulness + Movement Workshop for Womxn of Color


  • Getting Spiritually Activated: How to Connect with Spirit to Advance Racial Justice

  • We Need to Talk About Racism + Grief: How Shame is Preventing Action

  • Hue-Manities 101: An Anti-Racism + Inclusion Primer

  • Sur-Thriving in Sisterhood: Honouring Our Grief + Healing Our Hearts

  • Cis-White Patriarchy Rules Everything Around Me (C.R.E.A.M.): How to Navigate A World of Whiteness as a POC

Custom curated topics are also available.

media coverage




Speaking Experience

  • SXSW 2019, Invited Speaker [Mar 2019]

  • Follow Black Women Conference, Omaha, NE [Oct 2018]

  • Spiritual Activism 101 for the Yoga + Wellness Community, Unity Yoga, Toronto, ON [Oct 2018]

  • Your Story Medicine: From Trauma to Resiliency Virtual Summit [Oct 2018]

  • SelfCare in Colour Digital Summit [Oct 2018]

  • me Convention, Stockholm, Sweden with Mercedes Benz and SXSW [Sept 2018]

  • Spiritual Activism 101 for WeWork, New York, NY [July 2018]

  • Loaded Bow Women’s Retreat Facilitator, Palm Springs, CA [June 2018]

  • Minerva BC’s Women Leading the Way Panel, Vancouver, BC [June 2018]

  • LocalTalks on Entrepreneurship Panel, Vancouver, BC [May 2018]

  • Salty Series on Relationships + Business Panel, Vancouver, BC [April 2018]

  • SXSW 2018, Battling Burnout Workshop, Austin, TX [March 2018]

  • Provincial Health Services Authority Carnegie Hall All-Staff Forum, Keynote Speaker, Vancouver, BC [Jan 2018]

  • Unbound: An Evening of Unrestrained Conversation with Author Steph Jagger, Vancouver, BC [Nov 2017]

  • She Ventures Seattle Panel, Seattle, WA [Dec 2017]

  • Bodhi Yoga Studio Race + Racism Talks, North Vancouver, BC [Aug 2017]

  • Minerva BC’s Learning to Lead Mentor Session, Vancouver, BC [May 2017]

  • YES! Vancouver’s Game Changers Panel, Vancouver, BC [April 2017]

  • Equality is Tight Townhall Panel, Vancouver, BC [Mar 2017]

  • Allard Hall School of Law Orientation Week Panel, Vancouver, BC [Sept 2014-2016]

  • Girlvana Yoga Youth Retreats, Galiano Island, BC [Aug 2012 + 2013]

speaking fees

Rachel’s speaking and workshop fees are value-based and reflect her personal commitment to help your audience commit to the advancement of racial justice, identify spiritual tools for healing their hearts and feel empowered to make lasting social change - be it personally or professionally.

2019 Speaking Fee Schedule:

  • $1,500 USD virtual workshop via webinar (up to 90 mins and 30 ppl);

  • $2,000 USD panel appearance (up to 90 mins);

  • $2,500 USD keynote speech (up to 75 mins); and/or

  • $3,000 USD live workshop (up to 120 mins and 50 ppl).

Additional time and/or attendees workable at additional cost.

A 50% speaking/workshop fee deposit is required to confirm engagement.

Rachel alots a small number of subsidized speaking engagements every year strictly for Black or Indigenous owned organizations. Message her for details.

Your Investment Includes:

  • Personal video call consultation with Rachel prior to the event;

  • All planning time including calls with organizers as necessary;

  • Development of custom curated content amendnments tailored to your event or organization’s needs;

  • Professional, heart-centred, raw and real presentation delivery.

Travel Costs:

Applicable and reasonable travel expenses (i.e. - flight, ground transportation and/or accommodation) are not included in aforementioned prices and will be charged to your organization. Rachel is happy to work with you to find creative ways to help you cover any such costs.

additional info

  • Rachel's core values include authenticity + integrity and thus she only works with folx and businesses genuinely engaged in anti-racism.

  • Rachel works with folx from all walks of life and prioritizes support of spaces / businesses frequented and/or owned by POC, particularly Black + Indigenous womxn.

  • Lead up times may vary depending on Rachel's availability, but ideally confirmation (including deposit payment) should occur a minimum of 2-4 months prior to the event.

  • Marketing, registration, sales, admin etc. (as applicable) are to be handled by the event organizer. Rachel will assist with copy and images for marketing content (where requested) as well as promote the event on her social channels and to her mailing list if/where applicable.

for bookings + collaborations email here.