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Rachel Ricketts is a global thought leader + outspoken champion for Black and Indigenous womxn. As a racial justice activist, lawyer, healer, speaker + writer, she educates white folx on their role in perpetuating white supremacy, and helps folx of colour heal from internalized oppression. Rachel hosts online and in-person workshops including her renowned Spiritual Activism series which promotes racial justice and offers practical solutions for all hue-mans to dismantle racist heteropatriarchy. She is the co-founder of WOC (Women of Colour) Talks and her work has been featured in global media such as Vox, Mind Body Green, Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, Elephant Journal, 21Ninety, Black Girl in Om and Thrive.
Rachel is a sought after speaker who is known for her highly engaging, witty, raw and real delivery on sensitive and impactful topics such as racial justice, heteropatriarchy, burnout and grief. She has presented at prestigious international companies including Google, WeWork, Lululemon and TELUS and renowned conferences including SXSW 2018 + 2019 in Austin, me Convention in Stockholm, Sweden and the Follow Black Women Conference in Omaha. Rachel is currently signed with Wendy Sherman Associates and the proposal for her first book My Love Includes Anger, already creating buzz with publishers, will be complete September 2019. She loves donuts, dancing and all things metaphysical. Learn more at www.rachelricketts.com and @iamrachelricketts
“THANK YOU FOR BEING SUCH A BAD ASS!!!”
- Glennon Doyle, 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 Move + Meditate Method
“I REALLY WANT TO THANK YOU AGAIN FOR UNPACKING THIS WITH ME YESTERDAY. I APPRECIATE YOU AND I’M SENDING YOU LOVE AND GRATITUDE FOR WHO YOU ARE, AND FOR WHAT YOU DO.”
- Sophia Bush, Actress, Producer + Advocate
“…RACHEL 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
"unpacking race + Racism is daily, lifelong work. It’s hard af, it must be done AND you need not do it all alone."
Rachel guides workshops on a breadth of topics including anti-racism, dismantling patriarchy, grief + loss, health, wellness and more. Her current workshop discourse includes:
#1 - Spiritual Activism 101: An Anti-Racism + Inclusion Workshop for All Hue-Mans [*suggested initial workshop]
The 101 workshop is an opportunity for all hue-mans to come together to have sacred conversation about race + racism, especially White folks wanting to unpack their racism, POCs seeking help healing internalized oppression and all those seeking spiritual tools + practices to assist in racial justice. Includes:
anti-racism education + coaching;
guided meditation + transformative breathwork;
practical group work + discussion (including Q+A); and
reflections worksheet for continued learning.
#2 - Spiritual Activism 102 - What’s Next for White/White-Passing Folx? A Deeper Dive Into Racial Justice + Addressing Your White Supremacy
This workshop, specifically for White/White passing folx, builds on the work of 101 (101 is a prerequisite) and further dives into forms of white violence including spiritual bypassing and cultural appropriation. Includes:
practical groupwork to further help overcome obstacles;
in depth discussion addressing participants burning questions;
Reiki healing + guided meditation; and
reflections worksheet for continued learning.
#3 - Spiritual Activism 102 - What’s Next for POC/Mixed Folx? A Workshop for Addressing + Healing From the Grief Caused by Racist Patriarchy
This workshop, specifically for People of Colour (including Mixed Folx), builds on the work of 101 (however 101 is not a prerequisite) diving into the meaning and consequences of anti-blackness, internalized oppression and racial trauma. Includes:
spiritual tools for addressing the grief caused by racial trauma;
shared discussion to share hurts and frustrations in a space ONLY for POCs/Mixed Folx;
guided visual imagery meditation + Reiki healing; and
reflections worksheet for continued learning.
#4 - Sur-Thriving in Sisterhood: Honouring Our Grief + Healing Our Hearts (for Black + Indigenous Womxn of Colour)
This workshop, specifically for Black and Indigenous womxn of colour (including trans, gender non-conforming, non-binary and intersex femmes) is a sacred space to nurture our race related wounds and heal our hearts. Includes:
intuitive grief coaching + self-reflective journaling;
guided meditation + transformational breathwork;
shared discussion to feel seen, heard + supported; and
reflections worksheet for continued processing.
Custom curated topics are also available.
Rachel speaks on a breadth of topics including anti-racism, dismantling patriarchy, grief + loss, health, wellness and more. Her current speaking discourse includes:
#1 - Spiritual Activism 101: How to Talk About Race + Racism
This is the keynote version of Rachel’s renowned Spiritual Activism 101 workshop with a focus on helping folx begin tp address the topic of race + racism (including inherent power dynamics in such discussions) and start the inner work needed for racial justice. Main takeaways include:
education on the meaning of racism, internalized oppression + forms of white violence;
identifying fears keeping you stuck and why the need to be “good” + “right” often trumps the ability to commit to racial justice; and
spiritual tools for commencing conversation about race + racism from an embodied space.
#2 - Embracing Vulnerability: Getting Thru Grief and Doing The Work
This session unpacks the various forms of loss + grief all hue-mans, but particularly Black + Indigenous womxn, experience as a result of racism and sexism. Main takeaways include:
an understanding of what grief is + why it is an inherent part of the racial justice struggle,
the ways grief impacts + obstructs our ability to further racial justice; and
spiritual tools for POC to honour our losses + for White folx to move through discomfort and get to work.
#3 - Getting Spiritually Activated: How to Connect with Spirit to Advance Racial Justice
This session is based on Rachel’s Get Spiritually Activated Sermons, including initial offerings for committing to authentic anti-racism + soulful social justice. Main takeaways include:
what racism is + why we need to approach it from a heart-centred space;
why self-care is a vital piece of racial justice; and
5 spirit-centric requirements for beginning anti-racism work including embracing vulnerability, getting honest + acknowledging our anger.
#4 - C.R.E.A.M - Cis-Gendered White Heteropatriarchy Rules Everything Around Me: How to Decentre Whiteness as a POC
This session is solely for POC to begin addressing the harms of existing in and navigating a white supremacist heteropatriarchal world. Main takeaways include:
unpacking of what whiteness and white centering are + how they harm POC;
ways to decentre whiteness and prioritize the peace + wellbeing of POC;
spiritual tools for ongoing self-care in navigation racist heteropatriarchy.
Custom curated topics are also available.
STEPPING INTO TRUTH: CONVERSATIONS ON RACE, GENDER, AND SOCIAL JUSTICE, Talking Spirituality as a Weapon, Facing the Shadow and More with Rachel Ricketts
SO YOU THINK YOU’RE INTUITIVE PODCAST, Creating Change Through Spiritual Activism
LAYLA SAAD’S PODCAST, Spiritual Activism with Rachel Ricketts
RECLAIM WITH THAIS SKY, Doing Anti-Racism Work with Rachel Ricketts
THE REAL FEMALE ENTREPRENEUR, From Corporate Lawyer to Grief Coach, Death Doula and Racial Justice Advocate
CHLOE’S COUNTERTOP, On the Topic of Death, Grief & Loss with a Death Doula
LOSS&FOUND, On Loss & Motherhood
ON OUR MOON, How to Love Yourself Through Grief
HUFFINGTON POST, This Racist Sh*t Won’t Change Until White Folks Put In The Work
HUFFINGTON POST, The Grief Inherent in Being Black and Feminist
ELEPHANT JOURNAL, My Loved One is Dying…WTF!?
HUFFINGTON POST, How to Survive the Holidays While Grieving
HUFFINGTON POST, Coping With Your Post-Election Grief
HUFFINGTON POST, Set Your Intentions for a F*$cking Awesome 2017
HUFFINGTON POST, You Have A Choice In How You Grieve
MODERN LOSS, Loss Squared In the City of Love
HUFFINGTON POST, No One Deserves To Die The Way My Mother Did
Emergence Now: Healing the Mother Wound with Bethany Webster, Guest Speaker on Spiritual Activism [Apr 2019]
Nelligan O’Brien LLP, Spiritual Activism 101 and follow-up, Ottawa, ON [Apr 2019]
SXSW 2019, Invited Panelist and Host for SXSW International Women’s Day Event [Mar 2019]
SXSW 2019, Spiritual Activism 101: How to Discuss Race + Racism Workshop [Mar 2019]
Google HQ, Invited Speaker for Women’s Summit [Mar 2019]
Spiritual Activism 101 for the Yoga + Wellness Community, Shakti Yoga Athens, Athens, GA and Soma Vida, Austin, TX [Mar 2019]
Follow Black Women Conference, Invited Speaker onOmaha, 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]
Rachel’s speaking + 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 and/or professionally.
2019 Speaking Fees:
$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 60 mins + 15 min Q+A); and/or
$3,000 USD live workshop (up to 120 mins and 50 ppl).
Additional lengths, attendees and/or customized session topics are available at additional cost.
A 50% 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:
A personal video call consultation with Rachel prior to the event;
All planning time including call/emails with organizers as necessary;
Development of minor custom content amendments tailored to your event or organization’s needs;
Professional, heart-centred, raw and real presentation delivery
A percentage of all fees goes to scholarships to support BIWOC
Reasonable travel expenses (i.e. - flight, ground transportation and/or accommodation as applicable) are not included in aforementioned prices and are the responsibility of the organizer. Rachel and her team are happy to work with you to find creative ways to help you cover any such costs (including business sponsorships).
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. You do not need to be a professional organizer or business owner to organize her speaking or workshop engagement.
Booking 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.
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.
“SHE GAVE THE BEST ANTI-RACISM SMACKDOWN [WE]’VE EVER HEARD. EVER!”
- Union Yoga + Wellness Staff