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Erika Totten

Erika Totten is a dynamic teacher, healer, life coach, community builder and spiritual organizer from Washington, D.C. committed to the movement for Black liberation and the evolution of our collective consciousness. She is the founder and director of Unchained Visioning, a core member of Harriet's Apothecary Healer's Collective, and co-creator of Black Lives Matter: DC where she focuses on centering healing and visioning within the Black liberation movement by creating weekly healing spaces for Black people to process racial stress and trauma, and to experience embodied liberation and collective Black Joy, in the midst of dismantling systems of oppression. 
She is also a devoted wife and mother of two who organizes to build chosen families of health, restoration and liberation within the movement for Black liberation.
 
"I believe that if we can create whole communities that are supported in being their highest Selves, we can shift entire generations."
 
 
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From the onset of the #BlackLivesMatter movement and prior, she has focused on coalition building nationally and abroad, and disrupting the status quo with protests and highway shutdowns ‒ which have been featured all across the world. Erikaʼs commitment to Black liberation has garnered international attention, including Al Jazeeraʼs America Tonight, The Washington Post, CNN's "The Disruptors," Essence Magazineʼs “Black Lives Matter” Issue February 2015, sharing panels with Black liberation activist and scholar Angela Davis, Washington City Paperʼs “People Issue”, Sojournerʼs Magazine, Truth-Out, Dame Magazine, and the award winning television feature “Fist Up, Fight Back” for Al Jazeera America. Erika is a dynamic inspirational speaker who has given keynotes, facilitated workshops, and spoken on panels at several colleges and universities including Georgetown University, Duke University, American University, Howard University, and Strathmore Music Center. She has also been a featured speaker at several national conferences for Amnesty International, Roots Camp, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A), Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, and many others.
 
Her Washington, D.C. based service organization, Unchained Visioning, exists to support the collective healing and liberation of Black people all over the world through identifying and unlocking the mental, emotional and spiritual chains that hinder us from being exactly who the Creator designed each of us, uniquely, to be. Through individual coaching sessions and Emotional Emancipation Circles, Erika focuses on breaking the chains of internalized oppression, self-hatred, anger, perfectionism, feelings of unworthiness and inadequacy, generational pathologies, self-limiting beliefs, fear, rejection, silence, abandonment, denial, shame, guilt, and judgment. Guided by the principle of self-determination, Erika teaches the importance of visioning, creating the time to heal, learning and practicing essential emotional wellness skills, and intentionally detoxifying our minds and spirits by replacing the lies weʼve been fed with the truths of who we really are. 
 
"I believe that each of us are divine expressions of the creator on this earth and everything that god/spirit/universe/source is, we already are."
 

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