HEALER. ACTIVIST. FACILITATOR.
Erika Totten is a dynamic facilitator, trainer, activist, healer, spiritual life coach, and community builder 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 activism.
From South Africa to Charlottesville, Erika creates and facilitates transformative healing spaces for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color of all
identities to process racial stress and trauma, and to experience embodied liberation & collective 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 radical love.
"I believe that if we can create whole communities that are authentically supported in being their highest Selves, we can shift entire generations." - Erika Totten
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 activist and scholar Angela Davis, Washington City Paperʼs “People Issue”, Sojournerʼs Magazine, Truth-Out, discussing the controversy of Beyonce's Super Bowl Half-Time show on CNN and the award winning television feature “Fist Up, Fight Back” for Al Jazeera America. Erika is a soul-stirring speaker who has given keynotes, facilitated workshops, and spoken on panels at universities including Georgetown University, Duke University, American University, and Howard University, among others. She has also been a featured speaker at several national conferences for Amnesty International, Roots Camp, The American Anthropological Association, Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, and more.
Her Washington, D.C. based practice, Unchained Visioning, exists to support the collective healing and liberation of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color all over the world through identifying and unlocking the mental, emotional and spiritual chains that hinder us from being exactly who we were uniquely designed to be. Through individual coaching sessions, workshops, retreats, healing villages, and Emotional Emancipation Circles, Erika focuses on breaking the chains of internalized oppression, self- hatred, anger, perfectionism, feelings of unworthiness and inadequacy, multigenerational trauma, self- limiting beliefs, fear, rejection, silence, abandonment, denial, shame, guilt, and judgment. Guided by the principle of self-determination, she 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." - Erika Totten