B Anderson, (they/them), is a sound healer, plant medicine stewart/herbalist, mediation teacher, mediator, ritual leader and community organizer. B. calls up the traditions, legacies and medicine of their southern Black American, Jamaican Maroon and Choctaw ancestry as their healing arts praxis.
A visionary of Love Circle Sangha, a member of Harriet’s Apothecary and member of the board for engaged Buddhist activist organization Buddhist Peace Fellowship, B. combines their experience as a grassroot organizer, and their life principles and practices to co-design community wellness strategies, transformative spaces and generative healing modalities across the country.
Their background in sound healing began in their undergraduate studies at The New England Conservatory as a classical musician, exploring with traditional and African American folk songs, improvisation and various music styles from across the world. For the last 15 years B. has supported others through the sonic somatic work of song and vocal healing through their voice studio, My Inside Voice. B. also offers a six week series that unlocks blocks and releases the silenced voice through breath, song and the study of plants.
Their relationship to plant and herbal medicine was initiated informally through the shared practices of her grandmothers and relatives as a teenager. Their traditions live on through B. B. has continued their study as an apprentice of Spiritual Plant Medicine with Karen Rose at the Sacred Vibes Apothecary and through their practice and certification in Ayurvedic Medicine with Dr. Naina Marballi.
B. recently offered their talk on “Right Stewardship as an Anecdote to Cultural Genocide” for Tedx Flatbush and shared practice on liberation through healing sound and collective awareness for the Healing Justice Podcast.
Currently B. is developing the Song of the Spirit Institute, housed at Third Root Community Health Center in Ditmas Park. The institute is a learning community created to support the sustainability of the wisdom traditions, languages and wellbeing of the African and Indigenous diasporic community. Alongside 15 native, 1st gen and long term residents of Flatbush, Brownsville Brooklyn, B. also acts as the founder and co-conspirator of the Flatbush Community Freedom School, an intergenerational skillshare incubator and community resource hub that supports access to holistic health services from partnering organisations across Kings County.
B. is called to the work of healing, transformation and reclamation through a commitment to healing themselves, their many generations past and future and through their deep devotion to the earth.
B will be offering our 2020 Keynote Saturday night, and an intensive:
RESONANCE: Breath, Plant, Spirit & Sound (Intensive – Additional fee)
This three-hour intensive honors the medicine and tools of my/our ancestors as a means to support collective healing around historical trauma and disconnection to our many lineages. This is an offering in song, sound, breath and the the study of plants across the wisdom traditions and practices of the African and Indigenous Diaspora. This shared and courageous learning environment is intended to offer a safe(R) and brave space where the lives and experiences of people of color are centered and white comrades are welcome to support and co-steward the shared intentions and vision for this space together. Materials for medicine making will be provided and ask that your wear comfortable clothing and are prepared to sing. No prior experience is required.