I Feel it in My Hands
The Slipping of a Reality to which I never quite related
Like water, I feel the slipping of liquids
that can no longer drown Us in impurities
I Cleanse my Tender Places in Truth,
Urth fevered from false loyalties and fake constructs
I Am Planting a New Urth
One that feels solid to touch &
Cool to Singed Finger & Satiating to Soul
My Hands Mold and make this New Earth In Imagination & Reality
To Shape this New Way, Collectively
Our Hands were made to make a New Paradigm
Can We Live from Our open and pulsing Hearts?
Will We live in equitable Truth - a Truth more Resonate
and more Freedom Making for All Dimensions of OurSelves?
WILL we Live in our Courage and Care of One Another?
Will We Live more Directly in the Soil?
Can We Create a New Urth that Feels like Space Freedoms for
All Embodiments the Great Mama makes home?
Can We swim deeply in Our Imaginations - Imaginations that
can Vision past our Limitations?
We WILL Live in Love with our Best Selves - the Star Versions of Us,
the We, We are Perfectly Designed to Be
We WILL Live in Our Vulnerabilities - We WILL come out from behind Our masks and reveal our Humynness
We WILL explore our Interdependencies as
our best Trust Practice in One Another
We WILL Live on Planet Belief - a Planet where all Life Leans
into Promise and Possibility as Birthright
- and, as no other Air to Breathe
We WILL Live in Multi-Dimensional Freedoms
Honoring the Great Cosmic Web of Liberation
We WILL All Live where We Are - the Perfect Place - A New Urth
HEALER | SEER
CURATOR OF INTERNAL & EXTERNAL ECOLOGIES
Toni Anderson is a southside Chicago native dedicated to fostering meaningful eco-social practice as a roadmap for personal and societal transformation. Toni is a practitioner of wholeness, a healer, an urban ecologist, a spiritualist. Toni has planted freedoms through approaches rooted in cultural, eco-spiritual and generative, participatory design.
In 2008, after a life changing illness, Toni left a 22 year corporate career to activate a meaningful, purpose-driven life. Believing our youth deserve to have an enriched, eco-social relationship with the natural and social environments, in 2012 she founded Sacred Keepers Sustainability Lab, an organization dedicated to ‘planting freedom’’ by providing robust youth centered coursework spanning urban ecology, global travel/service leadership, space equity, conscious leadership and the arts. Sacred Keepers intentionally examined the value systems and sacred earth keeping traditions of indigenous cultures and how they uniquely relate and are impacted by nature and climate change.
Toni uses the rich dynamics of natural and social environments to provide youth with the tools to be agents of proactive, mindful social change. She creates place-based youth development curricula rooted in a love of generational outdoor experiences. As a parent, Toni understands the roles that mindfulness and nature play in freedom-making
Toni is a recognized expert and public speaker on the topics of serial displacement disorder, natural and emergent migration pathologies and public space activation as revolutionary praxis. Across the globe she has spread the word about the importance of re-connecting our youth to the outdoors and the oppressive and emancipatory narratives that space holds within communities of color. Toni’s words transcend and transmute the oppressive narratives that space holds within communities of color.
Toni is a recognized expert in ecology and space, dedicating herself to bringing planet consciousness to the communities she serves:
She facilitates environmental workshops on the materials economy, ecology explorations, space pedagogy, sustainability and conservation and innovative leadership design.
She is a trainer for the University of Minnesota’s Monarch’s in the Classroom (MITC) curricula, Monarch Larvae Monitoring Project (MLMP) and is a member of the Monarch Flyways Connection.
She is a Chicago Conservation Corp Environmental Leader and a Core Member of the Chicago Sustainability Leadership Network (CSLN)
She is a Water Ambassador for the Illinois Delegation for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and the Midwest Environmental Justice Network,
Toni is presently leaning fully into her role as a Humyn Emergence Practitioner, through multiple modalities:
She is actively facilitating participatory leadership design as MindfulRant: a consulting and performance coaching organization dedicated to culture cultivation and transformative leadership strategies for personal and organizational development.
She is a Conscious Leadership Coach(Conscious Leadership Institute),
Technology of Participation(ToP/Institute of Cultural Affairs) facilitator
She has certifications in Advanced Youth Development ™(Youth Development Institute) and
Circle Keeper(First Nations Building Power)