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Sustaining Spirit: Self-Care for Social Justice
(Request at your local bookstore or buy from Amazon)

Most of the cover is a painting by Naomi Ortiz of a brown-skinned woman with purple feathered earrings, a purple short sleeve top and blue jeans. Her eyes and mouth are closed in peaceful contemplation. She holds a red flower with green stem and leaves. To the right of the painting is a photograph by Steven Wilhelm of cacti. Text on the cover: Sustaining Spirit. Self-Care for Social Justice. Naomi Ortiz. Cover is designed by Mona Z. Kraculdy. Publisher, Reclamation Press.

What people are saying…

“It’s a Workbook to use in practicing living well daily…her questions are journal prompts AND therapy [for] the soul.”Director, Erin Blanding, Global Program Innovation, WE we.org and Co-Founder and Senior Fellow, Borderlands Restoration Leadership Institute 

 “…a must-read for those of us doing this work, and a critical reminder that we must care for ourselves too so we can be there for the long term.” – Adela Nieves, Traditional Health Practitioner, Taino (Indigenous Peoples of the Caribbean)

“Ortiz provides practical steps on how to engage in self-care every day…how to hold space for ourselves, our communities, and for the people no longer with us, and how to survive in a world of pain, conflict, and uncertainty.” Alice Wong, Founder, Disability Visibility Project™

“Every page of this spiritual book is a gift, full of poignant stories, poetic metaphors, insightful questions, and practical suggestions to sustain ourselves as activists over the long-term.” – Lisa Hoffman, International Human Rights Activist

It takes hundreds of raindrops to nourish a plant’s roots, like it takes hundreds of small acts to nourish ourselves.

Light-skinned mestiza with dark short hair reaches towards cacti. Silver round earring, heart neacklace, black bracelet. on arm is spiral tattoo and on chest a tattoo which says voice. She is wearing a black sweater and print top. Cacti, desert trees and mountains are in the background. photo by rachel scoggins
Photo by Rachel Scoggins