Rootedness is a journey…

Naomi conducts workshops exploring self-care tools and strategies for diverse communities. She is a nationally known writer, speaker and trainer on self-care, disability justice, and living in multiple worlds (intersectionality).


University of Arizona Disability Studies Reading group (Discussing Sustaining Spirit)
October 27th, 2020, 5pm AZ time
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Wellness and the Politics of Wellness Workshop
Earlham College Border Studies Program
November 2nd, 2020 12-2pm AZ time


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Upcoming Workshops and Book Groups

“The exercises were simple yet provocative, good facilitation.” – Syren Nagakyrie

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Previous Speaking Engagements
Naomi wearing a black and white striped dress, black sweater and large silver teardrop earrings on stage with microphone smiling at audience. The book sustaining spirit sits propped in front of her and there is a nametag with the logo for the Tucson Festival of Books with her name Naomi Ortiz.

Ford Foundation Disability Justice and Self-Care Staff Workshop
 September 1st, 2020

Zoeglossia Reading Series Featured Speaker
August 12th, 6pm ET 2020

Keynote Speaker, Illinois Department of Human Services ADA 30/30 Celebration
July 30th, 2020

Self-Care in the Time of COVID
Co-sponsered by Detroit Disability Power and Allies for Change
Facilitated by Owólabi Copeland
(Captioned Video)
May 12, 2020

How Disabled Latinxs Can Practice Self-Care
“Nosotros” Series hosted by the National Coalition of Latinxs with Disabilities
May 21, 2020

Staff Self-Care Workshop
Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice
New York, NY
February 12th, 2020

University of Arizona, Mexican American Studies (MAS) Department
Staff/Graduate student Self-Care Workshop
October 30th 2019

National Network for Justice (NNJ) Conference
Self-Care Plenary
July 24th 2019

Poetry Reading (Virtual)
June 20th, 2019
Darwen, United Kingdom

A Contemplative CRiT Collage Methodology for Community and Self-Mending
Critical Race Studies in Education Association (CRSEA)
May 31, 2019

DREAM Webinar: Self-Care and Activism
DREAM Mentor Mondays Talk
May 6th 2019

Invited Featured Speaker
Association of Writers and Writing Programs
Portland, OR
March 27–30, 2019

Presenting Author: Nuestras Racias stage
Tucson Festival of Books
March 2-3rd, 2019

Speaker: Self-Care and Disability Justice
University of Arizona
January 24, 2019

Speaker: Disabled Mestiza Self-Care
Disability Intersectionality Summit
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
October 13, 2018

Sustaining Spirit Book Reading
Antigone Books
Tucson, AZ
September 2018

Sustaining Spirit Book Reading
Source Booksellers
Detroit, MI
June 2018

Previous Workshops

Fall 2019 Virtual Book Workshop Series
August 2019 – October 2019

Sustaining Spirit: A Workshop Series for Activists
Antigone Books
February – April 2019

Self-Care for Social Justice Activists Study Circle
Tucson, AZ
June 2018 – January 2019

Self-Care for Disability Justice Activists Workshop Series
Michigan Disability Rights Coalition
August – December 2018

Ortiz has facilitated over 1,000 workshops on various topics, such as: Self-Care, Living in Multiple Worlds (Intersectionality), Disability Justice, Youth Leadership, and Conflict Resolution/Anti-Violence work


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