Rootedness is a journey…

Ortiz conducts workshops exploring self-care tools and strategies for diverse communities. She is a nationally known writer, poet, speaker and trainer on self-care for activists, disability justice, eco-justice, and relationship with place.

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


Upcoming Events, Workshops, and Book Groups

Staff Self-Care Workshop
National Basketball Association (NBA)
October 7th, 2021

East Bay Sanctuary Covenant Virtual Dinner Fundraiser
October 23rd, 2021
5pm Pacific Time

Bishops Book Club Live Discussion on Sustaining Spirit
Sierra Pacific Synod
October 28th 6pm pacific time
The livestream for Facebook here:

And livestream via YouTube here:

Author discussion between Naomi Ortiz and Shayda Kafai
as they discuss disability justice, disabled, queer of color artmaking, and ways to queer and crip our collective futures.
November 11th 4pm Pacific time/7pm Eastern time

Online hosted by Bluestockings Cooperative Bookstore, NY
Register here

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.

Disabled Artists on Joy and Justice
NALAC National Latinx Summit

October 1st, 2021
2:30-4pm Pacific Time

Poetry, Queerness, Disability Justice #LiberatingWebinars
Autistic Women’s and Non-binary Network
September 22nd 2021

Community Conversations: Ableism, Ageism, Racism
Detroit Disability Power
September 3rd, 2021

Claiming Connection: Cultivating a Relationship with Place as Disabled Artists
Hosted by the Portland Art Museum

Thursday July 22nd, 2021

Interdependence and Self-Care
Fellowship Workshop
Join for Justice Org
July 18th, 2021

Environmental Policy Work and Self-Care Workshop
Civic Spark AmeriCoprs CA
June 17th, 2021

Zoeglossia Poetry Reading
Saturday May 22nd, 2021

Social Work Fellows Self-Care Workshop
Child Study Center at Yale School of Medicine
March 26th, 2021

Readings and Lectures Crip Ecologies with Kay Ulanday Petra Kuppers moderated by Naomi Ortiz March 25th at 7pm central time On the left is Kay Ulanday Barrett, a brown round boi wearing glasses with short hair. They wear a gray tweed blazer. They perform on stage with one hand out while the other holds a microphone, in front of a rainbow & Transgender flag. In the middle is Petra Kuppers, a white queer cis woman of size with a bald head, black lipstick, yellow glasses, velvet top and scarf, and a broad smile. On the right is Naomi Ortiz, a light-skinned Mestiza with short dark hair who looks intently to the side. An earring with a concentric circle design swings below the hairline. The backdrop is a mountain, cacti, and desert trees

Crip Ecologies with Kay Ulanday and Petra Kuppers
moderated by Naomi Ortiz
An event sponsored by the Poetry Foundation
March 25th at 7pm central time

“Digesting What’s In the Way” A Poetry Coalition Event
Split This Rock, Poetry Workshop

March 17th, 2021

Self-care for the Disabled Bodymind
University of Arizona DRC
March 3rd, 2021

A Crip Reckoning: Reflections on the ADA@30” (2/2/2021) – Watch Accessible Video 
(Video – Naomi’s section starts at 51:00)
Syracuse University Panel
February 1, 2021

Self-Care Workshop
Family Values @ Work
January 21, 2021

Self-Care and the Politics of Wellness Workshop
Earlham College Border Studies Program
November 2nd, 2020 12-2pm AZ time

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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