The Beloved Community Healing Clinic 2016 is a free traditional healing clinic meant to serve especially traumatized populations in the Bay Area. We provide free non-industrial, non-pharmaceutical healing treatment sessions to ALL (all ages/generations, genders, and walks of life) members of our community who suffer from physical, mental and spiritual illnesses resulting from systemic and personal traumas/abuse and that have the least access to holistic care.
The Beloved Community Healing Clinic Organizing Committee is committed to creating a safe space for ALL people. We encourage all our communities to join us in redefining and healing family + community in this space.
Meet the BCHC Organizing Committee!
Lalis Vasquez, MFTi, is an Expressive Arts therapist at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center in Martinez. She is also a team member of the Shakespeare for Social Justice program at San Quentin State Prison, where she assists in the facilitation of Drama Therapy and theatre classes for the men in blue. Lalis is excited to join the HCC organizing committee for her fifth clinic, as the Co-Coordinator of the Beloved Community Clinic.
AZIBUIKE AKABA, Public Health Institute, is currently a policy Analyst that manages an environmental program that includes air quality; land use, transportation and public health policy. As the Community Technical Assistance Coordinator for the West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project – He managed the Environmental Indicators Project (EIP). It is a Bay Area community based organization working on environmental justice, economic development and civil rights.
Azibuike served as the director of the National Technical Assistance Program (NTAP) for Communities for a Better Environment (CBE) from 1998 to 2003. He provides scientific and technical expertise to community groups addressing industrial pollution problems residential exposure and campaign planning.
In additional Azibuike had been a staff scientist at Communities for a Better Environment for 7 years. He has lead successful environmental campaigns such as: Ban MTBE, Dioxin, and others. He has also published several articles on Environmental Justice.
He currently provides technical training on pollution monitoring and toxic site investigation to community groups and grassroots organizations. His particular area of expertise is Toxic Site Investigations. In addition to his work at ICBE, Mr. Akaba has worked as Industrial hygienist technologist, and served as an expert witness on ground water contamination and petrochemical accident related issues. He is a certified hazardous materials specialist.
Azibuike likes walking meditations in forests and swimming in the oceans and rivers. He loves to create art with children, and is now the proud father of his beautiful daughter, Nikita Atma Ricky Akaba.
Shequan Zavala of Oceans Embrace Doula is a Preconception, Birth, & Certified Postpartum Doula, Community Herbalist, Childbirth Educator, Poet, Dancer, and a student of Traditional Chinese Medicine( Acupuncture & Herbs). Shequan is strongly connected to her Indigenous American self, ancestors, and traditions as well as the Afro-Cuban Lukumi Tradition where she is a Priestess of the Orisa Oya. Shequan loves what she does and uses her education, ancestral, and intuitive knowledge to help empower, encourage, and inspire hope in people on their healing journey.
Lucia Castañeda Kimble is passionate about supporting others to bring their best selves to the collective work of our liberation. She currently runs fellowships for leaders to increase impact both within the reproductive health, rights, and justice movement as well as for those working at the intersection of film, storytelling, and social justice as Program Manager for Rockwood Leadership Institute. Prior to joining Rockwood, Lucia organized communities of color to achieve social justice, more recently as the Rights Based Services Regional Lead Organizer for Causa Justa :: Just Cause, a regional grassroots base-building organization building community power to achieve justice for low income SF and Oakland residents. Born of Mexican and Guatemalan immigrants with powerful healing traditions, Lucia is excited to join the HCC as part of the Organizing Committee for her fifth clinic, the Beloved Community Healing Clinic to increase access to natural healing modalities for communities most impacted by systems of oppression. Lucia draws resilience from dancing, being in nature, swimming, and spending time with her beloved community.
Kanchan Dawn Hunter
Kanchan, Co-Creator of the California Annual Women of Color Herbal Symposium and Co-Director at Spiral Gardens Community Food Security Project, has had a deep connection with healing plants as long as she can remember but her commitment to learning them and their preparation crystallized when she became a mother 28 years ago.
To prove this she produced her first plant-based product, Rasa Body Balm, and shared it with family and friends. Creating that product launched her into her first home-based business and firmly on the path of herbal medicine making.
Spiral Gardens grows a large variety of edible and useful plants and teaches children and adults, about how to grow food in general and to identify, grow, harvest, dry, prepare and use medicinal plants in urban soil. The Women of Color Herbal Symposium exists to offer a space where women and girls of color can learn together in sacred community. The Symposium is held in pristine nature and herbal medicine along with other healing teachings, are offered by only women of color throughout the weekend.
Kanchan believes Earth provides everything we need to live well and to heal. Her vision is to find us all connected with each other in service to Life and Earth who nourishes us all.
Carla Perez, HCC Lead Coordinator (Please see Women’s Healing Clinic page for bio)
Tré Vasquez HCC co-coordinator (Please see Men’s Healing Clinic page for bio)