Prentis Hemphill

Prentis Hemphill is a genderqueer and Texan born healer, movement facilitator, Somatics teacher, and writer living and working at the convergence of healing, individual and collective transformation, and political organizing. Prentis spent many years developing, learning and contributing to powerful organizations such as generationFIVE, Communities United Against Violence (CUAV), The Relational Center, Dignity and Power Now, Black Organizing for Leadership and Dignity (BOLD) and as the former Healing Justice Director at Black Lives Matter Global Network – grappling with questions of how we value and transform ourselves and our intimate relationships, all while transforming conditions and institutions around us. Currently Prentis is a teacher of Somatics with Generative Somatics, which is focused on bringing a politicized Somatics practice to movement building organizations, and with Black Organizing for Leadership and Dignity, a training program for Black organizers throughout the US, and works as a facilitator and consultant for organizations and groups looking to center healing justice and transformative justice into the very core of their work to build more whole, well and self-determined communities. In 2016, Prentis was awarded the Buddhist Peace Fellowship Soma Award for community work inspired by Buddhist thought. Uncovering ancestral wisdom, creating new healing interventions, and shifting the culture of organizing towards creativity, healing, and joy have been central to Prentis’ commitment and work.