Season 2 E17: Hanifa Nayo Washington on Fireside project, the art of listening, healing with songs

June 28, 2022 Hanifa Nayo Washington Season 2 Episode 17
Season 2 E17: Hanifa Nayo Washington on Fireside project, the art of listening, healing with songs
Show Notes

In this episode of Leadershipedelics, meet Hanifa Nayo Washington. Hanifa is a social entrepreneur, cultural producer, and healing justice practitioner. She is a facilitator, reiki master, singer, song writer, and a creator who works at the intersection of mindfulness, place making, and social justice to create organizations, gatherings, spaces, and experiences rooted in the values of beloved community.

She is the co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer for Fireside Project. She is involved with the American Psychedelic Practitioners Association, East Forest’s Journey Space, and the Global Wellness Institute Psychedelics & Healing Initiative. She is the co-founder of One Village Healing, a BIPOC centered healing, resilience, and psychedelic wellness space and is a lead facilitator of the New Haven Community Leadership Program.

 We cover a wide range of topics including Hanifa’s medicine songs, her creative process, and how these songs have helped her and others in their journeys. We talk about the importance of listening in our lives, in leadership, in helping one another, and to drive change. We cover the Fireside project, its mission, training approach, and upcoming equity initiative. Hanifa closes our interview by singing a song from her Mantras for the Revolution album.

Enjoy 🙏❤️


  • Hanifa’s creative and integration process
  • Singing in morning rituals, ceremonies, with breathwork and somatic work
  • Reverence and awe about life
  • Connecting with the vibration of everything
  • The sacredness and honor that come from holding space
  • Finding coherence with each other in an intentional way
  • Importance of listening for leadership and change
  • Fireside Project’s mission and approach
  • Fireside Project’s new equity initiative 
  • The power of silence and reflective questions
  • Acknowledging and addressing power dynamics
  • Generational trauma, wisdom, and gifts
  • And much more

🧠 Memorable Quotes 🧠

“Listening is at the heart of change, of connection. When we think about social justice movement and liberation, listening, or not, is how we use our power.”

“When we are listened to, it is one of the most absolute gifts and declaration of respect we can give one another.” 

“Healing is a birthright and people just need more and more access to it.”

Connecting with Hanifa


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