The Welcome

Welcome to In Search of My Own Gardens. I’m Catherine Speaks, brown womxn, speaker, writer, performance artist, healer, yogi and yoga instructor. On this website, you’ll find a lil bit of all these things. In Search of My Own Gardens is about the art, the search, the journey and the community that gets built along the way. I create unapologetically black art & life through my experiences.

I am available for bookings upon request and conversation

Contact Me: damalispeaks@gmail.com

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Catherine Speaks

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Catherine Speaks (Black American/South Carolina Gullah/Cherokee) is a performance artist, yoga instructor and writer based out of Brooklyn, NY. They are the founder of “In Search of My Own Gardens”, a theater company/blog space, devoted to discovery of self, reclaiming ritual practice, Black/Native queer identity, as well as healing from trauma. Most recently their work has woven worlds blogging with Indigenous Women Rising, a nonprofit based in Albuquerque, NM that provides safe abortions to Native womxn and R.E.A.D & R.U.L.E., a nonprofit based in Brooklyn, NY that inspires literacy and self care for black and brown children & teens. They are 200HR Yoga Certified and passionate about engaging daily in more work with black and brown community and those healing from sexual violence.

Education Credits include: Education Internship with Trinity Repertory Company, performances with Brown/Trinity MFA Acting Program, B.A. in Theater & Dance Studies/Africana Studies from Wheaton College/Brown University.