Welcome to In Search of My Own Gardens. I’m Catherine Speaks (she. they), Afro-Indignenous queer, speaker, writer, poet, performance artist, healer, yogi and yoga instructor. On this website, you’ll find a lil bit of all these things. Poetry, some healing movements, think pieces, music, and more.  In Search of My Own Gardens is about the art, the search, the journey and the community that gets built along the way. 

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Contact Me: damalispeaks@gmail.com


Catherine Speaks


Catherine Speaks (Black American, South Carolina Gullah, Tsalagi) is a performance artist, yoga instructor and writer based in Portland, Oregon, originally from Long Island/Brooklyn New York. 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 as Blogger & Advocacy Trainer 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.