Launching the Women of Color Healing Justice Consortium Website!

On November 9th, 2016 women and girls in the United States’ woke up to a different world, the kind that one wakes up to after being sexually assaulted – a world forever changed.  Over a full year, millions of women and girls sat and watched a presidential election that openly talked about assaulting women’s private parts.  The process triggered millions of women’s stories of sexual assault around the globe.

For the past four years, I have watched myself, my co-workers (executive directors, activists, organizers, healers, social workers, and providers) break open, once again, memories lost in time. I witnessed the victim and survivor in them awaken depression, fear, worry, and anxiety.  In urgency, I found myself joining, leading and co-sponsoring organized national calls and convenings to give breathe and exhale to organizations and first responders organizing on the frontlines. These last years have put us on alert, we have fought hard for our agency, human rights, and our self-determination. We are tired.  Violence against women and girls, human trafficking and child abuse have risen due in part to the permission that the president’s actions gave hundreds of thousands of perpetrators to continue to assault women without apology.

For many survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, all the elections from POTUS to the Supreme Court where themselves another sexual assault experience. For women who have never experienced violence directly, the presidential election served as an initiation. In this new world, everyday women and girls of color specifically, wake up to new rules, new chains, new walls, new prison cells. And every day the most vulnerable wake up to a new level of anxiety and fear. From immigration to abortion bans, health care cuts to the cutting of funds for violence against women, indigenous and LGBT folk, the presidents’ assault on women is a new form of gaslighting, victim-blaming and emotional terrorism. These will have its own consequences on the mind, body, and spirit of women and girls for years to come.

Women are dying. People of color are dying. We are going missing and being killed in our very own homes. First responders and social justice activists are becoming targets and yet we continue to transform the world oftentimes feeling powerless in the midst of the many wars being waged on us. We do the work anyway!

  I am excited to interrupt the historical trauma that is being created today by 

     Announcing and Launching the Womyn of Color Healing Justice Consortium. 

The CONSORTIUM is for YOU! It’s FOR US!  It is our HEALING and OUR MEDICINE. The Consortium creates spaces for survivors in leadership positions and the communities they serve to heal from the depth and breadth of the invisible, insidious ways gender-based violence has shaped and impacted their leadership without them knowing, leaving in its path both resiliency and scarcity.

The consortium is also a response to the ongoing question I get asked all the time, do you know any consultants that you trust? Consultants, that are at the intersection of healing, trauma and social justice, grounded in diverse spirituality, rooted in historical trauma, inclusive of race, class and ability, sexuality, gender identity/expression, or faith-based/religious affiliation and do cross-movement work? Consultants that most of all have done their own healing, have integrity, know how to hold space for emotional release, are accountable and are responsible for each other and their work?  Now I can say, Why yes, yes I do!

Walking by faith, not by sight
Dr. Dee

P.S.  Remember you are not alone. Please, reply to this message. Check-in with yourself and let me know how you are feeling? How have these political times impacted you, your leadership and how you move in the world? Share how you have been able to transform trauma, fear, and powerlessness? 

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Fall Newsletter #1 Where in the World is Dr. DEE? I have missed you.

Happy Fall Equinox, its been way too long. I even miss myself.
Unless you are on my facebook page or follow me on instagram you probably haven’t heard from me in a while.

Where have I been you ask?

1. I have been in school. Congrats to me! In August, I officially graduated from the University of Southern California, School of Social Work as Dr. Marte. Specifically, I took 2 years to condense all my 20+ years of work into an amazing dissertation titled Every Little Girl has a Story : The Impact of Gender-Based Violence on the Social, Emotional and Spiritual Intelligence of Women Who Lead Social Justice and Social Service Organizations. Thank you to everyone that supported me in all the ways. I love you!

2. From Thailand to Nepal, El Salvador to Brazil, New Orleans to New York City, I have been taking Healing Justice all over the world at the intersection of reproductive justice and gender-based violence. Personal and organizational trauma support work is crucial during these political times. If you know me then you know my personal mission and vision is transforming the way we heal from violence towards a world where women and girls are liberated, awakened voices and birthing justice.

3.  BEING A Mother, daughter, wife, and grandmother….Whew! Being a Wife? Wait, what? Yes, I got married to my beautiful wife last June and well marriage like any other journey is a beast and the perfect healing space for all the incompletion of your past to show up in full effect especially when you think you have healed and are ready for the “one”.  So in the midst of school, I was also learning how to love. But re-learning intimacy and love without violence in the middle of taking care of an elderly mom and fighting to save my daughter soul from abuse has proven to be nothing but challenging.

In the past two years, my own existence and well everything I stand for has come head to head in an internal war to stop saving everyone in my family and put myself first. As a result, I have learned that ending generational violence and trauma is not just about making sure another person in your family doesn’t get abused, it’s about learning how to love the person and stay connected even when you have to let go and watch them possibly die from their own choices. Learning to be a witness and not a life savior has been my biggest lesson. Becoming a grandmother to a precious magical boy has me recommitting to the work and myself in different ways.

Letting go and letting god and knowing the difference between my limits as a human, what I can and cannot do, from when I need to step aside and let spirit handle it has saved my own soul. I didn’t know it then but these last 2 years I was becoming she who can finish a PhD while being a stand for herself, taking her family out of generational poverty and abuse all while maintaining her capacity to love another, to love herself and dream another world for her grandchild.

That is my gift to all of you this Fall season. May we transcend any human attachments we have this season that brings us fear of letting go of people, places and things that no longer serve us. May we know when we have reached our limit and capacity to save others so we can call God to do his work and get out of the way. May this fall you walk with spirit unapologetic, unstoppable and become so unrecognizable that it changes the game of this earth and your life breaking generational trauma, poverty, and oppression.

In BOLD Love,
Dr. Dee

P.S.  No one should be alone right now.  Please, reply to this message and let me know where you have been and what is the biggest challenge you are facing right now? What do you need to stand in your power this fall?

@The Power to Give Hollywood Event:  A Night of Decolonizing Wealth. Co-hosted by Edgar Villanueva author of Decolonizing Wealth and Inspired Justice co-CEO/Founder Jlove Calderon and Matt Mcgorry and the magical and funny Master of Ceremonies Dayna Lynn North. From left to right Dayanara Marte, Ella Turenne, Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Favianna Rodriguez, (Left back) Richie “Reseda” Edmond Vargas, (Front center) Dayna Lynne North, (Center back )Matt Mcgorry, Edgar Villanueva, (RIght Back) Jay Ellis, Zoe Flowers and Jlove Calderon.
So honored to be featured in She Magazine USA as one of the socially conscious fashionistas of NYC. So proud of this collective group of women doing amazing things all over the U.S. From cybersecurity, BET Her, to Ending Human Trafficking this group is in the revolution and the frontlines looking good. Thank you to Jacquelyn Aluotto, founder of Real Beauty Real Women for being a stand to end violence against women and girls.

Special Coaching Packages: Transforming the way you LOVE, LIVE and LEAD!


Every Little Girl Seasonal Healing and Transformational Leadership Coaching Packages 
 Transforming the way we live, love and lead.

Every Little Girl Coaching Package for organizational and personal leadership will take participants through a seasonal healing journey of death and rebirth of themselves so that they can lead their lives from a place of power and not from an unhealed past. I believe that you where born powerful and courageous, brave, deserving, worthy and belonging and then something happened. Something happened that shaped who you are today in all its resiliency and trauma. In our sessions we will explore the impact that violence (domestic, intimate partner, sexual assault, rape, molestation, child sexual abuse, incest, war, poverty, neglect, and institutional violence) has had on your mind, body and spirit and how it has shaped the way you lead your personal and
organizational life. Together, we will create practices towards a paradigm shift of your spirit by building your personal and collective capacity to lead your life and create the world you want to live in.

Spiritual Healing adds a unique dimension to my work towards the

  • Completion of core beliefs of self that limit your thinking
  • Revelation of untold stories and trauma to get to the root
  • Identification of patterns that contradict your future self
  • Ritualizing practices to support you in manifesting
  • Reclaiming cultural ways of leading and being a leader

The focus of my coaching is on the desired outcome and impact you want to have in the world, in your life
and family right now and in the future. Therefore, all our coaching conversation will take place in the
present and what habits, practices and behaviors you are doing that can impact your future.

We will focus on where you are in the moment, how you got there and what is stopping you from having what you say you want? Tell me what you are producing and I will tell you what you are committed to.

With your desired outcomes clear, we will create possibilities and a game plan on how to get from where you are and where you want to be. We will set up accountability practices that will support you in knowing if your actions and ways of being are in
alignment with what you want to produce in the world, your mission and values as well as your happiness and wellbeing and follow through with what you say you are committed to. Grounding our coaching in reality is an important tool to move
beyond fear and resistance.

You are the expert of your life and the journey of deep discovery you will go on with me will support you in distinguishing your own truth from those you have internalized due to trauma, violence and oppression. All I do is hold space and stand by you. I am a witness and a container & I listen for what you are not saying and say what you need to hear; you are worthy, it was not your fault, you are enough, you are loved, you belong, you did not deserve it, and you are whole, perfect and complete.

Something’s you will become present to in our sessions and come into your own awareness are
• What is possible and impossible for you to create given what you believe about yourself and what
you are currently doing?
• What about who you are being and doing would need to shift in order for you to have the
relationships and life you truly want?
• What is the story, the personal, historical and intergenerational context within which you are
operating from and who created it, your little girl, your adolescent self or the young adult in you?
• What are your beliefs, judgments, assumptions and expectations and what are they costing you?
• What is at stake and what is your probable future if you continue to let trauma and the past lead

Coaching Packages for Organizational and Personal Leadership

For a consultation request go to 

1. Seasonal Personalized package: Three months of coaching (Fall, Winter, Spring and
Summer) 10 hours for 3 months each season

• Crisis/Need to talk calls
• Individually designed calls – Online live or phone
• Goal Setting/Evaluation Process-Creation of the future self (2hrs)
• Quarterly Assessment of all areas (2hrs)
• Unlimited email and text access
• Complimentary Copy of In BOLD Rebirth Seasonal Newsletter
• (BONUS) Transition of Seasons Celebration and Re-Evaluation
• Weekly accountability updates to be sent by email or text
• Join face book private group
• First to know about upcoming Mastermind groups, webinars, retreats or other events for
clients/members only
• Get quick results with transformative assignments and practices
• Access to books and materials as requested.

Price: free 30 minute consultation/TBD based on what is created!

2. VIP Deep Immersion Retreat
Is a deep discovery process that dives into the root of your story to un cover the pieces of your life
that have had the most impact on you today, have shaped who you are in the world, what you think
you deserve, what you are worth and what you have the ability to manifest. We will unpack your
dreams and create a game plan for your life. We will look at what area of your life do you want
freedom in? Who your spirit is longing to be? What goals do you want to meet that will bring you
joy and closer to what you most care about? Most importantly, we will identify what is at stake and
what is it costing you, your joy, aliveness, love, health, wealth?
In a safe space we will practice techniques in emotional release to support any healing your mind,
body and spirt may need to let go of trauma so that you can meet all of yourselves with love and

Face to face heal and transformation retreat ( 4 hours)
1 month unlimited follow up email / text
As needed check in calls (at least 2)
Personalized rituals, advanced spiritual practices and additional time (add’t cost)

Price: free 30 minute consultation/TBD based on what is created!

3. Train the Trainer/Heal the Healer
My innovative approach, combined with healing and spirituality has proved consistently effective in
supporting executive directors, facilitators, healers, advocates, organizers, coaches, social workers and
people on the frontlines of social justice in how they show up in their organizational and leadership
development roles. I support you in building the capacity of your most valuable asset – yourself – so you
can have the spiritual capacity and professional confidence to meet the personal and leadership demands
of this changing world and the people in your life. My aim is to be an indispensable thinking partner you can
trust to support you in having the impact you want to have in the world.
Price: per budget

Support with
Facilitation skills/practices
Review assessment and evaluation materials
Program/coaching/training/retreat development
Co-create materials and agenda
Review contracts/agenda
Negotiating worth
Consulting as needed
Supervision, staff development  & On-boarding
Leadership capacity building

Price: free 30 minute consultation/TBD based on what is created!

4. Co-facilitation
Working with a colleague, as a co-facilitator is part of the collaborative contribution I want to have in the
world. Co-facilitating provides an opportunity for greater impact, personal and professional development,
shared leadership and meaningful exchange. Together, we complement each other styles, monitor and
facilitate individual and group dynamic, provide opportunity for personal and professional growth and offer
a model for meaningful role plays/interventions.

Working together on contract/negotiation (as needed)
Co-create agenda
Facilitation of program/organizational development
Development of practices/exercises
Pre-post assessment
Join pre-post meetings
Co-create/meet deliverables/outcomes

Price:free 30 minute consultation/per contract

For a consultation request go to  or email me directly @ [email protected]

Statement in Solidarity with the Global Women’s March 2017

As women from all over the world prepare to gather and march on Jan 20th, global healers are also preparing to hold the rim of the circle for them. In BOLD Rebirth is organizing a global call to send them off in prayer, invoking them in light and protection and making sure that our ancestors lead the march.

We have always know that the battle against humanity is also a spiritual war. The cost of capitalism and violence against women and girls and the LGBT community and black folk is their power, their aliveness, their creativity and in essence their SPIRIT.

As women, young girls, and communities all over the world prepare to March on Jan 21st, it is imperative that they prepare not just for their physical safety but their spiritual safety as well. We need healing spaces. We are creating a safe space for those of us unable to attend marchs (because of work, mental health, accessibility or other needs) to join the call. We are ALL in this together. We need those attending to know that they are not alone. That we are watching, we are witnessing, we are holding them, containing, praying, conjuring, burning candles, and doing rituals for their safety mind, body and spirit.

THIS IS A GLOBAL CALL TO ACTION for HEALERS all over the WORLD,hosted by Stephanie Syd Yang and Dayanara Marte and you our partners this Friday, Jan 20th, 9am PST, 10am MST, 11am, CST and 12pm EST to prepare ourselves spirituality and conjure what we want to be inaugurating this weekend and for the next four years.

Pre-election and post-inauguration and everyday and moment in between women and women of color specifically have been holding their breathe and their bodies as they have experienced violence on all fronts, mind, body and spirit. And they will March anyway, survivors and victims.

As always women once again will put their bodies and spirits on the line and they will need the support of something so much bigger than them…their spirituality! We will let them know that with all their failed attempts our spirit are still here and more powerful than ever.

Join us to
1. Call in your ancestors, who do you want to march with you this weekend?
2. Vision what you want to inaugurate this weekend in your life and for the world and for the work you are doing?
3. Invoke spiritual warriors and freedom fighters that we want to lead this march and have our sides, back , front, and who we want above and below?
4. Create a spiritual safety plan and medicine bag? What do you need to take with you?

Here is what you can and should do this week to prepare yourself, your organization, your constituency and the people going with you. ATTEND the call this FRIDAY, Jan 20th from 12:00-1:00pm EST, Spiritual Warrior: Inauguration Send Off. We will host a global conference call to prepare individually and spiritually for the March, talk about the impact that Marching may have on you during the event and what you can do, gather some resources and talk about next steps after the march is over.

Stay tuned for more details on our post-March debrief call, happening a few days after the March.This will also be a safe space to heal, release and share.

What makes moments like this historical is not just the change that transpires in the world but the power that women have to unite their spiritual energies and create visible magic at a point in time when they are the most invisible and when their spirituality is what capitalism fears the most.

HEALERS gather as a call to action from their ancestors on this day. We are making a call to the healers of this world to prepare us spiritually to march and gives us our cultural tools of resistance against any violence that may occur on January 21st . We arm our communities with the spiritual tools of our ancestors because it is our human right.

Spiritual Warriors United
Dayanara Marte and Stephanie Syd Yang

For those who were unable to join the call, the following is the recording.

Listen in to join the prayers, meditations, centering practices and gifts from a variety of powerful healers: Dayanara Marte, Zoe Flowers, Guadalupe Rocio Chavez, Jessica Robinson, Stephanie Syd Yang

Dayanara Marte- Outing CSA

Outing CSA

Dayanara is a stand to Out Child Sexual Abuse. Join me and the Heal2End Project and all victims and survivors who have sent in their videos and those silent in the world and send in your video to not only out CSA but to take your personal journey of healing to another level and our collective journey of liberation manifest.

Check out my video, Dayanara Marte on Outing CSA

CONTENT/TRIGGER WARNING: Child sexual abuse, sexual assault, domestic violence, survivor Brown woman, wearing long shoulder length colorful earnings, red, green and yellow stripped head wrap. Has stud jewelry on a nose and labret piercing. Medium shot, wearing a black shirt, sitting in from of a white backdrop (wall/window with shear white curtains), speaking into camera/to audience.


Creating a video to out any trauma in our lives is very impactful. It takes courage and vulnerability. Read my initial reaction when I saw the video “Omg omg , being present to the feelings I’m having right now. I have written about it, I have spoken about it but to put this on video omg that’s a whole another thing. Thank you to Ignacio G Rivera from The HEAL project and Amita Swadhin and Maria Benbow for being one of the first videos I saw that helped me say fuck it I’m going to jump in and do it too! And to All the others who have submitted their videos to Heal2End Child Sexual Abuse.‪#‎outingCSA‬

It takes even more courage to take a stand against it. Read the project leaders, Ignacio Rivera’s response “Gracias! Thank you and Bo’matum Dayanara Marte and all the survivors who have and are able to participate in Outing CSA. We need to be talking about this broadly, openly and give face to it.”

To find out more about the project Meet Just Beginnings Collaborative Fellow, Ignacio Rivera

When the retreat is over: 10 signs to let you know your withdrawing!

Being a healer is more than just burning sage. It is a call to action, its a conjuring up, it is a witches brew of personal freedom and collective liberation. It is about being reparations when the state refuses, its about restoration of the spirit in a world that depletes it, its about regeneration of a peoples collective body in the aftermath of institutional oppression and its about the rebirth of nations and countries breaking the chains of internalized oppression. The smoke of sage is a spiritual call to action sending signals to our ancestors to hold us, to clear pathways, to keep us safe, to ground and root us as we fight in this human world.

Inspired by the work I did during the Black Womens BluePrint Truth and Reconciliation Commission this week and my bday this Friday. This Blog is dedicated to all the testifiers and participants of last weeks event and victims and survivors leading organizations and movements.


When the retreat is over: The feeling of WITHDRAWAL is Real. 

More and more of us, osisterhoodrganizers, social workers, victims and survivors are creating and attending events, workshops, retreats and trainings conjuring up, providing healing, opening up spaces within, listening to stories untold, making us think of things buried and hidden and holding up mirrors so we can step into another sisters shoes and another world.

These spaces can be magical because we are in community and sisterhood, people finally see and hear us and we feel like finally we belong to something. Two, three and four days we role deep, we see familiar faces and create new friendships, anything is possible, we build, we politic, we cry, we laugh and  we connect to what seems like the entire world and our lives all of a sudden make sense and THEN IT’S OVER!

Without preparation, we go back! We take airplanes, trains and automobiles back to our lives. Maybe for the first couple of days since the event we are high on life, doing, being in action with what we heard and what we realized about ourselves in relation to the world, we now have purpose!

But for many of us we go home afraid and in fear, we are exhausted from hearing  or telling of stories of violence and coming face to face with our biggest fears. Some of us may even feel a spiritual withdrawal feeling depleting energetically. While some of us go home  to only be reminded that there is no one there and you are now sitting with your “NEW NORMAL”. 

After hearing so many stories of violence you may have gotten triggered and found that you came home with an extra backpack full of your own story, full of questions about your past and future. What shaped me? Where is my community? Whose my tribe?

WITHDRAWING from these spaces is REAL and the feelings are pretty much like withdrawing from sugar, addiction and dis-ease. Our bodies go through physical, mental, emotional and spiritual withdrawal when we have to transition from healing spaces back into our personal lives.If you find your self going through some of these withdrawal symptoms know you are not CRAZY and you are not ALONE. 

10 Emotional Withdrawal Signs

  1. We find ourselves in bed wanting to sleep all day or have trouble sleeping because we are having vivid memories or nightmares.
  2. We don’t feel like we have energy to talk to anyone so we emotionally cut ourselves off. 
  3. The “New Normal” has us believing that no one understands us or everyone can see our story written on our faces.
  4. We don’t know how to explain what we experienced?
  5. We get real busy and may just want to forget so we avoid ourselves in every corner or mirror and avoid any possibility of thinking.
  6. We walk around getting triggered, upset, anxious and nervous. Seeing violence and our story in everything and everyone.
  7. We may even go back to disassociating or self care that includes by picking up addiction in our lives.
  8. We live our life as if the violence we have experienced is currently  happening  to us everyday. RIGHT NOW! 
  9. We go home and we are not the same person and we start to find fault in our relationship and partners and even make ourselves wrong.
  10. We feel shame, guilt, blame, disappointment and resentment and are now on constant guard.

Returning back and leaving such sacred spaces may present amazing healing and transformation and also pose major challenges we are never quite prepared for. We may find it difficult to not only be ourselves but we may not even know or start questioning who we are? How will we disclose to our friends and family our new story that maybe something happened in our past that has resurfaced? Do we tell, will they understand? How do we go back to being a wife, and a mother, a partner and  a lover when we realize we ourselves are victims of abuse  and violence and everyone feels like a perpetrator right now?  Will we be able to pick up where we left off?

Going from safe spaces back into an unsafe world is hard, but you are not going crazy and you are not alone. Please Stay connected, reach out and in the future get someones phone number who attended the event with you and set up a time to keep in touch or find them on social media and reach out. Do something bigger than you so you can stop focusing on your own story. Support your body in emotional release so you can physically release trauma by doing exercise, crying, shaking, punching pillows. Light candles to stay connected to your inner light and create an altar for you and your ancestors asking for compassion and strength on this journey of grieving who we were, knowing that this too shall pass.