Serita Colette is an educator in sustainable healing practices on Occupied Dakota Territory: Minneapolis, MN. Serita was born during the monsoon in Kerala, India and raised an intersectional feminist by her mother and auntie.
Serita returned to Kerala at twenty-three to study Kathakali from Ashaan, Shiva Das of the world renowned Kalamandalam classical arts school in Kerala. She is a life-long student of Meditation, Ayruveda, Social Justice, and IBPoC Queer consciousness-raising.
Serita began organizing at 19 practicing harm reduction through a needle exchange program at Common Ground Westside Connection in Los Angeles.
At 22 she practiced seed sovereignty under Ernie Whiteman and Diane Wilson of Dream of Wild Health protecting Oneida White from genetically engineered crops.
In 2015 Serita established one of the first People of Color Yoga practices in the Twin Cities.
Serita establishes space to work on dharma, liberation and our relationship to climate change leading her students back to the roots of yoga and meditation with dignity and respect. They are currently finishing their studies in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy alongside a cohort of BIPOC healers. They also recently joined The Subversive Sirens Synchronized Swim Team. The Sirens are a Minnesota (USA) based synchronized swimming team committed to black liberation, equity in swimming & aquatic arts, body positivity in athleticism, and queer visibility.
These studies and powerful collaborations have elevated their dharmic path and deepened their work with trauma, liberation, gender-race-sexuality work, consultation and resilience practices, bodywork and rest.
Awards, Achievements, Leadership Past & Present
National Education Association: Conference on Racial & Social Justice
"Presence to Power," Leading two workshops and un-conference 2018
Tantra Retreat, Boundary Waters 2018
Vinyasa Krama with Ben Vincent August 2018
Seed Grantee Convening for the Catalyst Initiative, May 2018
The Star Tribune: Healing Racial Trauma, August 2017
Race, Love and Liberation: Applying Spiritual Practice to Racial Justice Scholarship with Rev angel Kyodo Williams, 2018
Allina Healthcare Grant, Learning Dreams
Yoga Nidra Training with Indu Arora
Marma Vidya with Indu Arora
Hatha Yoga Pradipika Immersion with Ben Vincent
Tantra Immersion Yoga Scholarship, Boundary Waters with Ben Vincent
10-month Advanced Yoga Studies with Ben Vincent
The Four Desires, Boundary Waters with Ben Vincent
Women & Sexuality Studies Social Justice Scholarship, UMN
Growing Power Scholarship with Will Allen, Women's Environmental Institute
Kathakali Kerala Kalamandalam, India
Performance & Choreography:
Controlled Burn: Queer Performance for a World on Fire Produced by Patrick's Cabaret, performed at Intermedia Arts 2017
Futuristic Moves Performance and Racial Justice Workshop w. Jessica Lopez Lyman & Junauda Petrus, St. Olaf College September 21, 2017
Futuristic Moves with Jessica Lyman Lopez, Junauda Petrus Minnesota Museum of American Art, St. Paul MN 2017
PRIDE, Queer Women of Color Soul Friday 2017
Please Don't Feed the Children, a reading by Aamera Siddique, Pangea World Theatre November 2016
Throb, Choreographed by Angharad Davies for Jaime Carrera’s Outlet Festival
Throb Choreographed by Angharad Davies for Choreographers' Evening at The Walker Art Center
Current and Past Collaborators:
Monkeybear's Harmolodic Workshop 2017-present
Fusion Hill Design Firm 2017-present
University of Minnesota 2018
Terra Firma 2017-present
One Yoga 2016-present
Bisexual Organizing Project- 2017
Volunteering at The Aliveness Project 2013-2017
Music Video Collaborations, Performance & Dance