Photo by Sarah White

Photo by Sarah White

Kerala in India by Serita

Kerala in India by Serita

Serita & Haley, Royal Blood by Serita

Serita & Haley, Royal Blood by Serita

Controlled Burn by Serita

Controlled Burn by Serita

Serita Colette

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

Minnesota Monthly Resolutions for 2019

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

 Learning Dreams-2016

One Yoga 2016-present

Bisexual Organizing Project- 2017

Modus Locus-2015

Volunteering at The Aliveness Project 2013-2017

 

   Music Video Collaborations, Performance & Dance