Kim Haxton is a multifaceted, multidimensional educator, rooted in knowledge and steeped in community. She is Potowatami from Wasauksing, currently based in Vancouver BC. She has worked across Turtle Island and abroad in various capacities, always emphasizing local leadership development toward genuine healing. In her work with Indigeneyez, a creative arts based organization she co-founded, Kim works with Indigenous communities toward decolonization and liberation. Grounded in the arts and the natural world for embodied awareness and facilitated rites of passage, Kim develops de-escalation skills and diversity and anti-oppression education. Kim currently leads Peace and Conflict Resolution programs in the Democratic Republic of Congo, cultivating local leadership in Congolese women who have been affected by civil war, poverty and sexual violence. Kim has developed and facilitated programs in over 8 countries, and has been working in land-based education and leadership for the past 20 years. She also free lances with different organizations doing environmental leadership, decolonization and reflection of the patterns that stop us from being authentic leaders. Kim offers consultation, healing ceremony, Group Facilitation and Leadership Development trainings world-wide.
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The video Kim mentions early on in the interview can be found here:
In this interview, we touch on :
Intro: Beyond the Bridge by Adam Elim
Outro: Light Up the Night by Jasmine Fuego
Bloom Podcast cover illustration by Jessica Perlstein
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I met Kim at a retreat center for social entrepreneurs called Hollyhock, on Cortez Island off the coast of Seattle. She led a game to teach deeper sensory awareness, where participants paired up to connect with trees. One person blindfolded the other, who wandered around the forest to find a tree they like. The partner just stayed close to keep them from tripping and so forth. Once they found a tree, they stopped by it for a while and listened. The seeing person then led them back to the starting place. They took off their blindfold, and then tried to find the tree they hugged - if they were wrong the partner would let them know. Most people found their tree on the first try.
I’ve though of Kim often since then, and our mutual friend Julian Caspari connected us again as fellow experimenters with models of collective power structures. I hope this interview is just the start of more conversation, and collaboration with or boosting the signal of the rad projects she’s working on.
Big thanks to Kim for setting the frame for this podcast and the network as a whole, since 2018 marks the beginning of our first big public outreach for the network.
And thanks to artists Adam Elim, Jasmine Fuego, and Jessica Perlstein, for the music and art!
This is the first time I’ve put the Bloom Podcast up on an RSS feed. If you want to listen to old podcast episodes, you can find them on the Bloom Blog under podcasts.
This episode is dedicated to Sobey Wing, who is a cross-cultural relations person working on decolonization and anti-colonial solidarity. Sobey contributes to designing the brand framework for Bloom to support solidarity with and leadership by indigenous peoples and people of color, across movements such as the environmental movement, spirituality movements, and the transformational festival scene. He works as a youth rites of passage facilitator, encouraging youth to connect with their ancestral traditions. And many more amazing things! We’ll invite him as a guest on the show soon. Thank you for your leadership, Sobey!
Much love to all you listeners and thank you for listening.