B. Anderson

Spiritual Artist

 

Beatrice Anderson (B. Anderson) is a champion for liberation through healing and restorative justice. Through her work as a grassroots organizer, contemplative teacher, artist, and ritual leader, she calls up the traditions of her Jamaican Maroon, Choctaw and Niitsitapi/Blackfoot ancestry.  She offers a rich infusion of indigenous spiritual practices, community wellness strategies and traditional healing modalities to help co-create and sustain access for all people to live full, liberated lives.

Beatrice emphasizes the importance of restorative and healing justice as visionary and co-founder of the Love Circle Sangha; a meditation/mindfulness community that serves as a refuge for Black/Indigenous/People of Color and white comrades who are actively engaged in anti-oppression work. Together, the community seeks to decolonize and alleviate suffering by practicing through an engaged, earth- based dharma, jointly informed by the teachings of Zen Buddhist Thich Nhat Hahn and Diasporic indigenous traditions.

Her own artistic work centers process and testimony in an exploration of changing the narrative of self and community care through mixed media installations. Her work has been featured at the Brooklyn Museum, the Rotterdam Museum, The Whitney Museum of American Art, and at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Arts. Her newest piece Ratchet Dharma, is a process social collaborative exploration that works to create more diverse access through shifting language, posture and the container of contemplative practices and spaces.

Currently, Beatrice serves as the co-founder of the InVision Contemplative Collective, a consultant group supporting the efficacy, sustainability and wellbeing of organizations whose programming serves youth and families of marginalized communities. Through a comprehensible methodology, InVision aspires to realize liberation and transformation for all people through the power of deep reflection and intentional relationship building.

Deeply committed to upholding the legacy of her ancestors, Beatrice continues to explore and develop her craft as an apprentice with Karen Rose studying spiritual plant medicine, as an aspirant in the lay Zen Buddhist community of the order of Interbeing and as a member of the Ifa tradition under the tutilage of Kabyeisie Aosju Abrou Aboye.

A firm believer in the idea that those who help others be free must also remain sensitive to the deepening of their own practice, Beatrice has embraced her calling as ritual leader. She continued the ancient tradition of opening and closing ceremonies for a number of gatherings, including the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers at the Montezuma Well in Arizona, the Monastic community at Blue Cliff Monastery (Pine Bush, New York), Ayiti Resurrect grassroot organization (Leogane, Haiti) and with Harriet’s Apothecary, a  an intergenerational healing village led by the brilliance and wisdom of Black Cis Women, Queer and Trans healers, artists, health professionals, magicians, activists and ancestors (Brooklyn, New York).