“Dance is a language. It's the way that humans speak Spirit,
or if we're lucky, that Spirit speaks Us"
Arisika Razak, RN (Registered Nurse), CNM (Certified Nurse Midwife), MPH (Masters in Public Health) has worked for over thirty years in the fields of Women's Spirituality/Women's Studies/Women's Health, Spiritual Dance, and Nurse-Midwifery. She has achieved local, national and international recognition in these fields as an educator, artist, practitioner, and author.
As an educator in the field of Women's Studies/Women's Spirituality, Ms Razak has been interviewed in the publications: New Age Journal; Women of Power; Snake Power; and Goddessing Regenerated. She is one of 18 extraordinary women featured in Cathleen Rountree's book of interviews and photographs: On Women Turning Forty, which includes Susan Griffin, Barbara Boxer, and Maxine Hong Kingston. She has articles in three books: Children of the Dawn: Visions of the New Family; Reweaving the World: the Emergence of Eco-feminism, and the introduction to Childbirth Wisdom. She has been interviewed and featured for her work in Women's Health and Women's Studies both in film and on radio. In Fire Eyes, the full-length feature film by an African woman to discuss the issue of female genital mutilation/female circumcision, Arisika discusses her work with women and their bodies, as a midwife, healer, and workshop leader. She is interviewed in Abortion: From Danger to Dignity, by Academy Award nominee, Dorothy Fadiman, on the issues poor women face when seeking, abortion, and in the nationally distributed PBS documentary Who Lives, Who Dies? , which focuses on issues of health care for the indigent.
Arisika's work integrates the disciplines of Women's Studies/ Women's Spirituality, and Women's Health and Spiritual Dance, through the incorporation of the teachings of earth based spiritual traditions, women's spirituality, and women's health into the language of movement and dance. She has been filmed as a ritualist, dancer and panel presenter in the CIIS Women's Spirituality Program promotional videotape; in the internationally distributed film, Goddess Remembered, by Donna Read of the National Film Board of Canada, and in the nationally distributed video, Spiritdancer. Arisika has lectured extensively and led experiential and didactic workshops in the overlapping fields of Women's Studies/Women's Spirituality, and Women's Health at San Francisco State University, University of California at Davis, University of California at San Francisco, University of California at Santa Cruz, California State University of Sonoma, the California Institute of Integral Studies, New College of California, JFK University in Orinda, and Educational Programs Associates of Campbell California. She is the featured dancer in A Place of Rage by Prahtibha Parma. which showcases the work and struggles of African American women activists Alice Walker, June Jordan and Angela Davis.
As an artist performer, Arisika's work is dedicated to the reclamation of the power and sacredness of the female body, and reflects her belief that we are all embodiments of the sacred Arisika. has performed professionally since 1987, appearing at over 75 venues. These include international venues such as the Fourth UN Conference on the Status of Women in Beijing, China, the Women of Wisdom, Women of Power Conference in Bern Switzerland; and the Michigan Women's Music Festival in Michigan. Other national and local venues include: the National Women's Music Festival, the San Francisco Lesbian and Gay Dance festival, Stanford University, and Theatre Arteaud, La Pena Community Center in Berkeley, the Dancing Poetry Festival in San Francisco and the University of Southern California Ecofeminist Conference in Los Angeles. She has been a core member of the Purple Moon Dance Project for over four years.
Arisika received her MPH in Health Care Administration from UC Berkeley in 1978. She is a Registered Nurse, receiving her BS in Nursing from UC San Francisco in 1976. She is a Certified Nurse-Midwife, received her Certificate in Nurse-Midwifery from UC San Francisco, in 1980. She has worked as a nurse midwife, health care provider, and health care administrator for over 25 years, serving as staff nurse-midwife and director of the Nurse-Midwife Service at Highland Hospital in Oakland; director of the Alameda County Pre-term Delivery Prevention Project, and Assistant Administrator for Ancillary services at Cowell Hospital, UC Berkeley.