Afia Walking Tree Afia Walking Tree

Adjunct Lecturer
Women's Spirituality
Philosophy and Religion Department
School of Consciousness and Transformation

M.Ed, Bank Street College of Education

Afia Walking Tree, M.Ed is a world-class percussionist, cultural ambassador, spiritual activist, empowerment facilitator, leadership development advocate and trainer.

Walking Tree's drumsongs are prayers of gratitude for the generosity of spirit. Her lyrics are evolutionary teachings, addressing present day issues of social justice, freedom, healing and self-love. Her first solo CD, entitled Soul Affirmationz is now available.

For over 14 years, Walking Tree has served as visionary director of her brainchild, Spirit Drumz, an international organization that prioritizes women and youth of all cultures to utilize African Diasporic drumming, dancing, storytelling to activate empowerment and healing.

A self-taught musician for the most part. She then sought out her first teachers and since 1990 has been immersed extensive study of African Diasporic drum, dance, culture, and shamanism in West Africa (Guinea/Ghana), Canada, Alaska, Hawaii, Philippines, Bali, Thailand, London, and the US.

Her repertoire includes the integration of traditional Afro-Cuban (Congas, Shekeres, Bells, Bongos, Batas, Culture), Afro-Caribbean (Nyabingi, Steel Pan, Calypso), West African (Djembe, Dununs, Krin, Gongoma, Kpanlogo, Ngoma, Dance, Song, Storytelling, Culture), Afro-Haitian (Manman, Segon, Boula), Afro-Brazilian (Surdo, Repinique, Agogo, Ganza, Tamborim), Middle Eastern, (Dumbek, Riqq, Bodran), Indonesian Gamelan, Japanese Taiko, Voice, Body Percussion, and dance.

Walking Tree's holistic humanist approach to her life and work is evident in her affirmation-based sound powah transpersonal workshops and energizing performances, which empower individuals and community through percussion, ritual, dance, song, and dialogue.

In 2005, Walking Tree journeyed to West Africa, Guinea and Ghana, where she furthered her mastery with griots and shamans in drum, dance, culture, and wellness. And from December 2008 to January 2009, she returned to one of the small fishing villages in Guinea, called Roume, with 33 westerners from all over the world, and immersed this international group in Guinea drum, dance and culture.

Afia met her Ancestral family through Jules Stept in 2002. It was Jules who introduced Afia to her spiritual oracle Ma Ajuba, also endeared as Orisa Oke, Nana Buruku, Nana Bukuun of the West African Ifa pantheon.

Walking Tree has a long-standing performance history that began in the church choir with her mother as an adolescent and later in college when she recited her first poems in public. 

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Spirit Drumz Ensemble: Five Women Drum Masters students and lead drummer, Afia Walking Tree drum and dance Yamama, a rhythm from Guinea, West Africa

Women's Spirituality Faculty

Alka Arora Alka Arora
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BA, University of Southern California,
Asoka Bandarage Asoka Bandarage
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PhD, BA, Yale University,
BA, Bryn Mawr College,
Jennifer Berezan Jennifer Berezan
Adjunct Professor, Women's Spirituality
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BA, University of Calgary,
Carolyn Brandy Carolyn Brandy
Adjunct Lecturer, Women's Spirituality
BA, Holy Names College,
Susan Carter Susan Carter
Adjunct Professor, Women's Spirituality & Transformative Inquiry
PhD, MA, California Institute of Integral Studies,
BA, Lewis and Clark College,
Lucia Chiavola Birnbaum Lucia Chiavola Birnbaum
Professor Emeritus, Women's Spirituality
PhD, MA, BA, University of California, Berkeley,
Carol P. Christ Carol P. Christ
Adjunct Professor, Women's Spirituality
Director,
PhD, MA, Yale University,
Lisa Christie Lisa Christie
Adjunct Lecturer, Women's Spirituality
PhD, California Institute of Integral Studies,
MBA, Santa Clara University; BA, Coleman College,
Jen Cross
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Cheryl Dawson Cheryl Dawson
Adjunct Lecturer, Women's Spirituality
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MA, New College of California; BA, California State University, Hayward,
Vivian Dzyak Vivian Dzyak
Adjunct Lecturer, Women's Spirituality
PhD, MA, California Institute of Integral Studies,
BA, California State University, Hayward,
Riane Eisler Riane Eisler
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Women's Spirituality Program
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JD, University of California, Los Angeles,
Heide Goettner-Abendroth Heide Goettner-Abendroth
Adjunct Distinguished Professor, Women's Spirituality
PhD, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat of Munich,
Susan Griffin
Adjunct Lecturer, Women's Spirituality
MA, BA, San Francisco State University,
Miri Hunter Haruach Miri Hunter Haruach
Adjunct Lecturer, Women's Spirituality
PhD, California Institute of Integral Studies,
MA, University of New Mexico; BFA, University of Tampa,
Mara Lynn Keller Mara Lynn Keller
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PhD, MPhil, Yale University,
MA, Purdue University; BA, Gettysburg College,
Anne Key Anne Key
Adjunct Lecturer, Women's Spirituality
PhD, California Institute of Integral Studies,
MA, BA, Stephen F. Austin State University,
Rabbi Jane Rachel Litman Rabbi Jane Rachel Litman
Adjunct Instructor, Women's Spirituality
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MA, Hebrew Union College; BA, University of California, Berkeley,
Mary Mackey Mary Mackey
Adjunct Professor, Women's Spirituality
Phd, University of Michigan,
BA, Harvard University,
Reanae McNeal Reanae McNeal
Adjunct Lecturer, Women's Spirituality
MA, Texas Woman’s University,
BA, Western Illinois University,
Mytrae Meliana Mytrae Meliana
Adjunct Lecturer, Women's Spirituality
MA, California Institute of Integral Studies,
MA, MM, Ball State University,
Arisika Razak Arisika Razak
Professor Emeritus, Women's Spirituality
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Sara Salazar Sara Salazar
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Adjunct Lecturer, Women's Spirituality
PhD, California Institute of Integral Studies,
Charlene Spretnak Charlene Spretnak
Professor Emeritus, Women's Spirituality
Starhawk Starhawk
Adjunct Professor, Women's Spirituality
MA, Antioch West,
BA, UCLA,
Elizabeth Ursic Elizabeth Ursic
Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Women's Spirituality
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BA/MA, BA/BS, University of Pennsylvania,
Karen Nelson Villanueva Karen Nelson Villanueva
Adjunct Lecturer, Women's Spirituality
PhD, California Institute of Integral Studies,
MA, George Washington University; MA, Holy Names University,
Afia Walking Tree Afia Walking Tree
Adjunct Lecturer, Women's Spirituality
M.Ed, Bank Street College of Education,
Sara Webb Sara Webb
Adjunct Professor, Women's Spirituality
BA, University of California, Berkeley,
Annette Williams Annette Williams
Program Chair and Assistant Professor, Women's Spirituality
PhD, California Institute of Integral Studies,

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