Established in 2004 in Long Beach, California, The Earthlodge Center for Transformation (Earthlodge) firmly roots itself in the Black Southern Indigenous healing traditions and legacies that the founder, Queen Hollins, learned from her grandmother as a child while coming of age at the tail end of Jim Crow. The Earthlodge employs Healing Justice as a cornerstone of its trauma-informed holistic approach to community healing and worker center labor movement work. We provide an inclusive space for self-actualization and intergenerational resilience utilizing the African village concept that the community takes responsibility for the well-being of one another. This strategic approach applies the community’s skill sets developed out of survival and mitigates the effects of mental illness, racism, sexism, and homophobia for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, people of color), Two-Spirit, LGBTQIA+ , women and youth, and allies of intersectional socio-economic backgrounds.
Pathways for individuals who live on the fringes of a society, who are its most vulnerable and who might otherwise be deemed disposable to a country in peril, are opened wide through the work of this organization by providing unique opportunities to heal lives by being in community, engaging in workshops, sharing in ceremonies, tending plants and herbal gardens, and studying nature-based spiritual principles that aid in wellness in community, in the home and on the job.