Studio Ānanda is an organization and a resource for global, post-capitalist healing. At the heart of our mission is an online community platform—our digital space is a place where people can come and find wellness tools that have been obfuscated through colonization. Through archiving stories and conversations, facilitating community engaged workshops, a radio show and a research lab, we explore what wellness looks like when it is accessible to everyone.
We believe individuals have a right to information regarding alternative pathways to their health and healing, and deserve to know how to have the agency to heal, or to turn to others that might have answers for them on their specific path. To achieve this, we work with practitioners of alternative wellness modalities, from mycologists to acupuncturists, trauma therapists to birth-workers. By working directly with practitioners who offer accessible and alternative ways to heal outside of the modern wellness industry we not only mitigate harm done by the traditional wellness industry, but we also broaden the conditions of what wellness means and who gets to be well. By doing this we are responding to the wellness industrial complex and its praxis to extract, steal, whitetify, patent and own indigenous knowledge. We work to provide our network of practitioners with fair wages, through monetary payment as well as time, dedication, commitment and manual labor. We aim for the information we provide to be accessible to anyone at any level of healing and our conversations are far ranging and dynamic.
Ideologically, Studio Ānanda believes that the physical body works in tandem with the emotional, psychological and spiritual one, and that our genetic code holds as much truth as our ancestral lineage. We uphold and honor the traditions and cultures that gave and continue to give us this body of knowledge, seeking to include wellness from all customs and heritages.
Given the historic context of the land on which we (most of us, settlers) reside, it is imperative that we draw attention to the devastating impacts that centuries of colonization have imposed upon Indigenous people. We stand in solidarity with all Indigenous people that are seeking to reclaim their identities, health, land, and community resources. Studio Ānanda acknowledges that it is located on the ancestral Lenape homelands, also known as New York City, and pays respect to the Lenape elders, past, present and future. We also honor and uphold the Gadigal People of the Eora Nation, the traditional custodians of so-called ‘Sydney,’ Australia and we also honor and uphold the lineages of the First Nations people of Tkaronto, otherwise known as ‘Toronto’, Canada.