Kamra Hakim

Kamra Hakim

Founder, Activation Residency

she/r he/im

Summer 2022

Kamra Sadia Hakim (she/r he/im) is a Black American transgender person hailing from O'odham Jeweḍ land, resourced by Munsee Lenape land (so-called Brooklyn, NY) and Bethel, NY (Hebrew translation “house of God”) situated in and near Kauneonga Lake (apocryphal Munsee translation “like the wings of a bird”). He has a graduate degree from New York University Center for Global Affairs School of Professional Studies. She is the author of Care Manual: Dreaming Care into Being, musician behind Kamra, and founder of Activation Residency. He thinks, feels, makes and performs to storymake garden futures and participates in a lineage of care weaving themes of remembering how to talk to each other with respect, reverence, beauty, and skill through art ecosystems in music, movement, literature, and permaculture design.

Tell us, what excites you about your work right now?

​​I am excited by a slower paced lifestyle and working environment, and the magic of making. I just purchased 8 acres of land to build a forest farm able to host and soak and am working on my second record. 

What feels rich and abundant in your work right now?

The step by step process of land cultivation, reclamation, and stewardship feel rich and abundant right now because it is requiring of me relational expanse with more than human life as well as folks in the land surveying, land engineering, and permaculture design worlds.

Who do you dedicate your work to?

My work is dedicated to those unable to access care or caring, and those in relational recovery.

Where are you drawing inspiration from these days?

I am learning from Meenadchi, Mia Schachter, Jewel, Fariha Róisín, Andrew Faust of the Center for Bioregional Living, Akwaeke Emezi, Mae Eskenazi, Annika Izora, and Marlee Grace.

What something you didn’t know, that now you understand differently with wellness?

Being well is an active, not passive process. Pursuing wellness is ongoing, a daily commitment. 

What is your own wellness practice? How do you find balance?

My wellness practice shifts to accommodate my ever-evolving emotional and psychological recovery needs though usually includes making, meditation, naps, mentorship, therapy, prioritizing ease in connection, maintaining a well-kept home, and somatic engagement. I find balance by dedicating time to doing nothing, processing, sitting with discomfort, and organizing my life around my needs and boundaries.

How can people reading this support the work you are doing?

People can support the work I am doing by sending financial investments via Venmo: @Activation, Cash App: $activationresidency, or PayPal: info@activationresidency.com. As someone in relational recovery, I am always looking for resources and practice in healing from communicating in ways that do not align with my values: defensiveness, projection, personalization, etc. 

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