Anitafrika retreat centre

for artists & non-artists

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"In Who I am, I am enough. In how I am, I am content. In what I have, I am satisfied. I am at peace"

-d'bi.young anitafrika

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To be selected for d’bi.young’s residency program was a huge honour and a life-changing experience. It was here that I realized my potentiality and passion as an artist and it was here that I wrote, developed and performed in my first full theatrical work: a one-woman play entitled 32c. This experience also provided me with the language to describe my own principles and recognize how they manifested in my own artistic process and day to day life experiences. d’bi’s work transcends borders and boundaries.  Regardless of geographic context, time or space, the truths she offers resonate.
— Amanda Parris/CBC The Exhibitionists
I have witnessed first hand how many people have been transformed by the [Anitafrika] Method both as an artist and as a human being. The teachings have become more and more a part of me and are becoming intrinsically a part of my way of life and decision making frameworks. As I continue to check in with myself and my purpose, I go back to the tools I was given on a regular basis to help my with my self-actualization process. I give extreme thanks!
— Che Kothari/Manifesto Festival

About d'bi

d'bi.young anitafrika is a queer Black feminist artist, United Nations speaker, Canadian Poet of Honor, InkTalks/TED speaker and YWCA Woman of Distinction. The internationally celebrated African-Jamaican dubpoet, dramatist, educator, director and dramaturge is also a 3 time Dora Award winning writer-performer for her epic triptych of plays The Sankofa Trilogy and The Orisha Trilogy.  anitafrika's groundbreaking creative praxis - the Anitafrika Method - uses the Sorplusi Principles as an intersectional anti-oppression human development framework, which is studied and practiced globally by artists, instigators and policy-makers. d’bi is the founding Artistic Director of Watah; Canada's only professional theatre company that offers year-long tuition-free artist residencies to Black and diverse artist-instigators. She is also the founder and CEO of The Sorplusi Institute and Sorplusi Publishing, a research-based social enterprise with a micro press extension producing works by Black and diverse creators.

Author of 7 plays, 6 dub albums and 5 books, d'bi has toured nationally and internationally. She is currently creating the first ever DubOpera, tackling global environmental issues through a large-scale political musical entitled Lukumi (previously titled Bleeders and recently funded by Canada Council through the New Chapters Grant), scored by her Afro-fusion-Reggae band The 333. Lukumi garnered the Summerworks NOW Magazine Audience Choice Award for it's first workshop presentation in summer 2016. Catch d'bi along with a stellar cast and the 333 Band, this fall in the world premiere of Lukumi: A DubOpera.

'I own nothing. the world owes me nothing and I too shall pass.'

-d'bi.young anitafrika