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

Finalist of the 2017 Ontario Premier Arts Awards for Theatre and Literature, d’bi.young anitafrika is one of 200 Canadian artists to receive a New Chapter Grant of $120, 000 to produce her critically acclaimed environmental musical entitled Lukumi: A Dub Opera, which world premiered to critical acclaim in Fall 2017 at Tarragon Theatre in Toronto Canada. The winner of three Dora awards for plays Blood.claat and Mami Wata, which appeared in her first and second trilogies, anitafrika’s other awards include: Canadian Poet of Honor, YWCA Woman of Distinction in the Arts, Mayor’s Arts, Vital People, KM Hunter Theatre Award and The Golden Beret Award.

She is an internationally celebrated African-Jamaican dub poet, playwright-performer, arts-educator, and Founding Artistic Director of Watah Theatre, Anitafrika is also the instigator of Spolrusi Publishing, a unique micro press which publishes original works by Black and diverse creators. Toronto Leadership Lab Fellow alumni, anitafrika is the originator of the creative leadership praxis and intersectional liberation framework - the Anitafrika Method, which has been utilized by The Stephen Lewis Foundation, The Banff Centre, U of T, MaRS, Women’s College Hospital as well as other institutions globally. She is the published author of seven books, eight plays and seven dub albums and has toured her work nationally and internationally.

Her most recent projects include 1. Establishing the Anitafrika Retreat Centre in the mountain forests of Chachagua Costa Rica where she teaches artists from all over the world 2. Producing Lukumi: A Dub Opera on large stages globally and 3. Travelling the world as a Keynote Speaker addressing issues of identity, gender, sexuality, divinity, the erotic, race, class and the human experience through her Anitafrika Method.

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

-d'bi.young anitafrika