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

From touring the world as a Dub poet, to curating international residencies for artists in the Caribbean, North and South America, Africa and Europe, to being heralded as a Womxn of Distinction in the Arts, the creative endeavours of African Jamaican Canadian D’bi Young Anitafrika are globally celebrated. A triple Dora award-winning published playwright-performer (of nine plays, seven books and seven Dub Poetry albums), director-dramaturge and educator-scholar, Anitafrika is also the creator of the intersectional Black feminist praxis — the Anitafrika Method.

She is the founding Artistic Director Emeritus of the Watah Theatre where she taught emerging and established BIQTPOC artists in Canada (2008-2018) and the founding Creative Director of the Anitafrika Retreat Centre where she teaches artists globally. Anitafrika recently signed a three-year publishing deal with Playwrights Canada Press to release one triptych per year: The Sankofa Trilogy 2019, The Orisha Trilogy 2020, and The Ibeji Trilogy 2021.

Addressing issues of gender, sexuality, race, class and the human experience, through her radical interdisciplinary arts practices, Anitafrika is currently engaged in postgraduate studies at Goldsmiths, University of London, researching the Praxes, Politics and Pedagogies of Black Performance, the Anitafrika Method and Dub Theatre.

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

-d'bi.young anitafrika