Meet The Co-Coordinators
Liberation School South coordinates a spirituality and healing leadership cohort that supports, connects and catalyzes changemakers in their work to show up for liberation and center liberation in the world.
Amber Burns-Jones is a writer, artist, dreamer and co-coordinator of Liberation School South. Born and raised in Louisville, Ky, her roots run the length of the American South, carry salt from many seas and are laced with magic.
A seasoned community organizer, Amber has worked at the intersections of food equity, racial justice and cooperative economics. As an artist and poet, she has co-founded two chereo-poetry troupes, S.H.E.! and Mother Tongue Techniques, creating performances and zines that explored feminism, racial justice, ancestry and southern queer displacement. Amber also co-created the arts and healing program of a Kentucky-based youth shelter where she and a collective of artists facilitate visual art, poetry and theater workshops for youth to process and heal from trauma.
Amber believes radical imagination is key to liberation. She spends her days laughing, cooking and learning to cultivate her sparkle with her twin children and partner.
The medicine I bring is unapologetic Black Joy, mothering and radical imagination.
The medicine I need is deepened relationship, deepened spiritual practice and the courage to release all the stories I have to tell.
Sara Green is a southern, cis/queer/poly, Black femme minister living in Nashville, TN. She is co-coordinator for Liberation School South. Sara, a graduate of Vanderbilt Divinity School, currently works for the Unitarian Universalist Association as the Youth and Young Adults of Color Ministry Associate. She enjoys making herbal medicine, traveling and training for her next triathlon. She imagines liberation/salvation/beloved community as communities that have the ability to eat good food together, experience pleasure in our bodies and regularly put their hands in soil- all the while free from fear and violence by way of all of the cultural and legal changes that must happen in order for this world to exist. She understands herself as part of a legacy of cultural workers, healers, maroons and creoles, southern queer freedom fighters and artists trying to shape god.
Jardana Peacock is a queer writer, spiritual activist and the co-coordinator of Liberation School South. She is author of Practice Showing Up: A Guidebook for White People Working for Racial Justice. She has been studying and practicing subtle energetics, body-based healing, spiritual healing and traditional yoga for over 17 years and is a 500-hour certified yoga teacher in the Tantric yoga tradition. She has worked with thousands of changemakers globally to address trauma through an anti-oppression lens.
She is writing a play about ancestral healing, often travels to other worlds through her imagination and in her car, and prefers to be barefoot. She’s entirely way too serious, but is practicing slowing down and being silly.
She is happiest by water, in the mountains or desert, listening in to spirit, and playing in the sun with her kids. She lives in Louisville, KY. You can reach her at www.jardanapeacock.com.
Biggest love and respect to others from our founding faculty team of 2017/18:
Will Brummett, Kate Werning and Sarah Nunez and advisor Tufara Waller Muhammad.