The Nap Ministry was founded in 2016 by Tricia Hersey and is an organization that examines the liberating power of naps. We engage with the power of performance art, site-specific installations, and community organizing to install sacred and safe spaces for the community to rest together. We facilitate immersive workshops and curate performance art that examines rest as a radical tool for community healing. We believe rest is a form of resistance and name sleep deprivation as a racial and social justice issue.
Our Services Include:
1. Collective Napping Experience: Our signature program is a transformative and healing experience that combines education on our “Rest is Resistance” framework and actual napping in a safe space with community. We curate the experience with yoga mats, blankets, pillows, curated soundtrack, rest altar, poetic meditations, and a post-nap-talk, all guided by Tricia Hersey. We have transformed parks in Chicago and Atlanta, yoga studios, conferences, art galleries, museums, living rooms, churches, gymnasiums, and community organizations into sacred nap spaces to gather and harness the power of rest together.
2. Immersive Writing Workshops: We create and facilitate interactive writing workshops that explore the healing power of rest. The workshops guide the participants on an intentional and slow exploration of the importance of creating a sustainable healing ritual via naps. During our practice together, we interact with text, music, poetry, storyterlling, and collective dreaming. We are currently touring the workshop : Sabbath Dreaming: Rest as a Tool for Healing, and since the COVID-19 pandemic we are curating Virtual Rest and Healing Sessions. Tricia loves crafting individualized workshops based on your unique needs.
3. Lectures: Our founder Tricia is a dynamic speaker, performance artist, preacher, activist and teacher with over 20 years of public speaking experience. Her talks are engaging, interactive and grounded in the art of storytelling, archival history and a slideshow of images from our programming. The following themes are uplifted: Rest is Resistance, community organizing, Black Liberation Theology, and the science of sleep. The lectures always include question and answer segment. She has lectured at Google Chicago, Boys and Girls Club of Atlanta, Girl Trek, numerous universities nationwide and several international art organizations. Link to example of her storytelling from Story Collider Podcast: https://www.storycollider.org/stories/2019/3/27/peace-stories-about-searching-for-solace
4. Coaching: Our Rest Coaching is individualized and involves meeting 1-on-1 via video chat or in person, allowing 1 hour per session. Our rest coaching framework blends together traditional life coaching and spiritual direction to create an individualized healing plan that is based on your needs. During our practice together, we will interact with text, music, poetry, silence, meditation, rest, prayer, and collective dreaming to empower our tired bodies and minds. If after a few sessions, you feel connected with our collaboration, you can retain a 3 or 6 month package that offers regularly scheduled sessions each month.
5. Site-Specific Installations/Peformance Art: Tricia is a performance artist and theater maker who thrives on imagining small and large scale guerilla art stunts, community art interventions. outdoor and indoor site installations and theater. Her rest and justice inspired work has been seen at Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, School of the Art Institute Chicago, Smart Museum Chicago, National Black Arts Festival, Atlanta Contemporary, Flux Projects, Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at UC Davis and Free Street Theater.
We are very active on social media because we view our pages as one of our many tools to help deprogram the masses from grind culture. Please feel free to follow us to learn more about this justice movement.
Photo from our Site Installation, “A Resting Place” for Flux Projects. Ponce City Market, Atlanta, 2019. Phtoto by: @capturedbytabia