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"Listen as is if your life depends on it."

Staying creative while taking on the impossible.

Aaron Johnson is a facilitator, public speaker, and touch activist who practices closeness as a way to break down barriers between people. As co-founder of both Holistic Resistance and Grief to Action, Aaron takes the time to hold the stories of black people around homophobia, transphobia, internalized racism, and those that are Chronically UnderTouched. Aaron has created the Chronically UnderTouched (CUT) Project — basic strategies to bring a black body from being Chronically UnderTouched to a state of touch balance — as part of the lifelong journey of interrupting oppressive systems that make touch balance a radical action.

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Speaking Topics

— Listening as the First Hug 

— Inspiring Young Folks Targeted by Oppression

— Mental Health & Music

— Natural Building as a Practice of Black Liberation

— Black Folks Back to Nature & Healing Tree Material

— Grief to Action Sanctuary

— The Life-Saving Practice of Mentorship

— DEI - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

— Reaching for Blackness

— Dismantling Oppression through Human Connection & Closeness 

— Song Circles and Singing as an Act of Resistance


TEDx UCIrvine
Three Black Men, Song Leader

Firefly Gathering, Keynote

IYANUS Yoga Equity Training Keynote

NW Permaculture Convergence, Keynote


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I found Aaron to be a genuinely remarkable community healer with a rare presence and vision. 

Heather, Song Circle + Workshop Attendee

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