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a refuge for all beings

Naya is the Chiricahua Apache name for White Painted Woman. This refuge is intended to honor her through restorative land preservation, arts, and education that cultivate a culture of giving between the community elders and youth.


Naya’s Refuge is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) womxn led initiative that fosters sanctuary space between community elders and youth through land based initiatives, arts, and education.

Our board is balanced by womxn and Native American voting majorities– placing decisions in responsible hands.


Our 25 acre refuge in Sierra County, New Mexico, offers opportunities for land stewardship, traditional and cultural knowledge exchange, and creative space for artists.


Through on-site storytelling events, rewilding campaigns, and grassroots fundraising efforts, we assess and address areas of immediate and long-term need. We offer educational resources and inspiration that illustrate how everyday people become response-able to their environments. 


Our mission is deeply rooted in works of rematriation, decolonization, decommodification of land, and in fostering equitable and inclusive community. We gather, allied to all communities, and as better stewards of Mother Earth.

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