“I work with a community of trainers to execute my youth leadership week, and Shreya is by far my most competent, impactful and my favorite trainer. I hire them to guide my youth towards their visions and every year the youth are moved, touched and empowered to imagine their highest selves as a result of Shreya’s training. I recommend Shreya to any group or individual that seeks transformation.” {Mona Shomali, Director of New Leader Initiative, Brower Youth Awards for Climate Justice Activists and Organizers}

“Shreya’s ability to create a safe space for discussion of intense & personal issues, such as racial justice in professional/ academic fields, allowed for significant growth. Shreya’s energy was calming, yet allowed people to engage with each other in ways that led to clarity and revelation. I hope to have the chance to have Shreya facilitate for our organization again; they allowed a new path to be realized & we’re indebted to Shreya for that.”  {Marietta Gary-Smith, AASECT – American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, & Therapists}

“Saltwater’s facilitation “dynamic duo”  was very sharp, thorough, quick on their feet, and respectfully kept control of the sessions. They definitely did their homework and were prepared for our organization. The presentations were thought-provoking, pushed us to go beyond our “bubble” to consider and to see a broader perspective- while being engaging and interactive. I don’t know how you could be more impactful. What I personally took away from the experience is to continue to be my authentic self and professionally, to be open to other ideas and perspectives without compromising my moral compass and challenge other point of views in an honest dialogue to reach a common goal. I would love to have Saltwater at our next staff retreat.”  {Felice Judkins, Washington D.C.}

About Saltwater

SALTWATER Social Justice Training is guided by the vision that ‘the antidote to many things is saltwater- sweat, tears, or the sea’.  SALTWATER creates transformative spaces for personal and collective liberation that grows from the alchemy of sweat- hard work, rigor, and discipline in action; tears – embracing the deep and wide range of emotions to live fully into our humanness, from joy to grief; and the sea – honoring our need to nurture and replenish our spirits through connection with the natural world.


about shreya delgado-shah flores, mph

never forget that justice is what love looks like in public {cornel west}

The founding director of Saltwater Social Justice Training, Shreya Delgado-Shah Flores (S.D.) is a south asian, gender-fluid femme facilitator, trainer, coach, healer, and artist. Shreya has over 12 years of experience providing impactful workshops and education to various communities.  S.D has taken on many overlapping roles, including that of community organizer, youth worker, HIV/STD tester & counselor, health educator, social worker, social justice coach, curriculum designer, fellowship coordinator, trainer and facilitator.  Much of Shreya’s work centers around the intersections of media, racial, gender, health and healing justice. While Shreya’s first home was in Michigan, home also exists in many places- Shreya has spent significant time supporting grassroots organizations and activism in Oakland, CA; Chicago, IL; Philadelphia, PA; and New York City, NY.

Shreya is on the People’s Hub (PH) online training, coaching, and radical hospitality teams, facilitating online training skills-building and cross-pollinating across geographies and movements, including disabled and chronically ill care peer-led clinics. They also provide online trainings and coaching to activists around the world with Training for Change (TFC). Shreya helped launch TFC’s inaugural J.C.J. Fellowship Program for trainers of color to strengthen the impact of organizers and trainers of color around the States. Shreya is part of the World Healing Lab network of black and brown healing justice practitioners and cultural workers who support grassroots organizations to increase their sustainability through trauma-healing and resiliency-building.

Shreya continues to coach, train, and facilitate with feminist organizers across the world, from India to Mexico. They are a member of AWID, building the power of feminists globally, and served on AWID’s CMC Organizing Committee, building the vision for feminists to gather at the intersectional Feminist Realities International Forum (now pending for after the pandemic). They supported efforts to get 45 out of office with the Seed the Vote Cultural Organizing Committee and prepare to intervene in a potential coup with the Choose Democracy project in 2020. S.D. has been active in many people-powered direct action movement work like Black Lives Matter, Asians 4 Black Lives, and Occupy Wall Street (POC and Media Caucuses). Shreya was a 3-year member of Astraea Foundation’s Funding Queerly Giving Circle, redistributing resources to build the capacity for organizing by/ for LGBTQI communities across the U.S. Before being called to SALTWATER Social Justice Training, Shreya co-directed the Rhizome Project.

Shreya’s social justice toolkit and frameworks have been deeply informed through community organizing at a Chicago one-stop center for homeless & precariously-housed queer, trans, and gender non-conforming youth of color, and supporting youth, anti-violence, and sexual assault crisis hotlines. As the lead drop-in health educator and youth worker, S.D. supported safer sex education, political education, transformative justice anti-violence programming, media storytelling projects, and drop-in days and nights. They received a ’30 under 30′ Windy City Times award for their work.  Centering abolitionist, transformative justice, trauma-informed, harm reduction, participatory and direct education approaches continues to prove life-saving and life-giving to those most impacted.

They graduated from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor with a B.A. in Political Science and Columbia University with a Masters Degree in Public Health (MPH), focusing on health inequities, the built environment, and community-based participatory research (CBPR). Their practicum at Critical Resistance focused on the intersections of the prison industrial complex and sexual health inequities and their master’s thesis focused on how community-based participatory research (CBPR) builds community power and access, and explored possibilities to even strengthen these methods.

the body is wise, the body is the medicine {zhayra palma}

Shreya integrates a body-based approach into facilitation, training, & healing sessions, moving groups and individuals through challenging dialogues in embodied, grounded ways. They integrate Somatic Experiencing, generative Somatics, and processwork techniques to deepen sessions when useful and relevant.

Shreya is deep in the practice and study of Processwork-oriented conflict and emergent facilitation and coaching. They intern at a low-income clinic, River’s Way, with about 15 other therapists, counselors, and facilitators-in-training. Shreya works with families, couples, and individuals impacted by (complex) post-traumatic stress disorder, addiction & addictive tendencies, sexual trauma, disability, abuse, grief, and other conditions created and/or exasperated by systemic violence.

S.D. is a certified ThetaHealing Practitioner and a certified Leadership That Works ‘Community Transformation’ Coach, supporting activists and individuals to deconstruct old stories to heal and actualize their goals, dreams, and community and personal visions. S.D. is grateful to have participated in various constellations of politicized healing and leadership development spaces such as with Generative Somatics; Yes World JamsSiOP Transformative Leadership Institute for women and TGNC leaders of color; the CDC/ASPH Institute of HIV Prevention Leadership Scholarship for Managers/Directors, Process Work Institute’s Winter Intensive in addition to one-year of residency study; and the New Leaders Council Fellowship; among others.

the role of the artist is to make revolution irresistible. {toni cade bambara}

Shreya’s first love is to make art and be creative, especially collectively and with others. It is a spiritual journey they are always striving to deepen in. Their posters, prints, and clothing/textiles are a salve to many activists, organizers, and survivors – uplifting possibilities to move through fear and towards radical love for collective transformation. Shreya writes comedy/ traumedy with a budding ‘No Stop ‘Til Funny’ social justice comedy collective, and cherishes mixed-media illustration and watercolor as medicinal, energy-replenishing practices. Shreya has organized many creativity and self-care community events for people of color in collaboration with other cultural workers, artists, writers, and healers.

S.D. is obsessed with rollerskating and loves hiking among the redwoods and hills; playing with 4 sweet, wild, and rebellious ‘littles’; learning from the ocean, plants, and stars; and laughing loudly and storytelling with loved ones.

“Shreya’s Saltwater team brought a lot of joy and fun to our retreat, and their sense of humor and joyfulness were contagious and helped make this such a positive experience for all of us. They created a safe space for our team to dig deeper into sensitive issues. They were flexible and adapted the schedule and activities based on our daily needs. Their genuine warmth, active listening skills, and ability to connect to their clients supported great, skilled facilitation.  Shreya’s approach to facilitation is very holistic and grounding. The exercises and discussions we were guided through were extremely thoughtful and helpful in creating space for our team to be honest and build a stronger cohesion.”  {Urgent Action Fund (UAF) Programming Team}

Working with Shreya was a wonderful experience. Shreya was kind and sensitive to the needs of the group and enabled a great environment for reflection in a participatory manner. Shreya’s ability to connect with the group with ease, forging friendships and willingness to listen and offer support & solidarity was beautiful.”   {Asha Kowtal, General Secretary for the All India Dalit Women’s Rights Forum}