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About Me

I am a first generation Nicaraguan-American, born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. I am grateful to my parents and my ancestors for instilling in me the values and teachings that have led me to cultural, spiritual and social justice work. ​

I am committed to the role of culture, ceremony, relationship building and community wisdom in creating a society filled with wholeness and beauty. I believe that individuals, families and groups have tremendous amounts of untapped knowledge, wisdom, and medicine within them. The best part of my work is creating space for that to be rediscovered and unleashed in the world.

I am committed to helping others to create the space to explore healthy self-knowledge and identity, unleash their talents and potential, enhance their relationships, improve their quality of life, and live into their dreams and aspirations. I would be humbled and honored to be a catalyst for your evolution by helping you, your organization, or your family live more fully.

CURRENT WORK and SERVICE
• Principal, Nepantla Healing and Consulting

• Founder, Moons Rising Women's Circle

• Adjunct Professor, California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS)

UPCOMING MEETINGS, PRESENTATIONS AND OFFERINGS
• Heartfire Festival May 2020

• Wild Woman Fest NY July 2020

• Rites of Passage NY Aug 2020

• FRIS VIII Sept 2020

• Science and Non-Duality Conference Oct 2020 (tentative)

PAST PRESENTATIONS AND GATHERINGS

• MLK Lead to Life Community Healing Ceremony, January 2019

• Graphic Mural / Timeline, Planting Justice 10 Year Anniversary Event, September 2019

• Presenter, Life Force Conference, Sept 2019

• Invited Spiritual Leader/Participant, The Future of Religion and (Inter)Spirituality,  September 2019

• Wild Woman Fest, New Lebanon NY, August 2019

• Core Faculty, Creating Freedom Movements, Sept 2018 - August 2019

• Invited Spiritual Leader/Participant, The Future of Religion and (Inter)Spirituality,  June 2019

• Community Ceremony with Maritza Centeno, Indigenous Leader from Nicaragua, May 2019

• "Hands, Head, Heart" Retreat: Gandhi in Today's World - April 2019

• Dharma and the Evolution of Conflict Tele Summit - March 2019

• Self Care for Community Healers and Activists, Wild Woman School, February 2019

• Opening Blessing, Reimagine Violence: Guns to Shovel Ceremony to Reclaim MLK, January 2019

• Panelist, Applying Ancient Wisdom to Innovation, Ignite Institute at PSR, November 2018

• Presenter and Panelist, Women Rising Conference,  CIIS, October 2018

• Presenter, Society for the Study of Shamanism Conference, Sonoma State Univ, October 2018
• Curanderismo Course: Ancestral Spiritual Healing Traditions, CIIS, Fall 2018
• Friday Cafe Facilitator and Speaker, August 2018
• Presenter, Wild Woman Fest, Abode of the Message, New Lebanon NY, August 2018
• Traditional Medicine Trainings, Chicago Community Healers Collective, August 2018
• Women's Spirit Renewal Retreat, Four Springs Resort, Middletown CA, May 2018
• Panelist, International Women’s Day live broadcast, SHE Studio 825, Berkeley CA, March 2018

• Harmonizing and Healing with Roses workshop, SHE Studio 825, Berkeley CA, March 2018

• Facilitation and Mindfulness Teachings, Sierra Club EJ Leader Retreat, Burlingame, CA, March 2018
• Opening Prayer and Ceremony, Book launch for Your Body is Not an Apology, February 2018
• Volunteer Training, Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Clinic, February and July 2018
• Mindfulness for Beginners Workshop, Chill Chicago Meditation Center, Chicago IL, January 2018

• Curanderismo, Prophecy & Mindfulness for Beginners Workshop, Chicago IL, January 2018

• Interview for Sana, Sana Podcast, Despierta Program, Full Circle Collective, Chicago IL, January 2018

• Traditional Medicine Trainings, Community Healers Collective, Olin Studios, Chicago IL, January 2018

• Speaker/Workshop Leader on Mindfulness, Dist. 4 Toastmasters Conference, November 2017

• Speaker, A Day of Healing: A wellness and wisdom event, CIIIS Women’s Spirituality, November 2017

• Mindfulness Speaker/Book Signing, Genentech corporate offices, October 2017

• Ceremony, We Will Dance with Mountains: Re/membering Home Online Course, Sept-Dec 2017

• MoonWise podcast interviewee: Compassion in Troubled Times, August 2017

• Invited Spiritual Leader/Participant, The Future of Religion and (Inter)Spirituality, FNM Interspiritual
Dialogues, Abode of the Message, Lebanon NY, June 2017
• Leader and Facilitator, WisdomWomen & the Earth Visionary Gathering, Costa Rica, May 2017

• Leader and Facilitator, Women’s Spirit Renewal Retreat, May 2017
• Speaker: Mindfulness and Student Success, California State University, Los Angeles, April 2017

• People’s Yoga Community events (Mindfulness, Traditional Medicine), Los Angeles, April 2017

• Freed Bodyworks Community Events (Mindfulness, Traditional Medicine) Washington DC, April 2017

• Healing Ceremony, Sacred Resistance Nationwide Day of Action: Oakland, CA, April 2017
• "Social Justice Sunday Matinee" Post Screening POC Conversation and Ceremony March 2017
• Consulting and staff circle work: Sierra Club, Planting Justice March 2017

• Speaker / Conversation Catalyst, “Cultivating Community Through Trust” Friday CAFÉ, February 2017

• Guest Speaker, California Institute of Integral Studies, Spiritual Activism Course, February 2017
• WisdomWomen Visionary Gathering at Esalen, Ceremony and Council Steward, January 2017
• An Evening with Roshi Joan Halifax and Brenda Salgado, CIIS Public Programs, November 2016
A Moment for Movements: Justice, Commons, Spirit. Sonoma State University, November 2016

• Ceremony, Sierra Club EJ Leadership Retreat November 2016
• CTZNWELL Mindful Mondays guest speaker, November 2016

Clergy Standing with Standing Rock, November 2016

• Ceremony, Oakland Mural Dedication Ceremonies in August and September 2016

• Commencement Speaker, Naropa University May 2016

• Speaker and Panelist on Diversity in Mindfulness, Mindful Life Conference Washington DC, 2016 & 2017

• Healing Earth, Healing Ourselves, Keynote Speaker, Thrive East Bay April 2016

• Founding Member and Ceremony Leader, WisdomWomen Visionary Gathering at Esalen January 2016

Bioneers Conference - Spirit in Action: How Spirituality Can Transform Social Movements October 2015
• Podcast, Secular Buddhist: Creating diverse sanghas with Brenda Salgado and Mushim Ikeda
• Plenary Panelist: Leadership for Social Change, Extraordinary Callings 2014, Pacific School of Religion
• Panelist: Movement Building in the Bay Area: Discussion on Opportunities and Challenges, UC Berkeley
• Speaker, Soul Food for the Activist Retreat, UC Berkeley 
• Participant, Deep Change National Gathering: Transforming the Practice of Social Justice
• Participant, State of Contemplative Practice in America, Fetzer Institute
• Participant, Standing in Our Power National Gatherings, Spirit in Action


PAST WORK and SERVICE
• Associate Director, Wisdom & Money

• Board Member, Movement Strategy Center

• Board Member, Lions Roar Foundation

Center Director, East Bay Meditation Center

• Senior Fellow, Movement Strategy Center
• Program Manager, Breast Cancer Action
• Associate Director, Literacy for Environmental Justice (LEJ)
• Program Director, KIDS for the BAY
• Director and Field Biologist, Lamanai Field Research Center, Belize

• Coordinator, 1st Wedcnesdays Community Healing Clinic, Unity San Leandro

• Fundraiser and Volunteer, Peace and Dignity Journeys Nicaragua, 2012

• Volunteer, East Bay Meditation Center

• Volunteer Cook, Building Futures with Women and Children

• Board Member, Unity Church of San Leandro
• Board Member, Farrelly Pond Neighborhood Association

• Board Member, KIDS for the BAY

• Volunteer Interpreter, Festival of Traditional Medicine, Tecate Mexico

 

EDUCATION AND SELECTED TRAININGS

• BA Biology & BA Developmental Psychology,  San Francisco State University;
• MS Animal Behavior, University of California, Davis
• Women’s Foundation/SCOPE Training on Power Analysis
• Compass Point: Intro to Coaching Skills for Managers and Leaders; Successful Project Management
• Beyond Heroics: Reinventing Nonprofit Leadership (3rd Annual East Bay Nonprofit Conference)
• Community at Work: Group Facilitation Skills Training
• B Coaching and Consulting: Coaching Training for Social Justice Consultants
• Forward Together/Norma Wong: Forward Stance Leadership Initiative trainings

• Landmark Forum: Curriculum for Living
• Training with Purepecha and Xochimilco elders and teachers in indigenous healing practices
   Festival of Traditional Medicine, Tecate Mexico

• The Toltec Healer's Path School of Mastery with Sergio Magana

Bioneers Conference
Photo: Esteban Orozco

Naropa University 2016 Commencement Address

WisdomWomen Visionary Gathering at Esalen

In Conversation Roshi Joan Halifax, CIIS Event

Photo: Ingrid ​Martin

Honoring and Healing the Ancestors Event

WisdomWomen Visionary Gathering at Esalen

WisdomWomen Visionary Gathering Costa Rica