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Photo: Xiomara Castro Photography

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.

• Principal, Nepantla Healing and Consulting

• Program Director, Racial Healing Initiative

• Healer's Council, Decolonizing Wealth Project

• Toltec Energy Healing, Personal/Ancestral Healin, Curandera

• Author Real World Mindfulness for Beginners, Mindfulness Teacher

• Founder, Moons Rising Women's Circle

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

• Public Speaking; In person and Online workshops/trainings/facilitation


• Community care and belonging workshop - Nov 2022 City of San Leandro Resilience Hubs

Nepantla: Exploring Indigenous and Toltec Healing and Transformation, Reimagine, Sept 2022

• Dancing Earth Retreat, Rose Ceremony and Teachings Sept 2022 and 2023

• Empowering Womxn of Color Conference, Panel April 2022, Berkeley, CA

• Fairy Congress Online Summit Jan 2022

• Latino Community Foundation, Ceremony for Donor Giving Circle March 2022 and grantees April 2022

• One Project Retreat, Ceremony and Facilitation, December 2021

• Fall Gathering Commonweal, Ceremony Oct 2021 & November 2022

• Intro Toltec Breath & Energy Practices, California Institute of Integral Studies Oct 9-10, 2021

Rites of Passage 20/20 Vision, Ceremony, Soul Support Mama Team, Massachusetts, Aug 2021

• Lunar Eclipse Toltec Ceremony & Retreat, Four Springs, Middletown CA, May 24-28, 2021

21st Annual Fairy and Human Relations Congress Salem, OR July 2021 and 2022

Plant Spirit Herbalism Summit, Opening Speaker, March 2021

• Decolonizing Wealth Healing Summit, Online Healing Practitioner March 2021

• Reimaigine: National Covid-19 Memorial Day, Online Fire Ceremony, March 2021

• Speaker, Glide Memorial: Women's History Month. March 2021

• Time of the Sixth Sun: Toltec Teachings Course Series, Chicago Healer Collective, Feb-March 2021

• Time of the Sixth Sun: Toltec Workshop 2021-2026 & Beyond, Rites of Passage Project, January 2021

• School of Women's Activism. Healing thru Generations Intergenerational Panel, AF3IRM, January 2021

• Genesis Healing Institute Liberation Aceademy, Healer Interview & Online Workshop, January 2021

• Commonweal Online Winter Solstice Fire Ceremony, December 2020

Love Wins: A Time to Heal, A Time to Build, Thrive East Bay, December 2020

• Gratitude Gathering, Reimagine & Marked by COVID, November 2020

• School of Becoming, Indigenous and Mindfulness Practices for Everyday Life, November 2020

• Feminine Frequency Festival: Live Presentations Toltec Calendar/Practices, Aug 2020 & Jan 2021

• Healing Summit: Ceremony for BIPOC Grantmakers, Decolonizing Wealth, October 2020

• Death and Dying, Science and Non-Duality Online Conference Oct 2020

• TRACC 4 MOVEMENTS Healer Training Program Instructor, LEVEL 1 Sept-Nov 2020

On Indigenous Wisdom for Healing Trauma, Sherri Mitchell in conversation with

Brenda Salgado, CIIS Public Programs, August 2020

Honor Lives Lost, candle-lighting ritual for incarcerated people lost to COVID-19, multiple dates 2020

• Opening blessing, "Somethin’ Ain’t Right”, online reading of play by Kelly Curry, August 2020

• Mind Oasis, Author Spotlight and Bookclub, July 2020

• Future of Religion and Interspirituality Online Gathering, Spiritual Guidance, June 2020

• Teaching Well, Online Staff Rose and Blessing Ceremony, June 2020

Wilds Beyond Climate Justice, Opening/Closing Ceremony and Workshop Presenter, June 2020

Planting Yams: Sustaining Resiliency Through Healing, moderator, Sonya Renee & Mona Haydar

• Ford Foundation, Online Workshop, Coping with Grief and Uncertainty, May 2020

• Thrive East Bay, Pandemic as Portal: A Conversation on Transformation and Liberation, April 2020

• Sonoma State University, Indigenous Wisdom & Well-Being, Online workshop, April 2020

• Herbal Highway Interview, Answering the Call of Our Ancestors, March 2020

• Volunteer Training, Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Clinic, March, 2020

• Farrelly Pond Neighborhood, Neighbor Meet and Greet Dinner, March 2020

• Latino Community Foundation, Roots of Latino Power Retreat, Ceremony and Training, February 2020

• Community Elder Blessing Ceremony for Samsarah Morgan, February 2020

• MLK Lead to Life Community Rose Healing Ceremony, January 2020

• Sagrada processional, Virgen de Guadalupe Ceremony, December 2019

• Sonoma State University, Hub. Student Year End Clearing Ceremony, December 2019

• Restorative Circle for Planting Justice, November 2019

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

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

• Presenter, Life Force Conference, Sept 2019

• Wild Woman Fest, New Lebanon NY, August 2019

• Core Faculty, Creating Freedom Movements, 2018-2019 and 2019-2020

• 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

• 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



• 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

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