Here's my story medicine
After spending over a decade as an arts educator, artist and community organizer inside of schools and nonprofit organizations, I began craving an alternative narrative to healing and justice that went beyond the stories of trauma and colonialism. Working as a rape crisis hotline counselor trained me to respond from a constant state of urgency, and as a survivor myself, I realized that I didn’t exactly know what safety felt like in my body for the majority of my life until it completely shut down and forced me to rest in 2016 - inviting me to reassess how it is I wanted to show up in the world.
When all the body has known is fight or flight, peace and pleasure can feel like a threat to the nervous system.
As a child of Thai immigrants, I was accustomed to my parents working long hours to ensure we could keep up with the American dream. Without extended family members to offer support in this country, I was often left to my own imagination accompanied by books, music, and a blank canvas as my refuge. This also meant being placed into the care of a neighbor who violated my body before I even knew what consent was, and while I convinced my mind that I was “healed”, my body clearly remembered.
It was time to stop intellectualizing my way out of pain and oppression by allowing myself to heal my trauma imprints on a cellular level - which went beyond my childhood, but was also impacted by intergenerational and ancestral karma.
If racism is only 500 years old, then how can we tap into our ancestral wisdom that precedes beyond that?
Curiosity led me back to Thailand, where I briefly studied with a traditional midwife to learn the birthing ways of my lineage - and realized the importance of treating life as an everyday ceremony that is worth celebrating until our last breath. While much of my fire was driven by anger as to why injustices and inequalities were prevalent, it was time for me to redirect this righteous rage into radical love and compassion - beginning with myself until this ripples out to all beings.
I needed to release the story that the burdens of my predecessors were mine to carry, and that instead I had an opportunity in this lifetime to shift this narrative for the next generation. Thus sparked my calling to assist others in remembering their purpose on this planet, while reflecting on the legacy they’re here to leave behind when they, too, become an ancestor.
Much of my work is dedicated to the elders, witches, healers, herbalists, ceremonialists, artists, and freedom fighters that often had to go underground to preserve their traditions - or lost them altogether due to colonialism, capitalism, and patriarchy.
“They tried to bury us. They didn’t know we were seeds.”
- Mexican Proverb
Used to be:
Reggae Singer & Rapper
Work with me!
Speaking & Consulting
Improve Wellness Culture and Creative Well-Being within Your Organization through custom-tailored workshops, speaking engagements, and retreats.
We believe in the healing power of storytelling, fusing creative practices (poetry, theater, writing, visual arts) with education and guided mindfulness prompts so that participants can explore ways to integrate these practices beyond our time together.
Coaching & Mentorship
Are you looking for personalized guidance on your journey as a future ancestor?
If you’re embarking on a spiritual or entrepreneurial path, going about it alone can be challenging. Gain 1:1 Support for Life & Business Coaching, or Plant Medicine Preparation & Integration so that you can move about these initiations with greater awareness and ease.
Retreats & Ceremonies
Sometimes, a shift in your life requires a shift in your environment. Our experiences are more than just retreats; they’re ancestors training. Attend one of our upcoming local and international retreats, or consider booking a private ceremony at a location of your choice to support you with moving through rites-of-passages. Ceremonies can include birth, marriage, separation and grief rituals honoring loved ones that have transitioned to name a few.
Speaking & Consulting
Your Story Medicine Podcast - Being Rooted in Times of Change
Featuring LIVE conversations with visionaries & changemakers in the field of the arts, wellness, and coaching.
Each week I will give you strategies, tools, and motivation to bring your dreams to life, make an impact, and earn additional revenue for you and your families, by building a successful online business.
I will also share interviews with dance entrepreneurs who are crushing it, with out of the box ways to support the dance community, to give you the nudge you need to take the leap on your next creative project.BINGE THE LATEST EPISODES