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My Story

Certified Health and Wellness coach, Thanatologist Grief Walker,  Mindfulness and Meditation Teacher: a Journey of Healing and Tales of Recovery~


I was born in Mexico City and moved to the border city of Tijuana when I was ten years old.  My siblings and I crossed back and forth across the border to go to school in San Diego CA and then back home to Tijuana Mexico for many years. This bi-cultural and bilingual life opened up many opportunities to see and live an enriched and versatile and Spiritual life in both Mexico and the United States.   From the south of Mexico’s Mystical and colorful spirits including Day of the Dead, Native Rituals and Catholicism to the wild energy and musical fire of the Tijuana/San Diego Border.  At 18 yrs old I traveled in Europe for one year and upon returning to Mexico joined the very creative and eclectic Tijuana music scene and began a crazy and intense dive experimenting into the depths of music, social justice,  drugs and alcohol~  My sensibility was such that this was the path I found myself in until I turned 25 and began a journey of recovery and a clearer understanding of the expansion of consciousness.   12 step meetings were the gift of life to me~ I was able to breathe under water again~ Recovery led me to then create healing and therapy music as the lead singer of the border Rock en Español band Bodhisattva~  which moved on to sign with BMG Mexico and had a few years of  traveling from border to border with the privilege of joining other revolutionary  Mexican Rock bands such as Tijuana No, Cafe Tacuba, La Maldita Vecindad and Julieta Venegas among others.     It was during this time that I realized the power that words and MUSIC have in healing both souls and communities.   “Recovery” is more than abstaining from alcohol or anything else for

that matter, it is a journey and a lifestyle of  processing pain and joy,  identifying blocked and repressed emotions, digging deep into the soul and working inward to be set free from everything else that comes after taking care of a specific symptom.  My work of resistance against social conditioning and fighting against the machine of domestication continues to grow and is a part of my life's purpose.  You can catch my work on my Tales Of Recovery podcast as well as my upcoming book 'A Long and Warranted Rebellion' stories of knowing and breaking out of domestication into a remembrance of my soul's worth and purpose. 


It was my mother’s cancer diagnosis in 1998 that began another deep investigation into the cause and healing of disease.  A week after her diagnosis I traveled with my mom and two aunts to Houston’s Casa de Luz for a week immersion in nutrition education, macrobiotic healing,  meditation, essential oils  and yoga.   Paying attention to the food sources, nutrition and exercise as well as mindfully investigating emotions and behavior blocks had us practically homesteading and eating organic WAY before it was a popular thing.   (My mom kicked the big C in the ass and still is cancer free to this day by the way… she chose to do both chemo AND macrobiotic nutrition).   This cross life pushed a bigger pursuit for health and wellness for me and the journey of purpose in helping others heal as well.


Many years in recovery groups, leading events either in the recovery world,  churches,  schools and in women’s circles, an education in healing , plant medicine and essential oils, therapy,  nutrition and exercise finally led me to pursue a certification from the ICU and become a Life Wellness Coach.   I have since completed a 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training and am currently studying and in the process of acquiring a certification in Thanatology and Spiritual Intelligence as well as a Mindfulness and Meditation Teacher Training with Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach.   I have been returning day by day and year by year to the intuitive wisdom of my ancestors and trusting the intelligence of plant medicine, Spirit and life experience.   Day by day growing and in AWE of the beautiful gift that LIFE is.


I am at my best while guiding and cheering others on to KNOWING that they are enough and have it in them to THRIVE and LIVE an awakened and free life.  Walking hand in hand with all who are open in the journey of depth and discovering that pain is normal but that avoiding it is an option.  It is only through the pain that we can heal and discover our  life's purpose.   I continue to learn every day that that is EXACTLY what this life is: a journey, and a healing one at that.  I have learned that my body , mind and soul are beautifully created; yet this was not always clear to me.   I am offering my life story to serve others and  am now dedicating my life to help you change yours for the better.  We have one life to live, lets live it well and in Liberation~