I live in the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area, California. I'm
just hitting my fifth year of an originally 6 month tour of Mexico.
I'm moving back to the East Bay next week! Eventually, I want to
split my time between both places.
I wear many hats and have multiple passions.
I'm deeply involved with social, environmental
, & food justice.
I have a deep passion for gender equity, and have been deeply
connected to a female pleasure based, poly community for 17 years
that teach sensuality, communication and hands on sex techniques. I
am an unabashed fan, supporter, cheerleader, lover, guerrilla
fighter and all around badass for women...which means giving up my
bullshit, stepping up, and playing big. The macho crap's played
I love working with my hands. I had a business designing and
and have taught
urban veggie gardening
in Bay Area schools.
I used to be the quintessential Bay Area workshop junkie, and now I
love coming up with my own and teaching them, like cooking, veggie
gardening, permaculture design, direct action civil disobedience
training, sex and relationship courses and massage. I've done media
and communications strategizing and consulting for grassroots
organizations and non-profits developing pressure campaigns to take
on corporate and right wing agendas.
I love to cook
I especially love to cook for friends. I show love by sharing food.
Food brings us together. It's the foundation of life.
I love creating pop-up restaurants that give diners an immersive
experience. I get to mix my pleasure of entertaining guests,
cooking with making money. What I've done thus far: Vietnamese,
Indian, Japanese, Mexican, Middle Eastern/Mediterranean.
I am a lover of the senses. I am a renegade massage
therapist and bodyworker, and
call myself a body alchemist. I believe that the pathway to
divinity is through the body. Touch is my passion. It builds more
empathy and connection with our fellow human beings.
I spent the first four months in Mexico teaching organic veggie
gardening & permaculture
to elementary and
middle school aged kids at a Montessori school here in San Miguel.
I developed and taught a delicious, natural foods cooking course
here. Mmmm....Que rico! I'm co-producing my sixth TEDx conference
here in San Miguel. Check it:
I'm also co-producing the third TEDxBlackRockCity conference at
Burning Man this year. We've got an amazing lineup of speakers, so
if you're on the playa check it out!
Here's something crazy about Mexico. Most middle-class educated
folks here make about $4,000 pesos a month, which is a little less
than $400 U.S. dollars. An a**hole gringo on a tourist visa can
roll into town and make $500 pesos per hour doing massage, which is
around $45 dollars. Which is exactly what I did.
I live in a resort town, and demand for good massage is high. The
problem is, is that the local Mexican massage therapists generally
aren't trained well and are paid low wages. So, a gringo like me
comes along and takes their job. The spas love this set-up, because
they mostly cater to English speaking clientele, while the
therapists are left with no power, no real skills, and are easily
So, I decided to start a massage program where local Mexican women
can learn advanced level bodywork, high-end luxury spa techniques,
make great cash, and be so good at what they do that they can roll
into any resort city in the world and be the a**hole taking someone
I have two current projects that I'm really excited about. The
first is that I've teamed up with a friend in San Francisco and we
just started a business doing luxury retreats to Mexico. Massage,
yoga, meditation, horseback riding, hot springs, Mexican cuisine,
and nightlife. Our first group is coming in October...a
bachelorette party. Should be fun.
This is the third year that I'm co-producing an arts and music
festival during the week of Day of the Dead called, La Calaca. I
get to bring some of my amazingly talented and creative peeps from
around the world to Mexico for a week to participate in the Day of
the Dead celebrations and to perform. I love it when my different
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