Meet the Tribe

 Darshan Mendoza

Darshan Mendoza

Founder of Akuahā, Bioenergetics Medicine Practitioner, Massage Therapist and Kundalini Yoga & Meditation Teacher

 

Boy & Zen Mendoza

Boy & Zen Mendoza

Our Elders and Gracious Hosts

 

Angela Cruz

Angela Cruz

Ancestral Healing Ceremonialist and Energy Healer

www.niakwahealingarts.com

Micah Brewer

Micah Brewer

Acupuncturist, Massage Therapist and Qi Gong and Kung Fu Teacher

www.balancedlifehilo.com

Benjamin Sands

Benjamin Sands

Ancestral Healing Ceremonialist and Musician

www.niakwahealingarts.com

Haaweatea Holly Bryson

Haaweatea Holly Bryson

Rite of Passage Guide, Psychotherapist, Vision Quest Guide, Wilderness Therapist, Somatic/ Maori Traditional Body-Worker and Kundalini Yoga Teacher

www.natureknows.co

ChrisNa Karast

ChrisNa Karast

Sacred Soundscapes DJ, Musician and Āina Caretaker

 

Kaliloa Kealoha Lee Loy

Kaliloa Kealoha Lee Loy

Cultural and Spiritual Adventure Guide and Āina Caretaker

Kahanulalani Fung

Kahanulalani Fung

Indigenous and Contemporary Artist in Residence
Fung’s work imparts a universal oneness that seeks to intuitively heal and align the Mind, Body, and Soul. Much like the mandala, the intricate designs of Fung’s paintings are created for meditation and extended contemplation. She explains that each line tells the story of movement, flow, transformation and ascension. As viewers trace the curvature and acceleration of the design, the act of seeing penetrates past the conscious mind and into the third eye, activating an ancestral connection and healing. What is felt, she says, as a direct message from the piko (naval), or life source within.

Born and raised in Kane’ohe, Oahu, Fung designs art that spiritually connects mind to heart and sets intentions for ho’oponopono (spiritual clearing) and renewal, resulting in a channeled reflection of energy. Influenced by Hawaiian kapa, Zentangle line art, and mandala symbolism, Fung’s work aligns pan-spiritualism with a modern take on healing arts.

For any inquiries about Fung’s artwork, pool designs and booking shows please email: wahinesoulart@gmail.com.

J. Phoenix Smith

J. Phoenix Smith

Visiting Ecotherapist and Initiated Elder and Oricha Priest in the Lucumi Afro-Cuban Spiritual Tradition (February 15-March 3 2017)

Phoenix is a diviner, ceremonialist, and teacher in both African Traditional Religions and in Ecopsychology. Her primary teacher is Dr. Michael Mason, Executive Director of the Smithsonian Institutes Folk Life Institute in Washington, DC.   In addition, Phoenix has worked on issues of public health and social justice for 20 years. In 2010, she founded EcoSoul an Ecotherapy healing arts and consulting company where she provides trainings, writings, and ceremonies designed to awaken, restore and heal our connection to the natural world, our ancestors and each other.  In 2017 she has been invited to be an adjunct faculty with the Nature and Health Center at UCSF/Children’s Hospital in Oakland, CA.  She has also been published in the Journal of Ecopsychology, and has presented at Pioneers, and the SF Green Festival.  In 2015, her work in Ecotherapy was highlighted in the national publication The Atlantic magazine.

Phoenix is available for spiritual consultation sessions that include merindillogun divination (cowrie shell divination), and spiritual counseling. Divination consists of a session that lasts at least 1 hour and includes information from the Oricha or deities of nature and/or ancestral spirits. One can come with specific questions or receive a general reading where the Oricha will speak to the client through Phoenix’ expertise providing advice in areas such as  character, health, relationships, education and work and suggestions on spiritual and personal development. Divination sessions will also require the client to do homework after which may include making a personal offering to one’s ancestors, receiving a spiritual cleansing or instruction to offer prayers to the natural world and Oricha.

For more information about Phoenix’ offerings, please visit:www.ecosoulwisdom.org

 

Inquire about being a Work Trader, Artist in Residence, Retreat Facilitator and/or Healing Practitioner and Teacher at Akuahā.

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