Meet Kristen

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Hypnotherapist / Doula / Reiki Master / Kundalini Yogi / TV Host

 

She is a former model turned multi-modality healer and consciousness leader. 

It is not enough to name all the healing modalities she masters. Whether she is leading a Kundalini class, a Reiki circle, or birthing a new soul, she maintains integrity with her true self and her purpose, first and foremost.

Her story is one of rebirth, a literal and metaphorical one. 

Kristen launched her career as a teenage model, and it set her up to travel the world: from Tokyo, to Paris to London... But her real journey began once she started to look for her real self, not the one on magazine covers. The rigors of the modeling world sent her into the spiritual world, where she learned to re-connect with her self, her purpose and integrity.

Today, her greatest inspiration are her children.


Growing up....
I wanted to be a veterinarian, I was always interested in healing and wellness. It was't about medicine, it was always about healing.
 

First Job:
Modeling gigs at the local mall.
By the end of my first semester of college, I quit school, went to a modeling competition in New York, and won a contract to Tokyo, then Paris... 
 

There was no going back...
My hair was my big money maker… and there was no going back to college.
 

Her First Teacher:
I starved myself and had a very unhealthy lifestyle. One of the things that helped me most was 'The Book of Yoga.' That was my first teacher. Every morning, I would have a tea, and I did yoga in the nude. I needed to feel myself. I needed to own my body, to see my body… Yoga helped me to harmonize.
 

Her lowest point..
In her early twenties, when she made the decision to leave Paris, and the modeling world behind. 
I was being groomed to become a star, in an agency full of household names, but my soul was leaking out of my heart. 


... turned into a Launchpad
I left Paris and went to New York, where I began to study shamanism, working with teachers all over the world, I went to Spain, Peru, the Amazon Jungle, Hawaii... I started to study the archetypal energies of the planet. I studied Reiki, hypnotherapy, Hawaiian massage work... I was looking to find how I could develop this practice of energy work. 


Her life came to a Crossroads
She had to make a choice: to continue on the rigorous and intense path to Shamanism, or to stay in the world of 3D, the world of career, marriage, children..  
I wanted to have children, and get married, so I stayed on the human path… It was only later in my 40’s that I really began to deepen my awareness, and return to my spiritual roots.
 

A Catalyst Moment
Her son's birth.
It was a catalyst for me to become a teacher, a healing master. I began looking to, not only teach classes, but really become a master teacher. And the moment you call yourself forward as a master, everything changes... you really have to hold up to that intention.
 

Her Advice
If it doesn’t feel right, you gotta do something different. I don’t care if it looks right, I don’t care if people agree, I don’t care if it looks like it’s going to make a lot of money…. if you are feeling it as wrong, then that is your answer. 

A lot of times we keep doing the same old routine because we don’t know another routine, or we are afraid of breaking out of the box, or breaking out of the identity we have given ourselves.


On Purpose
The path will change. The journey is the point.
The goal is just what allows us to manifest the journey itself.
Without a goal, we just sit around and do nothing. 
But once we have a goal, it motivates us, from our heart space, it creates a sense of passion… and that is what we use to push through our resistance and our fear.

Anything can be your connection to source. it’s only the intention that you put within it that makes it so, and you can do that sitting in your car.
 

Daily practice
What really matters is the daily practice… You discover yourself in the difference in the practice. It’s not about mastering downward dog, it’s about mastering ourselves, no matter where we are in our lives.

 

To find out more about Kristen's work, visit her website, linked here. 

 


 



Meet Tara.

Activist / Connector / Urbanist / Local food Evangelist

Meet Tara. She is revolutionizing the food industry in Puerto Rico, returning it to its roots.

An architect by training, Tara moved back to her home town of San Juan only a few years ago after working in New York's art circuit. She started out with an art gallery, which then became a local food haven perfectly integrated with the local economy and agriculture. She created el Departamento de la Comida in order to make local foods available to San Juan residents.

Her work is revolutionizing the way that people consume and purchase local foods in the island.

on battling stereotypes
“really what you want is a diversity of beliefs, and a diversity of producers, and clients, and to move beyond certain stereotypes to be able to talk about the real issues. 

 

MEET JOAQUIN

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We meet on a sunny afternoon at a strange coffee shop in Koreatown: It's part coffee shop, part bbq, part library. Like many young entrepreneurs, Joaquin works
throughout different 'office' spaces in the city. 

His is a story of resilience. His mother immigrated from a small Mexican village at a young age: she successfully built a life, a family, and a business in the US. 

She is one of his greatest sources of inspiration. As a young girl, she started business not by going to school, but selling homemade food from a small window carved out from a modest village home to the street. At a young age, Joaquin figured out basic street economics and started to make profits selling slammers first, then cigarettes (by the piece..!) and early on, joined the family business to triple its sales and win two trips to Hawaii. 

He has done it all.
He went from studying music, to politics, then working on the Obama campaign, working in government, business, and now technology. He is currently building his startup Awemaze.

His purpose is inspired by childhood faiytales and books on astrology, fairytales, geology, minerals, and the Earth. His face lights when he talks about the wonders of the universe.

 

 

Meet Erika and Pras

Meet Erika

Erika Renedo likes to create, and to invent things. She likes to solve puzzles: to work on something that seems very hard and impossible, to find a way to connect all the pieces, and somehow make them fit. 

As a kid...

She wanted to be an inventor. 

Meet Pras

Pras Gunasekera does not want to be a traditional designer. He does not want to design objects like an iPhone. Instead, he wants to add value to social structures. He wants to create positive change by empowering individuals to work together on co-design projects. 

Co-design = the process by which design professionals empower, encourage, and guide users to develop solutions for themselves.

As a Kid...

He wanted to be an architect. In college, he studied architecture and became interested in the psychology of people within public spaces. 

Together

They are creating a design studio called Bidean to democratize therapy. 
They are treating mental health issues through design methodologies. 

Through design: 
They are helping mental health patients communicate and express their emotions.
They are empowering patients with the skills they need to design solutions for themselves, and for the world. 

Erika and Pras are co-creating solutions with the patients: spaces, services, and design objects which serve as cost-effective alternatives to therapy. 

Today

They are working with the biggest mental health charity in the UK, running workshops which empower patients to speak about their experiences, and to develop the tools needed to assist them in their own recovery process. The patients are designing solutions for themselves, and for a larger public interested in psychology and mental health. 

"I believe that you have to accept diversity in order to become equal... Over time, the project developed into a series of objects that being analogous to the principles that govern dreams and troubled minds, help to generate conversation and empathy, make diversity tangible. Celebrate it."


"I believe that you have to accept diversity in order to become equal... Over time, the project developed into a series of objects that being analogous to the principles that govern dreams and troubled minds, help to generate conversation and empathy, make diversity tangible. Celebrate it."

"The static archetypes of the everyday are`dynamized’. Objects make the static matters of our minds, dynamic. The relationships are `dynamized’. 'They make the sane mad and the mad sane' "(Bosson to Renedo, 2012)


"The static archetypes of the everyday are`dynamized’. Objects make the static matters of our minds, dynamic. The relationships are `dynamized’. 'They make the sane mad and the mad sane' "(Bosson to Renedo, 2012)

"The objective is to help families bypass judgemental perspectives; go beyond the pathological view of the affected person." 


"The objective is to help families bypass judgemental perspectives; go beyond the pathological view of the affected person." 

"NHS Funding for Mental Health is decreasing lately, and patients no longer have periodical visits to a psychiatrist and psychologist. The care of the affected people depends on the community and the local charities, opening a new area for design intervention."


"NHS Funding for Mental Health is decreasing lately, and patients no longer have periodical visits to a psychiatrist and psychologist. The care of the affected people depends on the community and the local charities, opening a new area for design intervention."

"The speculative nature that we apply to some of our projects, … hardly links back to the `real world´ and lacks of mediums to do so. This project explores the therapeutic value of these design approaches." Work and words by Erika Renedo. 


"The speculative nature that we apply to some of our projects, … hardly links back to the `real world´ and lacks of mediums to do so. This project explores the therapeutic value of these design approaches."

Work and words by Erika Renedo. 

Meet Sarah Weiner

Meet Sarah Weiner. 

Sarah has crafted a purpose-full career around her love for food and the environment. 
Her life, profession, and passion are all one thing. Her enthusiasm for food is contagious. 

As a Kid

She loved food… and the environment. 

As a toddler, she loved the taste of food. In high school, she found a means of expression through food: she spent most weekends baking and reading Saveur magazine. At this time, she experienced the transmission of love through food, when she created a chocolate hazelnut pyramid dessert for a family friend who was suffering from cancer. 

Her childhood hero was Jane Goodall. Sarah's love for science and the environment grew after she dissected her first squid in 5th grade. She then began conducting a series of science experiments from her home garage. 

Trial and Error

Wanting to follow the steps of her childhood hero, she took a biology class her first year of college: She hated it. Instead, she found a love for economics. In classes full of prospective bankers, her aim was still to open up a restaurant. 

During college, she spent most summers working the line at a few restaurant kitchens. She was there for the love of food, and she soon recognized that not everyone was there for the same reasons. She realized that restaurant kitchens were not her scene.

At this time, the only options available in the food world were to become a chef or a food writer. She was not a writer. 

She did not always know

She did not always know the options that were available for her. 

At the time she graduated from high school there was not a food movement. 
Her job did not always exist. 

Her Breakthrough 

One day, she received the 'Slow Food Collected Essays' in the mail. This book crystallized for her everything she had ever cared about: food and the environment. For the first time, she was able to connect the dots between two worlds she had deeply cared about. Soon after, she applied for a grant to travel and study the economics of slow food in Italy. 

Her Mentor 

While studying in Italy, she met Alice Waters at a 'Slow Food' dinner in the ruins of Pompeii. Alice was a world renowned food activist and soon became Sarah's mentor. Sarah worked with Alice, and then became the first staff person at 'Slow Food Nation,' to date the largest sustainable food event ever held in America. 

Her Philosophy

If someone is doing something that is interesting to me, I try to get close to them, and do whatever helps them, because then I get to have them around, and learn what makes them successful.

Today

Sarah is the director of Seedlings Projects, a do-tank for the sustainable food movement. They run the Good Food Merchants' Guild and the Good Food Awards to support local artisanal food production and farm-to-table consumption.