I'm Rachael Alaia, and I'm delighted to meet you...
I have to admit, it's a bit difficult to box me into a one-liner or elevator pitch. I, like you, am a rather complex creature.
It's probably why I've avoided writing one of these "About Me" pages for so long.
I am any and all of the things, really. And I'm constantly shifting, changing, and cycling—like Mother Earth herself.
I'm not here for accolades, to prove myself, or to display how much I've learned. I don't know you better than you do. I do not claim enlightenment or to always having my shit together (In fact, I'm wary of those who declare themselves otherwise).
I am here to bring all of my gifts and my whole heart to this work. And in recognizing we all indeed need each other, I'm honored you've found your way here to my little corner of the interwebs.
I am a mother, teacher, artist, and guide. I am a seer, a seeker, a storyteller, and an alchemist.
I am passionate about creating spaces that are inclusive, authentic, just, and honor the realness of what it means to be human. Spaces that honor all parts of you and your experience.
A connector of people, words, and ideas, I like to ask deep questions and live my way into the answers.
And I am a forever student of life.
My journeys have brought me around the world and back again, both literally and symbolically, externally and internally. I carry the blood of ancestors indigenous to (present day) Scotland, England, France, Sweden, and the United States of America. I have traveled to over twenty different countries and spent extended time living in several of them.
I am currently growing roots in (present day) Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, where I was born.
I had to return to these roots, back to the very room I took my first breath in order to reclaim a part of myself that's now in service to my global community of clients and students.
I created Wild Soul Wellness in service to all those yearning to express a genuine, wholehearted, and soulful existence within the context of the current dominant patriarchal, supremacist, consumer-driven social order; As an educator and mentor, I help engage my students and clients in empowerment work for personal and collective liberation. I teach and facilitate women's group work, via workshops, gatherings, and retreats. I do this work both in online spaces and in person.
I produce and host a podcast.
I gather people in person for transformational experiences.
I serve as guide for individuals on a path of whole self-reclamation
My ever evolving body of work is informed by intersectional feminism, depth psychology, earth wisdom, expressive arts therapy, somatics, ecology, storytelling, shadow work, witchcraft, motherhood, and sacred activism. I offer this work in honor of my teachers, my ancestors, and my son. And I share it with a deep acknowledgement of my able bodied-ness, my privilege, and my humble place as a human walking this Earth during these trying times.
I hold a M.A. in Environmental Education, with a specific focus on communication, grassroots advocacy, holistic wellness, and ecological philosophy. I am a highly-trained yoga teacher, yoga teacher trainer, and a personal practitioner of yoga since I was fourteen years old. I have lived and studied the creative arts as a therapeutic method for trauma my entire life.
I've spent this life studying shamanism, sacred activism, divination, and dreamwork. I've spent some serious time exploring the worlds of the seen and the unseen, the realms of science and spirit, the dynamics of the Earth and of the human body.
All of these, and more, influence how I show up in service.
These days, much of my energy is channeled into mothering a fierce, smile-filled, wildly active infant. He is the most delightful and gorgeous little spirit. He loves to dance, splash in the ocean, and play the drums. He's already a seasoned camper and quite the adventurous water baby.
Any free time I create for myself is mostly spent cuddling in bed with my family, developing a relationship with plants, reading and listening to audio books, road tripping and camping, shaking my booty and singing loudly in the car, laughing (and sometimes snorting), eating way too much dark chocolate and ice cream, sipping on some seriously delicious tequila, surfing and stand up paddleboarding, going on long walks barefoot through jungle trails and cobblestone streets, and doing all the mundane things to sustain life.