I am Rachael Alaia...
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.
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, educator, 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 from the Scottish Highlands, England, France, Sweden, and Turtle Island (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 Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, in the community 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 students and clients.
I created Wild Soul Wellness in service to 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 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 feminism, animism, and psychology, earth wisdom, expressive arts therapy, and somatics, deep ecology, storytelling, and 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 Masters in Environmental Conservation Education from New York University with a specific focus on communication, community building, grassroots advocacy, holistic wellness, and deep ecological philosophy. I am a 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 completed facilitation training in Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés' Cross Cultural Studies program and Joanna Macy's Work That Reconnects.
I've spent this life studying shamanic practices, divination, and dreamwork. I've spent years 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 toddler. He is the most delightful and gorgeous little spirit. He loves to dance, frolick 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.
Rachael Alaia is many things, including mother, educator, facilitator, artist, storyteller, healer, witch, and mentor. She serves as a midwife to those reclaiming their birthright of wild wholeness and attends to a resilient hearth fire of our mutual healing and liberation. She is known for creating and facilitating spaces that are both nourishing and evocative, comforting and life-changing; Spaces that honor all of you and your human experience. Rachael holds a Masters degree in Environmental Education, is an experienced yoga practitioner, teacher, and spiritual guide, is a trained facilitator of transformational group work, and has lived through and studied the creative arts as a therapeutic method for trauma her entire life. Rachael produces and hosts a podcast, teaches workshops online and in the flesh, shares her word magic on the inter webs of social media, and cultivates an ongoing community of learning on Patreon. She is humbled and honored to have the privilege to engage in this work.