Rachael Alaia photo by Cadencia Photography

About Me

I feel compelled to "disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed.”

I tend towards giving voice and validity to the more difficult, paradoxical parts of being human.

I work to stir the pot, to imagine what a different relationship to being human might look like, beyond what we’ve been taught or conditioned to be.

I am committed to disrupting the ways we exist that denigrate dignity, disregard the wellness of all beings, and desecrate that which is sacred and life-supporting.

I reject the notion that I have to deliver my message in a certain manner or tone to be worthy of being received. I value fierce truth and tender compassion, and believe the two do not have to be mutually exclusive. 

I will not stand for homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, sexism, racism, classism, ableism, ageism, sizeism, imperialism, fascism, or any expression of hatred or oppression, conscious or unconscious, towards someone because of their race, gender expression, sexuality, nationality, income level, ability, age, size, or body type. 

I come from a long line of folks finding ways to survive a lot of hurt, and trauma, and pain. I recognize that, like me, many of us are working hard to break those cycles however we can.

I dream and work consistently towards a regenerative existence that honors and redeems the marginalized, the survivors, the hurt, the silenced, the oppressed of the world. 

I carry with me over a decade of creating and facilitating transformative learning experiences in a variety of different forms. 

I’m humbled and privileged to be able to share myself in this way.


ABOUT MY WORK

WHAT IT IS

My work currently consists of writing, public speaking, group workshop facilitation, private mentorship, and

This work is interested in midwifing the death of unsustainable, anthropocentric, capitalist growth-machine, climate change denying, prison industrial complex, white-supremacist, patriarchal, power-hungry perspectives and practices of being human—so as to attend to the birth of an authentic, regenerative, life-supporting, democratic, liberatory, holistic, integral, Earth-centered paradigm. It is work that collaborates + commingles within emerging commons + serves as praxis for individuals, relationships, + communities seeking to heal.

This work is committed to inspiring a divergent way of doing this thing called being human. It is work that challenges the ideas we take for granted as truth, fact, or reality, while also works to create a cohesive narrative of our stories about ourselves + the world. It is work that seeks re-member our body's felt experience and our self-determination, to take responsibility for our own creative/destructive powers, to recognize our ways of mothering + caretaking ourselves + others, to take ownership of our particular visions on birth + death, to empower our definitions of success + failure, and to cast new myths of grief, rage, pain + pleasure.

This work is intent on questioning, leaning into, learning, becoming—with the primarily objective being a movement towards existing in right relationship, with the planet, with each other, with ourselves, with what’s always left unseen. And by “right” I don’t mean an exchange that’s policed as proper, nice, or civilized. But a way of relating that is grounded in respect and integrity. A way of interacting that is honorable, reciprocal, and real.

This work is rooted in a somatic, systems-based, experiential inquiry of the anthropocene—particularly exploring how we humans might reclaim our wild sovereignty and extracate our wholeness from internalized and systematic structures of oppression, by way of our bodies. It asks what it takes to show up fully, connected, powerful in our lives, how we decide to express and act upon our values, and how we might embody the profound complexities of what it means to be human right now on planet Earth.

WHAT IT IS NOT

My work is accessible and available to a wide range of folks, but I do not assume that this work is universally applicable to every single person, brashly covering a broad brush stroke across the lives of all who might engage—to assume so would be to overlook the distinct needs we have as a diverse group. This work does not want to invalidate and erase our differences; it wants to honor them.

This work is not a pathway to bolster a cultural preoccupation with perpetual positivity, constantly being happy, or feeling good all the time. It is not about “fixing” our fucked up-ness or about just making the hurt disappear. Rather, it’s intent on showing up our whole selves in the mess, reconnecting to our humanness there, restoring a certain grounded resilience, and learning to value the beautifully varied full spectrum of our interwoven existence.

This work is not for achieving perfection, receiving any kind of absolute expertise, coming up with impenetrable ideology, diminishing anyone’s direct lived experience, or giving unsolicited advice. It is neither conventional wisdom nor an easily marketable set of rules, conditions, or recipes to success, but is a kind of art that asks you to build + discover + engage with what’s real and important for you.

This work is not here to tell you how to live, respond, react, relinquish, revel in. It's not the magic bullet or the cure-all. I’m not claiming to have all the answers or pretending to know something that it actually doesn’t. It's not trying to be anything more than what it is: a kind of practical creative support that’s wildly curious, deeply humble, and intent on fostering healing, connection, realness.

 

OFFICIAL BIO

Rachael Alaia is a writer, facilitator, and educator helping folks engage in body awareness, ecological sentience, and experiential inquiry for personal & planetary healing. Her work seeks to bridge culture and ecology, transformative justice and spirituality, trauma resolution and storytelling, somatics and regenerative design. Rachael holds a Masters degree in Education and a Bachelors in Environmental Studies. She is an experienced practitioner and teacher of yoga and meditation, she’s a trained guide of transformational group work, and she has engaged in expressive arts as a therapeutic method for healing trauma her entire life. Rachael is known for creating and facilitating spaces that are both nourishing and provocative, comforting and life-changing; Spaces that honor the entire spectrum of the human experience. She is humbled and honored to have the privilege to engage in this work.