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I'm RevMariela


I was born on the island of Cuba, surrounded by the waters of the Caribbean Sea. My ancestors were from three different continents (some were Taino people of the Caribbean, others were indigenous from Africa, and others from Europe). And so, the cultural landscape of my upbringing was rich in diversity, from the music, to the food, to the spiritual traditions… And these are the treasures I carry with me, the wisdom and the delicious ways of being of my ancestors. They bless me daily, and I offer these blessings to you, from my heart to yours. 
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Working together

I'm here to love and serve my community in multiple ways.
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1 on 1 Psycho-Spiritual and Somatic Sessions  

For those of you needing guidance during deep and courageous inner work. Learn to embody love and self-compassion.  

Monthly Coaching/ Guidance / Apprenticeship 

If you need assistance going from one place to another in your life, I offer long-term one-on one guidance during your journey.

Speaking/ Preaching

I love to bring the message of love, decolonization, embodiment, the earth, and sacred plants to people in my extended community. 

Retreats and Ceremonies

If you are ready to experience divine love and self love; if you would like to experience your body and the body of the earth as sacred beings, I invite you to one of my retreats/ceremonies.
 I currently serve my community as a speaker, teacher, and guide in areas such as:

🌱 Spirituality & Mysticism 
🌱 Decolonial/ Earth-based Spirituality
🌱 Divine-Feminine Wisdom
🌱 Nervous System Health 
🌱 Embodiment/ Somatic Psychology
🌱 Plant-Medicine Integration 
🌱 Somatic Dance Therapy
🌱 Self-Love / Self-Compassion 
🌱 Sovereignty/Autonomy 
🌱 Sacral Power 
🌱 Feminine-Centered Leadership

I’m also the Creatress of Exquisite Mystical Experiences.

I am honored to be able to hold safe and sacred spaces, in ceremony, for people to let go of their fears and worries and to regain a sense of safety in their bodies and faith in life as well. It is my deepest honor to facilitate spiritual ceremonies that connect people with the sacred; my work in part is about sacred union, love, and even divine rapture.

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 Trainings, Certifications, Schooling 

✍️ Master of Fine Arts 
📿Master of Divinity
👂Chaplaincy training (Clinical Pastoral Education)
🍄 Psychedelic training (Blue Sage - Michigan)
🫀HeartMath “Add Heart” Course 
🧘🏽‍♀️Trauma/somatic trainings (The Vitalist School & other organizations such as the Strozzi Institute.)

🌳🌳My earth-based wisdom comes first and foremost from my ancestral lineage (Taino and Afro-Cuban ancestry), from my life-long relationship with the Earth Mother, and from the work of beautiful teachers. 
I'm so glad to meet you, beloved.
So glad that you are here.
So glad that your life led you to this moment,
this moment here, this nanosecond,
but also this important moment in our planetary history,
a time of great pain and of great possibilities.

I don't know about you, but my heart can't bare the level of despair, hopelessness, depression, anxiety, and trauma in our communities today, and so, I'm doing something about it. I've created this online portal from a place of love, to help alleviate some of the suffering in our minds/bodies/psyches today while re-connecting us to the sacred.

Every word, every teaching, every photograph, every piece of art here was created from a place of love for you and your humanity.

And from that place I welcome you to join me
 for this journey of transformation,
for the betterment of humanity and the world.

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My story


After my experience with trauma (when I felt like I was kidnapped into the underworld and lost my soul) and after my long journey of recovery, I began guiding people in my community through the journey of Soul Liberation, to reclaim their health, authenticity, and vital life-force. I am deeply deeply passionate about freeing the human soul (beginning with my own) from the grip of suffering,  from the colonial/patriarchal conditionings that are killing us and the planet, from the complex matrix of dehumanization that we call western society, and from our own psychological patterns/woundings which are causing us harm.
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My background

I was born and raised in the Caribbean (Cuba), blessed by ancestors from Arawak (Taíno) and West African (Yoruba) ancestry as well as from the southern region of Spain.  My life’s journey has been one of tremendous struggle (extreme poverty, abuse, neglect, rejection) but also of tremendous opportunities and growth.

Life in the United States

 I came to the United States as a political refugee in 1995 at the age of 21, and as most immigrants, I felt that you are not given an opportunity like this one to waste it. So, I learned the language, the culture, the system; I worked and studied hard (two master degrees and various certifications.) I did everything by the book, but I was left burnout, grief-stricken, and traumatized, because the current systems are like a machinery that inflicts tremendous harm to our nervous systems.  The trauma I experienced under systems of oppression (and the journey through the underworld that followed) opened my eyes to human suffering in a completely different way.

My experience with trauma and oppression, as well as my journey of liberation, shapes my current Ministry of Heart & Soul.

My Training

My main training has been my almost 50 years on this planet, facing oppressive systems (beginning with a dictatorship in Cuba) and breaking free from those systems. My other trainings are detailed here too.
:: Master of Divinity (Mdiv)
Meadville Lombard Theological School, Chicago.
(where I studied ancient sacred wisdom
from many diverse/global philosophical, ethical, scientific, and spiritual traditions.)
:: Embodied/Somatic Training 
Vitalist Institute of PsychoSpiritual Transformation
in GrandRapids/ Lowell, Michigan.
(a year-long program where I learned about the most recent understanding of the autonomic nervous system, the Polyvagal theory, Somatic Experiencing, and various embodied/somatic healing modalities.)
:: Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Bennington College, Vermont
Where I learned about the power of art, beauty, and creativity to heal ourselves and the world.
:: Psychedelic Therapy Training Program
Blue Sage Health, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
(for counselors, social workers, and ministers)
:: Clinical Pastoral Education
Wake Forest Medical Center, Winston Salem, NC.
(300 hours of chaplaincy training at a level-1 trauma center)
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