Aniko has a love for traveling, which she has pursued with delight in her adult years. She has a son, named Kaiea, who was born here at La’akea in 1997. Aniko loves nature, she is passionate for the ocean as a surfer, snorkeler and has worked with stranded sea turtles on Maui. Her connection to the plants and trees is also healing and grounding for her. Aniko is a certified yoga instructor, has studied and taught Non Violent Communication, and Peer Counseling
Amara is a member of La'akea community. In 1989 she developed her own approach to peer counseling, called Holistic Peer Counseling, integrating many ideas from RC with spiritual meditation practices, psychic healing, breathwork and body centered techniques. She is the author of Heartbeat Nurturing Therapy. She began studying Tantra and Sacred Spot work, a method of sexual healing, on Maui in 2003, and has since studied many methods of pelvic and sexual healing bodywork.
Carly is devoted to enthusiastically unpacking societal norms through nonmonogamy, psychedelics, free form dance, and expressive poetry. Bridging the worlds of science and analytic philosophy, she brings her open, intuitive, & inquiring nature to her practices. She focuses on healing through the body, inspired by somatic modalities and expressive movement. She is a trauma-informed healing and wellness practitioner, building her own practice around energy work, bodywork, and intimacy coaching.
Dona is a Nurse Practitioner, Communitarian and Organic farmer, with profound interest in health and loving relating, and also a Dzogchen Practitioner. She is one of the founders of La'akea Community.
Gratitone loves music, loves dance. He’s taught movement in many forms… Salsa dancing and other Latin dances, contact improv, even rock climbing. As a DJ he's skilled at crafting delectable sets to delight your ears and set your body in motion. With a degree in ethnomusicology, he knows his music (and is always happy to chat about it) while his sets tend to journey around the world— focussing on the groovy and the heart-felt.
Kalama is an Associate Professor of Communication at the University of HI, Hilo, where she teaches Sustainability, Interpersonal & family Communication courses. Her cultural reproduction and transformation research transcends disciplines and forges new paradigms and possibilities. This workshop, like her books Mana Cards: The Power of Hawaiian Wisdom, encourages exploration of the ways that identity, communication, synchronicity, nature, and connection converge. https://www.catherinebecker.com/
Singer/Songwriter, Vocal Coach, Somatic Educator, Expressive and Community Arts Facilitator Aimée (now known as "Mia") is the founder of Moving Grace Arts Collective, creator of the SoulSong Vocal Empowerment Method, and steward for the community land, The Songhouse Sanctuary. She synthesizes over 40 years of training working in the expressive and performing arts, and over 30 years in holistic healing arts, and human potential fields.
Nickie enjoys where silly meets sensual and serious. They have led workshops such as Contactless Dance, Find your Voice/Find Your Power and Improvisational Connection Games at other NFNC events, local community events, and transformational festival scenes.
Riana spends most of her time barefoot, living outside, growing food - and also leads social-dynamics explorations, movement workshops, and Restorative Justice Circles. She taught Spanish in the Boston Public Schools for 12 years and is trained as a mediator, YogaDance instructor, JourneyDance instructor, and Somatic Bodyworker. She has lived, worked and taught in communities in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Massachusetts, and Oregon.
Tracy is an educator turned gardener, mother, permaculture instructor and lover of life. She is a founding member of La’akea Community where she has been living and experimenting with sustainability for more than ten years. Tracy practices what she teaches. She practices non-violent communication, peer counseling, Huna (a form of Hawaiian spirituality), couples counseling and group facilitation. When people learn from Tracy, they tend to feel good and have fun.