My name is Gabriela Ariana. I am the mother of two girls and a boy. I am an ecological artist, body therapist, ecosomatic practitioner, dancer and singer. Painting and handcraft have being part of my life since I remember. I am, also, an ancestral traditions holder.
Nature is the great teacher, my power place, the strength of my body-soul. Nature is the physical manifestation of my ancestors, my support, every day, every instant. Nature is all over: it is under the asphalt, between the buildings, up on the sky. Nature is also this body where I live. Nature is my home.
I grew up in Chile. I lived since I was born during difficult times in the atmosphere a militar dictature that last 17 years. I am thankful for having by my side the right people to guide me towards an experience of life further on and over this horror times. The experiences of my childhood open in me, at very early age, a worldview that is present constantly in my work and in each moment of my life.
Traveling for many years through different countries to keep up my career as a dancer, makes me understand that our society is in a great need of the legacy of our ancestors or old nations, the experience of nature and the understanding of the wheel of life, the cycles. Ancient medicine and wisdom is a legacy for all of us. The same wisdom has been manifested in almost all ancients cultures in the world and it has been in almost all of them denied or just forgotten. I believe that this ancient wisdom is more necessary than ever in order to save our nature and humanity and to be able to co-create a sustainable life for everybody.
I moved to Finland in the year 2000 and from then I got interest in learning also about Finnish ancient wisdom. This and connecting to nature through somatic and ancestral practices, was my way to immigrate to this country. In 2012 I began my studies with the Finnish shamans Susanna Aarnio and Johannes Setälä, at the Center of Finno-ugric shamanism, now days Johannes Setälä’s center.
I see and experience this world: the situations among human beings, the racism, the poorness, the societies inhumanity, the nature’s tearing down, the lack of equality, our society’s systems, of “health” and education… and it fires up my deepest will to do the best I can, to contribute to promote, to create changes. For me, everything start by coming back to nature, back to the body, that help us to heal old wounds, to recover the meaning of humanness and the basic importance of community and nature for our survival. I believe that all the problems of society have the same root, which is the alienation that exists between human and nature, which is, actually, only the lack of awareness of the fact that we are nature. All the reprising ideologies, religions and the unsustainable way of life lived for hundreds of years have damaged life, have tried to take us away from our body, from an experience based way of life and from the freedom of expression that being connected with own body/nature allows.
Through my work I support, encourage and guide others to connect with theirselves as the body/soul/nature we are, to recover the awareness of own body’s presence, our constant process of changing and exchanging with the environment. Finding this connection and getting to experience it and understand it, opens something in human beings that nothing else can open, because only by experiencing we can embody and only what is embodied is what we really know.
Through our bodies we find the keys for recreating new patterns, healing and empowering, not only our selves, but also everything that surround us, including other people and the nature around. This the way of the ecosomatic practice and also, in many aspects, the way of the old nations and tribes that wisely knew how to inhabit Earth. This is the way to get decolonized and create the changes we need in order to survive.
I share this worldview through my art, as a therapist and also by offering workshops, courses, trainings, retreats, lectures, couching and mentoring.
I have been on this path over 23 years and I feel that my passion, love and authentic vocation has no limits. Roots to empower your nature is the best I can wish to anyone.
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