meet our tribe weaving together from this realm + beyond to offer up their open black, native, and indigenous veins to our collective remembrance.
our circle keeper
photo by jenny rebecca mcgaughlin
xochitlcoatl bellx is born from the womb of Adriana, a mestizo cultura, and border experiences from Acapulco, Mexico to Los Angeles, Califas to Boston, MA. moving wildly as we have always been, xochitlcoatl flows with the gifts of ancestor + spirit, baring witness and acting from the messages that they are needing to share. she communes with plant beings, four-legged, finned, and people beings to support the healing of the tapestry of our oneness.
xochitlcoatl offers support and companionship for individuals + families in life transitions, such as emotional or health changes, first moon, menstrual cycle, birth, postpartum, abortion, loss, bereavement, and miscarriage. she weaves her mesoamerican cultura, the indigenous, african, + european knowings + healing ways in supporting others with herbal, massage, energy & rebozo support. she believes in your autonomy, medicine, and advocates for our collective healing.
weave with her by visiting Semilla of Ixchel to learn more about her birthkeeping, one-on-one session, and wisdom-shops.
Meet Our Team
Lula is an initiated Elder/ Bokara, (one who teaches the skills, guiding him/her through the process) in the Tradition of the Dagara People of Burkina Faso, West Africa. She is a certified Ritual Leader, completing a three year apprenticeship program and a two year study course exploring Indigenous African Spirit Technology and the Healing Wisdom of Africa with Elder Dr. Malidoma Some, Ph.D., Burkina Faso, West Africa.
Lula’s vision is that women’s gifts as leaders and healers are recognized and affirmed and that women’s leadership is continually developed and nourished through all stages of our lives from girlhood to womanhood through our sage years.
Mindfulness + Yoga Facilitator
CarmenLeah Ascencio, LICSW, MPH, CPC, RYT is an ecotherapist, radical life coach, educator, trauma-sensitive yoga instructor, community theater artist, and a student of plants and the earth, who specializes in working with survivors of violence and abuse and queer and trans people of color. She has over 15 years of experience working in domestic and international non-profits that address violence against LGBTQ people, partner abuse, sexual violence, the commercial sexual exploitation of children, refugee resettlement and positive youth development. She has worked for organizations such as GEMS in New York City, the International Rescue Committee, the Center for Global Health and Development at Boston University, Apne Aap Women Worldwide in Delhi, India, the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, the Violence Recovery Program at Fenway Health and Black Girl Dangerous Media. She is currently an ecotherapist and life coach in private practice and a course instructor at Boston University School of Social Work. CarmenLeah is a Kripalu certified yoga teacher and teaches yoga for anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder and is trained to facilitate Theatre of the Oppressed. She completed an herbalism apprenticeship for BIPoC with Seed, Root & Bloom to connect to the earth and her ancestors. CarmenLeah is also a Boricua queer femme, ocean devotee, novice surfer and freediver, student of the Dharma, Ashtanga yoga practitioner, outdoor explorer and super enthusiastic mother of an awesome 2 year old.
Drum Journey + Meditation Facilitator
Luana has been a Reiki practitioner since 2005 in the Traditional Usui System of Natural Healing. As a Reiki Master Teacher, she is able to initiate other healers into the practice. She also integrates healing practices from different Indigenous Medicine traditions into her Reiki treatments. She is committed to being present and being of service at every phase of life, from it's beginning, during pregnancy, to the end, during the dying process. She truly sees the beauty in all of it. She is especially interested in supporting people through transitions be it a move, divorce, loss of a loved one, health issue, or other important life change. She also has a commitment to supporting and holding sacred space for transitional age girls whether they are experiencing their first cycle, becoming teenager, or graduating high school.
Food as Medicine Facilitator
2018: Revision Farm, Melissa Alexis