Embodied Truth-Telling: Belonging
is a community and group healing experience for womxn* of color committed to the work of healing personal trauma and undoing internalized oppression for the liberation of their whole selves and to co-create a culture of consent and interdependence.
Dear sacred soul,
For most of my life, I’ve felt isolated in my experiences.
I put up the “hermit” and “lone wolf” façade for decades, convinced that I was meant to survive the harsh realities of this world by myself.
Whenever a friendship or friend group would grow in vulnerability and intimacy, I would shy away and shut down. Holding back my truth, I was afraid to reveal the most tender parts of my story. This pattern would continue to reinforce the belief that I wasn’t needed or wanted — a negative feedback loop that sustained over the years.
I felt lonely, but I didn’t know how to express my true feelings, desires and difficulties.
It didn’t feel safe because in the past, I’ve been shamed and gaslighted for speaking my truth. Other times, I was rejected, made wrong or my experience was minimized.
This happens partly because of my personal developmental traumas, and the cultural and systemic oppression of the white supremacist colonial capitalist patriarchy.
Behaviors and beliefs that perpetuate dominance of another race or gender have created generations of womxn of color* internalizing the repression of their whole, true self.
It ends now.
Over the last three years, I learned how to process and integrate my shadow emotions (grief, anger, guilt and shame, oof), set and uphold boundaries while prioritizing my sense of worthiness and receptivity that I began to feel safe sharing the vulnerable bits of my internal landscape that I’ve hidden away for years. I allowed for the possibility of being witnessed by my community and peers. It was a risk I was willing to take that continued to pay off.
Over time, I started to trust myself to be in relationship with others, and grew my capacity for navigating interpersonal difficulty rather than shutting down.
Bit by bit, in small doses that grew over time, I felt-sense my heart energy opening once more.
I experienced true belonging -– the missing piece in my spiritual healing journey.
Do you feel like there are invisible blocks to sharing what’s really on your heart and mind?
Are you craving a space where you can be witnessed in your truth-telling capacity without shame or judgement?
If so, I’d love to invite you to this community offering.
This is for humans who are…
WOC and non-binary folks* of color who are actively engaged in and/or have the desire to embody more of the feminine.
Wanting to cultivate liberated relationships and community where their truth can be identified, spoken and received with compassion and care.
- Looking for a space to be vulnerable, and feel to heal our repressed emotions, including grief around the loss of our indigenous culture and traditions.
- Committed to the lifelong undoing of internalized oppression from the white supremacist colonial capitalist patriarchy.
- Desiring to be witnessed, held and honored in their process with a community of other womxn doing the same inner work.
- Interested in learning more about trauma resolution work and how they can begin or continue the process of self-healing with this context.
- Ready to peel back the layers of conditioning that has repressed their truth with shame, guilt and gaslighting.
- Willing to trust in the mystery of a powerful energetic container for healing and transformation, led by an experienced facilitator.
- Reconnecting with their ancestors and finding ways to connect with the divine within and without through prayer, ritual and togetherness.
- Knows that there can be presence and possibility where there was once overwhelming difficulty and dread.
- Possibly healers, mentors, teachers, guides, energy practitioners, circle facilitators, caregivers, medicine womxn, empaths and highly sensitives who are desiring to be held and resourced through community, while taking the time and space to heal themselves.
*This space is open to anyone who identifies as a womxn, regardless of sexual orientation and gender. It is also open to female-bodied folx who may identify as queer, transgender, intersex, asexual and allied and embody the feminine. I am actively learning how to be anti-oppressive in my language and beliefs, therefore, if there is a more appropriate and respectful way in which I can refer to you and your identity, please let me know.
“Learning alongside Denise has been nothing short of magic and magnetism! Inspired by synchronicity and guided by intuition, my spiritual journey has grown in ways I didn’t even imagine were possible. I received Reiki Levels I and II training under Denise, and not only did she offer the wisdom and information effectively and intentionally, but she also was able to hold space for my own expressions of meaning-making. After just a few hours with her, I felt invited to engage with myself and the world through a new, transformative lens. It has deepened my connection to the natural world and stretched my capacity to show up authentically in relationships and in community.
Denise has helped me put language to experiences that have spent so long swirling around inside of me. I have many words and embodied moments to describe how Denise’s radiant spirit and skills with intuitive work have renewed and empowered me. As a result, I can’t wait to continue letting myself be curious, playful, and grateful!”
How this works
On July 21st, 2020, 10 sacred souls will circle together virtually just after the dark of a new moon. We’ll each light a candle, send prayers of thanksgiving to the land, our ancestors and our blueprint of health for gathering us in this safe space. The process of reclaiming our truth and belonging within it begins here. As the weeks go on, our sense of trust in ourselves and each other will begin to grow with radical honesty, permission to be a mess in our process, and regenerative receiving. Our voices will be amplified, our experiences centered. Maybe we’ll break down and by the end of 8 weeks, maybe we’ll have breakthroughs.
This will be a soft place to land with the totality of your humanity.
One where your essence nature and blueprint of health is centered and made present.
Your grief is welcomed here.
Your rage is welcomed here.
Your joy is welcomed here.
Your experiences are received, uplifted and celebrated here.
COMMUNITY CARE. EMPOWERED CHOICE. tender truths.
Each week, after our opening ritual and ceremony, I’ll bring in a topic relating to embodiment, truth-telling and belonging for about 30 mins. Then, we’ll circle up in shared space. Here’s where the magic happens. All that is alive and present within you that might want to relate with the topic is welcomed to be witnessed. And if not, that’s okay too. The medicine is in fully claiming your present-moment lived experience, no matter what that looks like. This isn’t the place to “be right / good” and “play by the rules.” Here, we get to make our own rules and break the cycle of repressing what’s really in our hearts, bodies and soul. This is a practice in which we’ll embody together with grace and gentleness. Here, the fullness and wholness of YOU belongs.
- Resourced to Resilience
- Healing Belonging through Healing Trauma
- Trauma Responses & The Shadow Body
- Shamelessness: The Dark Feminine
- Attuning to the Wisdom of the Body
- Creating Capacity for Difficulty
- Radical: The Both/And
- Liberated Relationships
- Mirror Work & Projections
- Inherited Emotional Language
- Embodied Possibility & Presence
We’ll meet for a total 8x weekly calls held on Zoom. You’ll also receive 1x 90 min 1:1 session with Denise and a private group text via WhatsApp or Voxer. Additionally, you’ll have first access to the Sacred Self-Healers virtual community for lifelong support.
By the end of 8 weeks, you will begin to:
- Grow into greater capacity for healing and being with difficult emotions.
- Expand your self-healing vocabulary and practices that will become embodied over time.
- Give language to that which keeps you oppressed and repressed.
- Learn to shift from a culture of control and care-taking to consensual conversations and community.
- Practice cultivating liberated relationships with yourself and other self-healers.
- Feel more confident in expressing your truth and desires and find belonging within it.
- Embody your inherent worthiness and wholeness.
- Prioritize your needs, your yeses and noes, and your powerful vessel (aka body).
- Have the ability to identify recurring somatic and psychological patterns and begin undoing them.
- Make the choices that support your blueprint of health with compassion, acceptance, do-ability and grace.
- Understand how to take full responsibility for your healing capacity and bring that into relationships and community.
“I just got home from Denise’s circle tonight and it was hands down one of the most powerful, healing, impactful experiences I’ve ever had (and I’ve had quite a LOT). The women she sourced, the safety everyone felt was beyond. The vulnerability was profound and I witnessed women going to depths they never before knew how to access. It was so beautiful and deeply activating for me.”
“The passion Denise holds for helping women heal is shown through every action she takes. This is seen in the way she dresses, the way she encourages women to not be afraid of their truths, and how she supports others on their journeys to become healers. The sisterhood she creates in her circles makes you feel both integral to the group and empowered as an individual. The beauty and intent she brings to her alters and the knowledge she nurtures in those around her proves that she is doing this work to to help all women and the world heal. She is truly a wonderful healer who brings nothing but abundance, acceptance and appreciation to the safe space that she provides.”
or two payments of $277.50. There are 2 partial scholarships available for Black and Indigenous womxn and/or LGBTQIA+
Spots are limited to no more than 10 womxn.
Are you ready to speak into the difficulty and grow into self-trust and capacity for the inevitable healing and transformation ahead?
Do you need to find your voice inside a circle of others on the same journey for connection and camaraderie?
Are you ready to break the pattern of self-isolation and loneliness to find belonging in a community?
Most importantly, do you desire to claim your truth, let it be heard AND shamelessly belong within it?
If you’ve said YES to any of the above, I’d love to explore the possibility of being together in this work and invite you to submit an application.
Submit an applicationAccepting applications through Sunday, July 19th
Please note: You may have to submit the application form twice until you receive a confirmation message. Thank you for your patience as I work with some tech difficulties ~
If you continnue to run into issues, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Frequently Asked Questions
On application process
Once you’ve submitted an application, you’ll receive a link to schedule a 30-min connection call. This is simply a way for me to get to know you a bit more and answer any questions you might have before onboarding you into the private group text and Mighty Network community. Completing this form and having the connection call does not obligate you to sign up for the offering if either or both of us feels it isn’t a good fit. After our connection call, you’ll have 24 hours to let me know your decision, followed by 3 days to make your payment before the spot is opened up to someone else.
On payment plans
I am happy to explore alternate and extended payment plans on a case by case basis.
I will gladly accept all requests for refunds within 3 days from the date of payment. No refunds will be processed one week before the program begins, which is currently set for July 21st, 2020 unless in the case of family emergencies or illness. Once the program begins, there will be no refunds processed however you will not be responsible for any future payments.
On white-passing PoC interested in this work
Hi love! Firstly, I’d like to acknowledge the unique set of challenges that you might be experiencing as a white-passing WOC. At this time, I am only working with non-white passing womxn of color as this is the demographic that I feel most prepared to serve. I will be creating more offerings in future that are inclusive of white-passing folx.
On participation and making the calls
Due to the nature of the offering, it is highly recommended that you are able to set aside 2 hours a week for our weekly calls, and perhaps another hour or less a week to check in with the group. There can be recordings, however the medicine is mostly experiential. We’ll decide on a time that works best for everyone.
As of now, Tuesdays at 6pm PST is the possible time.
On creating results within 8 weeks
The work of reclaiming and expressing our truth and finding a sense of belonging takes times. This offering isn’t a quick fix and the results are not guaranteed. It doesn’t mean anything about your worthiness or mine, rather it is an invitation to be shameless about our capacities and do-abilities. At any time during the offering you begin to feel overwhelmed, please do the responsible thing by letting me know so we can work together towards health and possibility.
“Goddess Fight Club gave me so many things. Sisterhood. A safe space to be vulnerable. Connection. Joy.
I went to Goddess Fight Club without knowing what to expect. I was nervous. I didn’t know anyone. Denise warmly welcomed me and helped me to feel comfortable. As the night went on and all of the beautiful sisters were opening up and sharing their hearts, I felt a deep sense of connection and joy. Over time, after attending many Goddess Fight Club circles, I began to open up and learn how to receive. I was safe to be me. I was supported. I began to let out my voice that I had suppressed for so long, and it felt incredible.
Denise is a master facilitator who brings together AMAZING women and makes you feel comfortable, supported, and included. I am confident that you will feel a great sense of connection, gratitude, and joy after attending a Goddess Fight Club circle.”
Who am I?
Hi, I’m Denise (she/her).
I’ve been on a healing journey around reclaiming and expressing my truth for the last 3 years. I’ve learned how to be with shame and grief, set and uphold boundaries, and have really difficult conversations with people that I care deeply about.
The skills that I now have in embodied truth-telling, capacity for difficulty and fearlessness in setting boundaries (including changing my mind) are bolstered by personal somatic and soulful trauma resolution and being witnessed in the process of unraveling into full-bodied resonance and safe vulnerability. I couldn’t have done one without the other.
Like many of you, I’ve been aware of and feeling my way through an intense year. Most recently, the uprising and revolution of the Black Lives Matter movement personally brought up generations of internalized oppression that were within my shadow body. To my pleasure and surprise, I had much more capacity for the challenging emotions that came up for me, along with the embodied capacity for mobilization and taking action. I was able to notice my nervous system patterns kicking into effect, and made the choices that would nourish, support and create more doability in how I wanted to contribute.
While I am actively in the process of undoing colonialist and patriarchal values within, there is a long way to go before systemic and cultural justice and liberation. The revolution has just begun.
I’ve been quietly wishing for the blueprint essence of my innate wisdom and worthiness to be the center of my capacity to love myself and others.
I’m devoted to bringing my experience and wisdom in somatic trauma resolution and circle healing to the cultural and systemic challenges we face.
I’m ready to share my medicine of embodied truth-telling with womxn of color who are ready to receive and practice it for themselves.
My leadership & teaching style is
Intuitive & Insightful.
Soulful & Spiritual.
Grounded & Graceful.
Chock-full of Care & Compassion.
Down to Earth & Down to Adapt as Needed.
“As I’ve come to learn from being around Denise in circle and through her services, her style is to lead by example. She offers knowledge, information, and supportive encouragement in a way that is extremely intuitive, honest, respectful, and kind.”
“Denise is a natural teacher and her passion for helping women heal their traumas shines through. She is a trailblazer in the healing space– creating spaces and environments for women to come together and find healing in community. When I hit rock bottom years ago, I was looking for a place where I could just be myself and allow myself to feel the way I did, but I also needed support and inspiration to keep powering through my blocks. Denise brings all of that into her circles — and this training!
Denise leads by example and is relate-able because she is willing to share her experiences so vulnerably. Because she has done the work, she understands that healing can be a lengthy and challenging process; but having sisters beside you makes the journey a lot more manageable.
Thank you Denise, for bringing women together, reminding us of our strengths and being a loving catalyst for personal development.”
I’m a cis-female WOC immigrant, born and raised in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. I am fourth-generation Malaysian Chinese, and my ancestors were migrants from China during British colonialism of Malaya (now known as Malaysia). I was raised Christian, although my spiritual practice transcends religion and is now based in Classical Tantra. I live, love and work on Kumeyaay territory, so-called San Diego with my partner and our blue nose pit bull, Ruckus.
My astrology signs are Cancer sun, Virgo rising and Libra moon. I’m an INFJ, a Manifestor in Human Design and enneagram 2/4.
I am an embodied trauma resolution guide, womxn’s circle facilitator, and a student and teacher of spirituality with a background in Reiki energy healing, ThetaHealing and channeling the Akashic Records. I’m committed to the practice of embodiment and often find a crystalline mirror of my psyche in the body-based work of healing personal and inherited trauma.
I’m growing into my legacy as a sacred space holder and healer, and have recently been called to deepen my wisdom and embodied understanding of the ‘collective trauma spell’, as my mentor and teacher Rachael Maddox says. I understand this to be the white supremacist colonial capitalist patriarchy and I’m committed to the work of undoing internalized oppression perpetuated by this system and culture both within myself and in community.
I love feeling my feet in nature. Cool ocean water, warm sand, prickly grass between my toes. I’m a big fan of Quentin Tarantino movies, the New York Yankees and prancing around half naked in my home to everything from The Killers to Poolside. My pleasure practice includes meditating in nature, pole dancing, morning ritual and prayer, making myself a warm home-cooked meal, self-pleasure dates and intuitive movement.
Training & Education
- ReBloom Coach Training Level 2 :: Apprentice Track with Rachael Maddox (June 2020-present)
- Inner Activism :: Embodied Living and Leadership Training (June 2020-present)
- Spiritual Activism 101 & 102 with Rachel Ricketts (June 2020)
- Cultural Somatics :: Ritual as Justice 101 with Tada Hozumi and Dare Sohei (April 2020 – June 2020)
- Reclaiming Intuition by Decolonizing Minds with Dr. Rocio Rosales Meza (3-hr webinar replay in April 2020)
- FREELY anti-capitalist pricing with Bear Hebert (3-pt course in April 2020)
- ReBloom Coach Training Level 1 with Rachael Maddox (January 2020-April 2020)
- 300-hr MindBody Therapy Certification with Embodied Philosophy (September 2019 – paused)
- Consensual Business Course with Rachael Maddox (November-December 2019)
- ThetaHealing Basic, Advanced and Dig Deeper with Marie Miller (January-March 2019)
- 100-hr Anusara Immersion for Classical Tantra with Robin Christ (January-March 2019)
- Reiki Mastership Level 3 & 4 with Shawna Schenk (September 2018-August 2019)
- Open Your Akashic Records Level 1 & 2 with Joanna Turner (August-October 2018)
- Reiki Energy Healing Level 1 & 2 with Melanie Esperon (April 2018)
- Prison Yoga Project :: Trauma-Informed Yoga (January 2018)
- The BRAVE Project :: Certification Training for Sexual Violence (November-December 2017)
- 200-hr Yoga Teacher Training and Positive Psychology with Karson McGinley and Tierney Lawson (September 2017-December 2017)
What other clients have said working with me:
“When Denise told me she was holding a trauma course, I knew I needed to take it. Denise had helped me work through some unwanted beliefs I was holding onto and wanted to be free of. She was able to help me identify them, process them and grow. She used Reiki, Theta, group calls, online courses, podcasts, books and online worksheets to allow a small group of local women to build a support network with open and honest communication, involving vulnerability that has created friendships that will last long past the course ending.
Denise has strong healing powers, that she uses to educate theoretical work in a fun and playful way. She has a calm energy, perfect for blissful meditations. We’ve all been asking for recordings. She amazes me as to how she genuinely holds space for all her clients. I told Denise I wanted to be a different person in a year. I’ve been working with her for 5 months and I’ve grown so much; enough that many people around me have made comments on the change. Not only that, but I’m seeing real change in my life. I’m grateful for the day I met Denise, because this type of trauma healing has been so much more holistic than talking to a therapist. I can’t stress enough how important this work is to people, who are carrying around unwanted baggage.”
– Celena H.
“Denise has always remained empathetic in her presence. Being able to have her as a guide has allowed me the freedom to speak freely from my heart about my troubles and joys. She is always present to listen and offers advice on direction when needed. Denise has been an incredible mentor throughout my self-healing journey and i know she will continue to touch lives and empower women like myself in the future.
Understanding the capacity of power I hold as an individual has been incredibly ground-breaking throughout my journey. I have become more self-aware in every thought, word, and action and it has driven me to take full responsibility for the young woman that i am. I have gained knowledge about communicating in non-violent ways that will continue to guide my conversations with family and friends, old and new. Over the last few months, I have practiced becoming more present in my body and understanding the emotional triggers that reveal truths about myself. “
– Kenzie F.
“I have had both Reiki and ThetaHealing sessions with Denise. She is a lovely person and so comforting to be around. Her sessions have helped me a lot through my healing journey and I am very grateful to have met and been able to do work with her. I have learned a lot and gained a new positive outlook after each session. Denise has a wonderful presence which instantly makes you feel comfortable. Her ThetaHealing sessions have been very transformative and have helped me reach a deeper understanding of myself. During her sessions I felt extremely relaxed and at ease. I have greatly enjoyed getting reiki from her and plan to continue to go to her. I highly recommend Denise to anyone, she is respectful and truly cares about helping people.”
– Zaria S.
“As soon as I walked in the door, there was a neutral, warm, inviting energy. Denise welcomed me with a grounding meditation that brought us to our sacred soul space and entered the Akashic records. She right away received a clear picture of what I was explaining and led me to an empowering feeling that I had known all that she was accessing. It felt like she was traveling through my journey with me, accessing my soul’s memory. There was a powerful gentleness that felt guiding and encouraging to go forth in my soul’s path. Her intuition sparked many seeds of growth through understanding how the Akashic records directly related to the topic I presented. She is highly intuitive, present, and aligned.”
– Madison D.
“The best part of working with Denise is that she holds space for your personal growth. She doesn’t claim to be able to heal all your problems or to have the magical tool that will do so. But she does hold the space and help guide you during the processes of you making those changes for yourself. She is also not set in her own way of doing things. She will suggest other practices or techniques that you are free to explore, and she will never take credit for someone else’s work. Denise holds a love filled space for personal growth and healing, while being truly authentic and full of integrity.”
“Denise shined light into each of our shadow selves, but also our greater selves. Having her share her insight on each of our needs for healing encouraged each of us to pave a path towards a brighter “next step”. I know for me, it was that I was lost and didn’t really understand where my suffering was coming from. But with her guidance in these sessions, I was way more enlightened and am more aware of how I can help myself through the lows I feel throughout my life.”
– Sarah K.
“Denise, thank you for sharing words of wisdom and putting each of the girl’s experience into a common knowledge or common theme that erupts when trauma is being shared or experienced. It allowed me to see my experiences as unique, but most importantly as a shared experience. The knowledge and advice that you provided allowed me to feel heard and validated in my experiences and that goes such a long way for the process of HEALING! Thank you.”
– Kim R.