Health and Wellness Director
Rachel is from Toronto, Canada and has always had a deep desire to guide people to choose health. Stepping into the role of health and wellness director at La Tribu Radiante was a dream for her. As a young teen, she taught swimming lessons and was a lifeguard for many years. In highschool she was a T.A. and taught art classes. As an adult she became a Canadian certified massage therapist, labour support/doula. She is certified in FST and Reiki. In 2016 she left her practice and, she and her husband moved to Salinas Grandes, Nicaragua and where they currently live full time. Like so many others, her early life was a bit unstable at home and she ended up living alone at the age of 14. Her young and new adult life threw her into the unknown with no tools to cope. This is where she learned firsthand the importance of mental and physical health. Through her own struggles, her own mission came into focus. A passion developed to help others learn to stay healthy so they can overcome life’s obstacles and reach their full potential.
Her concept is simple. Connecting people to their mind/ body through movement, food and wellness practices. When people feel empowered they can do anything. Health isn’t just a physical state, it is a mental state first and the rest will follow.
At La Tribu Radiante, Rachel has developed a monthly health and wellness day where the students take part in different stations to learn about the body and health related topics. She uses food/nutrition, movement, science activities, and wellness practices to give them access to information in a way that is relatable and fun. She is developing swimming lessons and running classes twice a week. Rachel is also hosting a women’s group called Raices Salvajes / Wild Roots where she offers evening yoga classes in the community. Her goals are to create conversations around health, connect others, get people asking questions, and then give them tools to go do it on their own.
Her next dream is to raise money to open a community health space, making health information more accessible, for all ages in our remote village of Salinas Grandes.