Roya Farhadi Koczak
I am a stick diviner in the Dagara tradition, and a medicine woman in the tradition of my Hungarian Ancestresses. My moon medicine found me at a very young age, and I've been blessed that it didn't stop trying to get my attention. I was fortunate enough to get to play amongst trees as a child, and this relationship with nature offered me so much support in the burden of carrying generations of pain. I grew up in a multicultural, multiracial household in Washington, DC. I witnessed early-on the beauty and struggles of forming an identity within a multitude of cultural and religious beliefs in the family system. The racial dynamics of the United States factored heavily in my childhood experience, as I watched my family grapple with race and identity, often in less than graceful of ways. I wanted to find the way to health in my own identity, and I wanted to understand the depth of what I had experienced individually, as part of a family, and as a part of our society.
My experiences led me to study the healing arts, and I fell in love. I have dedicated my life and career to seeking to nourish the beauty that comes with a reciprocal relationship with life. I practiced Massage therapy and Ortho-Bionomy® for a number of years, working with both humans and animals to increase comfort, resilience, and wellness. My years as a body-worker showed me how deeply folks are looking for healing, and how so many sources of pain show deep imprints of personal and collective history. I studied Somatic Counseling Psychology as a means to deepen my understanding and skills in working with embodied trauma and generational pain in culturally competent ways, with respect to each unique being. I am dedicated to helping people connect deeply with source, Elemental beings, Ancestors, and other living entities and energies. I love the power that this ritual-based work holds in being able to create tangible, noticeable changes in one's life and being.
I met my mentor, Theresa Dintino, in 2015, and it is in this work that I have found my home. Through our work together, I have come to know deeply what true embodied integrity is in healing work. Connecting to life through ritual is simple and comforting and sane. We all have people who came before us. There is a lot of healing that needs to be done, and that wants to be done. It is an honor to provide a space where profound generational healing can occur safely and with the utmost of care.
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