A Gift for You: my latest short film
It's based on one question: What is one word from your ancestral language that changed your life and that you can offer to the next generation to heal our relationship with the world?
Selected for 40+ festivals in 15 countries, I co-directed One Word Sawalmem with Michael "Pom" Preston of the Winnemem Wintu tribe of Mt. Shasta, California.
You get 1-week free access to watch the film (20 mins).
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A bit about me
I'm a mama, a documentary filmmaker and nature practice teacher. Through my work, I help people deepen their relationship with nature – without moving to the forest or becoming a monk!
Before sheltering in place, I used to lead nature retreats for groups from the UN, the SF Botanical Garden and One World Ayurveda in Bali.
Now I teach people around the world through my online public class at Stanford and through Nature Practice Flow, a beautiful online community of people committed to aligning their wellbeing with the Earth's.
I directed my most recent film, One Word Sawalmem, with Michael “Pom” Preston of the Winnemem Wintu tribe from Mt. Shasta. It was a finalist in the Tribeca Film Institute short film program and was selected for and won awards at 35 festivals around the world.
Originally from Caracas, Venezuela, my perspective is also infused with 20 years of study with the Dalai Lama, nature retreats with Thich Nhat Hanh and learning from indigenous wisdom keepers and some of the great naturalists of our time.
My favorite things
Each month I send out a short email to share what's uplifting me and helping me deepen my relationship with nature.
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Who is Rosa Guayaba?
Rosa Guayaba is the particular color of a ripe guava fruit. You say "dusty pink". I say "rosa guayaba". Saying those words connects me not only to a favorite color and a treasured taste of my beloved Venezuela. Rosa Guayaba is gratitude for the immeasurable gifts the Earth offers us each day. Rosa Guayaba is the scent carried by the breeze, reminding us of who we are and what we are here for. Rosa Guayaba is reverence for nature and for all that is sacred. This is what I look forward to helping you stay close to.
@rosa.guayaba started as my Instagram handle, as a way of exploring this new thread as it wove itself into life.
Along the way, people have started calling me Rosa. And yes, if you like, you can call me Rosa too . :)
The Nature Practice programs and coaching are intended to educate, inspire and entertain you on your personal journey toward wellbeing and happiness. They are not intended to replace care best provided by qualified professionals and they are not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
Photography by Piccadilly Posh, Pete Longworth & Natasha Deganello Giraudie.
Design by Todd Schulte.