—  About

Vanessa is a social hermit living in Austin, Texas.

I was born in Caracas, Venezuela to Colombian parents and raised in Sugar Land, Texas thus guaranteeing a sensitivity in liminality - feeling "in-between" :). 

I am the founder of The Dragon Institute, and I am on a mission to create safe spaces for individual and collective transformation. 

As an artist, I explore my transformations through my creations whether as a model, curating spaces, storytelling through photographs, writing, and composing music.   

I see myself as a pollinator, a mariposa - moving from one flower to the next - I become enchanted with people, their ideas, their causes. I absolutely love generating ideas and maintaining momentum with people from all backgrounds and all types of expertise. 

Sign up for my newsletter, learn more about The Dragon Institute, check out my blog, and let's create magic!  

Professional Timeline

2007: Inman Scholars Program, Public Policy Fellowship through LBJ School of Public Policy

2009: Bachelors degree from University of Texas at Austin in Sociology.  Certificate in Ethics and Leadership through the Bridging Disciplines Program. 

2009 - 2014: Healing energy work and meditation with France the Healer from 2009 to 2014. 

2011-2012: Co-founder of Namaste Whole Education School 

2014: 200 Hour Yoga Alliance certification through Sacred Roots Yoga School

2015-2017: Council Member at Alma de Mujer Center for Social Change part of The Indigenous Woman's Network 

2017: Emerging Teaching Artists Fellowship - Dougthery Arts 

2018: Expected graduation date at Self Design Graduate Institute

2018: Founder of The Dragon Institute




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