photo by Rob Lau

photo by Rob Lau


Hi, I'm Vanessa

Through Mariposa Transitions and in partnership with West China Tea Co. and Level Up Alliance, I offer transformational services through gong fu cha tea service and online discussion platforms. 

This website serves as a creative outlet, to inform collaborators, and to encourage you to see Life as meaningful. We all have contributions to make.. and it is varied and unique and perfect in its ambiguity and clarity. It is my hope to restore in myself and in others a Cosmic/ Holy/ Magical experience of life. It begins with believing in miracles. At least, it did for me.

I spend a lot of time observing silence and listening to my body and heart. This has developed a richness in my Creativity, my Vision, and my desire for Peace and Justice. 

I am currently a graduate student at Self Design Graduate Institute and a council member at Alma de Mujer Center for Social Change, a retreat center part of the non-profit The Indigenous Women's Network. 

I love curating spaces that ignite imagination and honors poetry, art, and music. 

 My alter ego is Pusheen:


A word about my photographs

I see myself as a blob of particles... having interesting photos taken of me is part of my reflective process. The lines of artistic inquiry vary. 

My desire is for bits of my inner world to be brought out to life through my physical form. In addition, in a society that has strong ideas of what womyn should or should not do with their bodies a photograph is an avenue for me to reclaim a sense of autonomy.

I trust in the collaborative effort of the photographer and anyone else involved... where life journeys collide each taking whatever insight and inspiration that serves them at that point of time. I trust in its timeliness. 

Photo by Shawn Johnson taken at the sacred land, Alma de Mujer Center for Social Change

Photo by Shawn Johnson taken at the sacred land, Alma de Mujer Center for Social Change