Hi! I'm Darla.
I live in Costa Rica with my husband and two young sons. On a farm. Homestead style. Believe it or not, this was not a hipster dream of mine. Instead it came about because of a whirlwind divorce from a successful doctor in Madrid, Spain; a last-minute solo trip to Costa Rica to get away from it all; and an equally whirlwind romance with a tour guide with land and a vision. My life has done a 180 in the last five years. It hasn't all been romantic beach getaways, though. Postpartum depression, culture shock, isolation, homesickness, are all everyday realities.
Which is why I created DIVINA and, subsequently, this website.
I'm passionate about teaching women and mixed race spiritual seekers how to ground themselves in their own cultural lineage as spiritual practice. As a First Nations woman raised in my ancestral homelands, I know what a deep sense of rootedness can do for oneself. As an expat, I know what it's like to flounder without it. As the world becomes smaller and the melting pot because bigger, it's easy to lose yourself in a collective spirituality. It's easy to slip into retreats, practices and even dress codes that are based in cultural appropriation and not true spiritual wisdom.
It doesn't have to be that way.
Together we can create a spiritual practice that fills your cup because it already fills your bones.
Communicating Across Cultural-Spiritual Barriers
I spent four years studying intercultural communication at the graduate level-- earning my Master's degree in the subject in 2011. I had planned to get some sort of corporate job in Seattle, teaching people how to communicate across cultural barriers with other people. I was shocked . . . then surprised . . . and now delighted to discover that my true purpose is to live as close to the land as possible while teaching people how to communicate interculturally with other spirits and beings who inhabit this world with us. (Graduate student me would have rolled my eyes at that last sentence).
I specifically studied how food creates and sustains cultural identity and legacy-- an apt prequel to the spiritual work I now do with ancestors.
2004-- Whitworth University, B.A. Journalism and Mass Communication
2009-- Mentored in the intuitive arts by Anna Sayce
2010-- Completed the Laughing Sage Wellness Hormonal and Spiritual Balance Program by Alisa Vitti
2011-- University of New Mexico, M.A. Intercultural Communication
2016-2017 -- Ongoing mentoring in spiritual work with Mary Shutan
2017-- Advanced Mentoring in the intuitive arts with Anna Sayce