Bios

CHRISTINE CRUZ GUIAO

CO-DIRECTOR

Christine Cruz Guiao, is a queer Filipina-American. A veteran of the social justice non-profit world, she also has extensive experience as a Healer and Spiritual Guide as well as in organizing and leading wilderness retreats. She currently leads and organizes the monthly meditation classes, and regularly holds meditation and Sound Healing workshops at organizations such as Seattle University, Shoreline Community College, Filipino Community Center of Seattle, and YouthSource, a program for previously-incarcerated youth.  As a cultural worker and artist, she has organized and performed all over the Pacific Northwest, including Vancouver, Eugene, and of course her home, Seattle in the band Dreamcake.  In addition to her work as a healing artist, she has over 16 years experience in Marketing and Outreach in several social justice and environmental nonprofit organizations including the international environmental coalition the Industrial Shrimp Action Network, Greenpeace, and the Human Rights Campaign in Washington, DC.   She has joyfully explored wildernesses around the world, including Alaska, the Canadian Rockies, the Himalayas and the North Cascades of her own backyard, and draws on the healing power of Nature to guide and inspire her work.  For more information, check out: www.tawahealingworks.com

APRIL NISHIMURA, CO-DIRECTOR

April Nishimura is a queer Japanese-American.  Since 2008, April has worked to support LGBTQI community health. April developed and co-taught the University of Washington’s first course on mixed-race studies. In 2008, she collaborated with the University of Washington’s Q Center to promote cross-cultural understanding and allyship in the event  “Bridging Voices.”  As a Social Worker at the Asian Pacific Islander Safety Center, April restarted the Queer Networking Program to address domestic violence and sexual abuse in LGBTQI relationships. As part of this, she started “Queer Dim Sum”, a monthly gathering for people of color now in its second year.  In 2010, April became the Youth Program Coordinator at the Safety Center.  In this position, April facilitated group discussions with young women of color in two high schools and one middle school about relationships, health and safety.  She also led a support group for homeless youth who have experienced sexual violence. April is an experienced facilitator, and has trained over 100 people in cultural competency relating to racism and homophobia.  She has developed numerous curriculum related to trauma, healthy relationships and structural oppression.   In 2010 she coordinated  the 15th Annual Vigil for the Safety Center, an event that brought over 250 people.  She is a co-founder of Writing Home, a writing circle for LGBTQI people of color and of Tadaima, a queer-friendly group for Japanese-Americans.  April is a Structural Medicine Specialist.  She regularly practices Vipassana mindfulness meditation and Qi Gong.  She also plays the cello and regularly performs with Christine in the band Dreamcake.

COMMUNITY ADVISORY BOARD:

Zenyu is supported and nurtured by an active Community Advisory Board made up of members of our Beloved Community. Current Board Members are:

Luzviminda Uzuri “Lulu” Carpenter

Annie Chung

Gordy Jacks

Sabina Neem, MSW, Chair

Stacy Torres

CONTACT INFO: You can reach any of us at zenyuseattle@gmail.com.  We’d love to hear from you.

“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.” – Buddha

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