If you’re curious about social identity and cultural awareness, you’re in the right place!
Born in the Indian Himalayas, raised in a meditation centre in rural France and having travelled to 40+ countries, I’ve met people from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures. My open-mindedness to non-normativity led me to the polyamorous, queer, sex positive scene in London where I’ve lived since 2016. As a multiethnic queer woman, I have always been very aware of difference, feeling caught between categories and defined by my otherness: not black, not white; not gay, not straight.
In 2017, after getting glandular fever, I was bed bound for the third time in my life, this time for fifteen months, needing a wheelchair to leave the house. I’ve now been diagnosed with a total of seventeen chronic illnesses which have added to my sense of inbetweeness, not visibly disabled and not able-bodied either.
But I’ve come to realise that this enables me to bridge social groups and relate to all types of people which led to Beyond Boxes, a podcast and youtube channel exploring labels and identity and going beyond socially ascribed boxes.
In 2018, after 8 years working in events, TV and film production, I began training in Nonviolent Communication (NVC) and during a weeklong course which included a half day on power and privilege, I felt frustrated by the lack of understanding of key dynamics, and hurt by the subject being debated intellectually as if discrimination, oppression and otherness were hypothetical rather than a constant reality for many.
Invited to offer my own workshop, I focused on the felt dynamics of power, privilege and prejudice – towards others and oneself – using meditation, NVC and relational inquiry tools. It had a deep impact on those that attended and developed into the public, private and professional workshops I now lead.
As I continue to explore my own relationship to social identity and cultural awareness, I have become involved in a number of projects related to these themes, including hosting online events and offering consultancy services.