I identify as an Indigenous-Chicanx-European, queer woman of color. Born and raised on the unceded Indigenous land of O’odham Jeweḍ, Akimel O’odham (Upper Pima), and Hohokam nations (Phoenix, Arizona) in the heart of Maryvale. My mother’s ancestors are Indigenous to New Mexico and Chihuahua, Mexico; as well as settler-colonists from Spain. My father’s ancestors are settler-colonists from Scotland and England.
I currently live on the unceded Indigenous land of the Kiikaapoi (Kickapoo), Kaskaskia, Myaamia (Miami), Očhéthi Šakówiŋ (Sioux), Cahokia, and Osage Nations (Vandalia, Illinois). I honor the Indigenous people who held this land sacred, and who suffered great atrocities through centuries of genocide. I seek to decolonize and unsettle the body, mind, spirit, and spaces that I occupy.
I am able-bodied. My first language is English. I am a first-generation college graduate, earning my Interdisciplinary degree at the age of 46 from Prescott College. My body, mind, and spirit hold the pain of generational trauma and generational joy. By the whispers of my ancestors, and through the pillars of Reclamation, Ritual, and Renewal, I bravely face my purpose and responsibilities.
My identities inform how I show up as well as how I may be projecting onto others. As I am called in to dismantle the systems of white supremacy within self and systems I pray for the wisdom to position my privileges and proximity to power to serve others. The systems include racism, ableism, capitalism, misogyny, perfectionism, and many more.
My liminal identities have shaped me into a connector, messenger, and community gatherer. I am a certified holistic sex educator, experienced-registered yoga teacher (ERYT), and somatic drum circle facilitator. I bring somatic, body-centered, holistic approaches to my work, drawing on my scholarship of religion and spirituality, ancestral trauma and healing, social justice, sexuality, ecopsychology, and decolonization and unsettling theories and practices.
I have over 20 years of experience creating innovative approaches in the wellness field, leading programs that bring people together using accessible, intersectional modalities.
More About Serina
Serina is a graduate of the Institute for Sexuality Education and Enlightenment as a Certified Holistic Sex Educator. She is now a faulty instructor facilitating the Sexual Attitude Reassessment (SAR) and Exceptional Educator courses. Serina also holds the position of Operations Manager; a position that allows her to facilitate and lead training in the implementation of liberating practices.
Serina received her drum circle leadership skills training from Jim Donovan M.Ed. The evidence-based program focused on stress management and human connection through bilateral stimulation (drumming). Her somatic style of facilitation invites participants to play in a way that is intuitive and led by the body and soul.
Serina received the 2017 CTLE Innovation Grant Award to establish community drum circles at Glendale Community College in Arizona. There, she facilitated community drum circles for the senior citizen population, students, and faculty! In addition to academic leadership, Serina created monthly full moon drum circles and hikes in collaboration with the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation with over 200 participants. She facilitates circles at memory-care adult centers, schools and universities, hospitals, and sacred events.
Serina presented, The History of Playing Indian and Performance Culture Consciousness, at the 2020 Drum Circle Facilitator Guild Conference. The presentation examined the history of why and how European-descendant-Americans identified with other cultures other than their own and the ways in which culture performance is perpetuated in drum circles by facilitators and participants.
Serina’s academic journey has led her to examine and critique history, context, and narratives with a decolonial, queer, and feminist lens. The lens provides the language of her ancestors’ lived experiences as the oppressed and the oppressor.
The language I have gained through my academic journey has shaped my voice that is rooted in liberation and supported by the pillars of Reclamation, Ritual, and Renewal.
- Bachelor of Arts, Prescott College: Interdisciplinary degree with a concentration in Social Justice + Sexuality + Gender
- Associate of Arts Degree, Glendale Community College: Religious Studies/Communications
- 500-ERYT, YAECP Yoga Instructor, Yoga Alliance
- Certified Holistic Sex Educator, Institute for Sexuality Education & Enlightenment
- Certified Drum Circle Facilitator, Jim Donnovan, Inc.
- Fitness and Wellness Instructor certified through: Zumba, Inc, RealRyder Cycling, FitTour, and SilverSneakers