Anya Kozorez can hear and/or make inanimate objects talk. She loves the sense of community Galiana is creating, as well as the concept of a sacred place where everyone can learn and grow and feel accepted and welcomed. Her background comprises of an editorial acquisitions and development experience for educational and academic book publishing houses, as well as a life-long love affair with music, song-writing, and performing. In her spare time, she learns what it means to be alive.
“Live light, travel light, spread the light, be the light.” (Yogi Bhajan)
Anya says, “I wish to learn to accept myself, to stop being afraid, and to love and appreciate my life in its every shade and expression.”
Denise Cunningham has experienced many lifetimes through past life regression. It has brought her a better understanding of the person she is in this lifetime. Her strengths and talents, along with the overwhelming love she has to share will lend to helping the Galiana Retreat project. She believes that the gifts she possesses are meant to contribute to a higher purpose and Galiana gives her that opportunity.
She also loves working with amazing people. Earlier in her journey, she joined a Wiccan coven and learned how to weave and work with energy to manifest intentions and desires.
She became a Reiki and Shamballa Master because of her desire to help heal those in need. In her spare time, she surrounds herself with loved ones, keeps her physical body active, nurtures her spiritual body, allows the creativity in herself to manifest and allows herself to get swept away with the magick of music and dance.
Favorite Quote: “Love is the Law, Love under Will” ~ Aleister Crowley
Denise says, “I wish that people could truly put the past behind them, cherish the present and look at the world with new eyes which see only the beauty that is within everyone.”
Ezra Glenn is a creator of art in many forms and using many tools; on a page, through various camera lenses, and in the kitchen, though he is also a lover of all modes of art and design. He studied photography and poetry at Bard College, focusing on the ways words and images can be used to regenerate their own uses– innovation is a principle force in his art. He also brings this energy to his cooking. Ezra is a chef with experience cooking for hundreds of people at a time, making use of flavors of the world to reimagine how we taste even the simplest dishes. The Galiana Project’s openness and collective flow of ideas are very intriguing to him. He also loves the people involved like his family, and who wouldn’t want to help family?
Favorite Quote: “Do stuff. be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration’s shove or society’s kiss on your forehead. Pay attention. It’s all about paying attention. attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. stay eager.” ~ Susan Sontag
Ezra says, “I wish that ideas of genre and categorization could be dissolved, that people could form understandings of how to use the tools at their disposal from scratch, and to create without relying on what has come before.”
Masha Vasilkovsky lives in a world of vision. She loves Galiana because it represents our collective heart and collective body of consciousness, the best in us – friendship, love, union, a striving for knowledge. It manfests physically at the land of Galiana, where we can all be. Masha is drawn to this project by the cultivated love that uplifts all of us, the search for truth and freedom. Galiana is a progressive place for a progressive community.
Masha started out living in Russia, with a very specific mindset, and then growing out of it by experiencing the world at large and a new age coming of thinking. So she developed by first learning a straight kind of way, then coming out of it. She uses animation as the vehicle for meditation, as a channel for consciousness. She learned animation first at the Rhode Island School fo Design (BFA 1995), and later at the California Institute of the Arts (MFA in Experimental Animation, 1998). Masha has animated for independent productions and teaches art and animation classes in colleges around Los Angeles.
Favorite Quote: “If there is nowhere to get at the end, how can I get lost on the way?” ~ Ikkui
Masha says, “My special wish is for Earth to shift into a different dimension, so that our collective heart opened and we all moved in there with the minimal loss. It is a collective wish.”
Nadia Shif is an alien. She likes the idea of Galiana- an art, meditation and what-not retreat. A place where people can relax and express themselves.
Nadia can dance, design cloth, and she can listen to what others have to say if they need it.
In her spare time she meditates, reads, designs new things, draws, and talks to people.
Nadia says, “I wish people would care more about people.”
Natalie DeNault hangs in the balance somewhere between the political and the ethereal. She constructs her own meaning through both indulgent daydreams and endeavors to include all the byproducts of society into a healthy future. She is drawn to Galiana by the magnetism of the women who created it – she wants to see their lights reflected in the eyes of everyone who goes to find their inner peace in the serenity of this retreat. Natalie graduated from Barnard College where she studied American Studies and Spanish & Latin American Cultures. She now works for the Working Families Party, an independent political party in New York that focuses on making government responsive to everyday citizens. She spends her spare time wishing she had more of it.
Favorite Quote: “En este mundo traidor nada es verdad, ni mentira. Todo es según el color del cristal con que se mira.” ~ Spanish poet and metaphysicist Ramón de Campoamor. This roughly translates to: all truths are a matter of perspective.
Natalie says, “I hope one day all people will learn to practice the Golden Rule.”
Nelly A Mentor sees herself in the role of the priestess at Galiana, helping people to heal their emotional wounds and to create more fulfilling relationships. Ocassionally, she is a clairvoyant priestess of the Egyptian goddesses – Hator, Bast, and Skhmet.
Nelly was attracted to the Galiana project with a budding interest in women’s personal development and spirituality, particularly sacred spirituality. She holds a BA in biology, an MS in Business Economics and also holds a Reiki Level I attunement. She is an initiated 1st degree Wiccan of an eclectic tradition and is preparing to be initiated into an American druidic tradition. In her spare time, she likes to stay fit and reads various books on spirituality, personal psychology and metaphysics. She enjoys ethnic cuisine and spending weekends in New York City.
“Success is liking who you are, liking what you do and liking how you do it.” ~ Maya Angelou
Nelly says, “I wish everybody would stop trying to be like everybody else and realize their own unique brand of godhood.”
Nina Daley is a live being connected to the world with her brain and heart and body. The mystical family of goddesses that nurture each other brings her wisdom and understanding. Nina is currently exploring imaginary landscapes and mythical creatures through her figurative art. She is an artist and a thinker and feels that in making art she allows her brain to think and understand the world more deeply and fully. She received her degree in art history from Barnard College, where she studied many different trends and histories and culminated in a study of animated film. In her spare time she loves to draw, imagine play.
Favorite Quote: “Let’s pretend…”
Nina says, “I want everyone to be able to see feel and learn from Galiana. I also wish to recognize and practice mindfulness.”