Lifelong Artist, Dancer, Performance Artist, Peak Performer & Peak Performance & Natural Wellness Expert. Natural Healing MIRACLE. 1st-generation American, mixed Eurasian Blood, NYC child-UN brat w/ pre-birth global perspective: attended Atomic Energy Commission in-utero as Mom covered meetings just before my entrance into world. Mythologist, Storyteller, lifelong environmentalist (tied posters on trees in Central Park for the FIRST Earth Day) & High Priestess of Zeeva's Art of Wellness: a Body-Mind-Spirit Balanced Wellness Lifestyle. Travelled the world studying arts & mythologies of people around the world, collecting their stories, became a Master Storyteller in many media. Local & global community service from a childhood trick-or-treating for UNICEF to performing, organizing, canvassing, activism & sitting on boards of orgs from UNICEF, OXFAM World Hunger Foundation, Greenpeace, RAN, Native American Children's Committee, & LA's first Downtown Neighborhood Council's Arts Aesthetics & Culture Committee. Started teaching Art, Music, Dance as healing modalities in institutions & psychiatric facilities in 70's, focused on experiential learning, Humanistic & Transformational psychologies. Advanced training in NLP & variety of holistic healing modalities, 2nd degree Reiki, performance artist & peak performance consultant for more than a quarter century when astounding disaster hit. MD's didn't know if I'd live or die. I chose life. I BEAT Blindness and Brain Damage caused by Acute Toxic Chemical Exposure--though MD's said I'd be Brain Damaged, Blind & Disabled for the rest of my life. Went to Braille Inst. Learned talking computers to research, to be able to work & be independent. Lived a life online in newly forming holistic communities who shared my battles & journey back to Wellness & Sight. ART saved my life, gave me inspiration & reason to live. Found refuge & healing by sharing art I could no longer see with those who could, curated a gallery called Beyond Vision with art by both sighted & blind artists--not specifying to visitors which art was which, urging them to close their eyes, touch, & experience the world of art Beyond Vision. Sat on Getty Center's Blind & Sight-Impaired Advisory Board to assist them to make their collection accessible to sight-impaired visitors. Became Storyteller & tour guide at Getty to keep experiencing Art thru eyes of others & in my own mind's eye. While blind, started creative company Zeeva Intl, opened & acted as Creative Director of Bashtet Movement Arts Studio--a Body-Mind urban retreat in LA's Arts District. Got off Disability while still blind & on O2. As blind board member of Downtown LA Neighborhood Council's Arts Aesthetics & Culture Committee, helped create Gallery Row--transforming an area of urban blight into a major Art destination in just a few years, revitalizing downtown LA. Though much better than anyone ever thought I could be by '03--I was still blind, still dependent on supplemental O2 for hours each day. Went south of the border to get Medical Detox & holistic alternative treatments far better & more cost effective than what's available in USA. Got back my sight after 5+ years just in time to help late Mom thru her last years. In '06, in response to 10's of 1000's of requests, shared HOW I got my sight back & got better via natural wellness e-zine-the Z'zine, which became Zeeva's Wellness Weekly. Collated questions & wrote Zeeva: the Art of Wellness the True Story of How Z Got Well Again & You Can Too! Committed to the power of creativity, faith, desire, action & LOVE to create change. Having attained several high-level degree's from the School of Hard Knocks I'm still here, still dancing, still creating, finally starting to make Art again, still practicing. As one of my masters, Martha Graham said: "Practice means to perform, over & over again in the face of all obstacles, some act of vision, of faith, of desire. Practice is a means of inviting the perfection desired." Lost the place in high desert just n. of LA for Mom who never made it there. Named it Helicon--after old Greek myth--where the Muses dwell & Dance. LOST it in crash. Now rebuilding life, catching up & making sense of a life interrupted by toxic disaster--just in time to come out into a post BP Gulf Disaster World. Advocating WELLNESS, sharing HOW to beat beating brain injuries & multiple toxic chemical-caused syndromes & illnesses they said were permanent, telling my own & others' stories, inspiring people to transform, beat the odds, get Well as they can get, learn from the past, live in the NOW, & Dance into the future, co-creating a better more conscious, more loving, more evolved world for the 21st Century.
Areas of Expertise
Art, World Mythology, Storytelling, Peak Performance, Natural Health Approaches , Activism, Consciousness In Creativity, Consciousness Outside and Beyond Human Consciousness, Wellness & Movement
An idea worth spreading
Wellness is a choice & an ART. An Art of Living that entails Wholism, Self-Awareness, Ecology, & Creativity. As I got better & then got my sight back after five+ years blind, everyone thought I was a MIRACLE & wanted to know HOW I got well again. Everyone wanted to know the "magic bullet"--that ONE treatment "that did it," demanding I "share my secret" so that others could get well from devastating illnesses deemed "permanent" too. Trained by ancient Russian ballet diva's in Body-Mind-Spirit Natural Health practices (including herbs & yoga) & a perfectionist MD/Medical professor/athlete father from childhood, I'd also been trained "if you want to learn to do something you must go to the masters, learn what they do, & practice it until it's yours." I got Well Again because I wouldn't accept being a disabled managed chronic disease & practiced the well-ingrained Body-Mind-Spirit Peak Performer habits I'd lived --& taught others-- long before they go the name: "Wellness Lifestyle."
I'm passionate about
Art Love Life Peace Consciousness the Earth the Moon the Stars Creating Connecting the Beauty of Diversity Empowerment the power of Creativity-in-Action and taking better care of our Mother Earth
Hampshire College BA MusicTheaterCreativityTransformational Psychology , Friends World College International Arts & Communications, Hypnosis Motivation Institute Master Hypnotist, Clinical Hypnotherapist
Talk to me about
ART, Empowerment, Transformation, Zeeva’s Art of Wellness & my 21st Century Principles of Natural Wellness: Holism, Self-Awareness, Ecology, Creativity & HOW I BEAT TOXIC CHEMICAL EXPOSURE to BE WELL!
People don't know I'm good at
My TED story
‘98--ACUTE TOXIC CHEMICAL EXPOSURE--fumes & vapors from neighboring industrial installation fill my ART Studio. MD's say: PERMANENTLY Brain-Damaged, Blind, & Disabled. Blind 5+ years, on O2 tanks for 4+. Got better via Body-Mind-Spirit Natural Alternative Self-Care, Alternative Med & cutting edge Science. I BEAT BRAIN INJURIES they said'd make me Disabled & blind forever! Fought my way thru "the system," started Zeeva Int'l Inc. Got OFF Disability while still blind--in less time than it took the govt to provide benefits to a woman gone blind. Went from Braille Inst to being Getty Center Storyteller & their only blind docent--challenging visitors to see what I could no longer see. Brought DANCE into LA City Hall on the Int'l Day of Dance 2003. Got back my SIGHT & OFF the O2 tank in time to caretake my late Mom, developed Zeeva: the Art of Wellness. LOST home, went broke in crash, now making a NEW MIRACLE, re-emerging into world to make Art & SHARE MY STORY to help others GET WELL AGAIN.