We had the good fortune of connecting with Domonique Echeverria and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Domonique, other than deciding to work for yourself, what else do you think played a pivotal role in your story?
Decolonizing my wellness and my mindset on everything and creating strong boundaries: Meaning, being mindful of my intentions on who I am connected to and working with, setting mindful intentions on why I am taking up space in my field, being cautious to not promote capitalism or over consumption. Decolonizing my work ethic, and not working to the point of exhaustion and resentment, but following my spirit and intuition when it’s time to be in the flow and time to rest. Letting my work flow be a natural rhythm of my day, and not something that controls me. Society equates money and classism with “success”. . .but most super rich, societally “successful” people are drowning in overworked exhaustion and misery. . .that creates soul loss. I feel like I have had a successful week when I enter my weekend NOT feeling drained.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a painter, a costume designer, a dancer, a muse, an overall artistic channel. . .but because of all of the suffering I have bared witness to in my life, my soul needed me to start holding space in other ways. . .So I created Universal Mother, a global healing resource network. My website www.universalmother.love site for people who are going through it. There you can discover book recommendations, links to healing people, inspiration, informative articles about mental health and physical wellness, sound therapy, yoga for body pain, and tons of healthy coping mechanisms. As an artist, I create and curate sanctuaries wherever I go; as a curandera, I hold space for people’s pain, suffering, sadness, anger, release, exhaustion; as a dancer I keep a rhythm in these spaces, helping to call back their spirit that has been lost or fragmented; as a protector, I stand guard while people face their fears and grieve; as a visionary I help people see what they need to see, I help show them the way, and remember what they need to remember; as a human I share compassion and empathy. I am a shapeshifting medicine woman and artist that takes many forms.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
My favorite places in LA:
1. Descanso Gardens for inspiration and healing
2. Olvera Street for inspiration, Mexican food, clothes, gifts, beautiful people
3. India Sweets & Spices Market on Los Feliz for groceries, home goods, and magical things
4. Dr. Schulze’s American Botanical for herbs and natural medicine to heal anything
5. Pans Apothika for spells, tools, guidance, and treasures
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would love to shoutout Viver Brazil Dance Company, Dancing Diaspora, and Cihtli Ocampo for reconnecting me with the powerful medicine of dance, and arming me and their communities with tools to get through this year. I want to also shoutout the powerhouse collectives Slow Factory, We Are Haven, and the Indigenous People’s Movement for holding space for the collective, and providing education and resources on restructuring oppressive systems that are making people sick and fighting for scraps. These people and collectives are walking the walk when it comes to strengthening and empowering their communities.