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About Yanina

Yanina Salerno is the visionary force behind Activated Earth Healing Arts and Learning Space, where she serves as the Founder and Guide. A maestra of all things environmental and ancestral, Yanina loves empowering folks on their awakening journey by cultivating fertile ground for sacred remembrance of their innermost authentic expression, unique medicine, and innate power.  


With an unwavering commitment to environmental equity and systemic liberation, Yanina specializes in driving transformative healing and change within communities of different races, ethnicities, religions, abilities, age, genders, sexual orientations and social identities. 

Activated Earth's Mission is to uplift and inspire humanity by providing experiential learning and reconnecting opportunities in nature for all.

Hi, I'm Yanina

Educator  Curandera  Guide

I believe we all have an innate capacity for growth and healing. As a Curandera (Folk Medicine Healer), I work alongside Mother Nature to promote and facilitate spiritual, emotional, and mental wellbeing. I am passionate about being an ally in your healing journey to unlock a more sustaining and expansive awareness through traditional ancestral medicine. My style is warm, inviting, and energetically attuned. I hold a space of radical acknowledgement and acceptance of your highest most authentic self. Together we will work to restore balance and cultivate harmony within your body, mind, and spirit.



Healing Arts

  • North Carolina Certified Environmental Educator- NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources

  • Diploma in Forest Mgmt. Technology-Natural Resource Specialist

  • Tremont Institute- Naturalist Studies

  • The Institute for Equity-Centered Coaching 2024 - 2025
    Peer-Learning Network for coaches and leaders committed to justice,
    equity, diversity, and inclusion.

  • Transform Coaching Academy 2024 (in-progress)
    ICF Accredited Professional Coaching and Leadership Program

  • Non-Violent Communication Training Level 1 and 2- NVC Asheville

  • DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) Training- Racial Equity Institute 2016

  • Trauma-informed Training- NAMI Family to Family Educational Program

  • Trauma-informed Coach Certificate- The Centre for Healing​

  • BLS (Basic Life Support) CPR Certified 2023

  • Curanderismo (Nahua and Mayan Traditional Medicine), Tonazhiua Holistic Center

  • Pampa Mesayoq Rites (Master of Nature Energies) don Wilbert Salas-Atasi, Q'ero lineage

  • Ñusta Karpay Peruvian Rites of the Divine Feminine

  • Healing the Light Body Shamanic Teachings- Alberto Villoldo tradition, taught by Theodore Tsavoussis

  • Heart of the Healer Shamanic Mystery School- don Oscar Miro- Quesada, Pachakuti Mesa tradition Shamanic Practitioner Teachings

  • Herbal Immersions Program- Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine

  • Certified Sivananda Yoga & Meditation Teacher- Vastu School of Yoga

  • Reiki Level 1 and 2 Practitioner- North Carolina Reiki Training Center

Guiding Principles

  • To facilitate, support and strengthen relationship development between human and nature intelligence by hosting earth-honoring guided forest experiences and nature-based workshops.

  • To spark curiosity and provide experiences in nature that serve to renew our spirit and our mystical connection to nature.

  • To uphold key concepts of best practices in environmental education.​​

Social Justice Values Statement

  • To empower people of different races, ethnicities, religions, abilities, genders, and sexual orientations to remember their innate and mutually restorative relationship with Nature and to serve our vibrant and diverse communities uniquely.

  • To be an ally in decolonizing the environmental sectors by providing trauma-informed, equity-centered experiential learning and reconnecting opportunities in nature.

  • To empower BIPOC by fostering a sense of ownership in forest resources, thereby creating a more sustainable existence for the forest as well as an better quality of life for all.

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