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About Us

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

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 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.

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

Meet Yanina

Yanina is a first generation immigrant from Montevideo, Uruguay. She is a curandera, environmental educator, ceremonial artisan and the founder of Activated Earth and BioForest Restore™

Yanina values sacred reciprocity with nature, the universe, and all living beings and is passionate about sharing that message. She creates Medicine Wheel Pollinator Gardens to restore native plant species as well as traditional ecological knowledge and practices. Yanina currently resides in the ancient mountains of Asheville, North Carolina.


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

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

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

  • 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

  • Healing the Light Body- Alberto Villoldo teachings, taught by Theodore Tsavoussis

  • Heart of the Healer Shamanic Mystery School- don Oscar Miro- Quesada

  • Herbal Immersions Program- Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine

  • Certified Sivananda Yoga & Meditation- Vastu School of Yoga

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

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