Lotus Gathering is possible thanks to the many friends — old and new — who have stepped in to lend their skills, experience, and expertise to make this vision unfold, including you. That said, allow us to introduce the team making Lotus Gathering possible!
A lifelong student of soul science — the intersection of spirituality with every branch of knowledge — Cynthia Gomez blends spirituality, philosophy, and the sciences to help facilitate quantum healing and conscious living. She is trained in Reiki and other intersectional energy work modalities, and is a certified master life coach. She is also a writer and entrepreneur. She owns The Gaia Revolution, through which she hosts healing retreats, and Light Rising Publishing, which offers unique publishing solutions to produce content that facilitates empowered storytelling, meaning-making, and wisdom sharing to expand consciousness and connectedness, and inspire kinder living. Catch Cynthia teaching workshops on gratitude and forgiveness, and facilitating a panel discussion on resilience, when she's not running event logistics.
Helen Blaaker has studied, practiced, and taught Raja Yoga Meditation, a form of meditation mentioned in the Bhagavad Gita for gaining an understanding of and control over self, for more than 15 years. Helen's professional practice, The Easy Yogi, offers consultations in Ayurveda, an ancient system of preventative health, meditation instruction, and practical spirituality. While working in the financial industry, Helen maintains a dedicated meditation practice, blogs and podcasts about spirituality, and helps people find ways to integrate mindfulness into their daily lives. Most recently, she worked with facilitators abroad to bring a unique and powerful silent retreat curriculum to the United States. Catch Helen teaching workshops on meditation and Ayurveda, when she's not running event logistics.
Kristin Barber started practicing yoga in 2007 after a recommendation from a chiropractor to address chronic neck and spine pain. Once hooked on the physical, with no intention to teach, she started to take training to improve her own practice, alignment, and, more importantly, philosophy. Yet it was her dharma to continue to pass the knowledge that was given to her, and recently, Kristin has been exploring sound healing, hosting crystal bowl healing ceremonies and crystal bowl yoga workshops, finding joy in bringing movement and sound to the community to vibrate higher together! Join Kristin for morning yin yoga and catch her on the singing bowls throughout the weekend, or find her and randomly thank her for her many contributions to making Lotus Gathering a reality.
Known personally as David DiBernardinis, Jr., DJ Dharmadrum believes music transcends words, helping us helps to heal, unify and truly accept each other regardless of nationality, creed, culture, or language. He keeps busy playing local ecstatic dance, yoga, and other conscious events in and around the St. Pete/Clearwater/Tampa area. DJ Dharmadrum spins meditative sound fields, ethnic deep house scapes and global base to facilitate mindful, meditative movement, and a spiritual vibe for all tribes. As Lotus Gathering's resident deejay, he will be spinning nightly during an ecstatic dance silent disco and helping with all things sound.
Lucia Gabriela helps individuals and couples to master their life, relationships, and intimacy with themselves and others. As a relationship and intimacy coach, she creates a sacred and safe space for individuals and couples to build conscious relationships and meaningful intimacy in their life. As an emotional somatic therapist and tantra facilitator, she works with individuals to liberate themselves from emotional and sexual traumas. As a therapeutic kink practitioner and TantriKink creator, she fuses the power of tantra and kink/BDSM to help clients connect with their bodily wisdom, discover their erotic archetypes, and master their erotic energy. Catch her during an eye-gazing workshop, consent paint party, and conscious cuddle puddle.
Myles Optimystic is a New Earth hip-hop and experimental pop artist based in St. Pete, FL. Their subject matter explores themes like mindfulness and meditation, as well as healing, self-empowerment, and collective transformation. Their beats, available on all streaming platforms, are intentionally tuned with healing frequencies, so minds and hearts are open to connect while bodies are invited to dance! Through their music, performance, and life’s work, Optimystic aims to inspire and unify the masses. Reminding us we are all One Consciousness, One Vibration, One Love… We honor and embrace this journey of Life we all share. We're excited to welcome Optimystic to the Lotus Gathering stage, but send him mad props for all of his organizational assistance and connections through Galactic House (see friends/collaborators section).
Ismael Delgado is a drumming facilitator for Giving Tree Music, organizing and participating in events throughout the greater Tampa/Clearwater/St. Pete area, including well-known drum circles, for many years. He is also an expert drum builder and drum teacher, working on an after-school program in Pinellas County. For this Puerto Rico native, drumming is more than a calling; it's also a way to build commUnity, help individuals tap into their own internal rhythm, and heal through the power of music. Catch Ismael and his crew during the nightly drum circle!
FRIENDS & COLLABORATORS
Galactic House is a Florida-based group of artists, musicians, creatives, and healers of all types who strive to create a more loving world through their artistry. From immersive events to murals to fire spinning performances and musical portals, they work to create spaces for all ages, backgrounds, and areas of interest. Learn more at instagram.com/galactichousefam.