Ornella Matta-Figueroa (she/her) is a mother, disruptor, visionary, investigator and speaker of dissonance, scholar of resonance and connection. She is a certified wellness coach and co-director of SafeArt, an organization of trauma-informed practitioners who engage creative expression, mindfulness, movement, social action, and connection to the natural world.
Ornella is committed to praxis, to living the practice of liberation in all ways. She holds an MPA and advanced certificate in nonprofit management from SUNY Brockport. She has completed three years toward a Ph.D in mind body medicine and holds an integrative wellness coaching certificate from Saybrook University. Completion of her doctorate is on pause because of her integrity to the decolonization process given the restrictions of working on personal liberation within the ivory tower construct of mainstream education. Ornella’s experience working in nonprofit management and program development in school systems at Ibero American Action League and higher education and student advocacy at Nazareth College in Rochester, New York illustrate her awareness of the practical needs of educational systems and provide context for her perspective in transformation.
Ornella’s return to nonprofit work at SafeArt, involvement in Vermont school systems, and her breadth of experiences and skillsets in interpersonal relationships offers innovative solutions to building the educational systems of the future. She leads workshops and facilitates discussions in Vermont and New York, for beings of all ages, on returning to wholeness, anti-racism, ego to eco, self-accountability, spirituality, decivilizing, and community connection. Storytelling, deep listening, witness, and love weave deeply into her work. She also co-creates coaching relationships with individuals and groups, offering different types of support including parenting strategies, mediation during conflicts and transitions, support with complex relationship dynamics, co-creating partnerships of all kinds, organizational development, leadership, self-accountability, and unconditional positive regard.
As an energy worker and intuitive person in the world, Ornella is called to create spaces for healing, expression, connection, counsel, and integration. She is a whole hearted leader with experience in a variety of co-created non hierarchical and complex relationships both professionally and personally. She is certified in Dancing Mindfulness, a co-creator of Sacred Raves, and supports individuals as they develop interoception and challenge internalized supremacy culture. Tarot, the human design system, and spiritualism are areas of study that also influence her approach to liberation. She finds most joy in creating containers for healing, using a mixture of spirit and research, and also sings and enjoys creating, sharing, and participating in music.
Ornella has dedicated her life to working with young people. She wants to create and support liberated education for individuals of all ages. She homeschools the little people who have chosen her as a mother and resides with her family, embracing a co-parenting model, in Greensboro, Vermont.
“Embodying liberation is my life’s work. I am committed to weaving connections, exploring contexts, and supporting individuals as they discover their own expressions of awareness and interdependent freedom. I work from a place of inner retreat, integrating and healing every day.” ~ Ornella Matta-Figueroa
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