Christine Cruz Guiao is a Brooklyn-born, Northwest-grown Pinay mystic artist and healer, whose relentless pursuit of her Beloved has guided her to hitchhiking on a desolate and frozen BC highway, on a solo pilgrimage to the holy sites of the Philippines, India, Bhutan, and Nepal; and to the deathbed of her beloved Teacher and mother, Gilda Cruz. Born into the mystical Catholic tradition of her Philippine ancestors, she has also studied for over 15 years with esteemed teachers of Tibetan Buddhism, yoga, and the Earth-based spiritualities of the Coast Salish, Aleut and Native Hawaiian people. Her Teachers have all independently encouraged her towards her destiny as a spiritual healer. Christine finds God/dess everywhere in the world, but most clearly in a full moon walk on the beach, and in the eyes and arms of her beloved family, friends and 14-year-old Beagle, Lemonhead.
Christine is also veteran of the social justice non-profit world and is a gifted organizer. She currently leads and organizes monthly meditation classes at Zenyu, and regularly holds meditation and Sound Healing workshops at organizations such as Seattle University, Shoreline Community College, Filipino Community Center of Seattle, and YouthSource, a program for previously-incarcerated youth. She has over 11 years experience in Marketing and Outreach in several social justice and environmental nonprofit organizations including the international environmental coalition the Industrial Shrimp Action Network, Greenpeace, and the Human Rights Campaign in Washington, DC. She has joyfully explored wildernesses around the world, including Alaska, the Canadian Rockies, the Amazon, the Himalayas, and the North Cascades of her own backyard, and draws on the healing power of Nature to guide and inspire her work.