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Our Purpose

We create experiences that assist caregivers in becoming expansive in their own being so that when they give care, they do so from a place of abundance, strength and inner harmony.

This work is an invitation to caregivers, from the bedside to the board room, to invest in self-care practices, to be reminded that everyone in the circle of care (caregiver, patients, families, our healthcare system, our world) benefit when caregivers are functioning from a place of inner balance.

To walk the way of personal well being is a choice an individual makes, one caregivers often set aside. Through our work we encourage and support the choice of well being. We do this through powerful experiences that inspire and strengthen the commitment of individuals and groups to invest in and maintain a culture of self care and well being.

Our Inspirational Team

Eddie Madril

Eddie Madril

Eddie Madril is an award winning dancer and educator, founder of Sewam American Indian Dance bring the music, art and culture of Native American dance to audiences of all kinds. A founding member and dancer of Four Winds American Indian Dance group, Eddie has shared native culture across the Bay Area for over 30 years. Specializing in the dances of United States Plains Indians, Sewam has performed across the country and internationally, inspiring audiences and sharing the power and beauty of Native American people.

Eddie Madril is a member of the Pascua Yaqui tribe of Southern Arizona and Northern Sonora Mexico. He is an active member of the Native American community and a representative of his culture through various aspects: as a dancer, singer, teacher, playwright and filmmaker. For over twenty-five years, his involvement and commitment to Native heritage has provided him with the opportunity to share a wealth of information amongst diverse communities. His work has included the presentation of assemblies and residencies in schools working with students and encouraging the development of appreciation and respect for American Indian dance, music, culture, history, art and sign language.

He was awarded a three-year recipient of the California Arts Council Artist-In-Residence grant, as well as the San Francisco Foundation individual artists’ grant and a grant from the San Francisco Arts Council. He was nominated for the prestigious Isadora Duncan Dance Award as a soloist for his hoop dance presentation in his 2008 original play “SunDagger Solstice and again in 2014 for Outstanding Achievement in Visual Design for Origins presented at the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival”. In November 2011, he was recognized by KQED as an American Indian Bay Area Local Hero.

Eddie is currently a professor for American Indian Studies at San Francisco State University and is a regular host for KPFA Radio’s Bay Native Circle program. He has presented as a guest lecturer across the country in American Indian music, dance, religion and contemporary culture for Tufts University, Stanford University, St. Mary’s College, and Dominican University, among others. He has had the honor of being an invited guest for academic symposiums on a variety of Native American issues.

As a dancer and educator he regularly presents and performs throughout the western United States for such groups as the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival (performer and panelist), Young Audiences of Northern California and Youth in Arts. He has been an invited presenter for national organizations such as the ANCC National Magnet Conference (speaker), ONS National Advanced Practice Nursing Conference (keynote speaker), and World Arts West’s arts education program People Like Me.

For over ten years Eddie has been member of the Board of Directors for Friendship House of American Indians Inc. and currently acts as Vice President of the Board. He has also been a member of the advisory committee at the de Young Museum of San Francisco for Native programming.

Awards and Nominations
2008 Isadora Duncan Dance Award – Outstanding Solo Performance – Hoop Dance
2011 KQED American Indian Bay Area Local Hero – Eddie Madril
2014 Isadora Duncan Dance Award – Outstanding Achievement in Visual Design – Sewam Dance Origins

Kathy Douglas

Kathy Douglas is a nurse, healthcare executive, filmmaker and author. Her interest in the health and well being of caregivers spans decades and has been inspired through her work in the healthcare workforce arena as well as her own personal journey as a caregiver and cancer survivor.

Kathy is co-founder of Wise Women Circles, a film production company focused on inspirational media. Her film NURSES If Florence Could See Us Now distributed by New York based First Run Features has been an inspiration to nurses internationally. Among other film projects, she also directed and produced the documentary “The Song Within: Sedona” an exploration of the wisdom of women.

Kathy is currently involved in multiple film projects as well as doing business strategy consulting for companies in healthcare technology and in the film industry. Previously Kathy was Founder and President of the Institute for Staffing Excellence and Innovation – part of On Nursing Excellence (ONE), a 501-C3 not-for profit organization whose purpose is expanding the effectiveness, efficiency and recognition of the healthcare workforce, CNO for API Healthcare, CNO for Concerro and Executive Vice President of Oceania. Kathy was previously on the Editorial Board of Nursing Economics and authored a regular column Staffing Unleashed, she had many published article and was recently recognized by her colleagues as “Leader to Honor” in a cover article of Nurse Leader Magazine.

Her clinical background is in Intensive Care Nursing, during which time she taught ICU Nursing as a volunteer in India. Kathy holds a Masters degree from The University of San Francisco in Public Health – Health Administration and is a graduate of Stanford Business School’s Executive Program.

Sara Moncada

Sara is active in the Native American community working with such non-profit groups as The Cultural Conservancy, working to protect and revitalize indigenous cultures, Native American Academy, using education to nurture, respect and understand cultural differences and The Friendship House Association of San Francisco a rehabilitation and healing center for Native American peoples.

Sara has a unique background as a dancer and health practitioner. She began her studies in dance and theatrical performance at the age of six. For over 20 years she has performed and shared the art of Native American Women’s Dance and culture, Flamenco dance and theater to communities across the U.S. and internationally.

Sara is Co-Founder of Wise Women Circles an organization dedicated to the sharing of Women’s wisdom and traditions through workshops and film, she had produced several films and is an active consultant bringing marketing, grant writing, project management and business savvy to a variety of companies and organizations. She was previously Managing Director of the 501c3 On Nursing Excellence, Director of Marketing for such companies as O’Rourke, Concerro and others.

As a healing arts practitioner she is certified in massage therapy and Jin Shin Jyutsu focused on whole-system wellness. For more than 15 years, her practice has included work with pregnancy, children, athletes, dancers and a focus on the elderly working with projects that range from investment’s in on-going wellness to individuals working with serious illness or large health projects, she played a key role in assisting her mother in her recovery from cancer.

Awards and Nominations
2014 Isadora Duncan Dance Award Nomination – Outstanding Achievement in Visual Design – Sewam Dance Origins, Co-Director
2015 Outstanding Community Service, State of California Senate