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Meet Lola Manekin

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lola Manekin.

Hi Lola, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today.
I was born and grew up on the Island of Florianopolis, in Brazil. At age 25, after finishing my college degree in Integrative Medicine, I decided to move to the USA in search of new adventures. I started going to school for massage therapy while working 2-3 jobs as a waitress, house cleaner, and babysitter to pay the bills. On one of my visits back home, I met my hubby Thibault, and after doing a little bit of Florida/Baltimore dating, I finally decided to move up to Baltimore to be with him. His parents, knowing of my love for Integrative Medicine, gifted me the opportunity of going to school to receive my Masters’s Degree in Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture. After three years of beautiful hard work, I opened my clinic and got really busy with clients. Around that time, I heard of a movement/dance class called Nia, read the description, and signed up for training. As a little girl on an island, I missed the part of me that was free, embodied, and unapologetic. I returned from Nia training aware that movement was another way I wanted to serve people in their healing process. There was no Nia in Baltimore at that time, and I was able to grow a community so big that we didn’t fit in rental spaces anymore. It was time for my own. In 2016 I opened Movement Lab in Remington. Movement Lab offered unique classes that couldn’t be found anywhere in Baltimore, and our motto was “fitness as a consequence.” Our goal was to invite people back into their bodies through playfulness and fun rather than counting calories and letting a number on a scale dictate how you “should” move. The lab was a success; unfortunately, like most businesses, it suffered tremendously during the pandemic. My family and I were taking a year sabbatical and living in Brazil during that year when Covid hit. 4 months into that mess. I decided to close it down. A member of our community decided to buy it and keep it alive. My time in Brazil reconnected me deeply to my roots and strengthened my healing skills. I started to create my healing protocol, combining breathwork, bodywork, somatic release, and energy work. In 2021 we moved back to Baltimore, where I opened a small retreat house called Sacred Owl Retreat House, where I have been doing some powerful individual and group sessions.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been smooth?
There is nothing about my journey that was easy. We grew up with no money. My parents had a turbulent relationship that ended up in divorce during our teenage years. My dad and I had significant differences because I have always been the “black sheep of the family” and questioned his beliefs like crazy. I have been on an endless soul-work journey for many years, challenging my beliefs and stories. At the same time, I practiced following the breadcrumbs as they continued to reveal themselves. My unbreakable commitment to staying true to my heart kept me going. As an adult woman, I had struggles in my marriage, career, friendships, role as a mother, and relationship with my body. I continue to dive head first in all of it, trusting the lessons on the other side are what I came here to this Planet for.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I’m a Medicine Woman in a quantum, a multidimensional dance rooted in the body and connected with all that is. Movement is the medicine I serve through many soul technologies, which include breathwork, sensory awareness, somatic practices, Chinese medicine, bioenergetics medicine, animal medicine, and plant medicine, all custom crafted to each purpose. The language of my Love expressed is creating sacred spaces and transformational experiences for people to truly heal, integrating through their bodies to become the fullness of who they came here to be.

I lead embodiment retreats worldwide – Costa Rica, Greece, and Brazil. I also lead Somatic Movement Classes I call Body Alchemist, a combination of all movement forms I have learned over the years. I am most proud of myself for being willing to show up to each client and each moment in their uniqueness. I don’t assume I know that. I don’t promise any kind of “salvation.” I hold powerful space so they can step in and do the work. What sets me apart from others is me and what I bring; I work in a quantum and multidimensional space; I don’t get caught up in the story. I go for the gift. A lot of people aren’t ready to work with me yet. I tend to attract people that are already on this path. The good thing is that there are practitioners for all levels of soul evolution. We know who each other is, and we refer people to each other!

Where we are in life is often partly because of others. Who/what else deserves credit for how your story turned out?
My Acupuncture Mentors – Bob Duggan and Dianne Connelly teach me the art of Lola-puncture.

My Mentor – Tiffany Carole, for holding the big picture in the moments I forget it.

My Plant Medicine Mentor – Connie Magee, for connecting me with the frogs.

My Sacred Intimacy Mentors – Justin Patrick Pearce and Londin Angel Winters, for saving my marriage years ago and now preparing me and my husband and to teach this work. Also, Londin has initiated my work with the Serpents and their medicine.

My Movement Teachers – Debbie Rosas, Britta Von Tagen, Kelle Rae, Casey Bernstein, Stephanie Abilon, Winalee Zeeb, Ann Christiansen, Helen Terry, Marlo Fisken, Cameron Shayne, Melayne Shayne, Tom Weksler, Jamal Pender, Toni Bergins, Misty Tripoli, Heather Winia.

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