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Making a positive impact one beach cleanup at a time

Three years ago, my daughter Rhea and I went to a beach she frequented as a child. We were happy to sit in the sun and feel the salty water on our skin. We were shocked at the amount of trash all over the beach. Mostly there was fishing line and rope, and we even found a very long air conditioning hose, and an octopus trap from the West African coast. Most of the items we found were from single use plastics and you could see where fish or turtles had been eating them. In Bermuda, because the Gulf Stream travels west, then north, then north east, a lot of the trash found on that beach is not ours, but ocean trash. 

Rhea has a kind heart, and how we treat Mother Earth heavies her heart.  What I like about Rhea is that she reacts and solves problems, not leaving it to others. From this experience, Beach Cleanups were born. We would find a place that needed cleaning, post it on Facebook and people would show up to love Gaia.  We met likeminded people and shared information on how to use less plastic and live a more sustainable lifestyle.

As a family, there are a few things we do to try to lower our carbon footprint. We buy food in glass bottles and reuse them. We shop for second-hand clothing, compost food waste, and use reusable cutlery and bottles.

When Rhea has free time, you can find her hiking the tea fields of Hangzhou, exploring the hills of Spain or mermaiding on the beaches of Bermuda.  Rhea is a child of God and I am extremely pleased she chooses to protect Gaia.

Photograph courtesy of Weldon Wade.

Tracey Gibbons fell into yoga by accident. Well, that’s what she thought but when someone offered yoga practice with a view of the ocean she could not resist. God knew what she needed to start her journey of healing and self-discovery. It wasn’t until 2012 that she earned her 200 YTT certification because she realized that all women needed to feel as good as she did after a class.

Presently, she teaches Accessible Yoga in Bermuda after being certified by Jivana Heyman, the Founder and Director of Accessible Yoga in July 2019 in Denver, Colorado. Her area of expertise is guiding older women of color in yoga practice, because so often older women in bigger bodies are ignored by the yoga community. She teaches with care and respect; practitioners feel safe and comfortable in bodies they have forgotten to love.

Alongside her daily yoga practice, Tracey has delved into soul work through her teacher and friend. She has learned to recognize her shadow self and heal past trauma. This work is never-ending and she is grateful for having met her soul family, by chance. Additionally, she is interested in how emotions are manifested in the body. She is always studying and adding diverse healing modalities to her clients’ healing process. Tracey guides clients to heal themselves, by giving them the tools to do so. She is on the path of becoming a yoga therapist and aims to complete her studies in 2021.

Tracey is an Ingomu Health and Wellness Coach.

At Ingomu we believe that our coaches and team should reflect the reality of the world out there. We also believe that we should celebrate diversity, use our voice and actions to uplift humankind by making a positive difference in the lives of many. We interpret diversity broadly. It includes humans of every color, ability, background, orientation and gender identity.

In light of this we want to start celebrating diversity all year long. Throughout the year we want to share stories of how we as individuals, families, communities or teams have been positively impacted by diverse individuals. We are looking to honor individuals, people we may have never heard of. Your neighbors, family members, colleagues, community members…

In February we'll share stories about the positive impact and achievements of Black individuals in honor of African American and Black History Month. In March we celebrate Women’s History Month. In April its National Deaf History Month, Asian Pacific American Heritage, Older Americans Month and Jewish American Heritage Month is in May, GLBTQ+ in June, Hispanic and Latino heritage in September, National Disability Awareness in October, and National American Indian Heritage Month in November.

We invite you to share your story with us and we’ll publish it in our blog and share in our newsletter. You can submit your story here. If you don’t have a personal story, but have come across a great story in your local media, let us know too.

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