Juan identifies as a spiritual teacher in both formal and informal areas of his life. A former Catholic who parted ways with his family’s religion during college, Juan now enjoys spirituality without the religious traditions and rituals that proved incongruent with his values system. In other words, authenticity, freedom, and self-advocacy keep him proudly behind the wheel of his own life, and you better believe he’s driving on the spiritual Autobahn, honey! He believes he is effective in creating “real-talk” spaces so people of a variety of identities can meaningfully discuss human interest topics such as life, death, love, family, and change. To observe Juan in his bliss is to see him with a glass of wine or cup of coffee in his hand, surrounded by his best friends, laughing and connecting about the weird things that happen on this planet.
Charise prides herself on being a ‘Southern gothic’ woman (with some northern Jersey flair) who has been swimming in the spirituality swamps for most of her life. Always seeking meaning out of the unknown, spirituality sits on the forefront of Charise’s life purpose since she was a young child. Her intuition is a force that she has learned to fully recognize and embrace. Reading people’s intentions and inherently understanding soul purpose is why she is a spiritual hound dog, able to sniff out all types of intuitive realities. By sharing her experiences of interacting with the spiritual realm, she has been able to make meaningful connections with those who are inquisitive about the unknown. She was led to RTU because connecting individuals to their higher selves is why she feels called to do this work. Her most prized memories of spiritual work with others almost always incorporates coffee in any form, a cleansed deck of angel cards, and lots of sugary snacks from Trader Joe’s.