About Active culture Family
Active Culture Family is a mycelial network of sacred humans who we feel to be embodying useful paradigms for how to remain spiritually intact in the material world. In addition to our online community, we come together physically in San Diego, CA for seasonal celebrations, as well as both practical and esoteric skill sharing events, workshops, and rituals at Bridge Temple, a contemporary interfaith temple space located on sacred land in the Cleveland National Forest.
Through collaborations, classes, visiting teacher workshops, and private sessions, we are dedicated to liberating our collective creativity from unsustainable habits and placing it in service of generating inspired solutions for ourselves, our communities, and our planet.
Active Culture Family is the basket that holds together our physical gathering space (Bridge Temple), our Medicine Mandala year long Green Magic Apprenticeship, and our podcast Star Seed Survival Guide. It represents a continued deepening of our commitment to providing access to a variety of authentic tools for moving from merely surviving on planet earth to truly thriving.
Yaya Erin Rivera Merriman is a Plant Spirit Medicine Practitioner specializing in sacred plant medicines for communication and relationship. A Devotee, Artist, and Mother of primarily Taino and Irish descent, Yaya was raised on a 100 acre Christmas tree farm in rural Connecticut, where she was taught from a young age the importance of living in harmony with the natural world.
Believing strongly in the necessity of hybrid medicine to meet the unique challenges of modern life, Yaya is engaged in the continued study of Plant Medicine, Active Dreaming, and Goddess Traditions from around the world as gateways into the richness of direct personal experience of uncurated reality.
Yaya offers multidimensional, plant medicine assisted, sex positive prayer spaces and healing experiences designed to help you integrate all that you have encountered on your souls journey and come to live from a place of deep understanding of the way that each of your life experiences has contributed to the uniqueness and potency of your personal spirit medicine. Now is the time to learn to tell a truer story of who you are, to dream a bigger dream and be supported in making that dream a reality. Yaya Erin comes from a long line of intuitive empaths, mediums, care givers, and earth stewards. Her study as an Herbalist in the Wise Woman Tradition, combined with her training as a Zen hospice and prison chaplain, and recent studies in Kaula, Sri Vidya, and Shakta Tantra have given her a unique ability to accompany you through life’s turning points as an ally on your journey toward responsible, creative liberated embodiment.
She has studied with a wide range of contemporary teachers, including Garifuna Elder Arzu Mountain Spirit, Susun S. Weed, Shonagh Home, Trudi Jhinpu Hirsch, and Laura Amazzone, and is honored to be with you as Rebirth Doula, Guidance Councilor and Friend, accompanying you to the edge of your comfort zone as you witness the death of what no longer serves while simultaneously conceiving, gestating, and giving birth to a bolder, more creative, more authentic version of yourself.
She has shown her sculptures, jewelry and other metal art in hundreds of New York City, New Mexico, and California boutiques and galleries, taught art to Brooklyn teens, volunteered as an Interfaith Chaplain in maximum security New York City prison, led monthly women's Moon Lodge and organized retreats with indigenous teachers since 2007. When not working with her annual group of apprentices, she can be found working on the next episode of her podcast Starseed Survival Guide, making medicine music, and co-creating community with the Spirit Weavers Gathering and Elder Farm.
Yaya’s offering flowers from her deep devotion to the green realms as various expressions of the living being we call Earth, and an abiding belief in the power of prayer to enable us as humans to steward and share a beneficial culture based on health, creativity, kindness, compassion, celebration, and service to Gaia.
We support those who tend and feed the earth. We stand for Life, Nature, Evolutionary Creativity and respect for the feminine way. Here are some folks we have encountered on our journey, who's work in the world inspires us to reach, to try, to evolve and really live our values ever day, in every choice, in every conversation, in every purchase. We are proud to donate a portion of our profits to ensuring that these important earth guardians and agents of change are supported in their work which benefits us all.