Visudha de los Santos
About / Bio
​​I've always been interested in the body, movement and sound with the intersection of the spiritual and sacred.

A seeker from childhood, I somehow intuited there was something far more magnificent than the Catholic God of my family’s belief. I would avoid going to the weekly mass, and instead would find myself running to the nearby forested lake, losing myself to my moving body, the sound of my voice, and communion in nature. What happened in those stolen moments was always mysterious - taking me to unknown places and leaving me longing for that place again and again. I left home -- church hopping -- hoping to find something relatively similar to my ethereal and ecstatic experiences at the lake. I never found it sitting in a pew, and over time I left the seeking behind with the realization that I had already found and known these sacred places in the experiences of moving my body, and being in the great outdoors.

I moved. I went from running to hiking to skiing, along with sitting meditation, to yoga, to finally, a deep and profound love – the dance of the 5Rhythms movement meditation. I went from sitting prayer, to moving prayer, to earth based and shamanic prayer. I didn’t have a path, or a teacher that could take me through each of these practices – it was simply a following of the mystery, of my own longing. I learned that my soulful longings were deeply connected to my Filipino and Irish ancestral roots; and now I incorporate many of the shamanic transformative tools of those cultures in my own work.

These paths of physical and spiritual motion inform my offerings today. I’ve learned to embrace all of these methods and ways of being, unifying what I do physically, spiritually and emotionally in order to connect me to the larger whole. I created the Gong Journey® - a sound vibration sojourn; and the Serpent Temple – dynamic gatherings for women to sing, dance, create ritual and pray together. Underneath each of my offerings, gratitude, action, and service hold the ground.

I love leading groups of people beyond the normal five senses into our extrasensory capacities where we can experience Oneness, and discover a depth of presence we lack in our daily moments. I love being with others as they come back home to the honoring of their own natural rhythms and cycles. I learned that communion and rites of passage were the deepest way to honor the self and mother earth. To give to ourselves informs and allows transformative change in relationship in all areas of life – honoring our own sacrality corresponds equally with the rising respect and love for the great mother. In this, we speed up the process of collective and earth healing.
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Retreats at Divinessence
April 2 - April 6
L'hubac de toile
La Roche-sur-le-Buis, 26170 France
Wild Knowing
July 16 - July 27
#2 Upper Las Colonias
El Prado, NM 87571 United States