Maria Farias, “Mental Health and Fitness”

Maria Farias comes to NATURE lab as part of the NEA Our Town project “Sanctuary Eco-Art Trail,” July 14-23, 2023. She will be in residence as a collaborator on Rainer Posselt’s “Mental Health and Activism,” residency, contributing related experience in holistic approaches to fitness and wellness.

“I am a certified personal trainer with a degree in business and I have previously worked as a mental health advocate for Native American youth. I aspire to create a community of women who are healthy, empowering, and resilient both physically and mentally. My mission is to provide clients with fitness education and resources that enable them to develop and sustain a life of health and wellness holistically.

In the past, I’ve worked in a clinic’s behavioral department, I have done work in mental health outreach, and I worked coordinating a suicide prevention program for Native American youth. Each brought me great joy as they each aligned with my goal of helping others develop healthy habits. It was also during this time I developed a passion for fitness and the benefits it has on my mental health. I like to use the holistic approach to fitness and wellness; creating harmony of the mind, body, and spirit.” 

-Maria Farias, Member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Oregon 

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