The Heroine’s Journey of Diana Jaramillo

What is the best thing that I love about my work?

My work and my life are one. I do not separate them. What I most love of that part of my life in which I am a facilitator in dance therapy-creative movement, yoga and zen counselling, is that I open a space of creative transformation for my client and myself.

What is my idea of perfect happiness?

Silent early mornings. I open my eyes and ask myself: What are you going to create today? An inner conversation starts. Coffee brewing, cats awakening, and the sound of jazz. This is the way I wake up almost every day. This is my idea of happiness.

What is my greatest fear?

Georgia O’Keeffe said “I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life, and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing that I wanted to do”. So, I am. I am in a constant state of anxiety, I have learned to deal with it to not stop me from experiencing life. My greatest fear will be to be frozen and lost, because of fear.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?

I am a terrible judge to myself. I do not feel good enough to myself, so I demand extremely high quality and elegance from myself.

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire?

Anna Halprin and her daughter Daria Halprin: Pioneers in the art of expressive therapies, and creators of Tamalpa Institute. Maria Fux, Argentinian dance therapist. The mother of Dance Therapy in South America.

What is my greatest extravagance?

To be myself. I am a Goth, Punk-Rock artist who works with people in healing with transformational expressive arts.

On what occasion would I lie?

I detest lies, I can’t lie. My voice breaks, and I begin to shake. I believe in truth. I speak the truth, and if it is very shameful, I prefer to move through that shame than hiding it for the rest of my life.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?

What I most dislike of my work is that it is not well appreciated. Some people assume it as an “alternative” therapy, instead of seeing it as part of their healing process. And when some clients negotiate the price of my session. That, is not negotiable (period).

When and where was I the happiest, in my work?

I see each one of my clients as a flower that will bloom to spread the seeds in their environment. When my client expands and defies the limitations that predetermined

their sense of hopelessness, is when the flower blooms. It is an AHA moment. It is a moment of truth, it is painful, sometimes shameful. However, it is the moment when the transformation, the growth, and the healing process starts.
If I could, what would I change about myself?

From my shoulder blades I will grow bat wings to fly.

What is my greatest achievement in work?

The life I have created since the year 2001, when I left the Corporate world.

Where would I most like to live?

I already achieved that dream, I live in the city I most love: Istanbul.

What is my most treasured possession?

The education I received, and the experience I have until this moment. Those are my survival skills.

What is my most marked characteristic?

My eyes and the way I make up them. My black bob haircut. They are anchors of my identity.

What is my most inspirational location, in my city?

My neighbourhood. I live in the Armenian-Greek quarter. I love to walk the streets of this place. Each time I discover a new antiques store, a café, a restaurant, second hand shops. It is a very bohemian neighbourhood.

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city?

Sincerely, my home. I am not a foodie person. I go out from time to time to enjoy the company of friends and good conversation, we eat and drink, but food is not that relevant to me.

What books influenced my life and how?

In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust: It is a world that I inhabit for almost one year when I read it. Sculpting in Time by Andrei Tarkovsky: Opened my mind about film making as a creation of space and time. Now those concepts I extend to life. Anatomy of The Spirit by Caroline Myss: It created a breakthrough about how I see the body. It is the foundation in understanding the Psycho-energetics of the body to develop my daily work.

Who are my favorite writers?

Colette, Marguerite Yourcenar, Marcel Proust, Marguerite Duras, Ernest Hemingway, Paul Bowles, Anais Nin, Henry Miller, Julio Cortazar, Jorge Luis Borges, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Alvaro Mutiz, Jose Saramago, Philip Larkin, and many, many, many more.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?

A playlist of Punk-Rock, Goth-Rock, Classical music of the 20th century mainly piano concerts, Jazz and Salsa.

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?

Morticia Addams, when it was interpreted by Carolyn Jones. I love Morticia she is a great influence in my life. Catwoman, when it was interpreted by Julie Newmar.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?

Every person who wakes up everyday to do the work they know in the best way they can. They are holding a space of peace, love and harmony. A space of hope. We are in very difficult times, in which hope vanishes easily. Hope is what keeps life going on.

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime?

Andrei Rublev by Andrei Tarkovsky.

What role plays art in my life and work?

Art is my life. I live art 24 hours a day. I wake up as an artist, I eat as an artist, I live as an artist, I work as an artist, I sleep as an artist, I dream as an artist.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?

Tobias, Lazaro and Ophelia, my three cats.

Whom would I like to work with in 2018?

Any person who is ready to create a space of creative transformation in their lives.

Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2018?

I would love to meet more teachers in my profession from whom I can learn, to expand my knowledge, and experience.

What project, in 2018, am I looking forward to work on?

I am developing the training program of my practice Movement is Healing®

Where can you see me or my work in 2018?

You contact me through my website to separate appointments, or if you want me in your city to give a workshop, I am open for it.

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me?

Passion embodies what I do, it is my life. Retirement doesn’t exist in my vocabulary.

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story?

Olga Weimar a good friend of mine, an incredible Heroine. You can find her on FB.

How can you contact me?

My website:


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