Celebrating Earth Day, Detroit Style

Three Wellness Entrepreneurs Shape the Environment One Individual At a Time

This Earth Day we reached out to three entrepreneurs who’ve made careers out of global transformation through personal reflection. That’s a lot, but so are they. Each of them wear different titles—from Ayurvedic Cook to Therapist, Slow Fashion Purveyor to Herbalist—and all of them share a devotion to wellness and the notion that mountains are nice, but Detroit is home.

Which is exciting. Because you no longer have to travel to California to find a good healer.

We jest—you never did.

Our intention at the outset was simple: Celebrate Earth Day by highlighting three practitioners we love—well, two practitioners and an advocate: we choose Erin Wetzel because of her commitment to the Slow Fashion Industry.

The outcome is far more complex. How many healers and herbalists and advocates have been raising consciousness in the Motor City since before Earth Day? Before the arrival of Lululemon on Woodward Avenue. That’s some time before The New York Times reported on Venture Capital and Astrology.

We share these three narratives with the knowledge that we are only scratching the surface.

We share these stories in dedication to all the generations of practitioners holding it strong beyond our radar.

We share these stories as a reference tool and a call to action: Who should we profile next?

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Adrienne Goloda

Adrienne Goloda

Tell us about your practice. 

I am a radically embodied feminist therapist, which means: I use the body as the source of knowing (& doing + be-ing)—through a feminist lens. Meditation, breath + energy/work, and guidance through self-inquiry are integrated into every session, with optional yoga nidra and/or reiki infusions. I have a studio in the Fisher Building and offer weekly minis at the Schvitz; I also pop-up in unexpected places around the city. I identify as a healer first, professional second and as a first-gen college graduate, I like to flex my clinical chops. I start with the premise: You are already whole. There is nothing you lack; you simply lack access—we co-create that access, together.

Origin story?

I graduated with my Master of Social Work (MSW) last summer, after nearly a decade as a bodyworker and bartender, and didn’t want to be part of the big-box mental health culture I spent two years interning in; it doesn’t do many any good—especially womxn. A friend had an art studio in the Fisher Building and knew about a tiny space opening up for kinda cheap—I jumped on it. I’ve always found ways to live outside of dominant systems and my practice is a continuation of that.

Who are your clients? 

My clients tend to be ah-mazingly intellectual and intersectional womxn; many are healers themselves, many work in the service-industry, many are burntout AF by whatever they’re doing instead of not doing—many are healing through individual and collective trauma and most are stepping into their heartfelt purpose for the first or hundred-and-first time. I’m blessed by every/body I get to hold space for.

Why Detroit? 

I live here! Except for a few stints elsewhere, I’ve lived in the city proper for 15 years. Detroit is brutal and Detroit is magic. There is no other city I’d rather practice in. There are mountain-towns I’d rather be in sometimes, but not any other city.

“Detroit is brutal and Detroit is magic. There are mountain-towns I’d rather be in sometimes, but not any other city.”

What does the phrase “Global change through personal transformation” mean to you? 

One of my taglines is “individual transformation for collective liberation.” Unlike a lot of peace-love-and-leggings wellness practitioners out there, I don’t think you can separate the personal from political. To Be Well in a culture saturated by dis/ease is a radical act. Especially for those re/claiming themselves from systemic dominance narratives. To be in your body, to feel the power of your body-mind (& spirit) is a real fuck-you to an industrial health complex that benefits off womxn feeling broken. You are already whole. We all are.

Daily habits or rituals?  

I make coffee and kiss my dog a lot in the morning. Sometimes I pull tarot cards. I do yoga a couple of times per week but also try to move my body free-form when I can: walking it out in Poletown or shaking it out to Cardi B. I fall asleep to guided meditations a lot. Steaming at the Schvitz is the frosting on my self-care cake. But true self-care isn’t really about doing anything—it’s about doing less so you can *be* more. And I do nothing really well!

What inspires you? 

The girl I grew out of and the woman I am becoming. Bookshelves. Quiet & solitude. Beauty. More bookshelves. The sun if it ever returns.

Earth Day gift?

Reiki!

What’s next? 

I’ll be expanding my energy medicine offerings this spring and offering some intimate group practices thru the summer. I plan on offering online resources like meditations, self-healing tutorials, webinars and 5-10 day healing programs by fall. One day I hope to start-up/be-part of a truly integrative feminist health collective—with enough freedom to run away to some mountains whenever I want to.

 

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Erin Wetzel of Orleans + Winder

Erin Wetzel of Orleans & Winder

Tell us about your practice?

I own a retail store that serves as a platform for independent design. I research designers and artisans who are working in a patient and aesthetically beautiful way and bring their work to Detroit.  

Origin story? 

I grew up in the country and was surrounded by nature on a daily basis. This, I think, gave me a deep appreciation for what can be achieved with only the simplest of elements. Having this around me also gave me a sense of finding the beauty in the imperfect and the raw.

Who are your clients?  

People who are artistic, independent, and original. Our clients enjoy standing out from the crowd and are willing to invest in quality.

Why Detroit?  

It’s my home! My partner and I live and work in the Eastern Market. The city of Detroit has energy quite unlike any other city. I am drawn to its genuine energy and grit.

“Minimalism, ancient monuments, kindness and people who live off the grid.”

What does the phrase “Global change through personal transformation” mean to you? 

It all begins with how we treat ourselves. If we treat ourselves with kindness and reverence, it naturally emanates to the world around us.  I try to always look through a lens of gratitude.

Daily habits or rituals?  

I’m new to meditation, but it has become an important part of my morning. Also, coffee.

What inspires you? 

Minimalism, ancient monuments, kindness, and people who live off the grid.

What’s next?

We just launched our own capsule collection of lux interchangeable basics! Over the summer months, I have many collaborations and designer trunk shows. Stay Tuned!

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Kate Smith

Kate Smith

Tell us about your practice. 

I have two practices; my spiritual practice is my devotion to my morning ritual of yoga, meditation, and prayer. My professional practice is my work as a psychotherapist at the Birmingham Maple Clinic in Troy. I set an intention every day before I see my first client that my spiritual practice will support the work I do and be meaningful to others.

Origin story?

I finally embody the intersection of the things I am most passionate about. My life experiences and how I dealt with trauma led me on a journey of self-discovery thru yoga, meditation,  Ayurveda, self-healing and the deep need to understand my history. That led me to pursue a Masters degree in Psychology, and the work I have been doing for almost 18 years. I also teach Ayurvedic Cooking.

“I’d love to collaborate with others who aren’t afraid to take risks to create change, and help others to make changes in their lives with out fear.”

Who are your clients? 

My clients are amazing women. I believe they are guided to see me by their own intuitive wisdom; they just don’t know that until they find their healthy selves again thru our work together. I have a special interest in women who suffer from narcissistic wounding, who are survivors of narcissistic abuse. I just completed work with my support/ psychotherapy group of women who have been together for four years. It was very powerful and emotional.

Why Detroit? 

I moved here from New York City 30 years ago. I don’t think I could go back. I’ve raised my family here, and I am proud and excited about the transformation we are experiencing as a collective consciousness in Detroit. The energy is palpable.

What does the phrase “Global change through personal transformation” mean to you? 
We lead by example. If we aren’t willing to open our hearts to change how can we change the world around us?! It starts with each and every one of us being courageous enough to self reflect. We are in desperate need of a higher consciousness that will challenge all of us to do that together.  We have a responsibility to each other and the planet to walk in integrity together.
What inspires you? 

Change inspires me. Love inspires me. Music inspires me. My children inspire me. My spiritual teachers inspire me. Nature inspires me.

Daily habits or rituals?  

My daily ritual is always “my spiritual practice”.  Stopping a couple of times a day, closing my eyes and resetting with attention to the breath.  I cook almost every day…. that’s my joy and my favorite ritual.

Earth Day gift?
Being mindful and intentional might be the best gift we can give on Earth Day.
What’s next?
I think I am being guided to speak to a larger audience. Maybe to write, to share my experience, strength, and hope about healing change and personal growth thru intentionality and spirituality. I’d love to collaborate with others who aren’t afraid to take risks to create change and help others to make changes in their lives with out fear. We need community. I’d like to be a part of that.
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