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Meet Micha Thomas of Of The Wolves in Altadena

Today we’d like to introduce you to Micha Thomas.

Micha, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I moved to Los Angeles over 13 years ago now, knowing the buckets I wanted to check in my work but not the job that would contain them. I studied professional writing and film studies in undergrad and spent my whole life dancing and deeply influenced by music… and psychology. (We’ll revisit the latter, as my story has lots of side streets.) I also studied communications, in school and in my day to day as well – how we do this interpersonally and on macro scales. So, public relations and marketing within the entertainment industry and arts are where I landed. This all went well and soon, I started my own consultancy, expanding into the non-profit and social entrepreneurship sectors and creating content, advertising campaigns, etc. for various companies and organizations. Then, something that took me years to figure out caused me to take major pause and slowly divest of my clients. All I knew is I’ve always been drawn to a life of service, even when I chose clients. I asked how I could help their mission. If I felt I couldn’t, I didn’t. But, I began craving even deeper modalities of service than helping behind the scenes creatively.

I floundered and fought my way through the process of deep self-inquiry and ultimately realized something that had been there since I was a little girl – I want to help individuals one on one, in group settings and on a macro scale – as many as I can reach. I have plumbed the depths of grief, trauma, loss, and hardship, and I can hold an extreme amount of space for that… but also joy and self-exploration and the complexities of being human. I completed several coaching certifications, and amidst a particularly grief-stricken year, I joined forces with Lulu Brud Zsebe to build Of The Wolves into what it is now: a global storytelling and experiential platform. We share stories of stewardship, mental health, holistic health, conservation and so much more, simply celebrating what it is to live life without shame – ancient modalities meeting modern times. We also present global retreats and in-person workshops and events.

My ability to work with others has also expanded greatly now, as I am also a Reiki practitioner and in grad school for Counseling Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute, in addition to a certified coach. I now get to pull from it all to help people: communications, writing, marketing and healing, and psychology. It’s like this magical toolkit that I built up the hard way.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
In short, nope. The first part of my career really took off somewhat quickly, but I also worked so hard at it. I was and am ambitious in my own unique way, and I wanted to know everything and as many people as I could. The path I am on now, what I know is my ultimate purpose, has been so treacherous. The lessons have often come through extreme circumstances and pain, but there has also been beauty in that. I have been challenged, and that only deepens my commitment to being of service, to learning all I can, and ultimately taking care of myself, too, as healers are the instrument in many ways.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Of The Wolves story. Tell us more about the business.
My work is two-fold now, really (but within that there are a lot of pieces.) I focus mostly on Of The Wolves, my healing practice, and graduate school. But, within these focuses are a lot of moving pieces and I do still do creative consulting every once in a while when it’s something that aligns with my passions. In that sense, outside consulting can feel seamless. Through my own practice and Of The Wolves, we are really focused right now on the experiential side – bringing people together for an educational, cathartic and sometimes life-changing experience. And fun and community! We’re announcing the details of our next global retreat and some smaller ones I’m working on right now and currently hosting an intimate dinner series in Los Angeles over the summer, each focused on bringing people together around different topics. I’m also launching a monthly healing series for women with dear friend Sanae Barber of Sanae Intoxicants soon, called Saturday Savior.

Through my practice, I see clients individually for coaching, soon Reiki, and a combination of the two, and also am in the process of building more programs with other certified therapists and incredible teams leaders.

I am so proud of Of The Wolves and what Lulu and I have built together because there is a high level of authenticity and uniqueness, like a palpable disregard for pushing content and an intense focus on the global community and their needs. We’ve done this without raising a dime from anywhere and just the pennies and change we can find under the sofa and I am so proud of us and our perseverance. We truly believe in sharing stories to connect, even off the digital pages so many of us are addicted to. We really work hard to create a resource for people to live better lives, without shame.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
Yeah, I don’t know about luck. I know a lot about intuition, signs, cycles and cosmic messages. When I am attuned to these – whether messages I receive within me or signals from external happenings and people – I feel supported in making decisions that ultimately lead me to a great next thing, There might be a serious detour until I understand the lesson, but I always do. I guess it’s never felt like luck; it’s felt like tuning in.

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