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Meet Tia Tuenge of Art of Sacred Living in Mar Vista

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tia Tuenge.

Tia, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My path to bliss was a windy one. I grew up on a small island in the Pacific Northwest, a feral child, as was common in the 70’s, without much guidance or direction and left almost completely to my own devices. This could have gone totally sideways, but as luck would have it, perhaps it was grit or a little of both, all that freedom was an incubator for creativity and all manner of exploration.

One thing I did get from my parents, and this would make and indelible mark, was a lot of exposure to creative endeavors. My mom was a maker. She was the queen of macramé, she sewed, painted, worked with stained glass, gardened, decorated our house, she worked on endless creative projects. My dad was a maker too. An electrician by trade, when he was home he spent his time in his shop tinkering away, he could literally build or fix anything. While I didn’t get much supervision, I was witness to constant creativity and a can do attitude. This more than anything else formed me into the artist and maker I am today.

I did not get a traditional college education, instead worked all kinds of jobs as I explored one interest after another. Studying art, religion, philosophy, history, diving deep into any subject that grabbed my interest. For many years, I looked like an aimless wanderer and I’m sure there were those wondering when I was going to pick something and ‘get a career’.

The result of devoting myself to one passion at a time has equaled becoming a renaissance woman in the true sense of the word. Today I work as a multi-media artist, a healer, a gatherer of women and scholar of ancient feminine history. I am a Council facilitator trained at the Ojai Foundation, am certified in yin and restorative yoga + 200 YTT from Bhakti Yoga Shala, I am a certified crystal healer, certified reiki 1 practitioner, and am an initiate in the Red Moon Mystery School.

I’m an eternal student and am devoted to life long learning.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The road was decidedly not smooth and in hindsight, I’m grateful it wasn’t. If life had been easy, I doubt I would be the seeker I am today.

Our society has some definite rules around what success is and what the appropriate road, which one travels to get there should look like. College + career = success, or something along those lines. That was never a formula that suited me and I was determined to blaze my own way. When I was young, I had a lot of trepidation about my path. I beat myself up for not going to college, for not being able to choose just one thing and stick to it, and for oh so many other things. It took me many years to understand there’s a big difference between school and education, and what I gave and continue to give myself is an education.

Art of Sacred Living – what should we know? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I founded Art of Sacred Living to share my work as an artist and healer.

I’m a multi-media artist and have worked in a wide array of mediums over the years. Currently, I’m working with crystals, ceramics and the theme of sacred space. I love designing unique mala necklaces and other sacred adornment, being draped in beautiful jewelry elevates the spirit. My love of Chinese tea ceremony lead me to ceramics and creating unique teapots and teaware. Being quarantined for over a month now has highlighted just how important having sacred space in the home is, this has inspired me to create a line of home altars, soon to be released. Everything I make is one of a kind and created with the intention to elevate your spirit and bring joy to your life. There’s definitely something special about beautiful handmade objects, it’s an energy exchange of the highest order.

As a healer, I work one-on-one with clients using an array of modalities, including reiki, crystal healing, sound healing, scent and light. I also offer a mentoring program for women.

One of my greatest passions is creating sacred space in which women can come together and feel supported, in total acceptance and non-judgment, where they can speak their truth and be truly heard, where they can discover what brings them joy, what makes them shine, and how to step into their power. I co-founded Sacred Women Retreats, with Staci Levine, to reach a wider audience of women. We design and host luxurious, magical gatherings and retreats both locally and internationally.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
I’ve thought a lot about how I define success over the years and if I were asked to define it in a single sentence I would say; to me success is having the time and the means to pursue my passions and the opportunity to share what I discover and create with the world.

Success equals freedom to live life on my own terms. Today I consider myself successful. I am deeply grateful.

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Image Credit:
Trina Yin, Patricia Peña

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