Born and raised in Bulgaria; lived for almost a decade in Toronto, Canada and close to two decades in Northern California; proficient in English, Bulgarian and Russian, with working knowledge in German and Italian, at present learning Korean language; student and practitioner of ancient and indigenous cultures, as well as spiritual traditions from around the world; Anna is genuinely cosmopolitan.
She holds a Masters Degree in History of Fine Arts and Art Criticism; is a Certified Nutritional Consultant and Kundalini Yoga Teacher; Activity Therapist; Reiki Master and Mago Academy Scholar. Being naturally curious and excited about the rich and mostly uncovered or hidden human heritage, as well as the mysteries of the Universe, Anna believes in lifelong learning and enthusiastically continues her studies.
Anna’s passion about health and healing has led her to teach classes and facilitate empowering workshops both in the US and Canada. Her explorations and knowledge in art, history, psychology, physics, meditation, yoga, Qigong and much more, have resulted in multiple successful careers in those fields.
She is an artist, a healer, a teacher and a mother of two wonderful and aware girls.
Areas of interest for Magoist Studies:
Too many to list them all, but to begin with: Magoist Korean Culture & Spirituality, particularly courses like: Shamanism; Art & Culture; Korean History; Korean Mythology; Reading Budoji; Goddess Goma/Gom/Ungnyeo; Pilgrimage to Korea.
Sumaiyah Yates (from Aug. 2016-present)
A lifetime learner, I am in the process of “un-learning” the rules of a patriarchal society and re-membering a simpler life led by She. A former student of the Lee Memorial Theological Seminary, I received my ordination through the Universal Life Church circa 2010 and continue to pursue spiritual and religious studies daily. My college education and employment background is centered in information technology and audio visual concerns, and I utilize these skills and education for the greater good of all by offering my skills and service to the Return to Mago E-Magazine and the Mago Academy.
I am a Certified Color of Woman Teacher, Reiki Master, and Certified Intentional Creativity Coach. And am intent on building upon my educational pursuits in order to continue serving and supporting women as they navigate the path from a Divine Source that lacks any semblance of the feminine to embracing the Divine She. I have been called to be a Helper of women and I walk strong in my Purpose, boldly embracing my calling. Through the gift of drawing women together, I am able to continue to edify my Self in order to satisfy the requirements of helping others.
Founder, Owner, and Resident Artist of a Baltimore art gallery, it is in this space that I am able to call together women who are on the same pursuit: spiritual knowledge, wisdom, and growth. Through facilitation of workshops, retreats and classes designed to give women the tools of self-healing, I guide women to develop and institute a creative spiritual practice that sustains a peaceful and mindful existence. I believe creativity is key to creating the life you desire and by handing you the literal paintbrush, I help guide you to manifesting your desires.
Living in Maryland all of my life, I am blessed with a loving and supportive husband, 3 boys, a granddaughter, 2 cats, and the cutest dog ever.
I am a mother of three remarkable young adults who have deeply inspired me in different ways to improve myself. Thanks to the influence of my daughter I became fully vegan and I am healthier than I have ever been as a result and I feel far more vibrant. I am returning myself to the flow of nature, spending as much time as possible out in nature grounding myself to mother earth who has been my main therapist, healer and comforter. I love taking pictures of birds, trees, and all in nature that calls out to me. I write poetry and I am working on writing a book about my journey within. I have simplified my life as much as possible so that I can focus on my own evolution in the hopes that I can assist in the much needed shift towards a more balanced humanity. Because there is nothing more important to me than helping the human species evolve, I need to share my belief that self-acceptance and self-expression are what help us do that. I am working on getting together my writings about a method nature inspired in me which has helped in my own evolution. I hope to convert my scattered, inspired notes into an actual book that may assist others in their own development. I have a BA in Psychology from Florida International University but my most important education has come from spending quality time with trees. I have discovered Kai Chi Do, a form of meditation in motion which has been a blessing in my life. I recently completed the Kai level instructor training and I am looking forward to continuing my journey in the Kai Chi Do experience. This practice is ideal for anyone who is on a self-healing journey. I am still healing; I am certainly a work in progress. I believe this process of growth and human evolution never ends so I feel this opportunity to share with the Mago Work is such a blessing. I hope that with some guidance I can be of some service by sharing my personal, self-healing process. I thank the Mago Work!