Sirena Pellarolo, Ph.D., your Midlife Midwife, supports women in their menopause years to recover their juiciness and dive full on into a vibrantly healthy and fulfilled second half of their lives. The creator of The Vibrantly Healthy Menopausal Woman Facebook group, Sirena specializes in a holistic approach to weight management that includes DIY cleanses, live foods, emotional detoxing and other powerful transformational techniques.
Sirena believes in autonomous and healthy individuals and communities. As a holistic healer, she models for her clients how to courageously step center-stage in their lives by unleashing their unique personal power, creative self-expression and overall well being. Her bilingual programs inspire individuals to reconnect with their bodies, minds and spirits by going back to the basics of a healthy lifestyle: a personalized nutrient-rich diet, energizing physical movement and a meaningful spiritual practice.
The seasonal community cleanses and raw food preparation classes that she has been hosting for several years offer a Do It Yourself hands-on approach to healing through nutrient-dense, plant-based choices. She is currently working on a manuscript that captures this experience titled “Detoxing Our Communities: Using Food As Medicine for a Quantum Grassroots Transformation.”
Dr. Pellarolo is a compelling public speaker offering wellness seminars in English and Spanish. As a compassionate, down-to-earth and experienced healer, she supports her clients in the uncovering of their hidden potentials hiding behind apparent health challenges.
A holistic healer, raw food educator, detox expert, food justice activist, author, radio host, blogger and public speaker, Sirena is a retired Professor of Spanish and Latin American Cultural Studies at California State University, Northridge. She has authored and published numerous articles and two books on Latin/o/a American performance and gender studies, globalization and new social movements. She accompanies the practices of self-determination of autonomous movements of the Americas from an observing participant perspective.
As an advocate for individual and community autonomy, sustainable health, and food sovereignty, in 2009 she created Viva La Vida, Live Foods For Life, a project committed to spread the basics of a raw food diet in working class communities of color as a means to decolonize our bodies from commercial food and foster the re-membering of healthy lifestyles.
Sirena has offered un-cooking demonstrations at–among other venues in Southern California–, the Eastside Café, the South Central Farm community center, the California State University, Los Angeles Cross-Cultural Center, Earth Day South LA, Mujeres de Maíz, Shaman’s Vision and Art Center, Tía Chucha’s Centro Cultural, MEChA Statetewide 2011 at California State University Northridge, the RAC Food Distribution Program, the Youth Justice Coalition Chuco Center, Caracol Marketplace, Equitable Roots, El Nido, Antioch University, Corazón del Pueblo, the Agape International Spiritual Center and the San Diego Veg Festival.
Dr. Pellarolo is a board certified holistic health coach, graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and is in the process of becoming certified as a Raw Culinary Arts Associate Chef and Raw Food Educator with the Living Light Culinary Institute. She completed the Religious Science Practitioner training at the Agape International Spiritual Center in 2004.