I was raised Catholic. As a teen, I laughed at the people who worked with crystals. I stayed away from mediums and alternative healers. I thought they were weird and out of touch with the rest of society. Now I live my life as an Urban Medicine Woman and I work with crystals. I dream with them. I help people to work with them via Botanikal, a Metaphysical/Holistic Boutique in Brooklyn I own with my sister. Over the years, we have touched the lives of thousands of people and we have witnessed beautiful transformations. I have been humbled and continue to be amazed at the ever evolving and expanding lessons working with earth medicine provides. Walking boldly in this path created some tension with our family and friends. It created distance. It created anger and feelings of betrayal. It created questions like “How dare you?” Living this life is not easy and often lonely, but I/we do not regret it. We love what we do. We love the life we live. We love the smiles and stories we witness. We love the families who visit to check in and offer updates. Some of these people have become family. We have repeating visitors who live in others states and in other countries. All this for two sisters who have a shop the size of a closet.

Never underestimate your vision. Trust it. -RA


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