In Otavalo, Ecuador for Christmas 2013 with my adopted children.

Alicia m. rodriguez

First and foremost I consider myself a storyteller in the tradition of the cantadoras of the past, slyly hiding life lessons in stories filled with humor, irony and a look at the human condition through the eyes of a cosmic observer.

I've been writing since I was ten years old, a rebellious act against the teachers who only saw a little girl of some foreign origin and assumed that there was nothing of value there. 

My heart has always been in prose and poetry, the language that dances to the music of the soul. Because of its universal nature I have been drawn to travel indulging an insatiable curiosity about our common experience as human beings, lived differently yet still connected like drops in some universal ocean.

Ever since I can remember I have had extraordinary visions, daydreams and whispers coming to me from some unknown yet familiar place. We call that intuition today. I call that wisdom and it is my greatest gift. It took me years to embrace it and hold it lightly.

I've been called names, but not nasty ones. Warrior, sage, alchemist and poet are my favorites.

My Work In The World

I've been on a spiritual quest my entire life seeking connection with the divine through Nature, sacred spaces, reflection and adventure. I'm fascinated by questions, not the obvious ones, but the ones that lie buried beneath the surface calling to be explored. I agree with Rilke when he said, 

" patient towards all that is unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves..." 

I am the one that loves the questions and have developed the fearlessness to ask them out loud. Everything I do is because of the questions I keep asking.

As an author and a writer I contribute my insights and share stories that inspire and connect. My stories awaken the longing within and replace it with the courage to act on your dreams.

My first book, EveryDay Epiphanies: Insights for Living with Purpose is a series of essays and, of course, stories, based on client interactions and my own adventures exploring the world out there and reflecting on my world within.

Manage Your Life Before Life Manages You: More Joy and Less Stress in 365 Days is a book full of daily inspirations and intentional practices that can be read while you have your morning coffee, starting your day with focus and inspiration.

I am currently working on my third book, a memoir based on my adventures in Ecuador, titled The Shaman's Wife: A Story of Love and Self-Discovery. Stay tuned!

As a facilitator and speaker I inspire my audiences to expand their perspectives and open to new possibilities in their lives. I revel in sitting around the virtual campfire telling stories that stir the soul and clarify the truth for you so you can see your place in the world with fresh eyes.  Epiphanies are my specialty.

As a mentor I am a catalyst for transformation, supporting those who seek personal evolution through the deep exploration of the sacred and the wisdom to manifest conscious shifts that improve your life in the here and now. I have over twenty years of experience working with visionary leaders, executive women, creative and social entrepreneurs and change agents. I believe that powerful and effective leadership begins with personal awareness and intentional development as a human being. Your title doesn't impress me. I care deeply, however, for your soul. I firmly believe that we are indeed spiritual beings having a human experience and this belief provides the lens through which I do my work with you.

As a conscious entrepreneur I recognize that the more I give the greater impact I can have.  Our project in Ecuador contributes to our local community through work opportunities, education and community service. My partner, who is an Andean Wisdom Keeper and a trained psychologist, and I have created a sacred space in Ecuador aptly named Oasis based on the concept of convivencia - to live with or to be in community with. We designed Oasis as an invitation to come home to yourself whenever you need to dig deeper into the unresolved questions of your life. When you come stay with us, you are nurtured in spirit, body and mind while we support you in your personal inquiry. 

My Mission

My commitment is to inspire and support individuals and organizations to shift to a more expansive perspective on life and leadership and to leverage the impact that any one person can have through the focused and conscious development of their Being.

I work with individuals who are ready and committed to making quantum leaps in their life and work.

I support those courageous and committed individuals who seek self-knowledge, desire a connection to their divine essence and who want to learn how to be the fullest creative expression of their truth.

My writing and work is based on applied spirituality where I interpret abstract spiritual concepts into practical ways for conscious living and leadership. 

Here is the blog post that started a new chapter in my life doing this work with greater focus and commitment.


I have a B.A. from Colby College in Waterville, Maine and a M.A. (Interdisciplinary Studies: Women's Development and Writing) from Lesley University in Cambridge Massachusetts

I am an ICF accredited Professional Certified Coach, trained at Georgetown University's Leadership Coaching Certification Program

My writing has been featured in

Thrive Global. Thrive Global’s mission is to end the stress and burnout epidemic by offering companies and individuals sustainable, science-based solutions to enhance both well-being and performance.

Smart CEO Magazine: Interior MattersLeadership Columnist

Tiny BuddhaFounded in 2009, Tiny Buddha has emerged as a leading resource for peace and happiness, with close to three million monthly readers

The Wellness UniverseThe Wellness Universe mission is to revolutionize the wellness industry, elevate health and well-being, gather, support and empower an evolutionary wellness community and ultimately inspire peace globally.

High Existence Online Magazine, Our mission is to: Provide a medium for free thinking individuals to connect and discuss, Compel you to follow your bliss & make a life, not a career, Explore all aspects of the human condition, Question anything & everything that is considered 'normal', Promote the general spread of happiness and love.

Learn, Evolve and Thrive. Learn Evolve and Thrive is a website dedicated to providing quality advice and insights on health, wealth, happiness and relationships.

Bon Bon Break: Bon Bon Break introduces exceptional blogs in an easy and fun format for busy moms.

Linked In Articles: Professional and Personal Development posts and articles on Linked In

Medium: Posts and Essays on transformation and personal development and more

Self Growth: Online Self Improvement Community

Colors Magazine – A Multicultural Review: Colors’ mission is to feature the sense of human activities in all its dimension, extension and intensity, thus giving life a multifaceted colorfulness.

International Coaching News - ICN is a leading online magazine created by the leaders in the coaching industry.

Peer Resources: Online Journal for the coaching industry

my clients

People seek me out when they are ready to make quantum leaps in their life or business.

Clients who work with me enhance their capacity for personal leadership, learn how to express their power authentically and are able to create a new mindset to achieve outcomes that surpass any of their previous limitations.

I currently work with a limited amount of clients, individuals and organizations, and only those who are committed to unlocking their vast potential.

I'm an older version of a digital nomad. I lead a location independent lifestyle between two oceans, in Annapolis Maryland USA and my home and retreat center on the coast of Ecuador.  I work primarily by Skype and online where you will find me writing, blogging and soon some podcasting.  I love to travel and explore whenever I can.

I enjoy meaningful conversations, cooking with friends, fine wine, strong coffee, dogs (or any animals) a good sense of humor, treks through the rainforest and walks by the ocean. I'm naturally an introvert. I appreciate grace, beauty and peace and each day say a little prayer of gratitude for my life and for others.