The Mission

The Space

The Team

 

MINKA, means ‘Home of the people’. 

As a healers-led center for wellness and holistic living, we strive to create an inclusive environment where people can heal and businesses can thrive. 

We believe in the magical existence of human beings: we are here to hold space, so you can remember how to harness your inherent brilliance.

Here we gather, learn and better ourselves as a community through the extensive list of healing modalities and workshops we offer, crystals, essential oils, herbs and natural incenses. 

We welcome all who strive to shed old skin and glow anew from the inside out.  

MINKA is an inclusive space for healing and therapeutic professionals to host workshops, meetings, lectures, meditations, and classes.

We believe each of us has a role to play, a lesson to teach, and our very own special stone to place towards manifesting pure love in all its forms. 

 

 

Our mission is to promote the inherent magic already present within nature and to unleash the power of human potential. 


Community Ethos & Aspirations 

  • We believe in the the mysterious and unlimited healing possibilities and capacities of ourselves, and of our clients.  The natural state of our beings is health, abundance and wholeness; and we seek to return to this state by allowing our body/mind/soul to work in its magical ways.

  • We hold our clients’ well-being at the center of all and- collectively care for our clients for the highest possible healing.  Collaboration amongst our immediate practitioners, and other professionals - including Medical professionals, is integral to achieving our collective goal of healing.

  • We honor and respect the lineage of our healing practices. Upholding their teachings, and speaking the teachers’ names whenever is asked, or when appropriate is a starting point, and we continue to learn the historical context of the practices, as well as the techniques. We are aware that the Western culture we live in does not translate, or often omits the visceral context of indigenous traditions, which leads to cultural appropriation.  MINKA practitioners are committed to continue learning/unlearning these aspects of the practices and our cultural conditioning.

  • We acknowledge our ignorance of others’ experiences and perspectives; therefore, we seek to understand, rather than make judgements.

  • Individual healing and collective/social healing are intertwined; MINKA practitioners are committed to work with individuals, groups and organizations that are working on the frontline of social justice movements to provide solace, counsel, and recalibration, in order for these movements to transform our world.

  • MINKA Brooklyn is a space for healing and growth, both for our clients and practitioners. MINKA practitioners are dedicated to learning how to best hold space for folks from all walks of life.  We are aware of our implicit biases and how they play a role in our decision making; and we seek to understand the cultures of those who come from non-dominant groups, and how to best facilitate healings for those whose experiences differ from ours.  

  • MINKA means ‘Home of the People: a space for all people. We are committed to holding space for communities of color, LGBTQIA+, immigrants, differently-abled, communities living in economic poverty, and communities in need during times of crisis.  

  • We acknowledge that we are all on our healing path. Unaddressed pain, trauma and wounds in our psyche can surface in unexpected ways, and we work diligently and courageously to be present as this occurs.

  • In order for us to serve others, we commit to diving deeper into our own healing journey through gathering with one another, seeking counsel with teachers, healing practitioners and self-reflecting. We honor the healing process of individuals, clients and professionals, as much as the outcome.  

  • We care, nurture and respect our physical healing home, MINKA brooklyn, and the earth it exists in. We use Earth friendly products whenever possible, and ask all who gather to respect our policies.

  • We acknowledge that the land we live in is the ancestral lands of the Lenape Nation and the Canarsee people who have been and continue to be forcefully and systemically dispossessed of their land, and as a result, their culture. As we conduct healing, we are aware of the deep impact of this history both within individuals and society. We work to learn and unlearn our colonial conditioning to fully embrace our authentic power as Ourselves. We begin by acknowledging our individual privilege, and collectively use it to change the way society functions through healing practices and education.

  • We believe our journey is the most important teacher.

 

 

Community Agreement:
For Use externally and internally

  1. This is a BRAVE space, not a SAFE space

  2. Honor this Land and its History- NYC occupies Lenape land on Turtle Island.  For those of us who are settlers of this Indigenous land, we must constantly give thanks and acknowledge the stolen lives and the ongoing struggles of our Indigenous family in the face of American imperialism - we ground our session from this.

  3. Speak from the ‘I’ - speak from own experience

  4. Be the risk taker/truth sharer - speak your truth, be open.  We are here to listen and learn from all of us. Make mistakes - it’s only human, and there is no shame in falling on your beautiful face. Discomfort is your new friend - expect to be challenged, yet expect no one to judge you. We are here to explore the discomfort - so we can learn the lesson for integration.

  5. No judgement - It takes all of us to create a safe space of growth and healing.  Curb your judgement - and inquire where this judgement is coming from.

  6. Be curious - about others’ points of view, and about your reaction to them. Be willing to try on new and unfamiliar ideas and ways of doing things.

  7. Respect people’s identity - don’t assume, ASK

  8. Step up/Step Down - Be aware of the space you are taking up, make sure everyone feels heard, not just the outspoken few.

  9. Practice mindful listening - Listen for the sake of listening, allow the new idea to surprise you and open you up to new possibilities of reality.

  10. Confidentiality - Take home the experience and learning, not the identity of folks who are courageous to be vulnerable.

  11. Stay engaged with your whole body - Mental & emotional reaction has physical consequence, listen to your mind, heart and body.

  12. Read the room - We all live our own realities, and they are all different, be flexible and open to other ideas while making sure you are not imposing your ideals as the ‘truth’.  Look around, and see how the room ‘feels’.

  13. Expect ‘non-closure’ - We want you to hang out in uncertainty.  It is the place of possibility, learning and unlearning.  True learning and transformation takes time - do not rush to have an easily packaged conclusion.  Life is messy and it’s beautiful.

Adopted from BUFU community Agreements, modified by MINKA brooklyn practitioners

 

ABOUT THE SPACE

All who step through Minka's doors for a visit or workshop have in-house access to the following amenities:

  • A beautiful collection of healing crystals

  • Bathroom

  • Filtered water

  • Sink

  • Tea and hot water

  • Meditation blankets and cushions

  • Sitting library

  • Natural light

Minka does not have WIFI. To better serve our community we have limited internet access to 2 ethernet cords, one for the reception area and one for the Workshop Foyer. We ask everyone to respect our  #UNPLUGFORWELLNESS policy, this includes staff, member practitioners and clients attending a treatment. 


Workshop Foyer 

Welcome to our main event space here at Minka. This space includes:

  • Open, loft-style space adorned with lots of greenery, brick wall and natural light.

  • Fits 50 people comfortably

  • Meditation seats & cushions

  • Cotton & wool blankets

  • Stools

  • (1) large crystal singing bowl in G note

  • (1) Himalayan singing bowl

  • Access to filtered water and an assortment of teas

Please note that we do not allow shoes in the Foyer.


Mystical Shop & Library

We offer a curated selection of handcrafted goods to support your mystical and healing journey.


Private Studios

We have 4 studios designed for smaller groups and client treatments. 

Each room has: 

  • A himalayan salt lamp

  • Sage & palo santo

  • Room clearing spray

  • A clock

  • The room can be outfitted with a massage table, or a small table with seating cushions.

 

Photo Credit: Monica Felix


The Neighborhood 

Located in the Flatbush area of Brooklyn, and nestled in between the Prospect Park & the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, MINKA is an urban oasis inside and out.  We are 2 minute-walk from both parks, making it an ideal space to hold workshops and classes that require both inside and outside space.

From Equality For Flatbush: "The neighborhoods of Flatbush, East Flatbush, and Crown Heights are world-renowned for Caribbean culture, food, and families, boasting the largest enclaves of Caribbean people in the United States. Flatbush in particular has become one of the most diverse neighborhoods in Brooklyn with large Latinx, South Asian, African and other migrant communities.”

With its roughly 800-home historic district that has long been coveted by its racially diverse residents, it is a pleasure to walk through its tree-lined streets.

MTA Prospect Park station (B, Q, S) is across the street on Flatbush Ave, and you can take a quick 10-minute walk from Sterling St. station (2,5).  B16, 41, 43, 44, 48 & 49 stop within walking distance.


 

THE MINKA TEAM

The MINKA Brooklyn Work Exchange/Study program is open to members of our community who wish to collaborate with us on the day to day operations of MINKA Brooklyn, in exchange for access to our services and offerings.

 
 

The founders

MINKA was founded by group of friends, Aki, Ron, & Rebecca, each adding their own flavor to the healing pot.

We believe in community, working together and raising our children in a planet where love is the currency. When you work with us, you can expect honesty, transparency and straight forward advice. MINKA represents space for collaboration and business development, productivity promoting workshops open to the public and pure holistic magic.

Welcome. Thank you for joining us. 


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Jordan Pagán - Workshop Manager

I receive all the proposals, handle logistics and scheduling, and coordinate with the facilitators. Most people's first introduction to the space is through a workshop, I’m honored to help support Minka in this way. I am also a practitioner and hold monthly Breathwork healing circles here!

What brought me to Minka was Aki! We had met at a tarot class a year before the space opened, and when Minka came into being in 2016 it felt very aligned to join and start practicing professionally. What keeps me here is, well, everything! I always say it's my favorite place in the city. I feel at home here. The space is so open, welcoming and beautiful, as is the community here. I've made some dear friendships and connections and had some of the best experiences of my life here. And I love that we co-create everything, from community days to celebrations to altars to workshops, and beyond - and everyone is welcome. Minka is a truly a collaboration and it has been such a blessing to be part of it. Pronouns: Her, She, Hers


Sunder Ashni - Community Coordinator

Spirit brought me to MINKA. I had recently returned to the country after three years living abroad as a result of losing my mother to Cancer. I was volunteering at an event and MINKA was being used for a portion of it.  They had literally just opened up their doors and I remember feeling a sense of belonging.  I connected with Aki, who I had met years ago and asked if she needed help.  And that was it.  Since then I have found in this space home, a sense of belonging in a city and a state that can sometimes feel so isolating.  I have found here, individuals with a great capacity for developing and sustaining relationships with a high level of devotion and integrity. That's why I’m here and that's why I stay.  Because this is one of the only spaces that I have found where all of me is truly welcomed and celebrated, where I have space to grow, make mistakes, shine, share and love fully. This is what I value spaces and communities that create space for us to be free to be!

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Tricia Ben-Davis MINKA Work Exchange Lead

At MINKA I help lead our work exchange program and I handle correspondence, responding to general inquiries, space rental requests and applications for new members of the MINKA family. I also work along side Ashni to help coordinate community events and activities for practitioners. I am an energy healer who believes in the power of positivity, crystals, and sound. I offer both one on one and Community Reiki sessions.

My spiritual journey has lead me down many winding paths and it wasn't until I got attuned to Reiki in April 2018 that I felt like I had finally found my footing in the world. I have an obsession with personal development and living my purpose but overwork, stress and lack of self-care made it difficult for me to stay focused on what really mattered. After 7 years of climbing the wrong mountain, I came to MINKA in desperate need of clarity, compassion and community. I found all that plus more than I ever could have asked for!

I most look forward to continuing to grow as a person and practitioner so I can better serve and support the community in my corner of Brooklyn.


Melanie Monaco - Logistics, Web Design, & Marketing Support

Pronouns: She, Her

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Alyssa Pimentel MINKA Grant Writer

I graduated college 2017 and although I was born and raised in the Bronx, when I came back after 4 years I was looking for community and specifically places centering alternative healing and social transformation. When I attended a MINKA event 2017 I immediately wanted to be more involved with MINKA especially since throughout college I envisioned a center similar to MINKA. What brought me to MINKA was the commitment to accessible healing both individually and in community. I was/am very appreciative of MINKA's multidimensionality and passion for growth and transformation. What keeps me at MINKA is the constant desire to grow collectively with and within communities in magically unconventional rooted ways. 

Pronouns: She, her


Malorine Mathurin - Space Caretaker

Mal was drawn to Minka after a variety of major life changes left her reeling, relying on her intuition and her inner self for answers. The feel of Minka is like no other. The people, the workshops, the rooms, the energy, it all comes together to make everyone that crosses the threshold know that they are special, that they are necessary and that they are loved. I stay at Minka because I believe in this vision; what I put into Minka, I get back threefold. Minka is a wonderful space that includes everyone without judgement, with a sense of openness and limitless understanding that will make you want to come back again and again.” 

Malorine is an intuitive astrologer and tarot reader who works and communicates with spirit to help others work through past life and present life issues, traumas and memories while guiding them towards their happiness, or dharma, in this life.

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Lu Rose Biltucci - Front Desk

My name is Lu Rose Biltucci, and as a non-binary trans angel boy, I use they / them / theirs pronouns. It was friendship with other Minka community members that alerted me to Minka's presence, and a desire for finding my agency for healing brought me there. While I am a newer member of the community, I feel immense gratitude for my role at Minka, and am staying with it for the constellation of possibilities that Minka holds! For me, the position of caretaker is sacred, and I am sustained on the energy that others bring to Minka. I love opening the center to buzzing activity, and witnessing the great healing work done on site.

Pronouns: They, Them, Theirs


LeMar Moore - Front Desk

I joined MINKA after attending two incredible cosmic moon meditations. It was a welcome transition out of a corporate culture that can sometimes be spiritually diminishing. My passions and practices involve helping people strengthen and expand the spirit within through life coaching, positive personal training, manifestation coaching, thought transformation, and reiki. At all times, my goal is to awaken the loving, divine and powerful GOD within you. 

Pronouns: he/him

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Shaina Rae Sanchez - Front Desk

What brought you to Minka? I initially came to Minka for a monthly workshop facilitated by a Filipina-American healer. I was ecstatic to find accessible representation that I had been having difficulty finding nearly all my life. That evening,  I had no idea how much of an impact this space was going to have on my spiritual and personal growth.Why do you stay? I enjoy taking part in the Minka team because it creates an inclusive platform for people to heal and for local businesses to flourish. We especially honor and respect the lineage of the multiple healing practices that are held in this space; which I find extremely important when working with other people of color and cultures. What do you value? I hold a deep appreciation for the work that is valued here while still understanding the need for accessibility to those who want to invest in their healing but may not have all the means to do so.  The protection around our healers and this space is a strong driving force behind our community ethos and aspirations.  As both a Work Exchange member and practitioner, I feel that Minka is a safe space to both learn and grow in my holistic and spiritual work.  

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers/Herself


Jessie Dessus - Front Desk

My name is Jessie Dessus. My business is called Lightwaves. My work is to assist with balancing the energy field through the practice of Reiki, during which I often receive messages from spirits and guides. In the past, I studied a variety of bodywork modalities, but I am most drawn to energy work. I received my Reiki 1/2 attunement with Aki and Manu in Spring of 2018 and I am currently in training with the Edgar Cayce Center as a Psychic Reader and Medium.  MINKA is a highly magical and welcoming space that is inclusive and representative of the community they serve. It is a place where I have been able to strengthen my abilities as a lightworker, and where I consistently  receive genuine love and support to thrive as a practitioner. I consider it a sacred space and a well spring for all who enter. 

Gender: Non-Binary Pronouns: They/Them

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