I am a student of life. I have always been drawn to nature and have an affinity for animals. I am a Scientist by training and a tree hugger at heart. The inner workings of the body, with all the biochemical processes I find fascinating and therefore majored in Biology at North Carolina A&T State University. Due to mandatory vaccinations at the school, I became very ill without any explanations or remedies from allopathic doctors. This is when I meet Artis Hinson of Body Ecology. With Art's help and guidance, I was able to recover and set a new path for my life's journey. I learned the power and significance of a raw diet and how profound the concept of "you are what you eat" is. This is where my Natural Health studies began. Thank you, Art!
I have studied with Dr. Llaila Afrika and became a Certified Holistic Health Counselor in 2006. I studied Martial Arts including Tai Chi with Master Sunyata Saraswati, receiving my 1st degree of Reiki. I completed coursework in Holistic Health for Animals through Clayton College of Natural Health. With a nudge from my mentors Dr. Afrika and Artis Hinson, I became a licensed Naturopath in 2007.
Naturopathy is a form of alternative medicine that focuses on natural remedies to stimulate and support the body's own healing ability. Reiki is an ancient laying-on of hands healing technique that uses the life force energy to heal.
R. Ayodele Olufemi
aka Rachelle Archie Fields
Certified Holistic Health Counselor
I received my Notary Public commission in 2010. I also graduated from Forsyth Tech with an Associates in Applied Science in Biotechnology in 2010 and became a certified Pharmacy Technician. This training helped me understand the effects of pharmaceuticals on the body and how they can interact with medicinal herbs. It also empowered me to improve my herbal formulas and other remedies.
Notary Public ~ Biotechnologist ~ Pharmacy Technician
Photographer ~ Dancer ~ Tree Hugger
On a family trip to Colorado, I took a picture of the snow capped mountains and lake behind our hotel. Once I got the film developed I realized that I was pretty good with a camera. With nature as my muse, I continued to capture the beauty I saw around me.
I have always enjoyed dance and jumped at the opportunity to learn all forms as a child. I practically grew up at Martin Luther King Jr and Hanes Hosiery Recreation Centers, which occasionally held dance classes. I was introduced to African dance by Joseph and Gail Anderson. Everyone that grew up in the Triad has heard of The Healing Force. I remember the first time I saw them perform at Paisley Middle School. Their inspirational mixture of storytelling, singing, and dance planted a seed of love and culture that will always be apart of me. In high school, I traveled with The Healing Force learning all I could. I also joined the Spartanite Dance team at Mount Tabor High.
After high school, I danced with Otesha Creative Arts Ensemble, the oldest African American dance company in North Carolina. I loved traveling and performing at the National Black Theater Festival. With all the rehearsals and warm-ups, Tina Yarborough Liggins and Desiree Maynard whipped me into a great dancer. Sherone Price was also a great influence on me. I studied with him at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Even now, I have to put my camera down and jump in the bantaba when those drums are calling. I continue to share my love of my culture by teaching African dance and performing with fellow dancers and musicians as life allows. My favorite experience was with the children of Lee Elementary School in Abilene, TX. I started an afterschool program through Abilene Cultural Affairs Council. My goal was to offer African dance to the children of the large "refuge" population in Abilene. The program was a great success. And although I returned to North Carolina, I found a very capable dancer to continue teaching. I am proud to say that the program is still going strong. Check out my babies here.