My name is Daria. I am a commitment to ending cycles of violence.
I teach Transformative Justice skills through the body.
I created Accountability Mapping to build our collective capacity for accountability in a transformative way. I was already doing this work - for those I love who harmed me, for myself when I've harmed those I love. I offer this experiment as a culmination of my own fragile successes, spectacular failures and ongoing learning in self-accountability. I want to share what I know because we need tools now, we needed them yesterday.
As a transgender person, I understand the body as a site of possibility and transformation. Accountability Mapping synthesizes Transformative Justice principles with Qi Gong practices and somatic exploration. The body becomes doorway on a journey of change - moving you toward alignment with what matters.
I am a Russian and Chinese-Kazakhstani refugee and settler raised on Ohlone land (San Francisco Bay Area). My pronouns are he/him. I welcome feedback about my work.
Thank you for your support.
In 2008, I was a Harm Reduction counselor at the Berkeley Free Clinic who stumbled into a Transformative Justice workshop at the Critical Resistance conference on abolishing the prison industrial complex. My whole body said - "YES - THIS."
I was a founding member of the Bay Area Transformative Justice Collective, a project initiated by Mia Mingus in 2011 to end child sexual abuse, and helped build out its structure over the course of three years. In 2012, I began training with Generative Somatics - a Transformative Justice- based healing and social change methodology (Courses: Social Justice Embodied Leadership, Somatics Trauma & Resilience). My understanding of Transformative Justice is rooted in the work of GenerationFive.
After medically transitioning in 2017, I realized my life-long dream of becoming a dancer - as practice of living in the aliveness and power of my body. Today I am deepening connection with my ancestral lineages. I study Medical Qi Gong (AIMC), Medical Mediumship (Dr. Vest) and the Yìjīng (I-Ching) and Chinese Bazi Astrology (missTANQ).
I have a BA in Public Health from UC Berkeley, with a focus on Community Health.