first experienced the desert as a five year old visiting her
godparents home in the desert. And again, a few years later on a
visit to see her stepbrother in Nevada. Artemis remembers staring
out the car window, admiring the stars and the quiet open
Artemis is a licensed marriage and family therapist,
pursuing her doctorate in clinical psychology, specializing in
trauma informed care education. She is also a women’s empowerment
coach, yoga teacher, writer and poet.
three years ago, Artemis lost her career, her relationship and was
homeless. In flight mode, she was hopping from place to place
before landing at her godparents home in the desert.
began as a week and a half ‘visit’, turned into a couple of years
when Artemis finally faced herself. She discovered she had
unresolved trauma and had developed an eating
Compelled to stop in at a desert church, divine
intervention took over setting Artemis on a two-year journey,
stripping away her masks and rebuilding a solid foundation for
those two years Artemis spent a lot of time in the desert alone.
She stepped into her gift of spoken word, writing, performing and
hosting a radio show. While getting back on her feet, there was a
lot of grieving, before eventually moving into her own
Artemis was hired by a private therapy practice and
obtained her non-profit management certification.
describes the desert as a safe place where she was able to
surrender, heal and step into who she is – which included coming
out into her queerness.
Artemis recently left the desert and returned to
Sacramento. Being closer to the state capital will allow her to be
more involved in the policy work necessary to make real social
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September 26 event (10a-3p) can be obtained at this