Sirena Pellarolo, Ph.D., is a board certified Holistic Health Coach, international author and speaker, radio host and blogger. With 30 years experience in self-development, health and wellness, Sirena believes in a holistic and empowered approach to menopause through self-awareness, emotional, mental and physical detoxing. As a Midlife Midwife she supports midlife women to manage their symptoms naturally and rebirth into a vibrant second half of their lives.
Dr. Pellarolo’s simple approach to living a healthy lifestyle is to go back to the basics: a personalized nutrient-rich diet, energizing physical movement and a meaningful spiritual practice. As a raw food educator and detox expert, she has been conducting seasonal community cleanses for over five years. Sirena models for her clients how to courageously step center-stage by unleashing their unique personal power, creative self-expression and overall wellbeing.
Sirena is Professor Emerita of Spanish and Latin American Cultural Studies. She has authored and published numerous articles and two books on Latin American performance and gender studies, globalization and new social movements. She is co-author of Success in Beauty: The Secrets to Effortless Fulfillment and Happiness (2014) and Menopause Mavens: Master the Mystery of Menopause (2015). Her forthcoming Recover Your Juiciness: A 30 Day DIY Guide for an Empowered and Healthy Menopause will be out on Spring 2016 by Flower of Life Press.
Dr. Pellarolo graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and is in the process of becoming certified as a Raw Culinary Arts Associate Chef and Raw Food Educator with the Living Light Culinary Institute. She completed the Religious Science Practitioner training at the Agape International Spiritual Center in 2004.
Her coaching practice integrates many different areas of interest and expertise. Her twenty-seven years in higher education provide the skills for successful participatory teaching and learning, creative research and self-motivation. As a community organizer, youth mentor and trusted influential leader, she bridges her knowledge with that of populations eager to start rethinking their nutritional habits and lifestyle in order to heal from the inside out. The thirteen years exploring raw and live foods, detoxifications and cleanses resulted in her vibrant physical re-activation. Her life-long spiritual quest and practices an understanding that, as energetic beings, transformative healing occurs only when our mind-body-spirit connection is addressed.
Sirena believes in autonomous and healthy individuals and communities. As a holistic healer, she has learnt from the practices of self-determination and autonomy of the Americas to model for her clients how to courageously step center-stage in their lives by unleashing their unique personal power, creative self-expression and overall well being.
As an advocate for individual and community autonomy, sustainable health, and food sovereignty, in 2009 she created Viva La Vida, Live Foods For Life, a project committed to spread the basics of a raw food diet in working class communities of color as a means to decolonize our bodies from commercial food and foster the re-membering of healthy lifestyles.
The seasonal community cleanses and raw food preparation classes that she hosted for many years in her Ranchito de Sirena en El Sereno, a place for healing and mystery school, offered a Do It Yourself hands-on approach to healing through nutrient-dense, plant-based choices. She is working on a manuscript that captures this experience titled “Detoxing Our Communities: Using Food As Medicine for a Quantum Grassroots Transformation.”
Sirena has offered un-cooking demonstrations at–among other venues in Southern California–, the Eastside Café, the South Central Farm community center, the California State University, Los Angeles Cross-Cultural Center, Earth Day South LA, Mujeres de Maíz, Shaman’s Vision and Art Center, Tía Chucha’s Centro Cultural, MEChA Statetewide 2011 at California State University Northridge, the RAC Food Distribution Program, the Youth Justice Coalition Chuco Center, Caracol Marketplace, Equitable Roots, El Nido, Antioch University, Corazón del Pueblo, the Agape International Spiritual Center and the San Diego Veg Festival.