community organizer and videographer, graphic artist
janny castillo has over 15 years of community organizing experience working for extremely low income people. In her current role as Hope and Justice Coordinator for St. Mary’s Center she educates and motivates seniors to participate in social justice activities that increase quality of life. she facilitates a 12 week housing preparation class for seniors experiencing homelessness where they are offered realistic tools to access mainstream and subsidized opportunities. she believes in a peer to peer, strength based - community building approach that compliments case management. As a social justice advocate and Oakland Housing Authority Commissioner, she has fought to protect and increase funding for affordable housing. Over 20 years ago, janny and her young family overcame homelessness which accounts for her deep commitment to serve her community by helping others.
janny combines 30 years of lived experience with 15 years as a vibrational healer to help facilitate wellness. she has helped many overcome the effects of trauma and remove mental and emotional barriers to wellness. using intuitive creativity and unconditional love janny facilitates spiritual gatherings where attendees learn how to respond to life challenges from a state of grace and gratitude.
one of janny's biggest epiphanies is the freedom of knowing that we are not our stories, nor are we our successes or our failures. Nor are we defined by what we have done, or what has been done to us.
We are not defined by circumstances or what society demands of us -
the essence of who we are cannot be collapsed into words or feelings. we are undefinable, unlimited, divine potential. we are experiencing the human experience - and it is full of blissful moments, that can be missed if we are not paying attention."