about La Dea Vita

La Dea Vita is a lifestyle devoted to Sacred Self Care.

Why Sacred Self Care?

…because it’s an incredibly nurturing and decadent form of self-love. When we nourish ourselves with sacred self-care rituals, we show up to everything we do with more confidence and presence.

…because how we treat ourselves sets the tone for how others treat us. It empowers us to set healthy boundaries, and raise the standards in all our relationships.

…because it has the ability to turn us into irresistible magnets for everything we desire in life. Through the practice of mindful and holistic self care, we confidently state our self-worth and value not only to ourselves, but also the world.

In this website, I share with you personal stories pertaining to my physical, spiritual, emotional, mental, and financial sacred self care. 

You will also find out info on the projects, events and offerings I’m currently working on/involved in. All have Sacred Self Care at their heart.



about Mishel Ixchel

I’m Ecuadorian-born & NYC-bred, currently setting roots down in Western Massachusetts where I teach the art of Sacred Self Care.

I’ve devoted the last decade of my life exploring what it means to take sacred care of my Self. I found that, as a result, I feel my absolute best (vastly different from “looking” my best, which implies a very limited, very external and somewhat superficial perspective on self care).

At it’s most expansive, taking time for this caliber of self care has allowed me to give my best to everything I’ve engaged in and to everyone I love.

Ultimately, putting myself first allows me to be and give my best.

If I don’t take full responsibility for my body, my mind, my health, my words and actions, and my money, then who will? And if I don’t start now, then when?

It was overwhelming at first. Especially when taking into consideration all of the things happening not just in my life, but in the world. I recall my days as a Political Science major in college, and the absolute impotence I felt when I thought about all the wrongs that needed to be righted. Where the hell to even start?

That’s when the answered dawned on me: I need to start with myself before I take a shot at improving anything else.

I’ve since come to learn that self-care is a world in and of itself. I’ve become intimate with its many forms: from spiritual to physical and even financial self-care. Sometimes out of curiosity, but very often out of necessity. When my skin was uncontrollably breaking out and my allergies became unforgiving, I didn’t stop looking until I found the best way to care for and nourish my endocrine and immune systems. When I hit financial rock bottom, I plowed on until I came across the most effective ways to manage and care for my money. And when I realized that the career I had painstakingly carved out for myself was not nourishing me in the ways I had hoped it would, I began to use self-care as a vehicle to explore the kind of work that did indeed deeply satisfy.

This was the beginning of La Dea Vita.

Through my classes, workshops, events & retreats, I teach the various forms of Sacred Self-Care practices and rituals I’ve learned, tested and practiced along the way.

Pickin up what I’m putting down? Drop me a note. Would love to hear from you.

Cheers- to Sacred Self Care!



[Some of the things I’ve done along the way that give me street cred: I have a Master’s from NYU in Museum Studies. I’m a graduate of Mama Gena’s School of Womanly Arts. I am a certified Bikram Yoga instructor. I’m also a certified Qoya and Hula Hoop teacher. I speak near perfect English, pretty damn good Spanish, and within a few days in prospective countries, I get by just beautifully in Italian and French.]


My name is Mishel Ixchel. I’m Ecuadorian-born &
NYC-bred. Western Mass is currently home, and it's also where I practice + teach the art of
Sacred Self Care.