remembering Olimpia

Olimpia passed away on April 21, 2019 from cancer. She died at home, peacefully, curled up next to her parents. Olimpia was so many things to all of us, a daughter, a sister, a sister-friend, a lover, a teacher, a healer, a doula, a roommate, an artist, a story teller, a writer, a dancer, a champion for women’s reproductive health, an angoleira, a yogi, an earth-woman, and so much more. We will miss her bright, bright light.  Memorial get-togethers for Olimpia may still be scheduled—we will post any further information on this blog and her Facebook page.

In the meantime, please share your memories of Olimpia via comment below. While her community is spread far and wide, we can gather closer here. Don’t be shy! And you can send her family love via private message on the “Contact” page of this blog, too.

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8 responses to “remembering Olimpia

  1. Hi Oli, miss you so much and thinking back on all our memories back in the days is giving me a big smile on my face and also tears. Love you

  2. Olimpia freed me. Her presence and beauty and spontaneity were delicious and affirming, so warm. I remember getting very sick for a week. I was living with Oli at the time. For some reason she wasn’t home that week, and I decided to stay in her room. I was experiencing sleepless nights and her bed, her artwork, the spirit of her room buoyed me. She used to say “always ready, but never fully prepared.” There was a magic in that that made me feel okay. For being messy, imperfect. It opened up chasms for connection. Let light pierce through mundane routine. Olimpia’s smile, her laugh, were medicine. We reconnected some years later at Lake Merritt in downtown Oakland, CA. She’d gone through so many shifts since our time together on Main Street. She was still so bold, courageous, and full of the simultaneously youthful and sage wisdom that is so integral to her being. We strolled through the late afternoon sunlit streets. Sipping cool drinks. Catching up, remembering, visioning. Olimpia is an artist and healer. Skillful and deliberate in her navigation of work, play, justice, and community. I’m sure those of you who had the privilege of being by her side all these years are grieving immensely. I’m sure you know how beloved she is – how beloved she will always be. I love you, Olimpia.

  3. worked with her some 7 years ago, actually did her Divemaster course. I think I have never met anyone as positive and kind as her, always with a smile. She was also our “food manager”, taking care for us to eat healthy.

  4. Our family is so grateful for having crossed paths with Olimpia. She was our doula for the birth of our second daughter in 2015. She was a force. She helped me deliver my baby with her steady, calm and firm presence, but at the same time, she knew how to give space; she empowered me to let my instincts kick in and do what I didn’t even know I could. I ran into her a couple of times last summer at our neighborhood pool and she was happy to meet again with that chubby little baby she helped deliver, now almost 3, splashing around. She was an amazing human being. We will miss running into you, Olimpia. We love you and are forever grateful for your gift.
    Gui and Nico Taborga

  5. Olimpia is a beacon of light. Oli first appeared into my life by the best fortune of travel happenstance. She was my first ever new friend when I moved to DC back in 2012. She welcomed me into her literal and metaphoric home and spiritual community. Her loving, smiling, radiant, supportive spirit in times of darkness has and will forever impact my everything. My heart breaks open for the world, her family, and friends with her earthly departure. I feel so lucky to have had such wonderful memories that I’ll cherish with every Oli thought and the people I met through her. Life is wildfully precious and so our my many notable memories of Olimpia. Sending all my love to her family and friends..

  6. I first met olimpia at a kids yoga teacher training at circle yoga in tenleytown. She was so full of life, and it if all the trainees that were with us that weekend, she’s the only one I remember…I ran into her many years later, on Georgia avenue outside of the yoga studio where I taught baby & me and family yoga classes. We talked so briefly, but it was full of smiles for each other and yoga. I put her in touch with the manager and she then started working there. Olimpia, my friend, you will be missed. Such a bright, caring, beautiful soul. To her family, I hope you know how many lives she touched. My heartfelt condolences.

  7. I met Olimpia twice: once at a lunar yoga class and once for coffee, during which she related in spell-binding detail the story of a birth she had attended that week. That’s when I learned the magic of doulas, especially ones who are also yogis. That was years ago, but last year I found out I was pregnant and became intent on finding a doula trained in yoga in my current city. I don’t know what Olimpia had, but I have always wanted more of it. I can’t imagine the pain her loved ones feel losing her earthside, and for that I am so sorry.

  8. Hi Olimpia, I heard today that you passed. Glenda, told me at work and I was so surprised to hear it. She didn’t have any details so I checked your Facebook when I arrived home. I am so sorry to hear about your death and yet I am very much aware that your spirit lives on. I can feel your energy, it is still so palpable. Our time working together was short but it was honestly so great to know you. Til this day the systems you put into place for the Centering Pregnancy program are still the standard and we are so thankful for that. I know things got really difficult the last few months and I wish I could’ve been even more supportive. Truly, we were all dealing with so much there and just trying to keep from drowning. I wish you all the best in the spirit life. I look forward to reading your blog.
    Much love,
    Evette

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