Sa-wat-dee-kha, Namaste, Hello,
May this post find you happy and well wherever you may be in the world.
My name is Marichelle but you can just call me by my Thai nickname Malli (Jasmine Flower). I hail from a small town called Bend, located in the state of Oregon. Where there still are more trees than people and the most delicious water you'll ever drink. ( OK I admit I'm a bit biased).
I would describe myself as a curious individual, that loves to create and learn. I have a great passion for learning about new cultures and the ever-changing world around me.
The things I enjoy doing are volunteering, organic farming , African dance, horseback riding, archery, writing poetry, meditation, yoga and reading.
My relationship with the arts is very strong. As a child I was endowed with the ability to create. Whether it was painting, drawing, writing, singing, dancing it didn't matter as long as I was able to express myself. I felt a release that has made me appreciate and always come back to it. This love of the arts has surrounded me and has become a driving force in my life. By making every effort to be involved in the arts and make connections in my community and the world at large. For I believe it is a vital tool that we can use to overcome obstacles and create a more diverse and understanding world for our children to inherent.
My dream began with an intention but since has manifested into actions. And now I find that my journey has taken me to the beautiful free land of Thailand where I have been traveling for the last three weeks, becoming more familiar with her people and current issues that face the minority populations in Thailand. That being said I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to work with Cultural Canvas and the Art Relief International for the next month to learn and grow and where I hope that I can contribute to others and help them find the sunshine in their lives.