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Michelle Margaret Fajkus is a free spirit and an open book. She is a good teacher, writer and friend. Michelle learned yoga from a book at age 12, found zen in California at 23 and moved to Guatemala at 29. Now a thirtysomething, she lives at Lake Atitlan with her soul mates.

Birthday: 30 May 1980

Hometown: Austin, TX, USA

Current location: Lake Atitlan, Guatemala, Central America

Astrology: Gemini sun, Libra rising, 6 Kej (Mayan), Iron Monkey (Chinese/Tibetan)

Writing Samples

Michelle’s Portfolio | Elephant Journal column | Rebelle Society column | Blog

Career Experience

  • Yoga Freedom, Founder/Director (2002-present)
  • Freelance Writer (2010-present)
  • EnlightenEd, Co-creator (2014-present)
  • Villa Sumaya Retreat Center, Retreat Coordinator (2015-present)
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) School Teacher (2006-2015)
  •  Advertising, Marketing, Copywriting (1999-2005)

Life Experience

  • Semester abroad at the University of London; traveled to Wales, Ireland, Spain & France (Fall 1999)
  • Lived in the San Francisco Bay area and ran Yoga Freedom, learning entrepreneurship by fire (2003-2004)
  • Completed 10-day silent Vipassana meditation course in Texas & 3-week Spanish-immersion course in Mexico (2007)
  • Solo trip to northern India for 5 weeks; completed another 10-day Vipassana course (Summer 2008)
  • Moved to Guatemala and became an expat (2009)
  • Gave birth to a daughter, Jade; traveled in the US, Mexico, Ecuador & Colombia; got married (2013)

4 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Michelle! I just read your article, “The Tao of Dating: Six Sex Guidelines for Empowered Women,” on Elephant Journal, and thought to myself, “Wow. Homegirl took the words right out of my journal.” (Though much more concisely and articulately.) Then I read your bio, and, turns out, I, too am a left-handed Gemini (though my sister is a Libra) and I have a black labrador retriever named Oskar. I thought that too cosmic to let go unsaid. I’ve decided to start making writing a habit in my everyday again, and this adventure began online yesterday via TheBlackbirdExperiment.wordpress.com. I would love to stay in contact with you. Thanks for the dose of inspiration today.

  2. Michelle, I just read your post “The Tao of Dating” on Elephant Journal and it really resonated with me. Thank you so much for writing it. It articulated a lot of what I know intellectually but have been having a difficult time following in practice. I believe I have or will find the strength to accept what I know is true, but what I have been trying my hardest to deny. Change is inevitable and I am the only one getting hurt by trying to hold on too long.

    Sidenote: Hook’Em Horns! \m/.

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