Mercedes is a yoga instructor, healer, social entrepreneur, activist, new media producer, boat-rocker and modern gypsy, with a deep well of enthusiasm and reverence for the wilderness and all of the knowledge it holds. She is devoted to creating safe, compassionate environments in which people are allowed the space and freedom to connect with themselves and others, to play and heal.  Mercedes has co-created award-winning documentary film projects, curated and produced social change events and works closely with non-profit organizations to direct funding and development initiatives. 

Mercedes is educated in documentary filmmaking, journalism and writing and has received her 200 hour yoga certification from the Karma Teachers College in Vancouver, Canada and a 300 hour Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy certification from the Yoga Veda Institute in Ajijic, Mexico.  She has completed an intensive addictions-recovery training program with Dr. Gabor Mate and Sat Dharam Kar, ND, in addition to a mentorship with renowned yoga educator, Shannon Cluff.