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Botanica Galactica in Walker’s Point will host a discussion series on Accessibility in Wellness

To create a dialogue in Milwaukee that creates more awareness around the topic of access and inclusivity in wellness spaces within our communities.

By - Jan 7th, 2020 10:00 am

Milwaukee, WI – January 7, 2020 – Botanica Galactica recently announced its plans to build a cafe and botanical tea bar within its current space in Walker’s Point, and expand its offerings as a collective wellness space. A part of this initiative includes a monthly discussion series on accessibility in wellness. Creating a dialogue on  accessibility in wellness in our community will bring awareness to the disparities that exist in the communities who have the highest need for it. The panel discussions will feature individuals working to serve the underserved and include a ‘sharing’ portion that highlights work and initiatives being created to help bridge these disparities.  The inaugural panel will feature Vanessa Johnson RN. CMT., Doula, Alexander HaglerNaya Jones PhD., and Aja Janay, 200 hr RYT. The discussion will also feature the fundraiser launched in November of 2019 to raise capital for the Botanica Galactica cafe space.

The first discussion will be held January 16th, 2020 at 5 PM at Botanica Galactica located at 719 S 5th St, Milwaukee, WI 53204. Free tickets are available at

This initiative was started by three Latinx women with roots in Milwaukee who bonded over their passions for food, wellness and the community. Their individual journeys to health and wholeness, unite them in this endeavor to create a space that feels inclusive of all, celebrates their collective roots and ancestry, and serves as a platform for sharing and learning from each other. After previously encountering many obstacles while accessing health and wellness in their community, they hope to offer their knowledge through practical resources as a way of dismantling those barriers, within a diverse and affordable space that reflects the beauty of what our community has to offer.

“I’ve found this issue to be top of mind for many in our community, and the desire and need to build, to create more connections across our city, and spaces that are inclusive of all is imperative.”   Botanica Galactica owner Mariyam Nayeri said.

“When it comes to wellness, drawing the attention towards a more integrative approach will acquire the essential changes needed to fill a vital gap in our environment. These discussions will enable the restructuring of today’s culture of wellness in a permissive space.”  Bonafide Tea owner Michelle Alfaro said.

“I aspire to create food, and a more holistic dining experience at that for folks who are often excluded from spaces as such. My work around food and cooking has been inspired by the many exclusions that many  folks of color face.” Dominique Alvarado said.

About Mariyam Nayeri – Botanica Galactica
Mariyam Nayeri is a chef and yoga teacher who grew up between the north and south side of Milwaukee with her Mexican-American family until moving to Brooklyn in 2002. Returning home in 2018, she created Botanica Galactica with the spirit of community in mind. Influenced by the everyday radiance and diversity found in her former neighborhood of Bed-Stuy, she hopes to bring to Milwaukee, the city that raised her, the same love and sense of community that held her while away.

About Dominique Alvarado – Algo Dulce
Dominique Alvarado is a native Milwaukeean, Xicana, and foundress / owner of Algo Dulce, an artisan food product line of culturally conscious beverages inspired by her Mexican heritage. Her love and appreciation for food Is heavily influenced by her grandmother and her upbringing on a farm in Mexico which influenced her plant-based cooking style.

About Michelle Alfaro – Bonafide Loose Leaf Tea
Michelle Alfaro is the owner of Bonadfide Tea. She was raised in a single-parent household by her father who imparted upon her the importance of cherishing the beauty of her hispanic roots and culture. She handcrafts organic tea blends with an intention to feed the soul, and the respect she has for herbs and their compounds is a synergy of wellness she wants to share in this space.

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