Alexandra began her mystical studies at age 12 where she first learned about all things energy with her first spiritual teacher, Bobby Drinnon. She told her she was going to be an actress and director and that she would make it on the big screen come hell or highwater. He told her she would but also she would become a healer. She scoffed but spent the next 20 years making art and films about her spiritual quest and about being a woman in today’s world. She made understanding spirituality and sexuality and the balance between the mystical and the material her mission as she continued her studies.
A LIFE OF MYSTICAL AND SHAMANIC STUDY
Alexandra's learning has been a journey through an eightfold Northern shamanic path. While beginning to learn about her aura and chakras at age 12, she also studied the Bible in Georgia and catholicism with her grandma in Brazil. This was confusing at times but served as a deep basis for her interest in mysticism and energy. At age 18 she began to study Eastern traditions and began a meditation practice and study with Catholic monks in Italy who practice meditation in abandoned churches that they turn into meditation centers. She learned deep meditation practice and the intersection of Eastern and Western religions at that time. She began fasting, sleeping on the floor, became a vegetarian and explore the path of the Ascetic. She went on her first Vision Quest silently in the woods. Would spend days in silence for answers and during this time she also ran workshops at homeless shelters for teens, arts workshops for victims of sex trafficking, was a mentor to at risk youth in the arts and more.
After studying in Italy she returned to the US to heed a call to study pagan and Goddess traditions at Starhawk's witch camp and began her practice and dedication to being a part of the reawakening of the female voice into modern spirituality. She slept under a tarp in the woods, learned to commune with nature in practices and began her practice with Moon ritual and magic at this time at age 21 which she dedicated herself to since then as has greatly informed her work. She held her first Moon circles in Portland, Oregon in 2007.
Next her path took her towards plant medicine study and work as she began to work with an Apache Medicine Man and then continued her path working with several other deeply healing plants over the course of the last five years with several physical and non physical teachers.
Her path now is devoted to the 6th, 7th and 8th parts of the Northern Shamanic Path - where she has been studying Tantra and Sacred Sexuality Practices for the past year from two masters in Los Angeles, Japanese rope bondage, and mediumship.
THE SILVER SCREEN
Meanwhile as Alexandra has been devoted to her spiritual path she has also been busy making art and films about her quests and adventures. Her work has been featured in international press from Vogue to Dazed to i-D, New York Times, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, and more. Her first feature film “Mary Marie” received praise and reviews in Variety Magazine, NY Magazine and more. Her films with Vice have been viewed by millions of people and she was made two feature films that premiered at festivals and were sold to distributors IFC and TLA. Her web show "Be Here Nowish" about all things mystical received much acclaim and press from London Times to Wall St Journal and can be viewed on Vimeo and Ora TV. She directed a TV pilot for the channel Viceland produced by Spike Jonze, played Clive Owen’s sexy gal in Steven Soderbergh’s TV show “The Knick” and currently is directing a branded doc series for United Airlines.
A BALANCE OF THE MYSTICAL AND MATERIAL
Now Alexandra works with clients one on one doing shamanic energy work and transformational sessions to help awaken women to be their own healers and claim their voices, bodies, and sexuality! She also co-founded MOON CLUB - an online community and space for all this magic to happen in - where 500 women gather at retreats and virtually to help empower each other to become the most amazing versions of themselves as possible.
She also directs commercials and documentaries and writes two columns about all things Sex / Love / Spirit for the Numinous and Horoscope.com and GIRL BOSS and moonlights as a writer for Well + Good, Mind Body Green, Huffington Post, Teen Vogue and more.
She lives oceanfront in Santa Monica, but keeps an open love affair with NYC.
All photos by Alexandra Herstik