What’s in a name? Calabi-yau spaces are higher-dimensional manifolds.  Superstring theorists sometimes postulate that the extra- or hidden-dimensions required by their theories are folded up in calabi-yau spaces.  There are many aspects to my being, and from any given perspective, many of my other dimensions are often hidden from view.  One might know of my extensive travels to distant lands but know nothing of the incredible nature of the inwardly directed journeys of discovery and healing I have made, and vice-versa.  Those who know me as a scholar seldom witness me as an artist; those who know me as a yogi have no experience of me as a community maven; those who have shared an ecstatic dancefloor with me have likely never contemplated me in front of a college classroom.  Often throughout my life, my multi-faceted nature has been a challenge to reconcile – the world is not usually amenable to those of us who don’t have a single or obvious “calling”, who are pulled in many different directions, who are endlessly inspired to follow many different paths at every moment.  The multitudinous dimensions of my being have at times been at odds with each other.  This space is meant to allow them all to unfold and find a harmonious union.  May it also be a portal for those who know me in only one dimension to discover others while I become better acquainted with myself.

Presently, I am a graduate student pursuing a Ph. D. in Philosophy at the University of California, Irvine.  I’ve been in school in one form or another for the last 10 years of my life, living always in the question.  I received my Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from UC San Diego in 2009, with minors in Environmental Studies and Creative Writing.  My philosophical studies have taken me through the baffling and beautiful world of theoretical physics, through evolutionary biology and the human brain, and presently I am focusing on the complex social dynamics of political philosophy as it applies to global environmental issues.  Ultimately, the study of philosophy allows me the intellectual freedom to pursue almost any topic, and my ever-questioning mind is perfectly at home in philosophical discourse.  I am almost always game for a good discussion.

I recently completed a two-year Yoga teacher-training program with Arturo Galvez at UC San Diego in the tradition of BKS Iyengar, and am presently teaching a private group class in Irvine, CA.  I have been practicing regularly since 2001, and am grateful every day for the clarity, health, and focus that my practice has brought to my experience.  I was not healthy for much of my life, with debilitating pain often keeping me from living life to the fullest.  The practice of Yoga has been a major factor in my healing and sustained health as I continue to cultivate awareness and balance in my life.

Both Philosophy and Yoga provide me with ample opportunities to engage with students in a classroom setting, where I have found myself absolutely in my element – I am seldom more joyful and alive than in these interactive exchanges with my students.

Most people have no trouble identifying which of the hemispheres of their brain is dominant.  I walk right down the middle of mine, which often makes for interesting internal debates on how best to spend my time.  I have been creating visual art for as long as I could hold a crayon, and I try to find as much time as I can to paint.  I studied graphic design at UCLA Extension for two years before I decided to pursue my BA full time.  My medium of choice is acrylic, though I also enjoy drawing in pencils and occasionally work in oils.  I have also created or co-created several large-scale art installations.  Though my studies demand much of my energy and focus, the Muse ever sings her siren song.  I am honored to show my work at the Temple of Visions gallery in Downtown Los Angeles, and live-paint at many music events.

My visual creativity also manifests itself in wearable art in the form of sculpted head-dresses, jewelry, costumery, and clothing.  Much of the clothing I wear I’ve designed and created myself.

The written word has always been a passion of mine.  Today, most of the writing I do is scholarly in nature, but it certainly has not always been this way.  I have at times been a poet, a journalist, a content editor, a band’s lyricist, and an author of fairy tales.  One day, my dissertation will be done and once again my words will be free to frolic as they wish.

I once earned the title “Motivatrix” while organizing the 500-person behemoth Brane Village at Burning Man, and have kept this title throughout many subsequent projects.  Community organizing has been a feature of all of my adult life, and I’ve volunteered on the Moontribe Collective council since 2003.  Even when I try not to get involved in organizing large projects, it always seems to happen anyway, especially when Burning Man comes around.

Succinctly, I am an explorer – seeking out the mysteries of the mind and our relationship to what is all around us.  It is this feature more than any other that has enabled me to combat and manage what once was debilitating illness.  As a compliment to the inner journeys, I have also dipped my foot in all four of the Earth’s oceans (and many of her seas and rivers), and danced on five continents – on mountains, arctic tundra, in jungles, deserts, ancient ruins and modern metropolises.  Though I spend quite a lot of time indoors engaged in study or creation, it is the outdoors that ever calls to me.  Whether it be gazing through my telescope into a moonless starry sky, backpacking through a wilderness area into the sunset, climbing the trees in an urban park, rising at dawn to climb a vertical rock face, digging into the soil with my bare hands to plant seeds for tomorrow’s table, or dancing in the Mojave desert underneath the fullness of the moon, I am a playful child of Gaia – and I do so love my mama.


And I am endlessly inspired by the Mystery.


- K. Violet McKeon-Divine