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Imagem de Rita Lança, a Demyurga

I Am the Fruit of the Transitions I Have Chosen to Live

I am Rita Lança.

I was born in the hot month of August 1980 and I am a being deeply marked by the landscapes with which I have merged. The mother landscape - the Alentejo plain - lent me the horizon, inner serenity, love of contemplation and poetry, openness to the world and imagination. In the heart of this community I learned to love the earth and all the beings that inhabit it, to care in close proximity, to live in horizontality from a sacred awareness of verticality.

I am curious by nature, thirsty to learn, to explore life and the mystery that surrounds it and, over the years, I have been opening up and surrendering to the changes and transitions that life has challenged me with.

I realised from an early age that helping people was something natural and fluid for me, a very familiar landscape. I graduated in Social Work and, for almost two decades, I worked in a variety of contexts - Coimbra, Lisbon, Porto, Serra do Montemuro, Alentejo, Barlavento Algarvio, Africa, South America - and situations - with children and young people, families, communities, immigrant groups, men who had fought in the war, homeless people and social tourism, among others. I have performed different roles, from social worker, technical director, executive director, designer and implementer of projects, national and European funded, one of which won the BPI Solidário Award 2016. I have been a volunteer in several organisations throughout my life, in national contexts and internationally, having carried out missions in Argentina and Angola.

The variety of contexts, roles and experiences provided me with a flexible way of looking at things and a more holistic approach to social needs. By choice, I have always worked in the Third Sector – in private organisations of social solidarity – because for me it was always vital to have space to create, to intervene in reality from the perspective of continuous action research.

At the same time, I have dedicated myself to research in the area of ​​social innovation and volunteering. I collaborated with the University of Coimbra and the Center for Social Studies and I was part of the first Portuguese Social Incubator.

I have been working with various models of intervention such as Morenian Psychodrama, Rogerian Counselling, Deep Ecology and various tools related to the arts.

In 2018, I undertook one of the biggest transitions I have allowed myself to live. I noticed that the configurations and settings in which I intervened socially, up til then, no longer responded to the being I had become. For many who were close to me, it was the abandonment of a solid and promising professional path. For me, it was a major step in my life's journey, one that has brought me closer to what I was born to live. Beyond  everything I was already doing, I knew that the next landscape would have to be contemplation of accompanying people with intimacy, responding to spiritual needs and integrating other resources that I have been collecting throughout my life, namely the connection to Nature, to plants, and artistic expression, especially singing. In this process of deepening, I realised that I have grown as a doula and recognised myself as a doula.

Tocando a superfície

I accompany the individual with personalised support focusing on emotional, spiritual, informative and/or practical support in life stages characterised by changes, losses and grief.  This is aimed at caregivers, families, people with cancer, in the process of grieving, at the end of life, with pregnancy loss, prenatal death and/or marital separations.

Clinical Aromatherapy is a combination of therapeutic techniques that starts with a diagnosis and uses essential oils, essences, flower and plant waters and vegetable oils to restore physical, emotional, mental and energetic balance.

I accompany the individual’s personal journey, grounded in the body-mind relationship as an anchor to respond to universal spiritual needs, present throughout life and in death. It is based on a set of meditative practices and resources inspired by Tibetan Buddhism and based on Contemplative Neurosciences.

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