My name is Quaglia Cocco and I love coconut

cocco heartFrom my heart, I thank the Popolo of Damanhur for my new plant name Cocco (Coconut)! I have loved coconuts all my life and having it come to life within me as my name is a great honor that touches me deeply.

Here are some of the main reasons I love coconut so much:

The reason that is closest to my heart are my grandparents. I have known only two of my grandparents, my maternal ones, who lived in Taiwan when they were still alive, close to lots of my aunts, uncles and cousins. Every once in a while when I was a kid, my parents and I would go to visit them (from Houston, Texas to Kaohsiung, Taiwan) and I have beautiful memories of all the tropical delights that they offered me: fresh coconut ready to drink and eat, opened with a machete cutting through the husk of the green coconut, heavy like a bowling ball… (and other tropical fruits, mango, banana, papaya, that have already been taken on as plant names). So, Cocco connects me to one of my origins and emotions that still warm my heart. Just as Quaglia (Quail), which is the official bird of California, helps me to feel connected with California, faraway and beloved land and another one of my key origins.

cocco dolceI have other nice memories of coconut: so many experiments in the kitchen with coconut in every imaginable form, making raw vegan desserts and specialties. Long journeys on the Hawaiian islands where I drank coconut while exchanging natural healing methods and teachings with the native Hawaiians. On Big Island, where I fire danced for the first time at Rebirth – the Hawaii Burning Man regional. Kauai in particular was the place that called me with synchronic insistence to free myself from a satisfying life in San Francisco and dive into a nomadic journey of international exploration for two years, during which I found out about Damanhur and came here to visit for the first time.

cocco tropicsThen, there are the more scientific and health related reasons. The richness of minerals, alkalinity and protein in coconut milk makes it a viable substitute for mother’s milk when the mother is unable to produce milk herself. This is practiced most of all in tropical areas, where coconut milk is fresh and available. You can also substitute coconut water for blood plasma when needed. It’s vital nourishment! Drinking coconut water before or during a long airplane flight can reduce the effects of jet lag. I’ve tried it and it works! In addition to optimum hydration, coconut water increases lymphatic system circulation, so it helps with relaxation and sleeping well on the plane or even at home. So, I hope this name and how I live it will do its part for the nourishment, wellness, relaxation and most of all fun for the Popolo! Thank you!

Quaglia Cocco

Ringrazio di cuore il Popolo di Damanhur per il nome vegetale Cocco! E’ da una vita che amo questa piante e viverla è una grande onore che mi emoziona. Continue reading


underground alliance

Mt. Shasta clouds

Underground alliance. Lines intersecting in the depths, separate paths gliding together. And even the trees connect us with their pure signals, emissary roots, orienting us toward a Union of hearts. Beating, a common rhythm communicating from the center or the earth. Beyond diversity, syntony of species, symphony of codes: blood lymph rivers and currents of rock. The sun dancing in a delicate equilibrium with gravity, alone in an incomplete circle. Here in this world, its singular rays are intwined with interplanetary ones, passing through clouds that hide passageways with their innocent shapes. Elliptical, dissolved …

written on Mount Shasta, California, 2 September 2013

Fratellanza sotterranea. Linee intrecciate in profondità, strade diverse scivolano insieme… Continue reading

Damanhur with InterPlay in Oakland, CA


Damanhur with InterPlay in Oakland, CA

How delightful to find another community of inspired souls who love to meld art, social change and playfulness! InterPlay. We are collaborating to share an evening about Damanhur, tapping into the movement and magic.

my first San Francisco Bay Area Damanhur events


San Francisco Bay Area Damanhur events

I’m excited to share Damanhur experience and energy with familiar and new friends around SF. These events are in North Bay – San Rafael … East Bay and SF events coming up!