Empowerment Quiz



I believe in staying bold in the face of obstacles, facing challenges head on.


I commit wholeheartedly to my own healing, orienting myself towards a life of purpose.


I stay curious about what lies beyond my own fears and limiting beliefs.

Hi, I'm Valerie!

Nice to meet you! I'm Valerie, the heart and soul behind Intrepid Wellness and Club Phoenix. My story isn't just about wellness; it's about a dance with life, where each step taught me a bit more about resilience, vitality, and the true meaning of health.

My mission is crystal clear: guide you in conquering burnout, rediscovering strength, and reclaiming the energy needed to return to a life you love. Because facing challenges is always easier together.


My journey to where I stand today has been less of a path and more of a labyrinth, marked by twists and turns. It’s a story of striving for perfection, relentless pursuit of achievement, and the quest for external validation that, for the longest time, I mistook as the markers of success.

For years, I chased accolades and accomplishments, believing that if I just pushed a little harder, did a bit more, and stretched myself further, I would finally find a place where I felt valued and fulfilled. Yet, I found myself chronically overqualified and underpaid, always giving more than I received, be it in my professional life or personal relationships.

It was a cycle that seemed endless ‚Äď pushing my limits, showing up even when every fiber of my being screamed for rest. I was always the one who said ‚Äėyes‚Äô when I desperately wanted to say ‚Äėno‚Äô. This relentless drive, fueled by a lack of self-esteem, led me down a road of anxiety, depression, and physical ailments. My body began to echo my mental state ‚Äď joint pain, muscle weakness, and inflammation became my constant companions. I remember days filled with tears, not out of sadness, but out of confusion and exhaustion because I simply did not understand why life was pushing back so hard.

In every endeavor, I excelled, be it in dance, education, or wellness. But this skill was a double-edged sword; it stemmed from a deep-rooted need for external validation, a need to prove my worth through relentless achievement. It took years of introspection, combined with the healing practices of Ayurveda, yoga, and embracing my personal movement practices, for me to unravel this complex web.

The breakthrough came with understanding my own power and worth, independent of external accolades. I realized that my value doesn’t diminish because of someone’s inability to see it. It's been a journey of cultivating self-esteem from within, rather than seeking it from the outside world.

Today, as I stand before you, I am not just a survivor of burnout; I am a testament to the power of self-reflection, wellness, and the courage to confront one's own vulnerabilities. My experience has become my strength, and it is this strength I wish to share with you through Club Phoenix.

The Birth of Club Phoenix

Out of my personal odyssey, Club Phoenix emerged. I realized that while I possess the power to bring healing to the world, there is so much more I can offer. I am here to presence you to your highest self and your unlimited potential. Through Club Phoenix, I navigate the nuances of burnout and guide you back to a life brimming with energy and purpose.

If my story resonates with you, know that you are not alone. There is a way through the labyrinth of burnout, and it begins with recognizing your own worth and power. Let’s embark on this journey of self-discovery and wellness together, and find the vibrant, empowered life that awaits us.

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More About Me 


With over two decades of combined experience in the realms of dance performance and education, international exchange, and holistic health, I bring to the table a mosaic of expertise and unique insight.

  • Southern California University of Health Sciences -¬†Ayurvedic Practitioner‚Äč

  • California College of Ayurveda -¬†Ayurvedic Health Counselor‚Äč

  • New York University -¬†M.A. in International Education‚Äč

  • Northwestern University -¬†B.S. in Human Development & Psychological Services‚Äč

  • Bhagavat Life - Ayurvedic Nutrition & Culinary Training Foundations

Recognition & Contributions

I've been featured on platforms like Voyage L.A., Indica Yoga and Dystopian Renaissance podcast where  I've advocated for the transformative power of cultural exchange and holistic health. With organizations such as One World Hip Hop, I've traveled internationally as Fulbright Arts Ambassador teaching hip hop dance, and as a teacher and artist have coordinated cultural exchange programs as a teacher for several years in Japan.

  • National Ayurvedic Medical Association Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner, Ayurvedic Health Counselor

  • Classical Yoga Nidra Instructor¬†

  • CAMTC Certified Massage Therapist #93582

My Ayurvedic Consultations

Esther Weiler

Valerie set out a holistic practice of self-care, health & wellness care promoting care, guidance, knowledge, expertise, and dedication not only to wellness but to ME as an individual. And with dedication, loyalty and wanting to help myself, Valerie was the guide I needed to start this process of healing from the inside out. 

And with her skills and knowledge...this was just an extension of the services that supported my path to wellness and release the binds that needed to be released physically and mentally. Through this journey, I am forever grateful to Valerie and her practice for paving the way into a safe, comforting, and joyful path to living a more peaceful life in a very fast, challenging, chaotic and unbalanced world.

Gary Alexis

I met Valerie during a trying time in my life. Not a lot of guys will admit when they are hurting from a breakup and I was one of them...or so I thought. Valerie helped me realize that life happens just like the seasons. No matter what you do, you can't stop the rain or the snow or the heat or the water crashing unto the shore. You may be on top of the world one minute and all of a sudden you have no purpose within the blink of the eye. 

When you zoom out and take a step back, you see that there's power in what you CHOOSE to do every day and not what has happened in the past. You have the power to be present and that's where your mindset comes in. Having a coach like Valerie and people to help you along that journey is what makes you see clearly and change with the seasons and not against them. It will be challenging but as long as you have support within the ashes, you'll be just fine when you rise up again. 

Let's Connect

If you're ready to rekindle your passion without the fear of burning out, let's connect. My mission is to light the path back to your most vibrant self. So, are you ready to rise from the ashes? Join me at Club Phoenix, and let's embark on this journey together.

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