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Efu Nyaki


Sister Efu grew up in the village of Nganjoni - Marangu, in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. Currently living in Brazil, she is an SE™ Faculty member for the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute and a valued member of Dr. Levine's SE Legacy Faculty with the Ergos Institute of Somatic Education, as well as co-creator of AFYA, a Holistic Healing Center in João Pessoa, Brazil.

During the past fifteen years, Efu has integrated the traditional medicine of her family clan (the Nyaki clan) with her SE trauma healing work. She specializes in shock trauma, natural disasters, trans-generational trauma, emotional, developmental, social traumas, and Family Constellations, massage, reflexology, Reiki, and mud therapy. She teaches SE throughout Brazil and has offered her SE skills in Haiti, Uruguay, Bolivia, Peru, Egypt, India, South Korea, Philippines, Hong Kong, Japan, China, and Spain. Prior to becoming an SEP, Efu trained and worked as a Mathematics and Science teacher at Chanjale Junior Seminary in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. In 1990, she left teaching and joined the Maryknoll Sisters Religious Community. Her first Mission was assigned to Brazil in 1993. Seven years later she co-created Afya, which means healing in her native language of Swahili; a Women's Holistic Healing Center and a Non-Government Organization (NGO), serving women in the poorest communities of the city of Joao Pessoa. Afya was so successful in its healing mission that it naturally expanded to include women and their entire family unit and is now celebrating twenty years of successful community healing and transformation.