Nicki Garces (she/they/isuna), Magtatawas practitioner and founder of Nanang Michaela Wisdom Blends
Nicki Garces is a daughter of Ilokano immigrants who worked in the plantation fields of Kauaʻi and hotels in Waikiki. She was born and raised in Kalihi on the island of Oʻahu. At an early age, her mother was her first teacher in Filipinx plant medicine followed by close family friends and neighbors. The pandemic allowed her to take herbalism classes from Hood Herbalism, Ancestral Apothecary, and the Ninunong Gamot Filipino Ancestral Medicine course by Angela Angel. Nicki is also a magtatawas practitioner under Hilot Academy of Binabaylan (based in Bulacan, Philippines) and a Karuna® Reiki Master. Her side business, Nanang Michaela Wisdom Blends, was created after community made numerous requests to her to teach Filipinx plant medicine and sell her products. A trained archivist, she is the information management officer and Violet & Vivian Fund coordinator at Consuelo Foundation and a caregiver to her mother.