M. RAKO FABIONAR is a facilitator, educator, and cultural worker with a passion for creating transformational spaces for people to experience deeper connection, novel insight, and greater well-being. He is sought after for his healing presence and capacity to support individuals and groups during times of transition.
Rako believes that individual and systemic change requires us to address our challenges or wounds, especially those which persist from generation to generation. Without skillful intervention, these collective traumas adversely - sometimes even perversely - shape our behavioral and institutional patterns, extending this impact to our intimate relationships, families, workplaces, communities, and the Earth as a whole.
Rako's facilitation and design work is guided by principles of connection, equity, and generativity. He has created diversity centers and leadership programs for universities and other learning organizations, and has trained people across sectors in whole systems approaches to inclusivity, leadership, and organizational design. Rako has coached and worked closely with students, entrepreneurs, artists, activists, and political operatives within the USA, Central America, UK, and Middle East, and advised professionals from Google, Dignity Health, Adobe, Facebook, Impact Hub, IONS, and Climate Action Network International.
Rako's integrative healing practice with individuals draws from subtle energetics, intuitive inquiry, and somatics, as well as ancestral and nature based ritual work. Rako's collective healing programs weave in poetry and other expressive arts and have positively impacted thousands of people. In academic and activist settings he often frames his healing work as collective acts of decolonization and community well-being, and brings to bear the painful and creative tension between indigenous and modern modes of being.
Over the past 20 years he has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in leadership, ethnic studies, psychology, and writing, and has been professionally affiliated with California State University, Esalen Institute, and Presidio Graduate School. Rako co-chaired the international Integral Theory Conference Integral Impacts: Utilizing Integrative Metatheories to Catalyze Effective Change (2015), the conference A Moment for Movements: Social Justice. Commons Economy. Spiritual Awakening (2016), and the conference Indigenous Wisdom and Shamanism: Within, Between, and Beyond Worlds (2018).
As a cultural worker Rako has designed and curated numerous events where artistic expression, political inquiry, and experiential learning intersect. He has also read and performed his poetry at countless community venues, colleges, and festivals throughout the country. Rako was artist-in-residence for the Sinag-Tala Theatre Project, a poet-organizer of the Mahogany Urban Poetry series, and the writer-director of two award-winning short films on youth identity and justice.
Rako has a graduate degree from CSU Fullerton in American Studies which focused on cultural pluralism and theories of social change, and a professional certificate from the Adizes Institute in values-based organizational design and leadership. A meditator for over 25 years, Rako has also trained and closely worked with well-respected psychologists, philosophers, Christian and Vedic mystics, Tibetan Buddhist lineage holders, as well as healers from indigenous and shamanic traditions.