My name is Peregrine Bermas. The pronouns I prefer are they/them/theirs/siya, but I answer to any said with respect. I am a queer diasporic islander (of Bicolano, Ilocano and Pangasinan ascent), survivor, educator and folk artist serving in my birth place, occupied chicago/shikaakwa.
I come from a lineage of gardeners, medical practitioners, caregivers and teachers; my knowledge about being with the earth is influenced by family, friends, elders and youth in my immediate community. I have been a yoga practitioner for 15 years, and an instructor for 3 years with trainings from Moksha Yoga Center and Street Yoga, and mentorship of Marjorie Fradin and Aya-Nikole Cook. I am attuned to reiki through master teacher Courtney Cobbs, and have exchanged energy work in this modality for 3 years.
My creative practice weaves explorations in migration, body wisdom, Traditional Ecological Knowledge and meditation, and centers folks living outside of the binary, BIPOC/people of the global majority and survivors of sexual violence.
Image left: Peregrine, a brown femme with glasses, short hair and big earrings, stretches with their arms behind their back in mermaid pose, surrounded by tall grass and puffy clouds. Their eyes are closed.