Our Story

Ready to Grow was born in 2020 right after COVID-19 arrived. Our founder, Angelica Hildebrandt Zapata, realized the urgent need in the Latinx community to access culturally relevant training and coaching programs that help them navigate and overcome not only the challenges of the pandemic but the continuing social inequities and personal stressors people were going through.

In 2021, Ready To Grow began to partner with community based organizations and wellness providers that wanted to support the mental, physical and emotional health of the community using mindfulness practices that are trauma- sensitive and meaningful to their specific needs.

In 2022, we decided to open our mindfulness offerings to the public through the creation of Grow Academy in order to expand our reach to the Spanish speaking community in the US and LatinAmerica.

Our Mission

Our mission is to facilitate the awakening of the collective consciousness by creating and sharing mindfulness-based education programs that support people’s mental, physical and emotional wellbeing.

Our FOUNDER

Angelica Zapata

Founder and CEO

Angelica is Ready To Grow’s founding director. She is a first-generation immigrant and a former military spouse who has gone through many relocations, career transitions, and heartbreaks that have equipped her with the resilience needed to embrace change. She believes that transcending the pain of life changing events with mindful self-compassion is the portal to insight, a true opportunity for growth and transformation.

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Angelica was born and trained as an educator in Bogota, Colombia. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication with a minor in Marketing from Walden University. She has been a high school teacher and a college instructor in the US for many years. In 2014 she learned about contemplative practices and decided to deepen her knowledge. In 2020 Angelica got formally trained in Mindfulness at the University of Washington where she also worked leading the adaptation and implementation of mindfulness programs for Early Learning Providers.

 

The practice of mindful self-compassion has transformed Angelica’s life. Therefore, she is committed to share this powerful tool with the world. She strives to show up with love for herself and for others while trying to sustainably blend her career, her family and her hobbies. Some of them are: reading, journaling, cooking, and traveling.

 

Our tEAM

Maria Alejandra

Program Manager

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Maria Alejandra is from Bogotá, Colombia and moved with her husband to the US in 2006. She is passionate about working with people and organizations and brings more than 15 years of experience working in the Nonprofit sector in program development, training, and community engagement in the Greater Seattle area.

Maria Alejandra has a degree in Social Work from UPB (Colombia) and earned a Masters in Public Administration from Seattle University in 2010. She is part of the class 2013 of Leadership Eastside. Maria Alejandra has worked as Community Connector for PEPS (Program for Early Parent Support), as Director of Member Services and Family Programs for the Northshore YMCA, and worked with the Latino Initiative and as Program Manager for Girl Scouts of Western Washington.
Maria Alejandra lives with her husband and daughter in Snohomish county. As a family they enjoy traveling, learning new things, and listening to music. She has volunteered with the Red Cross , Eastside Latino Leadership Forum, Microsoft Family Network, Mujeres of the Northwest, Eastside Pathways and currently she is a board member of the Perfect Push foundation.

Maria Alejandra has a commitment to support her community, creating relationships and empowering others and always looks at the bright side of every situation.

Andrea Romero

Director of Instruction

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Andrea is Ready To Grow’s Director of Instruction. She is a mental health therapist with over 20 years of experience, and holds a Master’s degree in Psychology from UNAM in Mexico. She has dedicated her professional career to supporting children and families. Her work has focused on children’s social and emotional development in the context of family relationships including marital conflict, domestic violence, sexual abuse and trauma, bulling, suicide prevention, thanatology and conscious parenting.

Andrea has spent many years teaching psychology courses at Higher Education institutions and providing training and curriculum development support to non-profit organizations in the US and Mexico. Andrea’s life purpose is to support people in their self-discovery journey. She values the divinity of every human being and believes that when she helps others grow, she grows with them. She is passionate about training and empowering others to create a better life for themselves.

 

Angie Diaz

Program Manager

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Angie was born and raised in Colombia. She is an environmental engineer and has post graduate studies in occupational health, safety and environment. She moved to Canada in 2010 and has worked with engineering professional services firms and transportation companies in both countries. Looking for complementary methods to heal her physical body, she realized that true wellness involves a mental, physical, emotional and spiritual balance, and started experimenting with practices such as tai chi, mindfulness, grounding, yoga, inner child healing, among others. This quest kindled her desire to support others in their own health journey, and led her to complete the Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT™), a Healthy Eating and Lifestyle Certification, and to enroll into the Health Coach Training Program offered by the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN).

Angélica is currently hosting Unidas Sanamos, an online women’s circle in which Spanish-speaking women who live in different countries forge new connections, support each other, and share their knowledge or experience on health and well-being topics. Angie loves traveling, spending time in nature, reading, exploring food from different cultures, and chasing aurora borealis.

Bibiana Giraldo

Program Manager for LATAM

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Bibiana is a mother, wife, and teacher with a Bachelor’s degree in education and 22 years of experience in the education field. Mindfulness instructor certified by the Awareness Training Institute and the Greater Good Science Center of the University of California, Berkeley. Certified to teach Mindfulness in education and parenting by the American organization Mindful Life™. 

Trained by Conscious Parenting and Conscious Discipline.

Some of her goals include promoting Mindfulness in Education, and helping parents reduce stress and strengthen their relationship with their children through Mindfulness in Conscious Discipline and Parenting. She facilitates the Mindfulness in Education course at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. 

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Fabiola D. Robinson is a certified Mindfulness teacher by the University of California, Berkeley. She was born and raised in Mexico and moved to the States after finishing college, with a Computer Science degree. She found meditation during her 30s. Inspired by the changes meditation had on her life and understanding what a wonderful tool it is, she decided to study Mindfulness. She has also been trained in Radical Compassion and Positive Neuroplasticity. Fabiola believes positivism is contagious and provides support to create growth and connection. Fabiola loves her family, traveling, the ocean and learning.

 

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Maricarmen Navarro is from Valencia, Spain and began her journey of helping people learn and grow by completing her Masters in English Philology from the University of Valencia. She moved to the United States in 2000, and began her 19-year teaching career at Seattle Country Day School. During her time there, she taught Spanish, Mindfulness and Yoga after gaining certificates of completion for Mindful Educators from Mindful Schools.

In 2019, Maricarmen decided to focus her entire energy on the study of Mindfulness and spiritual growth. She has completed a post graduate programs in Bioneuroemotion, Rapid Transformational Hypnotherapy for Abundance (RTHA) and holds a certificate from the Spiritual Response Association (SRT). Her mission is to help others to improve the quality of their life through a deep understanding of who they really are.

Attain peace of mind and move toward a greater level of health and well-being

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