Meet Mariana Orkenyi

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Mariana Orkenyi is a Meditation and Mindfulness Teacher. Her work is to guide through meditation and integrated teachings bringing clarity, awareness, and support for people to go within and expand. She holds a masters degree in Arts and Cultural Management, a Meditation Teacher Certification through Ananda School of Yoga and Meditation and in Mindfulness through UCLA. She is currently studying Contemplative Psychotherapy at Nalanda Institute. Mariana leads courses, guided meditations, private sessions and talks all over the world. Mariana was born and raised in Brazil, lived in Mexico City and Barcelona and studied with some of the most important leading masters in spirituality and meditation.
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on her morning routine

We have a 10 month old baby girl, Gala, so the morning routine is not as “relaxing” as it used to be, but it definitely has a lot more laughter than before. After we snuggle in bed with her for a little bit, we prepare a big breakfast and while my husband watches her, I have time to do my morning meditation and get ready for the day. If I’m good on time I’ll go for a walk or exercise, all this happens before 8:30am.

on dancing

I’ve been a dancer since I was little (right now I’m on a hiatus which will probably be over very soon, hopefully.) Dance was my first contact with the arts and my creative outlet. Years later living abroad I was able to look into a variety of different creative fields with more curiosity: photography, film, music, visual arts...this is when I began researching for my Masters and I knew I wanted to work closely with this community. After 10 years of working on various projects, I developed a good “eye” together with my experience in marketing, project management and production, giving me the opportunity to work with a wide range of clients helping them figure out their projects, developing concepts, bringing ideas to life and executing them.

on her international background

My international background has impacted my work in different ways. One being the frenetic rhythm in São Paulo, which definitely influenced my work dynamic. On the other hand, in Spain, the summertime off and the siestas gave me great balance to work. I feel that people there are so content with the simple life, it really stuck with me this sense of a very grounding and less anxious lifestyle. Mexico and Brazil gave me faith, spirituality and humbleness were I studied close to dear teachers, masters, attended retreats and learned a lot about self development and life philosophy.

Puno's favorite books
I absolutely love to read. After I had Gala, it got a bit challenging but I still try to make time before I go to sleep. I’m currently devouring Elena Ferrante novels, who is a pseudonymous Italian novelist whose true identity is not publicly known. We also love coffee table art books, I switch them around the house thought out the year.
— on her favorite books
Puno's favorite books

on her beauty routine

I wish my beauty routine was more consistent, like taking off my make up (which I really don’t use often) but in a perfect world, in the morning I wash my face, apply La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water (the water in LA is really harsh) and sunscreen, then I apply some concealer, Glossier Boy Brow, mascara and bronzer or blush. At night, I wash my face again put some eye cream on and serum! I do an in house spa morning every now and then, with a face mask, dry brushing, exfoliation and hair mask (oh, Davines for the hair - lifesaver!) I use Davines Women's Love Shampoo and Davines MOMO Moisturizing Conditioner. Since moving to LA, I discovered the Korean spa and wow! I like to go by myself and the whole experience makes me a much happier rejuvenated person but if that is hard to conciliate with time, I have to say nothing beats a dip in the ocean, I think that’s when I feel the best! Also dry brushing my body before shower is something that I’ve been doing for a long time that works really well. I love to apply the La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water spray on my face a few times a day.

on starting communal

Communal was born with the intention to create a gathering space for an inspiring community. I was hungry to meet with the creative folks in LA, learn different ideas, share information and plan intimate and special gatherings for people to connect. We hosted workshops, dinners, seminars, meditations, photoshoots and screenings. It was so wonderful, I met so many amazing people. Once I got pregnant, I knew I had to restructure the business because hosting and planning events 7 days a week was going to be extremely challenging knowing that I wanted to dedicate a great amount of my time being with my baby for at least the first year. So, I then decided to solely focus on getting my training in Buddhist Psychology, mindfulness and contemplative psychotherapy to be able to share the teachings, lead courses and talks one on one or in group settings and workplaces. It has been the most transformative journey!

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on her personal style

I’ve been into neutrals and have had a pretty basic style since I can remember. My mom used to always try to get me into colorful stuff, but I’d always end up with with minimal things and this aesthetic just got stronger with time. Currently, I just want to wear comfortable clothing that I can easily move around in with an almost-walking baby and still feel like myself, while not necessarily having to be in leggings or gym clothes everyday. For basics I shop at Everlane, Zara, JCrew. Also, I love to shop at Individual Medley, all the clothing lines they carry are so beautiful!

on moving to la

I moved to LA around 5 years ago, and like everyone told me, it took me about 2 years to adjust. So, I was learning my way around, finding my community, and soaking up the Californian lifestyle. Prior to that I was living in São Paulo, being the head of public programs and events at the Brazilian House Museum. And before that, living in Mexico City and Barcelona where I received my masters in arts and cultural management and met my husband, LA based artist Tofer Chin. I’ve been privileged to work with all different kinds of creative people, but honestly I’m most inspired by working with women, such as chefs, herbalists, doulas, stylists and writers whom I learn so much from and their craft. I’ve really enjoyed collaborating with Aesop, Everlane, Loom, Free+Native, Ashley Neese, Nike, Stumptown Coffee, Modern Macrame, etc. And since I have a background working so close to artists, I do oversee a lot of my husband’s art studio projects and it’s turned out to be really fun working together. I’m always in awe of him and his relationship to his work.


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Top: Everlane, Jeans: Vintage Levis 501s

Top: Everlane, Jeans: Vintage Levis 501s

Mariana's favorite books

When things fall apart by Pema Chodron

La Amiga Estupenda by Elena Ferrante

Devotions by Mary Oliver

Just Kids by Patti Smith

One hundred years of solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Mariana's favorite places in los angeles

Dim sum - Elite Restaurant

Coffee - Civil Coffee 

Brunch- Elysian 

Best Tacos - Tere's Mexican Grill

Happy hour- Salazar

 Drinks - Cafe Stella

Croissant - Proof Baker

Store - Individual Medley

Food - Petit Trois / Trois Familia / Dinette / Baroo

Sushi - Sushi Yuzu

Pizza - Desano




Photography by Claire Donoghue