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Rachael Bailey

Leicester, Leicester, United Kingdom

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Overview

  • 39 Positive References
  • Fluent in English; learning French, Hindi, Japanese, Spanish
  • 32, Female
  • Member since 2008
  • Youth Worker. Mediator. Dancing
  • my mother, travels and trial and error
  • From United Kingdom
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

build a bike

ABOUT ME

Surreal..Inquisitive...Impulsive...Patient, Annoying, Playful, Honest, Sensitive, Passionate, Queer, Up, Down, Left, Right and Wrong in so many ways.

I trained in Contemporary dance and have since began learning other international styles. movement like this > https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cufauMezz_Q

I have trained horses for dressage and stunt work..all using trust and play not force.

..now I'm working with teenagers. i support young people who have immigrated from countries at war and try to support them to feel safe and feel connected to humanity again.

i mediate between young people who have committed a crime - and the 'victim' of the crime... we hear everyone and i support them to make a resolution.

I work in a hostel with people who have become homeless. All different stories, and I recognize how easily it could've been mine.

I support individuals and groups of young people to get their voices heard... and get them involved in local action ..forming communities.. protesting... and unmasking bull politics.

I would like to see the system change in my lifetime. PHILOSOPHY

Love is the opposite of fear.

working on being fearless...everyday.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

Host and occasionally set-up events. a punk-rock ukulele club.. Local herb forgaging., Frida Kahlo paintings...musical BBQ..exhibition on Brains, Hive Aid - bee workshops (bees are rad.. i want to keep bees on our roof) plus many a camping trip to Cuckmere with sunrise and bushcraft.

Couchsurf and Hitchike or Cycle Tour when I'm away.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

All beautiful things - even the awkward ones.

Interests

entomology. androgyny. vegetables. dance. Scroll lists.

i like those moments when the music takes you..dancing wreckless.. m u s i c f a c e - love getting together with people to play. I play ukulele...but not in a cute way, percussion and learning violin. love playing with sound. Indian Tabla, cello, saw, accordion, mute trumpeting, psychedelic and low fi guitars.. If I had time I would Learn all of these.

Human Rights work. I'm good at chairing meetings and organizing demos, sit ins and protest actions. i write letters to David a inmate on Death Row..he's really opened my eyes to the strength of the mind we're going to blog his words - to break the stereotype of inmates on the Row. Going to see art.. Without seriousness.. performance art. Big fan of Marina Abramovic. i'm into costume design.. from couture to carnival. i love taking pictures, i like to address the things that scare me and do them. Transcendental Meditation!

Music, Movies & Books

Music is my favorite expression, words have lost strength, but anything can be illustrated by sound. Here are some coz i like lists. Warpaint...They make me ache! Za! (experimental math music makes me smile ) Crass (punk lives within us all) Pere Ubu, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Babes in Toyland, Wetdog, Timber Timbre, The Ethopiques. unknown mortal Orchestra, Chapelier Fou, DM Stith, Andrew Bird, Ariel Pink, Nisennenmondai, The Turbans, Tom Waits, Joy Division, Fugazi, Beruit, Pixies, The Organ, Shellac, The Do, Frank Zappa, Cocteau Twins, The Smiths, Nick Drake, The Cure, Mari Boine, Sheila Chandra, Bauhaus, The B52s, Bjork, Penguin Cafe Orchestra, PJ Harvey, Slint, Suzanne Vega, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Sonic Youth, Grass Widow, Ravi Bloody Shanker, Goat, Jump Jive and rockabilly, The Sonics, Om Kalthom, TROJAN records, The 80's matchbox B-line disaster, Death in Vegas, Portishead, Joni Mitchell, Howlin Wolf, screamin jay hawkins... blah blah...list expands.. ..I'm always ready to discover new music..share. looking for education in African, Nepalese, muted trumpet, Tango accordian stuff, saw and indian sitar music. Know any?

alot of French film making for subtleties and humour.. Jim Jarmusch / the red shoes / a matter of life and death / annie hall / persepolis / motorcycle diaries / delicatessen / 400 coups / into the wild / heathers / the prophet / red lanterns / white oleander / princess mononoke / old boy / classic and korean horror movies..but only in company / the darjeeling limited / kung-fu movies / nature programmes about space or bugs.

I'm a slow reader...so I haven't read many, i like to digest books with time and relish over the words..engaging in them. When i was a child i would shut myself away for days with books. I usually accumulate library fines. ...apart from the backs of cereal packets..i like to read.. Dictatorship to Democracy // Nietzche // Will Self //Non-violent communication // Herman Hesse // Vladimir Nabokov // Dolstoievsky // George Orwell// Frankenstein // David Sedaris // Augusten Burroughs // Owen Jones// Haruki Murakami // Alice Walker // GG marquez // Salinger... tsss on and on to the cows.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Foolishness. Fearlessness. Love.

Frank, a boy with cerebral palsy, i taught him how to ride a horse.. seeing the transformation from his crumpled posture to taking control over parts of his body just through determination.. and no fear of failure.. he taught me alot.

Teach, Learn, Share

Music.. share your secret band...i'll share mine. ...you give me book ... i give you book ..easy or.. you play an instrument..we play instrument.

I can teach you how to recognise people in danger of suicide, and how to perform an intervention. Tip for all: Ask it directly..are you having thoughts of suicide? then l i s t e n to why.

I can teach you basic Capoeira, Tango or Contemporary dance.

I can give you some games to do that can help young people talk and learn about sex and healthy relationships.

I know a few things about how to use herbs for health and as medicine..but this is working progress.

i have an understanding of the psychology of the horse

Non-violent communication

and can teach you how to make rope from Nettles and light a fire without matches.

I want to learn: how to play cello. how to Change the oil, air filter, hoses, fan belts, headlights, and maybe even brakes of a car, how to jump start a car, how to build a bike from scratch, how to change a tyre, your fave recipes, calligraphy.. anything.

Countries I've Visited

Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Guatemala, Hungary, India, Luxembourg, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of, Wales

Countries I've Lived In

England, France, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Spain, Wales

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