Shiang New York

wingsThis jewelry piece, drawing on the design of our DNA as well as the mythos of the cosmic serpent, was inspired by the artist’s time at Paititi.  A portion of every sale goes to benefitting the Institute. DNA contains the clues to our origin as living beings. DNA may be compared to a set of blueprints, like a recipe or a code, since it contains the instructions needed to construct other components of cells. The formation of DNA presents a perfect, serpentine double helix. It is easy to see how the energetic mind is connected to the grander whole, and how it so effortlessly makes graceful connections between the basic building blocks of data and the manifestations of the natural world.

The snake is a unifying force embodying infinite messages to those who are energetically available to receive them.

About the founder, Shannon Shiang

ShannonShiangBorn to Chinese parents on the progressive western coast of the United States, Shannon Shiang came into this life straddling the worlds of eastern philosophies and western modernity.  This duality in her upbringing has created a unique life perspective that allows her to quickly bring balance to events and situations that for most seem incongruous (e.g. pursuit of spiritual ascension and western success simultaneously).  Her unique persona now thrives in the modern mix of “clashing philosophies.”

One only needs to take a brief glance at her adult life to see the fruits of her upbringing. Today, Shannon lives in New York City as a jewelry designer, while continuing to be a student of Permaculture at the Paititi Institute for the Preservation of the Environment and Indigenous Culture. She has learned to use her experience and knowledge of the beneficial effects and healing powers of indigenous South American plants and herbs to more effectively manage the pressures and stresses of her career. Through her blend of a western lifestyle and permaculture practices, Shannon has managed to bring her adult life back into the same balance she was born into.

Leading by example and living in harmony and balance has caused many people to describe Shannon as “a bridge between the material worlds, and the spiritual and esoteric worlds.”  Acting as this “bridge” has now become Shannon’s life passion, pursuing her own career while at the same time utilizing her spiritually-inclined learnings to teach and empower others to live healthier, happier lives and ultimately leave the world a better place.