Aki Hirata Baker is an Empress with a spirit of the Magician and the heart of the High Priestess. Just as her natal chart suggests, she is a Phoenix who constantly re-invent herself of who she is, who she thinks she is, and who she aspires to be. Her love for mysticism and forces unseen was evident in her second grade essay, in which she proclaimed she wanted to be a Witch when she grew up. Driven by her passion for understanding powers in all things, and her struggle with depression and chronic physical ailments, Aki had studied various healing modalities such as Ayurvedic Medicine, Integral Hatha Yoga, meditation, Essential Oils, Bach & FES flower essence, Reiki, IET, Curanderismo and other forms of healing practices. Her body, mind and soul have been very happy with one another for several years though these practices.
In this current life time, she is an anti-racist, Flower Essence Therapist, energetic healing practitioner, Reiki masterteacher (a.k.a. Reiki Godmother), meditator, community activist, food lover, healing & spiritual guide, artist, serial business owner, ex-urban farmer, domestic violence survivor, mother to Saya, Shintaro & San, wife to Ronald, and considers herself gender non-binary. Her current project is MINKA brooklyn, a center for wellness & holistic living, where she practices various modalities. MINKA brooklyn continues the legacy of the COMPOUND brooklyn, the COMPOUND COWORK, and Adopt-A-Farmbox; creating inclusive and safer communities that are self-sustaining and empowering individuals to evolve to their best possible versions of themselves, focused strongly on liberation of Black and Brown beings.
She calls Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn her home for the past 17 years, where her misfit spirit resides comfortably with other beautifully messy spirits. She was born and raised in Japan, and spend several years in Americus and Atlanta, Georgia en route to Brooklyn. She blames her Southern living for her strange accent.
On most days, you can find Aki at MINKA brooklyn offering workshops, private healing sessions, or simply being a Mama Bear.
You can connect with her via IG @soulflowermedicne, or @minkabrooklyn