Illuminated Women

Illuminated Women Workshop


Illuminated Women is an exclusive workshop that blends introspective mindset work with a full-body workout including self-defense, stretching, and yoga breathing techniques to create an experience that illuminates and empowers women of all ages. 

Ka’imi Kuoha, an award-winning female martial artist and CEO of Othentik Gym, and Marisa Donnelly, a renowned writer and founder of Be A Light Collective, are blending their passions to create a female-centered virtual workshop that motivates, strengthens, and provides a safe space for women to break both physical and mental boundaries. 


Self-defense training fosters confidence as well as mental and physical agility. Writing and the practice of self-reflection makes way for clarity and purpose. The combination of these two disciplines, although vastly different, are inextricably tied, creating a well-rounded program that empowers women through both movement and rest. This workshop is dedicated to connecting each participant to her own strength of mind, body, and spirit.


Ka’imi Kuoha

Ka’imi is a SAG / AFTRA / EQUITY actor, working professionally since 1986. She was a competitive gymnast for 5 years and is also a dancer and jazz singer. She is a 7th degree black belt in Kempo with 34 years of experience, and has trained in Kung-Fu (13 years), Aikido (20 years) and Arnis stick fighting.

Ka’imi has held the world record for female ice-breaking since 2010 and she was named one of the “Top 10 Female Martial Artists in the World” in 2013. 

Ka’imi has taught hand to hand combat to the following organizations: SDPD, LAPD, USMC, USSS. She has contracted with SD Padres and Baltimore Orioles.

Ka’imi teaches seminars and workshops all over the world annually. She also lectures for San Diego State University’s facilitators during sexual assault awareness month and works with SDSU Student health department on preventive measures. 

Marisa Donnelly

Marisa Donnelly is a writer, editor, writing coach, tutor/teacher and founder of Be A Light Collective, a virtual and San Diego based company and online community dedicated to changing the educational landscape by focusing on relationships first. 

Marisa is the author of Somewhere On A Highway, a collection of poems, and she has published thousands of articles accumulating over 21.2+ million views online alone. Her writing appears on Huffington Post, Bustle, BossBabe, Medium, Thought Catalog, and many more. 

Marisa works with clients worldwide, helping them create and cultivate their message and purpose with clarity. She specializes in crafting compelling copy for businesses and brands, with an ultimate goal of helping clients hone in on their voices and visions in order to grow. Marisa also serves as the Assistant Director of Compass Academy, a private school for specialized education services in the San Diego area.


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To gain access to the workshop, please complete the $5 ticket (or donation of your choice) in the donation form. The Zoom information will be provided to you.

You will also have access to the Zoom information through the Facebook event page! The workshop is capped at 25 participants.

Workshop Cost

In order to support our participants, we are keeping our tickets donation-based. Please give as much as you can. 

A $5 ticket is required for entry. 

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