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Self-Forgiveness Panel Featuring Sah D’Simone: Overcoming Shame

  • The Sacred Space Miami 105 Northeast 24th Street Miami, FL, 33137 United States (map)

Let go of limitations and BE fully who you are!

Join transformational wellness coach and meditation teacher, Sah D’Simone, for this panel presentation exploring the roots of shame and sexual guilt as a foundation for forgiveness practice. Sah will open the evening with a contemplative forgiveness meditation, from his new book of meditations, to set the tone for the evening. Drawing from his own struggles as a gay man, Sah will guide participants to unpack the internalized negative stories that trigger sexual shame spirals and support the process of healing through forgiveness. Sah will be guiding meditation, sharing personal stories and facilitating discussions on internalized shame with our guest panel of community leader. These individuals are actively OUT, successful and happy. Join us for this deep healing experience where love is everything. 



Notebook, pen, water bottle. 



  • Sah D’Simone is a meditation teacher, author, transformational speaker and coach. Born in Brazil, Sah came to the U.S. at the age of 16, working for over a decade in the fashion industry, becoming the co-founder and creative director of Bullett Magazine. Despite his immense success, the high stakes culture of the fashion industry led Sah down a path of addiction and depression, eventually opening the doorway to a different way of life. In 2012, he walked away from his career in fashion and began an intensive search for health and well-being, traveling to Nepal, India, Thailand, Indonesia and Europe to study with some of the most prolific masters of our time. After immersing himself in practice for several years, Sah returned to the states, dedicating his life to helping others to live in alignment and achieve their highest potential. Sah has masterfully synthesized the ancient techniques of meditation, contemplative psychotherapy, breath work, and plant-based nutrition for a modern and accessible approach to well-being. His infectious enthusiasm for healing and self-love has built a devoted fan base, with a client list that includes Google, MoMa, American Express, the United Nations, New Balance, Bloomingdales, and Havas. Sah also shares his mission with underserved communities, advocating for mental health and well-being in the LGBTIQ and POC communities.



  • Rev. Juan del Hierro serves as Associate Minister at Unity on the Bay, in Miami, FL, one of the largest progressive spiritual communities in Florida. Rev. Juan's call is that of sacred activism. He believes we have a sacred opportunity and a sacred responsibility to involve ourselves in social justice issues to more fully create a world that works for all. He has made Unity on the Bay one of the most well regarded progressive spiritual communities in Florida, involving it in issues such as homelessness, child poverty, civic engagement and equality for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. He and his husband, Tom, along with their 5-year-old son, Lucas, were part of the lawsuit that brought marriage equality to Florida in January of 2015. Rev. Juan has served on the Board of SAVE, the largest local LGBTQ rights organization and is past-Chair of Faith in the City, a coalition of Downtown Miami and surrounding area spiritual communities. He serves the worldwide Unity Movement in a variety of capacities including in the Ministerial Field Program as a Mentor. In 2017 he was awarded the Local Hero Recognition at the Pink Flamingo Awards. Rev. Juan is grateful for all that the Unity teachings have given him – an open heart, a peaceful mind, prosperity and purpose.


  • When Lauren Foster appeared in a six-page spread in a 1980 issue of VogueMexico people assumed she was just another girl. Little did they or even the editors know, she wasn’t. She was born in Durban, South Africa 23 years earlier as a boy. While she’s one of the world’s most recognized transgender women and one of the first to appear in Vogue, she really does prefer to think of herself as just another girl. Foster describes herself as fun, exciting, reckless, adventurous and a risk taker. Anyone who saw her on Real Housewives of Miami, the first transgender woman to appear on the franchise regularly, would agree. She was recently honored as a pioneer by LOGO TV in their documentary “MADE TO MODEL”, which was nominated for a GLAAD MEDIA award. She’s also proven herself as an actress in Circuit and Joseph Lally’s provocative and artistic films, Faces and Miss America Commits Suicide. Additionally, for over a decade she worked with Jeffrey Sanker, the most powerful promoter in the underground party circuit, and went on to manage DJ Paolo, DJ Tracy Young and superstar performer Grace Jones. 

No matter what path she takes, there never seems to be a challenge too big. At 18, she fully transitioned and never looked back. In 2016 she launched her own website, which she equates to Allure or New Beauty magazine for trans women, which will offer the same care and guidance she had. With an overwhelming amount of information on the Internet — some inaccurate and outdated — Foster says her site contains all of the best resources for those thinking of transitioning, in the process of doing so and the encouragement for every step along the way. With no graphic content, it’s also a place where young people can visit and find answers to their questions.

As part of her work with the Miami Leadership Council, transgender model Lauren Foster worked with GLAAD to raise visibility for transgender Americans throughout next year. In 2015 she filmed a PSA for the Trans People Speak video series, a project of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition which is sponsored by GLAAD. The PSA also features Foster's friend Marysol Patton, star of BRAVO's Real Housewives of Miami. "Lauren is a passionate and smart woman who has not only helped our organization, but our entire community," said GLAAD President Herndon Graddick. "We are thrilled to work with her going forward in an effort to raise visibility for transgender people."

Spiritual leader, author and close friend to Foster, Marianne Williamson says it’s a gift to know Foster and describes her “like an exotic bird that’s also your get-down-with-it girlfriend.” The two first met during one of Williamson’s lectures in the late ‘80s when one of Foster’s friends dying of AIDS went looking for spiritual guidance. Having founded Project Angel Food, a meals-on-wheels program that serves homebound people with AIDS, Williamson was at the forefront of outreach to AIDS patients. When it comes to the transgender community, Williamson’s thoughts resonate with Foster: “Spirit has no gender.”

Foster joined the executive team at the University of Miami Hospital as Director of LGBTQ services in April of 2014 when UMH launched their unique gender clinic. She is working with acclaimed gender affirmation surgeon Christopher Salgado whose patients come from all over the world for their gender transition procedures and enjoy a comprehensive medical transition that is met with care and competency. 
Foster presents her take on life as a trans woman in the workplace and shares her life story frequently in talks and lectures nationally. Her presentations are popular with executive leaders, medical residents and corporate retreats. 



Complimentary (RSVP Required - Limited Space Available)

Earlier Event: September 19
Sah D'Simone's 5-Minute Daily Meditations
Later Event: September 23
Reclaim Your Power Retreat