Core Values

Atomica guides students, professionals, artists, and community members of all ages towards:

  • Appreciating the potential of diverse ideas, peoples and cultures
  • Becoming aware of their thoughts
  • Embracing the moment
  • Paying attention to their senses
  • Developing intentional thinking
  • Discovering the benefits of mindfulness and meditation
  • Understanding their relationship with the environment
  • Discovering ways of being more sustainable
  • Practicing self-care
  • Taking charge of their health
  • Learning about their unique mind-body type
  • Believing in their ideas
  • Supporting their peers
  • Cultivating gratitude
  • Analyzing the roles we play in life
  • Becoming the protagonists of their own lives
  • Understanding the impact of language
  • Developing a mind-body connection
  • Trusting the process
  • Taking risks and stepping into their growth zone
  • Finding their purpose
  • Evolving in a safe and joyful way

Why the name, Atomica?

The atom is the smallest building block in the universe. It can be combined with other atoms to form larger forms or be broken up even further to unleash some of the most powerful energies known to man.

It is the pure potential of the Atom that inspired the name Atomica. The reason why we chose Atomica instead of Atomic reflects the multilingual nature of the organization. A major aspect of collaboration within Atomica will be exploring cross-cultural work on a local, national and global scale.

Atomica’s Leadership

Maria Schaedler-Luera

Co-Founder and Chief Wellness Officer

Maria is a Brazilian-born educator and artist with extensive work experience and knowledge in theater, music, arts and literacy, and cross-cultural engagement. Maria studied with theater director Augusto Boal and taught classes and workshops that focus on Theatre of the Oppressed techniques for the American Repertory Theater, Harvard Extension School, Lesley University, and several other non-profits in Boston, MA and Sarasota, FL. She worked at the Harvard Art Museums developing, coordinating, and teaching gallery classes to immigrants in English, Portuguese and Spanish and at the Community Art Center in Cambridge, MA leading the Community Programs and Public Art Initiatives. Maria has served as the Manager for Arts Integration for Any Given Child Sarasota at Sarasota County Schools. She is a seasoned Pre-Texts facilitator, a teacher-training program by Cultural Agents at Harvard University that uses art making to develop literacy and citizenship. She is an engagement team member for The Patterson Foundation and serves as a Drama and Mindfulness teaching artist for the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. She is a Chopra Center Certified Primordial Sound Meditation teacher, a Reiki Master, and an Ayurvedic Health Counselor.