We had the good fortune of connecting with Nina Camille and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nina, how does your business help the community?
My business, Experience Freedom, has a major community and global impact. A majority of the work we do is about deeper self-discovery, healing trauma, and helping people live a life that feels truly authentic and fulfilling. But because we do this in groups with men and women, both online and at our retreats in person, the people who graduate from Experience Freedom re-enter the world with more compassion, patience, understanding and intimacy, and they share it. We create a micro-cosm of what the world looks like and learn to relate more deeply to one another in a deep, safe and platonic way. When that happens, it changes the way we relate to the world around us, outside the program. People who are freed from their trauma are more generous and present, and those are often the people who go out into the world and take risks in order to make it a better, more loving and safe places for all beings everywhere. When we change within, the way we behave and contribute to the world around us changes, too.
What should our readers know about your business?
Sometimes we master the external game only to realize our internal world is still one of suffering and aloneness. Or, sometimes we’ve done the inner work, and can’t seem to get the external results we desire. I created my practice based on tools I wish I had when I needed them, along with all the wisdom I’ve gained through years of healing work, practice, and teaching.
I live my version of ultimate freedom. I do what I want, when I want, where I want, with whom I want to do it. I spend most of the year traveling and working from beautiful retreat locations, with dear friends and co-creators. My body, mind, emotional state and spiritual practice are my absolute top priorities. My health, business, money and relationships thrive as a result. I live in alignment with my teachings, I take incredibly good care of myself every day and prioritize my own well-being so I can be of massive service to the world. I genuinely love myself, hold myself gently, show up to my own work and allow others to do the same for themselves.
I live what I teach, every single day.
But it wasn’t always this way. As an only child with spiritual gifts I didn’t understand, I grew up feeling alone, highly sensitive, and different. My father was deeply spiritual – an Indigenous medicine man, healer and psychic who carried a lot of power, and a lot of trauma. As an attuned child without a safe connection to the tribe, I started drinking at 13 years old in order to “fit in” and tune out the extra-sensory information I was receiving on a daily basis. I learned how to be who I thought I was “supposed” to be – a free-spirited, popular party girl with her shit together – someone who everyone wanted to be around. I built my entire life around being well-liked, and I got really good at it.
Throughout my 20s I felt split between two worlds. I would literally go from the yoga studio to the club. I’d home cook an organic vegan meal and then take shots until 6am at an afterparty. I felt like myself nowhere. One day in 2014, I woke up feeling trapped and bored as hell in my beautiful life in San Diego, so I decided to scrap it all and move to the Caribbean. I taught yoga full-time, spent days in the ocean, and made new friends.
For a while, I felt more me than ever before.
But then, 2017 happened. I came home from work to the most heart-shattering experience imaginable at the time – the love of my life ended our relationship out of nowhere, and I was absolutely devastated for the first time in my adult life. I had never allowed myself to actually feel pain that deep, and wondered how I would ever survive it. I spent about four months crying on a couch wondering if the hurt would ever end, and a couple more months slowly putting my life back together.
It was right about then that I received a call with the next most horrifying news I could imagine – my best friend died unexpectedly from an accidental overdose. Again, my heart was completely broken. A couple months after that, back-to-back hurricanes devastated my Caribbean home of St. Thomas, wildfires scorched my hometown of Sonoma County, and my mom went into an induced coma, nearly dying of multiple lung infections. It was an entire year of living every single worst nightmare I had ever had. I was afraid to wake up every morning, certain that something else even worse would happen. I could hardly believe how resilient we humans really are and wondered how so many like me had made it through such brutal moments.
It wasn’t until I discovered the power of radical commitment that everything in my life shifted, and the work that resulted became my medicine for the world. I learned what becomes possible when you start taking impeccably good care of yourself, I learned that vulnerability is the path to true connection, and I learned that our pain is what transmutes us. I took everything life gave me and turned it into art.
Today, I run my own business doing what I truly love, changing people’s lives in powerful ways and contributing to a more harmonious existence for all. I learned how to move through all of it with grace, ease, and even some fun.
This is why I’m so passionate about showing people the life they dream of is absolutely possible, no matter what they’ve experienced. In fact, your big dreams are possible because of what you’ve experienced. Opening truly is the path to genuine freedom and love. Your shame is a lie. You are safe to open and be the real you. You deserve to discover the truth of who you are and live in complete alignment with that, and I’m here to help you realize and embody that truth.
I built my entire business around helping people discover who they really are and living their life in alignment with their own unique truth and values. Discovering who we really are is a life path, not a destination – so building practices and community is important for us to enjoy the ride. That’s what Experience Freedom, my business, does. We create safe spaces for people to heal, discover themselves, develop practices, deepen relationships, realize big dreams and remember who they really are, alongside a community of really rad people looking to do the same.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
San Diego has so much to offer – personally, Windansea Beach or Sunset Cliffs are my favorite spots to soak in the beauty she has to offer. For sushi, I love Lumi or Harney, and for lunch I’d recommend Peace Pies or Trilogy. For yoga, head over to Reach Yoga in PB.
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Matt Kreinheder & Jolie Dawn
Photos by Selina Dey & Andrew Reed