Damon Jhamyl was on the Production team at the Open Center in New York City. The Open Center is New York City’s oldest center for holistic based studies, personal development and professional advancement in the holistic/wellness fields. Trainings and classes at the Open center include trainings in Reiki, Meditation, Acupuncture, Shamanic Healing, Spiritual Inquiry and practice, Feng Shui, movement and yoga, and many other holistic health courses.

 

Over the last fifteen years, Damon has managed two successful career tracks while living between New York City, and Morocco. He has worked extensively as an advocate in high risk communities in New York City, New Orleans and Morocco, focusing on youth development, and also working in the creative arts and holistic/wellness fields in; England, Northern Spain, New York State and Morocco. These specific areas of focus allowed Damon to remain informed about underrepresented community needs, and the unending creative-processes within the arts and wellness communities.

 

At the New School University, Tulane, and the University of New Orleans, as a student of Anthropology (Interdisciplinary and Cultural Studies) Damon developed high academic research skills applied directly to his work with the Encyclopedia of Life team at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Damon's past studies includes research and projects in cultural studies, Indigenous Cultures, Anthropology and the Moroccan Arabic language.

He has researched and studied Folklore, Indigenous Cultural studies and Indigenous Naturopathic modalities, Ancient and Contemporary Religions, Mythologies, Foreign Languages, and History.
As a teenager, while residing and studying in England, Damon traveled and lived in France, Ireland, Iceland, Scotland, The Netherlands, Morocco, Spain, and the Basque Region, and moved and worked between Spain, Morocco and France.

 

 

Cultural Work


In 2011, Damon established an international humanitarian organization as a Non-Governmental and non-profit organization called ID Identifying Discourse Inc. (ID Inc.). He became the in-kind Executive Director for ID Inc. and serves as its Morocco-United States Ambassador. ID Inc., promotes universal primary education, and peace through donating books and educational resources to schools in developing nations.

 

Damon has been working with ID Inc. in Morocco since 2011, and remains dedicated to creating opportunities for Moroccan students, Moroccan Universities and schools by creating access to educational resources and the creative arts, specifically for communities challenged by social barriers and structural inequity.

Holistic/Wellness


Studying Herbology and learning about botany from a young age, Damon was introduced to different modalities of natural health, clean eating and natural healing. In the early 1990’s Damon resided in Southern England and Central London, while studying and practicing Raja Yoga and meditation at the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University in North London. At the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University, he was a student meditation instructor, and has been teaching and tailoring meditation sessions, practicing traditional Moroccan Hamam Massage, and working as a Rites of Passage Companion (ROPC) for over seventeen years.

 

As a Rites of Passage Companion (ROPC) since 1998, and an (Ghasal lmota-غسال الموت) or End-of-Life Doula since 2004, Damon has worked in the Gnaoua and Issaoua Sufi Communities in Morocco,  and London (2004), and in upstate NY in the Kahniakenhaka (Mohawk) region since 2013. Damon has had the honor to be present in the lives of several people who have spiritually transitioned from life to the presence of afterlife, and as an ROPC, Damon has expressed gratitude at having been welcomed into the wholesome process of an individual’s personal transformation through self-actualization. Damon mentioned that as an End-of-Life Doula, there is simply no greater honor for him than to be present during a person’s intimate and sacred life transition.

 

Damon recently helped with the production of the Art of Dying Conference hosted by the Open center and participated in the following lectures and plenary sessions; Discovering “The Undiscovered Country”: How Facing Death Brings Life (Robert Thurman, PhD.), A Taste for the Eternal-Preparing Death Through Experience of the Timeless ( Thomas Moore, PhD.), A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife (Eben Alexander, M.D.), Returning Sacredness to the Dying Process (Henry Fersko-weiss, LCSW), Alchemical Wisdom: A Nueromaginal Listening Practice to Support End-of-Life Process (Gary Makin), Nonlocal Consciousness: A Concept Based on Scientific Studies on Near-Death Experience (Pim van Lommel, M.D.), Death and Dying in Tibetan Medicine and Buddhism (Kunchok Gyalsten, DTM, PhD., How Do We Want To Die? (Peter Fenwick, M.D.), Transcendent States of Conscious Awareness (Eben Alexander, M.D), Death as Metamorphosis of Life: Anthroposophical Soul Work (Michael Gruber, Ph.D.).


Damon has also studied the following intensive holistic modalitiy courses; Feng Shui Tools for Abundant Living with Rosalie Prinzivalli and Judith Wendell, The Alchemy of the Chakras with Shivananda, Detoxyfying the Mind Body and Emotions with Yoga, Using Diet and Breathing Techniques with Yogi Jeff Midgow, Food as Medicine with Drew Divittorrio, and The Practice of Mindful and Insightful Meditation, with Peter Doobinin, and the Brennan Healing Science - Healing Through the Human Energy Field with Prisicilla Bright.

Production Design/ Art Work


Damon has worked in front of and behind the scenes as: Choreographer, Stage Manager, Technical Director, Costumer, Properties Manager, and as Production Designer. His theater production experience includes many New York City cultural institutions such as: Nuyorican’s Poets Café, The Bronx Museum of Art, Live from the Edge Theater, the Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, Julia de Burgos Cultural Arts Center, and the Flamingo East night club.


In the summer of 2005, Damon had the opportunity to work as a Technical Assistant alongside Guy Lalibertie’s Cirque de Soliel technical staff, on the Varekai show, as it visited New York City’s Randall’s Island. Throughout his theater career, Damon earned the honor of working with some of the most prestigious dance companies in the world.  Damon collaborated as stage manager and designer with members of: the Dance Theater of Harlem, Complexions Dance Company, Alvin Ailey American Dance Company, Ballet Hispanico, Mariana Beckerman Dance Company, American Ballet Theater, Bill T. Jones, and Contemporary Ballet Theater. He also served as Set and Properties Designer for Anthony Rodriguez’s (soloist on Madonna’s Drowned World Tour) La Santa Luz Dance Company on their 2002 production of Drum


While living in New Orleans Damon managed the La Belle Galerie in the historic Viuex Carre area (French Quarter), and worked with and sold original art work by: LaShaun Beale, William Tolliver, Charles Bibbs, Aziz Diagne, Buchi Upjohn Aghaji, WAK, Clemintine Hunter, Gus Bennett, Dwayne D. Conrad, Ashton Jefferson, and Jazz era photographers Hermann Leonard, William Gottlieb and William Claxton, and the late Ernie Barnes. Damon also worked with visual artist and founder of Black Art in America Najee Dorsee at the Essence Festival in New Orleans.


Damon started the Jaques Paris Atelier and shop in New Orleans. He designed hand printed men's ties, bracelets, bags and soft furnishings, and sold select vintage clothing at Jaques Paris in the French Quarter. The Jaques Paris shop was partnered with the local A-OK clothing store where Damon sold work by the amazing Louisiana Artist Tim Neil, and Tim's signed works by Pat Benetar, Blondie, and featuring Angelina Jolie.

 

In spring 2008, Damon served as chief grant consultant to Rashuan Mitchell, recipient of the Princess Grace Award, and union representative for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, overseeing the grant writing process, which was instrumental in procuring full funding for his independent production of Bracko, which premiered December 4th 2008, at the Skirball Center at New York University.


As Art Consultant, Damon recently worked with visual Artist Carlos Codero on the selection of art pieces for exhibitions and online presentations. He organized the Art by The Studio art studio in Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY, registered Cordero in the artist’s database for the Brooklyn Arts Council, and also wrote Cordero's biography and resume for his online portfolio. As a result of Damon's management, Carlos was accepted into and sold his art at the Brooklyn Art's Councils' 2015 Access Arts Artwork Exhibition. Damon also assisted Carlos with the MTA Call for Images, which allows Artists to permanently exhibit selected work in NYC Subway stations. In June 2015, Damon assisted the Open Center’s Advertorial Manager and Curator Lola Shepard, with handling arts pieces and mounting the There is No Room For Us Here art exhibit. The exhibition featured art work by Monique Luchetti, Elena Lyakir & Leah Oates. 

 

Damon’s most recent production design and film stage work resulted in a short film titled The Adventures of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, which is available for review on You Tube.