Mangda Sengvanhpheng is an artist and the founder of BACII - a digital space that illuminates topics such as loss, grief and death while providing services and offerings that renew your engagement to life. BACII hosts monthly gatherings, offers 1-1 support, and facilitates educational workshops to brands and businesses. Her life and death work is inspired by her Laotian last name, which means “the light of the full moon.”
Tell us: what excites you about your work right now?
It’s exciting to find ways of approaching difficult and challenging topics with care and creativity. Whether that’s through designing events, workshops, or products, I’m constantly engaged in creating offerings that reimagine how we understand and support one another through loss, grief, and death. Together with those that I work with, we create pathways for transformation, joy, and hope during the hardest of times.
What feels rich and abundant in your work right now?
My work feeds the soul and brings an abundance of richness to life. Through the exploration of meaningful topics, bringing TLC to each interaction, and bearing witness to the full human expression – I’m able to foster deep connection to others, my life, and our shared world.
Who do you dedicate your work to?
My work is dedicated to my mother. She is the person who gave me life and through her passing, she initiated me into my grief and death work. My work is also dedicated to the changes I wish to co-create in our world around how we approach death, grief and the end of life.
Who inspires you, who are you learning from, what books are you reading? We are really excited to learn this about you!
I’m inspired every single day. Whether it’s through nature, interactions with people, seemingly mundane moments, in silence alone, or simply by paying attention to my surroundings and using my senses. I’m currently finishing a handful of books and to name a few: “The Tao Te Ching,” “Of Water and the Spirit” by Malidoma Patrice Somé, “God is Red” by Vine Deloria Jr., poems by Ocean Vuong, and “Communion” by bell hooks that a dear friend recently gifted me.
How can people reading this support the work you are doing?
Sign-up for my newsletter (bacii.co), follow me on IG (@_bacii), enroll in my signature offering called “YU: Impermanence for Change,” join an upcoming workshop (bacii.co/gather), experience a 1-1 for yourself or gift a service or workshop ticket to someone else in need.
If you know of any organizations or businesses that would benefit from programming to address burnout, I’ve created an “After-Work Care” program specifically for employers and employees to bring relief to their day to day. Let me know!
I’m also interested in creating meaningful products including a death-focused oracle deck and a guided journal. If you know of anyone who could help with this production process, please reach out!
Since it’s just me behind BACII, I welcome any additional resources or support to bring BACII’s vision into fruition.
What do you understand differently about wellness?
I’ve realized how many people understand wellness to mean how you look and what products you use. I thought there’d be more understanding that wellness goes beyond our physical appearance, so it’s important to continue teaching people the importance of going deeper and integrating all parts of your being to become truly, well.
What is your own wellness practice? How do you find balance?
Understanding how unwell my surroundings were growing up, and how I’ve existed in the past has brought me to cultivate a wellness practice. Peace is now a priority in my life and my wellness practice helps me experience more of it, which creates balance. Each day I strive to prioritize a morning practice of meditation, movement, and healthy boundaries with tech which helps set the rest of my day. That said, everything I do is a practice: how I start my mornings, how I end my days, how I show up for others, and the list goes on.
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