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Meet Lorena

I am a work in progress, embracing the opportunity to evolve past suffering and manifest joy

Likewise, Casa Lotus, the home I have imagined with my husband, Eduardo, is a construction site, piled with bricks and lumber, mired in mud. But as I slog across the yard to the inlet where my children will swim someday, I think of Thich Nhat Hanh’s book No Mud, No Lotus: The Art of Transforming Suffering. “If you don’t have mud,” he gently reminds us, “the lotus won’t manifest. You can’t grow lotus flowers on marble.”



Born and raised in Mexico—Monterrey and Mexico City—I laid the groundwork to become an artist and art collector, studying Visual Arts at Universidad de Monterrey. From this soil grew a desire to lift up other artists. So I burgeoned into a philanthropist, co-founding the Distrito14 gallery as a platform to amplify emerging Mexican artists, and co-founding and curating the Margain-Junco Collection with my husband to support emerging artists, foster the art scene in Mexico and promote awareness of Mexican art worldwide.

In 2008, while expecting my second child, my family and I were forced to uproot and flee Mexico due to concerns for our safety. After arriving in my new home in Austin, TX, transplanted and shaken, I learned I had a tumor on my adrenal gland. Surgery promised a cure, but to err is human—even for surgeons. My surgeon made a devastating mistake. Thus began my journey of seeing my world break and crumble, then seeking to bring it wholeness again.

"Casa Lotus is the home of my heart and heart of my home"
-Lorena Junco Margain

It is the harmony that happens when outward decisions reverberate with inward consequence. Everything that happened to me on my way to Casa Lotus laid the foundation for the life I live now and the life I hope to build in the future, just as the rugged road you are traveling at this moment is laying the foundation for all the possibilities of you. Every one of us has our own Casa Lotus, and we are all continually on our way.

Thank you for joining me on this journey.


The Book

After a surgeon’s catastrophic mistake left me with a lifetime of medical issues, I chose to embark on a quest for peace and healing—beginning by seeking space in my heart to forgive. On the Way to Casa Lotus tells the story of this journey while planting a seed of hope that loss and pain can serve a higher purpose: one of promoting forgiveness as a force for personal and universal change.