I love what I do! This body therapy work is kind, relaxing and fun!
Early on, I focused on a health focused career in nutrition and soon let that go for my real passion which was working for the Earth. I thought I'd have a lifelong career in environmentally focused work, but then I stayed with my dad in the last months of his life, which changed me.
What I realized in my grief after his death was that I was not living authentically, and I didn't know how. Who is this ME living MY life? So I adopted a regular yoga practice where I began connecting to myself, my body, and crying. I cried most days, after not crying for most of my life. I also began meditating and studying the nature of mind at Sitagu, a Burmese Buddhist temple just outside of town. I'm so grateful!
That lead to all sorts of unconventional and unforeseen explorations, including 5+ years of volunteering in a women's prison, facilitating a class called Talk To Me with an organization called Truth Be Told. Women respectfully, bravely sharing and hearing each others stories, becoming free by finding our voices of truth and coming out of the pernicious shame/trauma cycles that our culture does way too well. Amazing grace, that program was for me!!
One thing I love the most is dancing, and dance has taken many shapes over my life. The primary was just being a kid with a free body. Then a little ballet and tap, but that didn't stick. Next was four years of high school drill team, including being an officer and the captain. The dance team saved me in those years when I may have otherwise lost myself to drinking and a sad home life. In college I started exploring modern dance, which opened a lot of possibilities for a more organic way of moving. Later, Ecstatic dance, Contact Improvisation, Authentic Movement and Contemporary Dance, which I performed in several shows and festivals. I love the blend of structure and improvisation. Lifelong play is essential.
I haven't returned to environmental work, yet... but the connection is in my work around trauma healing and reconnecting to wholeness. The world needs our honest participation. The Earth is loved by us humans becoming authentic in ourselves. Our bodies ARE the Earth and the way we listen and move shapes and permeates everything. That is not hyperbole! This is why I love Biodynamic Therapy, listening to life energy and being with it, which allows the honest wise thing to happen.
I live simply in my little hobbit home under the Live Oaks with my best friend husband, Nathan, and our beloved pups, Grace and Hope.
Major certifications and degrees
Biodynamic Craniosacral Training - Body Intelligence, Austin 2018
Hakomi Mindfulness/Body-Centered Psychotherapy - Hakomi SW, Austin 2012
Massage Therapy Training - Texas Healing Arts Institute, Austin 2007
Thai Massage Training - ITM, Chiang Mai, Thailand 2006
Yoga Teacher Training - Living Yoga Program, Austin 2004
MPS Environmental & Community Land Planning - SUNY ESF, Syracuse 2003
BS Geography, Resource & Environmental Studies - SWTSU, San Marcos 1999
BS Nutrition - SWTSU, San Marcos 1994