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About Me

A bit of my story . . .

I grew up as the mediator and peacemaker in my family and communities. I always have had deep care for people and communities thriving with connection, love, and communication. I learned about community through my religious upbringing. But as a teenager struggling to come to terms with my Queerness, I had to navigate the tricky terrain of coming out and hearing from some in my beloved community that I was not OK. This set me on a path of learning to hold people with love and care in the face of disagreement and pain. As a college student, I joined the debate team with the intention of learning to express myself and win arguments. I was paired with a lovely man who thought very differently than me. We became friends, and the fact that we didn't agree on much made us great debate partners. I was eventually invited to sit down with his Pastor to discuss homosexuality and the Bible. That moment taught me the power of listening beyond judgment and humanizing my adversary. 

 

A passion for deep connection between people has guided me to lead transformational programs since my early twenties. Seeking to increase my ability to hold nuance, create sustainable solutions, and deepen into heart-guided wisdom, I sought out certification as a Facilitator with The Compassionate Listening Project and the HeartMath Institute. Prior to working in those realms, I worked for a leading Personal Training and Development company for eight years, where I developed a foundation of integrity and authenticity that informs all of my work. In my private work as a coach and facilitator, I've piloted programs that bring in the beauty and wisdom of the natural world. I am passionate about connecting people to themselves, the earth, and their communities in ways that allow for the deep healing I believe is so needed at this time.

I provide trauma-sensitive coaching and facilitation designed to give people access to their own authentic voice and self-expression, so they can be empowered in their lives and the difference they want to make. I offer medicine journeys to support people's deep dive into themselves and their self-healing capacities. The tools and training I offer spans the realms of communication, conflict-transformation, self-discovery, leadership development and personal growth and are directly impacted by my experience of my life and always deepening path. 

 

My background and certifications include - 

  • Certified Compassionate Listening Facilitator & Delegation Leader

  • Certified HeartMath Trainer + completion of Trauma-Sensitive Curriculum

  • Landmark Worldwide Staff Member & Program Leader

  • Psychedelic Year-long Guide Training

  • Graduate, Apprentice, & Instructor at Wilderness Awareness School's Immersion Program

One of my favorite ways to engage with the world, and therefore my clients, is through the lens of the Artist and Creator. I believe we are all artists and creators. As a Facilitator of the Heart, I weave together different modalities to help my clients heal, explore their unique artistry, and attune to the beauty and insight within + around, so they can create the unburdened and creative lives, careers, and partnerships they desire. 

Inspiring Stuff

I love knowing about what influences and inspires the people I choose to work with. Below is my attempt to let you in on some of the Artists who move me.

Authors

The writings of Sharon Blackie, Mark Nepo, Charles Eisenstein, adrienne maree brown, Starhawk, and Bill Plotkin have all had a major influence on me. I'm also repeatedly listening to or re-reading the Harry Potter series. Most recently I'm obsessing about a book called "The Once and Future Witches" by Alix E. Harrow, which I keep buying copies of to give away to people.

Podcasts

Finding Our Way is top of my list for most influential podcasts. Other favorites include, Dave's 5 Hot Takes, anything by Scene on Radio, but especially Seeing White and The Land That Never Has Been Yet, and On Being with Krista Tippet. 

Music

Music is the one thing in life I could not live without. When I was a kid, my parents said I could listen to Country music or Christian music. In an attempt at rebellion, I listened to a lot of Country music. I still do, among many other genres. These days I'm obsessing about singer-songwriters Lori McKenna, Allison Russell, Brandi Carlile, Miranda Lambert, and the Highwomen. And, of course, Beyoncé. 

Organizations

Many organizations have influenced me. I spent the first decade of my adult life working for Landmark and am forever grateful for that training. I've been a student and Staff Member at Wilderness Awareness School, an organization that helped me remember my wild woman self and my sacred belonging in this world. I still lead weekend programs with them. I'm a certified trainer with The Compassionate Listening Project and the HeartMath Institute, both of which taught me the astonishing power of the heart. Organizations I've trained with and believe are leading the way for a future for all of us include Holistic Resistance and The Strozzi Institute. I highly recommend participating with both these organizations in any way you can. 

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