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My experience includes over a decade of working as an artist in performance and improvisation in music and theater, from study at ISLO’s Education in Dance and Somatics, through intense personal-family experience with mental health, trauma techniques, countless dance and somatic based workshops, a decade of working with horses, research in cognitive science, somatic sexuality practice through Joseph Kramer’s Sexological Bodywork + Barbara Carrella’s work, conscious connected breathing and vipassana meditation practice. I am from the US and have worked in many countries and cultures.
My strongest, earliest influence in this work comes from working with horses. I was able to ride, free of any bridle, rope or restraint; the communication between my horse and I was such that he would gallop, stop, or do fancy ‘footwork’ on request, all through the subtlest of communication. I developed a particular and keen awareness of non-verbal communication. Most importantly, as opposed to ‘breaking,’ forcing one creature’s desire upon another, I learned to find calmness before delving into further conversation.
My degree in Cultural Anthropology worked as a doorway through which I entered the world of art making. In my mid-twenties I began independently studying music, learning to compose and play in brass bands, under the guidance of my expert friends. I began to paint, make puppetry and work in theater. Through theater, particularly my time working with Peter Schumann at Bread and Puppet Theater, I fell deeply in love with movement. This love, combined with a longstanding interest in healing work, led me to ISLO’s Education in Dance and Somatics, learning from Malcolm Manning in particular.
I come from a family which has struggled with many mental health difficulties including depression, anorexia, schizophrenia, alcoholism, compulsive eating/shopping, childhood sexual trauma, and other difficulties which evade psychiatric or DSM diagnosis. Through this, I have had experience as a patient and as a first line of support within the structure of psychiatry and psychotherapy. From my personal experiences and research – I find more overall vitality, ease and support through somatic/mindful movement practices.
I find that teachers all arrive with their personal strengths and weaknesses, sharing the knowledge of their own experience as movers, as humans. For example, I grew up extremely shy, almost mute; I am rather slow at learning movement patterns. When I have been in workshops led by someone who has never experienced social anxiety and/or has always been extremely capable with their body – they are often not able to share their knowledge in a way that feels supportive. On another end, I have attended many somatic classes that work exclusively with safe, familiar, soft and slow grounding techniques. In this case, I was left with a craving to raise my heart rate and learn new skills. Thus, as with all teachers, I have developed what I do based on what I love: a balance of dynamic (high energy) movement games/exercises AND subtle sensory explorations.
My main emphasis is to help you feel-into + learn to explore the continual moving sensations of being a human. This, to me, is the basis of agency, vitality, creativity, interconnection. I happen to love moving, dance, art making – but you need not be an artist or mover. These sessions are made for EVERY-BODY who feels drawn. If it seems that my way of engaging with this work fits your curiosity, great! I look forward to meeting you.
Sources which I have found to be especially helpful and inform my own work include: Dr Ginger Campbell, Dr Gabor Mate, Tara Brach, James Baldwin, Pema Chodron, Madness Radio, Francisco Varela, Maxine Sheets-Johnstone, Martin Kilvady, Peter Levine, Art, and – especially – Movement and Nature.