For nearly 40 years, I’ve been engaging with humans, animals, plants, landscapes, fungal networks and sacred waterways to support regenerative & collective change. I work with diverse groups of people at home & around the world, in classrooms & counseling rooms, in the forest & the garden, collaborating on practices for emergent awareness, nervous system regulation, social justice direct action & whole system re-design on personal, family and community levels.
I offer up my skills in somatics & trauma resolution, permaculture & deep ecology, movement & the expressive arts, and council & ceremonial practice in response to the cascading cultural & ecological crises around us. I support the transformation of our misguided human supremacy as we transmute the systemic harms we carry through our lineages & our bodies. I am a stand for a life-giving culture & a world where we all belong.
I’ve worked as a psychotherapist with an expertise in trauma recovery for the past 25 years. Currently shifting from individual work to group work to co-create a more efficient and effective way to live with & through this opportune time, as it seems clear that many of our personal struggles are best met with collective care.
I hold Masters degrees in Counseling Psychology & Interdisciplinary Arts. My work in dance, gender studies, myth & ritual are brought to bear at this time. I am a permaculture designer & deep ecologist in the lineages of Penny Livingston, Brock Dolman, Toby Hemenway & Joanna Macy. An activist since my teen years, I revel in projects tending to gender, racial & class disparities. I have trained deeply in the somatic healing paradigm, with major commitments to generative somatics, Strozzi Bodywork, the Halprin Life/Art Process, Hakomi Body-Centered psychotherapy, Authentic Movement, the Work that Reconnects, Soul Motion, and relational EMDR. I am a Master Reiki practitioner in the Usue lineage. I bring my decades-long practices in yoga, mindfulness, performance art & conscious movement to the change process. I am gratefully connected to emergent teachings from the mycelial web & the call of the wild. In my own life, I have learned and taught much about depression, anxiety, grief, rage, direct action & the possibility of cultural & personal transformation through embodied daily practice.
I am the (co)-author of numerous books & articles about somatics, dance & permaculture, including Making Dances that Matter (with Anna Halprin, 2018); Urban Homesteading: Heirloom Skills for Sustainable Living (with K. Ruby Blume, 2009), Moving Toward Life (with Anna Halprin, 1998); Diaspora: Stories from the Cities (1998), and The Probable Site of the Garden of Eden (1992).