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For the past 20 years I have been blessed with living on the coast of Maine.This is where I have watched the cycles of nature: the daily rhythm of the ocean tides rise and fall, the seasonal migration of birds, the sunrise and sunset and the cycles of the moon.

My exploration of these rhythms began in adolescence, training as a dancer, swimming and practicing hatha yoga daily to correct scoliosis. I became very interested in how our bodies can mirror our thoughts and emotions.  After college I deepened my inquiry into how to create balance of body, mind and spirit through the study of Body Centered Therapies, Yoga, Guided imagery, Massage, Reiki Healing and Macrobiotics. I learned that to experience life in its immediacy is far more powerful than simply reflecting on or talking about it. Later, I studied Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology in graduate school learning just how profoundly the relationships among human beings affects each of our well being, how the personal is always shaped by the political, how we often become merely what we believe we can be, and how often we are unconscious of our vast potential. Studying with Jean Houston PhD and Joseph Chilton Pierce dramatically expanded my awareness of human beings’ limitless potentials and taught me to keep asking, “what is possible?”

I have been greatly influenced by my years of post graduate training with Andy Hahn, PsyD., the founder of Guided Self Healing. He taught me to recognize that the vast support of the universe, what some might call God, is available to each of us when we invite it in to our healing space. He also taught that our bodies come into balance by first rebuilding our foundation through deep discernment of the body’s own priorities.

Guided Self Healing resonated with my study of Kripalu Yoga which fosters inquiry into the body’s wisdom through Meditation in Motion, again, deep listening that invites coming back into balance. I became a Certified Kripalu Yoga Instructor in 1991 to share the benefits of yoga with others.

Most recently I am studying the work of Dr. John Veltheim who pioneered Body Talk – a consciousness-based, non diagnostic therapy that works with the body’s highest priorities in its’ healing process. Body Talk meshes seamlessly with my prior training using a protocol that allows me to access a multiplicity of Healing techniques that I have studied over the past 30 years including the new Energy Psychology techniques of EFT and Tapas.

I am so grateful to all the teachers that I have studied with over the years in classrooms and seminars.  And yet the teachers that have taught me the most are my children, spouse, clients and yoga students. They always remind me of the vast importance of showing up in relationship, particularly, the profound gifts of healing that are available when we choose to do so.