I am a Registered Somatic Movement Educator and writer living in unceded Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil- Waututh), and xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam) territories, also known as Vancouver, Canada. I am a Queer identified (she/they) fourth generation settler of Irish, Scottish and English decent. In my everyday life I am a bookkeeper, landscaper, volunteer farmer and enthusiastic hiker!
I am a graduate of The School of Body-Mind Centering® and the Embodied Anatomy & Yoga program. Body-Mind Centering® is an embodied, integrative approach to movement, body and consciousness. (https://www.bodymindcentering.com/.)
My work comes from my personal story of years of debilitating chronic pain. Throughout my youth and young adulthood I had chronic migraines, TMJ syndrome and neck pain. I became deeply depressed and socially isolated. My life was filled with medications and repeated doctor appointments, but yet nothing would help the pain.
In 2004 I experienced a profound awakening that led me to explore spirituality, energy healing and somatic studies including Body-Mind Centering. Diving into Embodiment Movement and Energy Work completely transformed my emotional and physical health. It also became my vocation.
Since 2005, I have taught various healing-based classes and had a private practice providing Energy Work and Craniosacral Therapy. For two years I volunteered at Vancouver Friends For Life Society working with those with life-threatening illness and disease.
I began writing articles on health and healing in 2012. One of my articles, My Experience with Chronic Pain, was published on the My Yoga Online website and newsletter. I also released a CD with Energy Healing practices in 2010.
I have been blessed with many amazing teachers and would like to acknowledge Danielle McCulloch (trained by Dr. Martha Eddy creator of Dynamic Embodiment), Amy Matthews, Wendy Hambidge, Mary Seereiter (Body-Mind Centering), Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen (creator of Body-Mind Centering), Pippa Chervinsky and her deep mentorship in my Energy Healing studies, Carrie Abresh for her introductory training in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy and Helen Walkley (Laban Movement Analyst).
For over 16 years, I was active in the Feminist and Social Justice movement including co-teaching workshops in elementary schools on Power and Privilege and Intersectional Feminism. I received seven volunteer awards for my work. My Activist work continues in part by promoting self-care and getting involved in food security. I am currently enrolled in a Permaculture Design Program. My intention is to keep working with Indigenous teachers, medicine makers and to hopefully help my community with this knowledge.
I am dedicated to educating, writing and creating spaces for Embodied Somatic Movement practices open to all genders, bodies and abilities.