I’m a guide, facilitator, ceremonialist, hands-on energy worker and author of Turning Dead Ends into Doorways.
With 20 years of individual and group facilitation, I integrate spiritual transformation with practical guidance so you can develop courage, connection, resilience or whatever you need to navigate life better and feel more peaceful inside.
Individual and couple's sessions include interactive communication and energy healing for more conscious living. Couple's sessions emphasize shifting painful patterns to build genuine trust and connection. Individual sessions address anxiety, life transitions, health concerns and relationship issues.
I am a certified Doula with a Master’s in Women's Spirituality from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). I also have over 10 years of non-ordinary states consciousness training through the Center for Sacred Studies
My group facilitation includes 7Directions® Dance Ceremony, Maitri Breathwork™, Practical Spirituality and women’s circles in person and online. A founder of 7Directions in 2002, I lead dance ceremony for the public, ongoing women's groups and weekend retreats throughout the Bay Area.
As a 'teacher's teacher", I designed and led the 7Directions Facilitator Training in 2016, an 18 month journey for developing leadership across your life. I've also been on staff of the Maitri Breathwork Facilitator Training Program through the Center for Sacred Studies since 2008.
Change often begins with letting go
Over 25 years ago, I sat with my dear friend at a café. That year, we’d become sister survivors over our mutual hatred for law school while studying all the time. Well, actually, I skimmed textbooks so I could attend authentic movement and Wiccan classes at night (the stuff that really inspired me).
Even though I’d spent the summer in a heap on the floor sobbing over a final D in Contracts. Even though an inner voice constantly snarled, “See what happens when you don’t listen to your heart? Now you have to stay put and prove everyone wrong.” Even though I didn’t want to abandon my friend.
Sometimes defining moments arrive as a whisper.
Between sips of coffee, I noticed the air shifting around us. Next, an inner vision flashed. Where before we’d been on the same path, I suddenly saw myself turning right. Catching the drift, my friend said, “You’re leaving law school.” I looked at her deeply with tears in my eyes, and nodded. To free myself, I needed to let go.
The next day, after memorizing a visualization to meet a spiritual teacher from a book, I closed my eyes and found myself sitting across from the most beautiful old woman I’d ever seen. She smiled and said, “Congratulations, you’re here. You made the right decision to leave law school. Now it’s time to get to work.”
Daily life as a spiritual training ground
During the next ten years, as if in tacit agreement, daily life schooled me. As I grew a family and studied earth-based and women’s spirituality ways:
A healing apprenticeship taught me to support people, follow energy and create sacred space.
I practiced surrender through birthing two children.
My intuition developed into energy work and guided visualization with clients.
Mothering showed me how to find a balance between service and sacrifice.
Dance ceremony became an essential spiritual practice.
I realized ingredients for a happy marriage included laughter, respect and communication.
Fast-forward in time and daily life has continued to be my greatest spiritual teacher.
In 2011 our teenage daughter survived a form of adolescent cancer. She was diagnosed days after I began writing about surrender, the last chapter in my book about how to let go and follow energy. What I learned from writing Turning Dead Ends into Doorways carried me through my daughter’s healing journey. Thankfully, eight years later, she remains cancer free.
When you let go and follow something essential in your life, it grows you up and loves you back in unexpected faith-restoring ways. I am so grateful.
I’m a mama-bear life-guide energy teacher
In order to really let go and follow something meaningful, something bigger than our little selves, we need to become whole enough to get out of the way. From there, we can form sacred relationships to follow.
Over the years, walking my talk has meant committing to embodying many sacred relationships, including some essential archetypes for my life and healing work:
Guide for Navigating Life
These archetypes often come together as a big dose of Mama Bear: mama-bear love, mama-bear practicality, mama-bear fierceness, mama-bear wisdom, mama-bear power…mama-bear healing.
I embrace my mama-bear with my people because when someone grants me entrance into their lives, when someone opens to receive me, to really lean in, to let me hold them, I show up. Period.
I'm here for you
My commitment doesn’t just come on an hourly basis in exchange for a fee.
Allowing me into your life and all those soft and potentially scared or angry places is a gift.
Over the years, I’ve traveled through some intense shit with my people.
I’ve held beloveds emotionally, energetically, and sometimes physically in my arms, as their relationships with their spouse or best friend or mother ends.
I’ve supported people in becoming bigger than their cancer diagnosis.
I’ve taught people how to approach panic attacks as energy that we can unwind together.
I’ve talked beloveds off the ledge when they were about to jump out of a marriage worth saving.
I’ve spent years alongside women as they moved from abortion or miscarriage into preconception, pregnancy and birth.
I’ve even been their birth doula.
I’m here with you
If you’re tired of feeling stuck, if you can’t stop spinning in place, if you don’t know how to move forward, I’ll travel with you so you can let go. I’ll call upon all of my sacred relationships to support you in moving from surrender into rebirth.
I’ll hold the faith in your strength and capacity when you don’t believe in yourself, especially when you don’t believe in yourself.
I believe my beloved clients are the most awe-inspiring capable human beings ever. But ultimately, no matter how much I love and believe in you, it’s not about me.
It’s up to you to develop your power. And I’m here with every fiber of my being to support you in growing yourself whole.
Within that, patience is important. It takes time to learn to listen to that whisper inside, to practice holding paradox so you’re ready to receive expansion, a reflection of your own capacity, when it arrives.
True healing takes time to grow.
The other side of surrender is rebirth
While healing work may sound daunting, and even scary, it’s not all hard and gnarly, I swear.
Because when you really let and follow, the Universe does not leave you stranded and alone. Synchronicity arrives as a guiding force that provides a trail of meaning to follow in daily life. Plus, I’ll be there too.
I’ve witnessed my beloveds realize power in so many ways, and here are just a few:
Identifying life purpose
Landing a dream job
Reclaiming bodies as sacred space
Clarifying and deepening loving relationships
Making friends with scared little ones inside
Learning how to trust
It’s okay to be scared. That’s why I’m here, to hold the faith and your hand at the same time.
But beyond scared the question is:
Are you willing to learn how to love and believe in yourself? Are you ready to practice fierce love?
You’re invited to experience a free 20 minute call with me so we can begin.