Photo by Michael Poehlman

Photo by Michael Poehlman

It is my great honor to share authentic presence with you as we walk the healing path together.

I come from people of the Jewish diaspora, most recently in eastern Europe. I also have ancestry from France, Germany, and Northwestern Europe. I was born on the ancestral lands of the Lenapa, otherwise known as New York City, and I grew up on the ancestral lands of the Anishinaabe people, which is currently known as Traverse City, MI. Currently, I split my time between Traverse City and Kalamazoo, MI, also traditional Anishinaabe land.  

I identify as an antiracist white Ashkenazi Jewish queer non-binary femme survivor with Alopecia and invisible disabilities. I am a politicized healer, somatic coach, energy worker, and highly sensitive and intuitive empath. I am also a dancer, writer, poet, printmaker, and Earth-honoring ritualist.

I’m dedicated to working to weave together healing and social change work.  I believe authentic, mutually respectful, interdependent, and healing relationships are our birthright. I believe community includes a constellation of nature spirits, animals, humans, ancestors of place, blood, and healing tradition lineages, and many other beings. I am passionate about nurturing communal and personal balance, healing, and wellness by centering somatic (body-based) wisdom in/as resistance to systems of oppression.

I studied sociology and psychology at Kalamazoo College from 2000-2004 and began practicing Yoga in 2003 as a path toward spiritual healing and recovery from trauma and illness. I completed a 200 hour Hatha Yoga teacher training with Sandra Carden in 2006 and a 200 hour Para Yoga teacher training with Karina Mirsky in 2010 focused on yoga therapuetics and the integration of Eastern psychology and Internal Family Systems work (also known as “Parts Work”). Most recently I completed a 300 hour training with my teacher, Melissa Spamer, which centered around trauma-informed Yoga and Ayurveda for women's health, wellness, and liberation. I have been practicing Vipassana meditation since 2004. I've been leading group and private yoga practice for over ten years. I became Reiki Level II Certified in 2016. I invite my fellow non-South Asian students and colleagues to join me in practicing yoga and meditation with great respect, reverence, and cultural humility. To learn more about decolonizing yoga please read Yoga & the Roots of Cultural Appropriation, a piece I co-authored with Dr. Shreena Gandhi. 

I am currently a professional Somatic Experiencing Practitioner in training at Dr. Peter Levine's Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute. Somatic Experiencing (SE) is a modality that focuses on the impact of trauma on the body/mind/spirit and ways to resolve and heal it. I share practices and tools with my clients that counter common stress and survival responses; help rebalance the nervous system; listen to their body for their needs, desires, dreams, and inner resources; and transform trauma into restored aliveness, resilience, presence, connection, and awareness. I support my clients in being able to show up more fully and wholly as they/we create the world we all want and deserve. 

I have 14 years experience working toward social change, which along with my experience moving through the world with my complex matrix of identities, helps me understand how privilege and power operate in the U.S. I understand the physical, psychological, and spiritual impact of trauma, including the trauma of oppression and dominance. As a white racialized person, I understand the cycle of dehumanization and moral injury that comes with receiving and expecting unearned privilege and power in a society built upon a false hierarchy of human value. I believe healing ourselves is inseparable from healing our communities, our lineage(s), and our planet. I believe in order to heal and embody liberation, we must examine and transform the social, political, and cultural context in which we exist.

I was trained as an Antiracism organizer/trainer by the national organization, Crossroads Antiracism and served as Co-Executive Director for Crossroads’ regional partner organization, ERACCE (Eliminating Raciam and Creating/Celebrating Equity), from 2014-2018. I am currently serving as a Racial Healing Practitioner for the Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation initiative in Kalamazoo. I also serve on the board of Rootead, a non-profit dedicated to body awareness and birth justice. In 2016 I was a Joint Fellow at the Kalamazoo College Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership where I collaborated with Kama Tai Mitchell on a healing justice practice/space called, Movement for the Movement.

I am dedicated to embodying my own practice and healing, so I'm continually evolving and growing. I am honored to practice healing work with deep gratitude to my teachers, my ancestors, ascended masters, and the Divine. My spiritual and somatic healing practices are rooted in the lineages of Trauma-informed Hatha Yoga, Vipassana Meditation, Politicized Somatics, Somatic Experiencing Trauma Healing, intersectional Anti-oppression work, modern dance and intuitive movement, intuitive channeling and divination, and Earth-honoring Jewish and multi-faith spiritual ritual.

I am blessed to work closely with spiritual teachers/healers/coaches, Taya Shere, Vanissar Tarakali, Melissa Spamer, Sage Hayes, Pam Poley, Behnje Masson, and Betty Segerdhal. My work is also largely informed and inspired by the Emergent Strategy and Pleasure Activism work of Adrienne Maree Brown, Cultural Somatics work of Resmaa Menakem, and the Animism and Ancestral Healing work of Dr. Daniel Foor, who I will be studying with as I train to become an Ancestral Medicine Practitioner in 2020.