Teacher, Artist, Scholar, Seeker
I am, I am, I am.
For a long time, I believed the myth that I had to have one particular label in order to make a positive impact with my life. Having been told that my personal passions should not intertwine with how I made a living and that I had too many interests, I was unsure of how to best utilize my gifts of creativity and facilitating community connection because I felt that I would neither be able to help others with those gifts nor would I be able to support myself.
I now believe that what makes me unique is that I have a variety of specializations, from teaching to mindfulness, to facilitating community connection, from training adults in social justice-related topics, to managing social media and marketing for performing arts organizations, to creating participatory public art events for children, to educating senior leadership on the need to change policy and procedure to support the needs of trans and nonbinary students in higher education. I believe now that the explorations I have engaged in have led me to many powerful paths, and that I have something to offer to everyone in their journey. I ground my offerings in an expansive background in education, the arts, spiritual teachings, and soul-seeking.
I am a spiritual seeker. I began exploring the teachings of Buddhism in 1998. I have been greatly inspired by Thich Nhat Hahn, who taught me how to meditate. I do not identify as a Buddhist, but I gratefully accept the wisdom of Dharma talks.
JourneyDance deepened my practice of mindful movement, which began as a yoga practice in 1999. My own experiences with the power of folding in creative expression, visualizations, and mindfulness then inspired to become a certified instructor of JourneyDance. I have continued exploring the spiritual path and have found great healing and expansion in the teachings I have explored at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, and the Mindfulness Center at Brown University.
My background as a leader in higher education for over thirteen years informs my creative, mindfulness, and social justice teachings. My work supports learning and development in the areas of mindfulness, social justice, self-love, and self-care.
I am fortunate enough to see how much my students have benefited from the activity-based mindfulness practices of embodied singing, JourneyDance, and journaling. I am passionate about leading workshops and classes on best support trans and nonbinary people in our lives in educational, business, and spiritual settings.