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 am a student of the tradition and gratefully accept the wisdom of Dharma talks. I have been exploring yoga as a form of moving meditation since 1999. 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.
I am a scholar. After completing my undergraduate degree, I moved to Poland for three years. There I completed a year of instruction in Polish language, literature, and culture at Jagiellonian University in Krakow. I then completed my Master's Degree in Central and Eastern European Studies at the same institution. I wrote a thesis on the topic of Polish visual art and its connection to Polish identity during the era of the Communist Regime, and after the fall of Communism. The thesis focused on a group of artists named Grupa Ladnie who were the first artists from the former Soviet Bloc to achieve commercial success in Western Europe in North America after WWII.
I am now a doctoral student at Northeastern University.
My background of teaching, learning, and leading as a higher education professional for over thirteen years informs my current teachings. I work to support learning and development in the areas of mindfulness, conscious dance, self-love and self-care. I am passionate about leading workshops and classes on how to best support trans and nonbinary people in our lives in educational, business, and spiritual settings.