I'm a Somatic Naturalist & Embodiment Mentor with 25+ years of experience. Trained as a Feldenkrais Practitioner & Embodied Life Teacher, I also teach Somatic Meditation, Embodied Listening, host community Grief Tending & Praise Practices. I also adore facilitating courses and workshops in The Work That Reconnects and I love weaving in somatic practices and soul work with WTR. I've also been mentored by Francis Weller and Deena Metzger for many years and am grateful to weave in wisdom gleaned from these potent apprenticeships. I'm devoted to cultivating intimacy with life, courageous kindness, authentic wisdom, and unique genius to support the healing of our world. I'm an Earth lover, a mother, a writer, a meditator, a permaculture gardener, a poetry lover, a beekeeper, and host a podcast along with my beloved, Carl Rabke. Learn more at embodimentmatters.com
Why I am called to facilitate the Work
I love to invite people into the Great Turning! As a lifelong somatic educator, I believe deepening our intimacy and love of our Earth and the web of life is an expression of deepening embodiment, compassion & awareness. I believe each of us has gifts to uncover to meet these times and we can bring them with the support of loving community and skillful practices. I love weaving WTR with somatic practice to deepen both. As Terry Tempest Williams wrote, "The eyes of the future are looking back and praying for us to see beyond our own time." I want to invite others into seeing with new eyes and with great embodied love.
How I see the Work serving the Great Turning
I love the Spiral! The brilliance of the structure is what magnetized me right away as someone who has facilitated gratitude practice and community grief tending. I see the Work as an adaptable bridge we can invite others who feel afraid, overwhelmed, or disheartened to walk across into a life-giving community that invites our unique gifts to come forth. I believe deep personal healing can be found in dedicating ourselves to the Great Turning, and the Great Turning can heal not only our world but ourselves.
Audiences I work with
So far, it's been predominantly women who've been my students in other areas like embodiment and meditation. (I love leading them into bringing this work to healing the world, not just themselves.)
I'm interested in exploring working with youth as I have great concern for my son's generation.
I'm also newly involved in my local permaculture community and hope to harness all their good energy and share the work there. I'm on the program team of the Jung Society of Utah and would love to bring the work to the community of people who attend JSOU events - people who are therapists and healers and interested in consciousness.
Since the pandemic I've enjoyed teaching a global group of students on zoom.
Background & Training
Background & training in the Work That Reconnects
- Spiral Journey Facilitator Training (2019, 365 days)
Facilitated by: Mutima Imani, Molly Brown, Constance Washburn
- The Great Turning From Despair to Joy The Work that Reconnects (2019, 3 days)
Location: Salt Lake City
Facilitated by: Mutima Imani
Other relevant training
- Embodied Life Mentorship Program (2011, 35 days)
Location: Santa Rosa, CA
Facilitated by: Russell Delman
I love weaving this work, rooted in embodied meditation, embodied inquiry, and embodied movement into WTR!
- Inner Relationship Focusing (2014, 100 days)
Facilitated by: Ann Weiser Cornell & others
Focusing is a wonderful compliment to WTR
- Feldenkrais Professional Training Program (2004, 250 days)
Location: Santa Fe, NM
Facilitated by: Yvan Joly, Diana Razumny, Alan Questel, Carl Ginsburg, Dennis Leri, Katrin Smithback
Feldenkrais is brilliant woven with WTR! Embodied systems thinking in your very tissues and movement habits. Brilliant!
- Buddhist Studies (1994, 0)
Facilitated by: Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, Tsoknyi Rinpoche, Namkhai Norbu, Tenzin Wangyal, and so many more
I've been blessed with 30+ years study and mentoring in the Dharma
- Grief Ritual Training (2019, 4 days)
Location: Burlingame CA
Facilitated by: Francis Weller & Judith Weller
I've been blessed to be mentored by Francis Weller, both in his first professional training program and also individually for many years, working with Grief Tending and Soul
Other relevant skills & experiences
I've spent a lifetime deep-diving into meditation and mind training in the Dzogchen and Lojong traditions. I love facilitating Embodied Listening practices. I've been trained as a yoga therapist and tai chi teacher, a Feldenkrais Practitioner, Embodied Life Teacher, and currently am mentored by Francis Weller in grief tending and soul work and Deena Metzger in the 19 Ways. I've been actively involved in anti-oppression work for many years and am currently assisting in Bayo Akomolafe's WWDWM class as a member of the Care Team. I've studied ancestral healing, the Utah master naturalist program, animism, beekeeping and European bee shamanism, seed keeping with an indigenous teacher, permaculture gardening, and more.
Experience facilitating WTR events & workshops
Work That Reconnects workshops I have facilitated
- Embodying The Great Turning (2021, 10 days)
This is a course of 3-hour classes held over 10 weeks weaving somatic practices with the spiral of WTR. I love it! I have run this workshop multiple times during 2020 and 2021.
- Gratitude, Grief & Going Forth (2020, 1 days)
Facilitated by: Carl Rabke
a daylong intro to the spiral
- Root & Rise (2020, 1 days)
this is a free online course I created to introduce my weaving of somatics and deep ecology, still available on my website
- The Great Turning: Introducing Evolutionary Embodiment (2019, 8 days)
Location: Salt Lake City
This was an 8-week course of 2.5 hour classes following the spiral and woven with somatic practices
- Answering The Call (2019, 3 days)
Location: Salt Lake City
A weekend workshop introducing the WTR to my community.
Experience facilitating other events & workshops
What year did you begin facilitating the Work That Reconnects?
I have been a full-time educator, self-employed, for 25 years. In the last 5 years, I've been weaving WTR into everything! I love to go deep and teach courses over many weeks. I also do weekend workshops. I think I've listed above many of the workshops I've offered - generally I'm blending somatics, deep ecology & soul in all kinds of fresh remixes. I love it!