I work as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, Nature Connection mentor, facilitator and farmer in San Luis Obispo and Sonoma counties, in California. I co-guide a 22-month Rites of Passage / Initiation journey for young adult women in East/North Bay and incorporate the Work that Reconnects into our curriculum. I have been in private practice since 2008 as a Massage Therapist and recently transitioned my practice to offer Somatic Experiencing Trauma Resolution with a touch component. I have been facilitating the Work that Reconnects in various settings and incorporating it into my work since 2006. I have shared the work in Colombia with the organization Effecto Mariposa, and throughout the northern California area. I currently offer workshops on the central coast focusing on the Work that Reconnects and cultivating our relationship with grief. I live and work on an organic, biodynamic farm with my partner in Paso Robles, California. I co-steward 203 acres of wild lands in Northern Mendocino where groups gather for deep nature connection and rites of passage ceremony. (www.polcumsprings.net)
Audiences I work with
Young Women - teenage and young adult women crossing the threshold into womanhood. People living with acute or chronic trauma imprints.
Experience facilitating other events & workshops
What year did you begin facilitating the Work That Reconnects?
-The Work that Reconnects at the Celebration Retreat House (3 hour evening workshops once a week using practices from "Coming Back to Life") – Sebastopol, CA – Sept-November, 2006
-The Work that Reconnects at Palm Avenue Residence – Month long series in WTR in Sebastopol, CA – March, 2008
-Sonoma Center For Change – Month long series in WTR – Sept. 2008
-The Work that Reconnects for Effecto Mariposa Non-Profit in Bogeta, Colombia (2-3 hour workshops plus a weekend workshop) – February, 2012
-Claiming our Lives in the Great Turning – 6 week committed series, Sebastopol, CA – Oct-Dec., 2013
-Claiming our Lives in the Great Turning – 6 week committed series with evening sessions, daylong and weekend workshops, Sebastopol and East Bay, CA – February-April, 2014
-Incorporating The Work that Reconnects practices into 22 month long Tree of Life Women’s Adulthood Initiation Program (open sentences, milling, double circle, bowing to adversaries, theoretical framework, truth mandala, breathing through, cairn of mourning, tales of power, etc, etc) – Sebastopol, CA – May 2015-Present
-Truth Mandala Grief Ritual for Ecology of Awakening Retreat – River’s Bend in Philo, CA – November, 2017
-Turning Towards Grief: A Workshop to Summon Courage to Live Fully Alive in Turbulent Times, month long series using practices from the Work that Reconnects with 4-2.5 hour evening workshops and 1 daylong in the middle- San Luis Obispo, CA October 2018
-Turning Towards Grief: Returning to Love – Truth Mandala grief ritual for October month-long participants (one 3 hour evening plus a daylong) – December, 2018
-Turning Towards Grief: Sorrows of the World - month long series using practices from the Work that Reconnects with 4-2.5 hour evening workshops and 1 daylong in the middle- San Luis Obispo, CA March 2019