"When we devote some calm time to the heart and come off the treadmill of stress and distraction, we can enter into the beauty within." To do so "...heals you and calls you out beyond the smallness of your own self-limitation, to experience new horizons. To experience beauty is to have your life enlarged." -John O'Donohue
Inspired by contemplations, personal experiences, psyche, the energy field, ideas, dreams and visions, creating art is a way I document my inner world, give my inner child expression, play, relax and nurture my intuitive creative side. Most often I create intuitively, perhaps beginning with a concept or initial idea, then allow the piece to unfold and inform me as to it's becoming.
I enjoy playing with color, ideas, and art as healing energy, and tend to use bits of iridescent or metallic paint in many of my pieces. I love the way these play with light and engage one of my favorite things about original art: the way it transforms as the light upon it changes throughout the day.
When someone is drawn to a piece of artwork, I believe it is not only the image and colors that they feel connected to, but the more subtle vibrational information that dances with their soul.
Currently living in Santa Fe, NM, I work with clients both here and through distance sessions. I have experience working with a variety of people and issues, including Alzheimer's and cancer. My interest in healing, energy & spirituality, was present even in childhood. As a young child, one of my favorite things was doing yoga with Lillian on PBS's Yoga & You show.
I spent my days outdoors often attempting to heal injured animals with my hands & intent. Other days I was dressing up bohemian style and dancing over pillows to the Nutcracker. I believed in magical things and knew/felt at that young age the realms of spirit, energy & living sacred presence in all things. I was a little mystic child growing up in a very traditional conservative middle class family.
My interest in the healing arts began to blossom in the 1990's after a friend lent me Barbara Brennan's book, Hands of Light. Soon after, I attended a weekend workshop at the school which was very powerful and affirming. I love the depth and specificity of that school of healing. I went on to both receive from and study with a wonderful local energy medicine practitioner who was from and trained in Europe. Her husband at the time co-taught with her sometimes, and I actually ended up illustrating his book for him! Energy Healing: A Pathway to Inner Growth.
Skipping ahead to today, I recently read Alchemical Healing by Nicki Scully, and found that I resonate very much with that style of energy medicine as well. There were many moments during my reading where I joyfully found my own methods mirrored. I feel that all my study, workshops, trainings, reading, deep personal work, personal practices, and even past lives, contribute to who I am as an artist and practitioner.
I hold a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts, am a Registered Nurse, was Nationally Certified as a Massage & Bodyworker, and have studied energy medicine with various healers since the early 1990's. I have over 15 years experience as a bodyworker and healing practitioner.
Yoga has always been an important part of my life. I began a committed practice around 1993 and am currently deepening my practice through teacher training with Surya & Tias Little- Prajna Yoga. My very first yoga instructor (besides Lilias on PBS' Yoga & You ), was also a TM teacher who learned directly from the Maharishi . She formally taught me transcendental meditation which I still continue practicing today, as well as other forms of meditation.
Recently, I felt a call to cultivate and strengthen my counseling skills and was led to psychosynthesis. I'm loving the depth of the professional psychosynthesis training program I'm in, and the way those skills weave so naturally into my work. As part of this training, next year I'll be taking the exam to be a board certified coach. I'm ever curious and learning both within my own contemplations and through external sources!
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Education and Certifications
• Registered Nurse- Mary Grimes School of Nursing
• Licensed Massage Therapist- Massage Therapy Training Institute, KCMO (now called the WellSpring School of Allied Health)
• Bachelors of Fine Arts- University of Kansas with a BFA in painting
• Energy Medicine Practitioner- Hands of Light workshop with Barbara Brennan. Workshops with Ursula Gilkeson, Lawrence, KS. White Cloud Institute in Santa Fe, NM.
• Certified Angel Therapy Practitioner- certified by Doreen Virtue PhD
• Yoga Practitioner- Active practice since 1993. Prajna Yoga Teacher Training- (currently enrolled)
• Psychosynthesis Practitioner & Life Coach- Transpersonal psychology based Psychosynthesis Practitioner and Life Coach, The Synthesis Center- (currently enrolled)
Additional Coursework, Trainings and Experience
• Transcendental Meditation- one on one mentorship in 1993 and start of lifelong practice.
• Vision Quest- Weeklong workshop and 3 day Vision Quest with Brooke Medicine Eagle in Montana, 1995
• Aromatherapy and Goddess Retreats with Joan Clark, 2006-present
* Peru- 10 days in the jungle of deep contemplation and ceremony.
Angel Therapy Practitioner® - Licensed Massage Therapist (NM-LMT #7005) - RN - NCBTMB