Background & Training

I hold a Bachelors of Arts degree from The Evergreen State College where I specialized in Somatic Studies and Cultural Psychology.

I have spent the last 10 years studying various forms of dance, Traditional Chinese Martial Arts, and somatics with different teachers and have received training in Laban-Bartenieff fundamentals, and Theater For Living. As a white person learning from culturally based-practices as an outsider, I recognize the inequitable access and present as well as historical harms that have been caused to so many communities by white supremacy, colonization, and appropriation. I do not claim expertise in these practices, and while what I learn informs my approach to somatics, I do not teach specific techniques or traditions that I have not been given permission to share.

I believe deeply that to show up well in community we need mentorship, and intentional ways to learn from one another. I would not be here without the guidance, love and care of so many wise and wild people. I want to especially give thanks to my mentors Kai Cheng Thom, Lisa (a.k.a) Tiny Gray-Garcia, and Chico Herbison, among many other dear friends and loved ones who love me into accountability and show me how to live in my truth fiercely.

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