Somatic Coach they/them pronouns
My name is Stevi Kamphaus and I am a care worker, somatic coach, and developer of Transformative Somatics. Descended from German, English and Baltic ancestry, I live on the unceded lands of the Squaxin & Nisqually people, what is now known as Olympia, Washington.
I’ve spent the last decade working in social services and am always engaged in advocacy in my community. This work, as well as my own personal life struggles, made me intimately aware of the ways that so many of our systems actively strip communities and individuals of embodied cultural traditions and relationships—relationships that we evolved with and have relied on for transformative healing, connection and safety since we have been on this earth. For me, the work of social change and reclaiming embodied relationships are inseparable. Cultivating networks of social and cultural connection and collective care is the central focus of all of the work that I do. Transformative Somatics is a framework to support co-creation in our respective communities as we learn to live-into the radically connected futures that we long for.
Being a human is…complicated, but the resilience, brilliance and ingenuity to transform and reimagine ourselves and our communities lives in all of us. I invite you to join me as we grow between the cracks and inhabit the liminal spaces where there is room for all that we embody.
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.