My Teachers

Learning is my process.

Learning that is encountering, exploring, unlearning, connection, risk, acceptance, and action.

I’ve been fortunate to find incredible teachers with each turning. Below are links to some writers, thinkers and development collectives, and my education in social & organizational transformation, and embodiment and mindfulness.

WRITERS, THINKERS AND SPACES – favourite, key, and current

adrienne maree brownPleasure Activism and Emergent Strategy, guides for liberatory practices in today’s social justice and collective transformation.

Leanne Betasamosake SimpsonAs We Have Always Done: Indigenous Freedom Through Radical Resistance – essential reading. anything she writes or sings.

Robin Wall KimmererBraiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants. the bliss and science of world interconnectedness.

David AbramBecoming Animal: An Earthly Cosmology, reconnecting our sensate experiences with the reciprocal, communicating world.

Marion Woodman – forerunner of field guides to embodied collective consciousness.

bell hooks – clear words on racism, feminism, activism and engagement.

Carmen Maria Machado – my fave recent fiction: feminist, surreal pop uplift.

Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice at the University of British Columbia – opening the field of art, activism and academic rigour, with public events.

Gregory BatesonSteps to an Ecology of Mind – this early systems thinker exposes the affects of European binary thinking, comparing global collective and systemic processes.

 

Master of Arts, Transformational Psychology and Human Systems Development,  Saybrook University, CA, 2015

This immersion-residential masters program brought transformational psychology together with the systemic issues of racism, trauma, isolation and power abuse. Certifications included Executive Coaching, System Constellations and Process Work. Advisors: Dr. Mark Jones on Social Complexity and Buddhist Embodiment, and Dr. George Callan, Jungian scholar. My thesis on Indigenous-Ally Collaboration focused on somatics, story and identity in emergent, relationship-based development, connecting liberatory practices with collective reconciliation, leading to the Restoring Circles Project.

Somatics & Embodiment Training & Research

I’ve kept an (almost!) daily yoga and meditation practice for 25 years. Embodiment and Somatics training has been essential to my work in liberatory process, social innovation, collective development and Indigenous-Ally collaboration.

Mariah Moser, www.returningtograce:  Mariah’s curriculum in Somatics, Trauma and Psychotherapy is award-winning, integrating the latest brain & physiology of trauma research with embodied practices for release, re-connecting, and healing, 2014-15.

Dance Troupe Practice Research & Improvisation Group embodiment & movement expression in group dynamics & collective space with Luciana Freire D’Anunciacao and Zoe Kreye.

Joanne Baines, of the School for Body Mind Centering, CA. Joanne’s trainings in embodied anatomy – from spine to nervous system to organs to endocrine – connected the lastest research, the body’s complexity, and ways of engaging our embodied knowing, expression, belonging and action.

Yoga & Meditation:

  • Constellation Circles & Chi Gung with Brian Mount of WholeBody Living, since 2014.
  • Mountain Rain Zen Community, participant since 2016.
  • Lana Maree, Rize Yoga: embodiment, Chi Gung, and encountering, since 2014.
  • Mary Paffard, Yoga Mendocino: immersions in anatomy, unblocking identity, and collective encountering, 2007-2012.
  • Yandara Yoga Institute, Yoga Teaching Certification: focus on embodiment, intention and meditation, 2010.
Community & Organizational Change

The Eastside Institute NY: performance & art as collective practices to reframe identity, relationship, and social dynamics to transform of cultures of violence, 2007-09.

Training for Change Institute, PA: immersion trainings in liberatory processes for anti-oppression facilitation, with founder George Lakey, 2002–03.

Community Economic Development certificate at SFU, 2001-03;

Justice Institute of BC Conflict Resolution & Mediation Program, 1996-98;

UBC BA, Cross-Cultural Communication, Rhetoric and Creative Writing 1990