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Mindfulness

The practice of being present right here, right now.

 

I didn't start meditating because I thought it was a nice idea - I started meditating because I felt like I was always moving at the speed of light and I didn't know how to stop. I fell in love with the practice of mindfulness and before long, I was teaching people at the nonprofit where I worked.

If you're an individual looking for a safe place to explore and deepen your practice, let's talk. Meditation mentoring is one of my favorite places to grow with others.

Mindfulness has been key in my recovery from substance abuse. If you are looking for a pathway to love life again in your recovery, or interested in exploring your relationship to drugs/alcohol/food/sugar, I would be honored to work with you.

If you're with a group, organization, or school, I now lead self-care and meditation workshops. I've taught in residential retreat settings, at one-time gatherings, conferences, workshops, and led ongoing classes.

We'll do grounding exercises and use ritual to come into a shared space. Using trauma-informed practices, I will guide you into becoming present in an embodied way and so that you may discover the "hidden wholeness" within (thank you Parker Palmer for those words!).

 
 
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Coaching

when you ask: what is on the other side of this feeling?

You're a helper who is feeling stuck. A healer who is feeling burned out. A seeker who isn't sure where to go. An independent person who fears they may be a little too dependent on _(insert substance here)_.

I want to help you turn your lived experiences into your resilient resources as you identify ways to shift, transform and heal. The result? You'll be fully present as you inhabit a life you love.

When we work together, you will move past your fear-based stories that limit you. But rest assured, this is not about wishful thinking. My approach is holistic and intersectional in nature, meaning all of you and your life experiences will be honored, including the very real ways that oppressive systems in the culture limit, oppress, and constrain us.

If you're in recovery and want to know what lies beyond the 12 steps, or if those words totally wig you out but you really want to talk to someone who "gets it" when it comes to how you view alcohol/drugs/food/you name it, let's talk.

 

Photo credit: Fid Thompson

 
 
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Restorative Justice

FROM CONFLICT TO CONNECTION

"Restorative justice is a philosophy, and an attendant set of dialogue-based practices, that center a community around equitable and inclusive relationships of trust, understanding, and collaboration. It has its roots in indigenous approaches to living in relationship with one another, including traditions of storytelling in circle and re-integration of those who have harmed other members of the community. These practices are trauma-informed and provide ample opportunities for social-emotional learning" for all involved.” *

I offer solutions for individuals, schools, and community organizations to build connection and repair conflict. I bring years of experience in community and peacebuilding circles in classroom and group settings. I also facilitate processes for repairing harm through the Community Conferencing model and using Responsive Circles for youth in Washington, DC.

*(This lovely definition comes from SchoolTalk/Restorative DC)