Depth and Creativity
My background is in music, literature, and expressive arts. I am here to heal through creativity-- myself and others. My own ancestral healing journey feels profoundly creative-- like opening up worlds inside the self and expanding how I experience the outside world. The connection to ancestral blessing feeds my creative expression, and I have found art making is a helpful companion in the healing process.
My work as a community musician, writer, artist, healer, and expressive arts group leader has been extremely varied, but always grounded in local community and in building wellness and creativity in people from the inside out. I have worked with all ages and in many settings, emphasizing emotional safety, experiential learning, step by step support, and freedom of expression. Many people have told me I helped them heal lifelong wounds that blocked their creativity, voice, or expression.
My interest in justice and spiritual growth has also been with me all along, urging me to find ways to keep my work financially accessible and environmentally aware. Studying the Ancestral Healing work of Daniel Foor has strengthened my core animist values and my imperative to do cultural healing work. The animist/mystic framework I operate from sees all beings and things as worthy people to relate with as respectfully as possible. It's not just living humans who are people, but also the non-living humans, the animals, the plants, the stones, the elemental forces-- the universe is alive and responsive and in conversation with us. Having good manners is important, with each other, with the earth, and with the spirits.
Hypnotherapy: Intuitive Hypnotherapy Institute 1995.
Community Choir Leadership Training 2011.
Reiki Master 2015.
Ancestral Lineage Healing Practitioner 2017.
BM Voice Performance 1986 University of the Pacific.
MA French Literature 1988 Indiana University.
PhD Candidate Comparative Literature, minor in Afro-American Studies 1991 Indiana University.