I dedicate my life to supporting my students as they uncover their own capacity to soften the sharp edges of difficulty and enhance their own mental and physical strengths. They find more of their essential vitality, ease, and sense of clarity on the way to meet the challenges and accept the joys of a full life. My teaching and consulting are skilled, professional complements to medical care, therapy and self-care. I am a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) instructor certified by the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. The faculty there including Jon Kabat-Zinn have been my most influential teachers. My teaching has been influenced also by the teaching and writings of Charlotte Joko Beck, Arthur Zajonc, and Karlfried Graf Durckheim. My way of teaching adaptive and therapeutic movement and mindful yoga have been most heavily influenced by my many years of teaching and training in MBSR and also through many years of study with Aadil Pahkaliva, and senior teachers in the schools of Anusara, Iyengar and Kripalu yoga.
I am a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, a member of the Society for Participatory Medicine and a registered teacher at the highest level of training and experience (ERYT-500) with the Yoga Alliance. I have over 8000 hours of direct classroom teaching experience. I teach mindfulness-based courses and help conduct research as affiliate faculty at Pacific University’s School of Professional Psychology. I periodically help train Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teachers with my training colleagues at the Oasis teacher training program at the Center for Mindfulness at UMass Medical School.
My collaborations in clinical research regarding mindfulness practices are often published and presented at scientific conferences. Beyond this training and professional experience I find my decade of government service, my decade of corporate work from entry level to executive, and two Peace Corps tours in Asia and Latin America have prepared me well for working with folks from many walks of life and cultures who enter my programs. I welcome you as well.
My coaching and consultation will support you or your group/organizations toward your intentions for clarity, direction, health and well being. We can arrange private or group sessions here, via distance learning (phone or Skype) or I can travel to work with you on-site. My office hours for coaching and consultation are Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays and Saturday afternoons by appointment. Contact me to set up an appointment.
I work with a broad array of organizations, governments, corporations, and educational institutions, tailoring trainings to suit culture and intentions. Review my organizational training and professional education programs for examples of my coaching and consultation work.