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My journey into mindfulness and compassion cultivation was inspired by a desire to help therapy clients reduce suffering - I learned firsthand, through personal practice, their beneficial effects on wellbeing. Ashtanga yoga provided a doorway into greater embodiment, making the stillness practices more accessible to me. I believe that we're best able to help alleviate the suffering of others when we attend to our own (as they are inseparable) and I take great joy in sharing the gifts of mindfulness and compassion with others.
I am a licensed psychologist, Certified Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) Teacher, a Trained Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP) Teacher, a co-teacher of MSC and MBSR, and a trained yoga teacher. It is my heart's work to serve as coordinator for the Midwest Alliance for Mindfulness (MAM). I have also completed Stanford University's Compassion Cultivation Training, Nonviolent Communication training, the Pachamama Game Changer Intensive for social and ecological justice, Joanna Macy's The Work That Reconnects, Socially Engaged Buddhism Certification through the Upaya Institute, and trainings in Trauma Informed Yoga and Embodied Activism. In addition to teaching mindfulness classes, workshops, retreats and seminars through MAM, I co-teach Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging and “Dying into Life: A Yearlong Experiment in Renewal, Self-Compassion, and Courage” through the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion. I believe that mindfulness can be a pathway for learning the fundamental skills necessary for personal and collective wellbeing.
Adults, Mindfulness Mentoring for Mental Health Professionals and Mindfulness Teachers