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Life is about walking each other home to who we really are.

I grew up in a single-family home with a Mom who worked her ass off to support my sister and me.  I am a product of blue-collar middle class American culture and I did everything that it told me to do.  On the outside, I was the poster child for “success.”  I worked hard in school and went to an Ivy League university.  I eventually ended up as a public school educator.  I got married and had all the material things that money could buy and were supposed to make me happy including a new home and car.  And yet, on the inside, I felt empty and alone.  Something was missing.  


A series of acute panic attacks that lasted for several years sent me on a downward spiral.  The sensations that arose in my body were unfamiliar and uncomfortable.  This led me on a journey of deep self-exploration.  Throughout the last 15 years I have ventured beyond the limits of my comfort and confronted parts of my being that had been ignored.  These discovered parts of myself revealed an inner-landscape that was worth exploring.  With the guidance of many teachers, mentors, and spiritual guides, I eventually started to find my way home. 

Home is an embodied presence that requires you to turn inward.  This is a courageous act because there will be moments when fear or doubt arise and you want to stop.  The commitment to stay on the path, even when you know that intense emotions will arise, is what will lead to a life of incredible wholeness.  I am here to serve others on the path to cultivating an embodied presence that is confident, clear, creative, and heart-centered.  To serve in this role is an honor and I have such deep gratitude for those who trust me to walk with them. 



I have served children and families for 20 years in several different capacities including teacher, school counselor, and coach.  I joined the Peace Corps after college and worked at a public high school in northern Romania as an English teacher and boys’ basketball coach.  This experience dramatically impacted my worldview and opened my eyes to so much about the human experience.  When my panic attacks started, I was introduced to the practice of mindfulness.  For the first time in my adult life, I became aware of my body.  I was invited to pay attention to my breath, something I had never done before, and it was intense.  It also provided a sense of comfort and I wanted more.  This eventually led me to India where I completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training.  I continued to explore other practices that invited me to live from the inside-out in order to bring my physical state back into balance.  These practices include breathwork, sound healing, and somatic movement.  Throughout my professional journey, I have learned how to incorporate these modalities into my work with others so that they can experience the fullness of being alive.

I am passionate about life-long learning

Below is a list of the  trainings, certifications, and degrees I have completed:


Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate (#A18430)


Doctor of Education
Learning Organizations and Strategic Change
Lipscomb University, Nashville, TN 

Specialist in Education
School Counseling
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 

Master of Science
School Counseling
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN​

Bachelor of Science
Hotel Administration
Cornell University, Ithac
a, NY

Mindfulness Trainings and Workshops:
8-Week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Course
Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
Teachers: Elmo Shade and Michelle Pearce, D.Min.

Crazy Brave: Writing and Mindfulness
Art and Soul, Nashville, TN
s: Tobi Fishel, Ph.D., and Merrill Farnsworth, L.P.C.

Introduction to Mindfulness for Mental Health Professionals
Integrative Life Center, Nashville, TN
Teachers: Chris McKenna, Dave Smith, and Vinny Ferraro
6-Week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Course
Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
Teacher: Gordon Peerman, D.Min.

Mindfulness Trainings and Workshops Related to Children:
Happy Teachers Will Change the World
Magnolia Grove Mindfulness Practice Center, Batesville, MS
Teachers: The Monastic Sisters and Brothers of Magnolia Grove Monastery
Mindful Schools K-12 Curriculum Training
Nashville, TN
Teachers: Chris McKenna, Megan Cowan, and Vinny Ferraro
Mindfulness Without Borders: Boost Well-Being, Build Connections, and Be an Education All-Star
Social and Emotional Learning Conference, Nashville, TN
Teachers: Theo Koffler and Jasmin Zeger

Mindful Awareness Practices for Children
Metro Nashville Public Schools, Nashville, TN
Teacher: Susan Kaiser Greenland
The Mindful Child: How to Help Your Kid Manage Stress and Become Happier, Kinder,
and More Compassionate
Edna Thomas Lecture Series, Nashville, TN
Teacher: Susan Kaiser Greenland
Mindfulness Practices for Healing Arts Professionals and Educators
Inner Kids, Nashville, TN
Teacher: Susan Kaiser Greenland

Mindfulness Retreats:

From Emotional Chaos to Clarity: The Power of Mindfulness and Intention to Change Your Life
St. Mary’s Sewanee, Sewanee, TN
Teacher: Phillip Moffitt
A Week of Mindfulness Practice
Magnolia Grove Mindfulness Practice Center, Batesville, MS
Teachers: The Monastic Sisters and Brothers of Magnolia Grove Monastery
Day of Mindfulness with the Magnolia Grove Monastics
Music of the Heart Sangha, Nashville, TN
Teachers: The Monastic Sisters and Brothers of Magnolia Grove Monastery
The Practice of Lovingkindness: A New Year’s Mindfulness Retreat
St. Mary’s Sewanee, Sewanee, TN
Teachers: Kathy Woods and Gordon Peerman, D.Min.

Mindfulness: The Path to Freedom (2011 and 2013)
Southern Dharma Retreat Center, Hot Springs, NC
Teacher: Tempel Smith

Yoga Teacher Trainings, Workshops, and Retreats: 
Yoga Teacher Training (300 hours)
Chakra Flow University, Charlotte, NC

Yoga Teacher Training (200 hours)
Shiva Yoga Peeth, Rishikesh, India

Inner Engineering Course
Isha Foundation, McMinnville, TN

Kundalini Yoga for a Restorative Heart
Kundalini Rising Yoga, Nashville, TN

Sound Trainings, Workshops, and Retreats: 

Sound Therapy Certification Course

Creating Frequencies, Charlotte, NC

Teacher: Shane Elks


Introduction to Drum Circle Facilitation (2020 and 2023)
Village Music Circles Global, Charlotte, NC
Teacher: Ashley Tisdale

Summer Mountain Retreat: The Intersection of Bhakti and Buddhism
The Art of Living Retreat Center, Boone, NC
Teachers: Krishna Das, Nina Rao, Raghu Markus, Sharon Salzberg, Bob Thurman, Spring Washum, Radha Weppner, and East Forest

Sound Healing Certification Course

Creating Frequencies, Charlotte, NC
Teacher: Shane Elks
The Luminous Voice: A Yogic Singing Workshop
West Asheville Yoga, Asheville, NC
Teachers: Sheela Bringi and Brent Kuecker

Bhakti and Kirtan in Mexico
International Yoga, Sayulita, Mexico
Teachers: Jai Uttal and Nubia Teixeira

Bhakti Yoga Retreat
Gray Bear Lodge, Hohenwald, TN
Teacher: Amy Barnes

Healing Sounds Intensive
Healing Sounds, Loveland, CO
Teachers: Jonathan Goldman and Andi Goldman

Make a Joyful Noise: Sound Healing Workshop
Nashville, TN
Teacher: Denise DeSimone

Breathwork Trainings, Workshops, and Retreats:

Grof Breathwork Retreat
The Healing Potential of Non-Ordinary States of Consciousness: The Legacy of Stanislav Grof
Grof Legacy Project, Santa Fe, NM
Teachers: Diane Haug, Patty Nagle, Pam Stockton, and Marianne Murray

Conscious Connected Breathwork Facilitator Training
Breathe Psychedelic School of Conscious Connected Breathwork, Tulum, Mexico 
Teacher: Lily Hardy

Wim Hof Method Advanced Workshop
Charlotte, NC
Teacher: Brandon Powell

Wim Hof Method Fundamentals Workshop
Charlotte, NC
Teacher: Brandon Powell

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