I grew up playing outside with my friends and family in Minnesota. Having a contemplative disposition, I knew at a young age that I was meant to help people and help keep the Earth beautiful. In high school I found inspiration in the revolutionary nature writers of the Transcendentalist movement and in college created the perfect combination of these passions by double majoring in Philosophy and Environmental Studies at Eckerd College.
My professional life started off working as an environmental education instructor for kids before doing a National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) program where we learned to guide trips in the backcountry. This introduced me to the world of Wilderness Therapy, where I worked as a field instructor leading teenagers on trips in Southeast Alaska and Northern Minnesota. How lucky to get paid doing what I loved – helping people connect to themselves, their loved ones and nature, even before I had actually considered becoming a therapist myself.
In 2009 I went to Massage School and started practicing at the Omega Institute – a beloved community I like to think of as a sort of Eutopia–Hogwarts-Adult summer camp. From there I took my massage career to awesome Telluride, CO for about 7 years, where I also worked as a snowboard instructor . Here I was gifted the opportunity to do bodywork for Lizard Head Cycling Guides, an amazing gig where I enjoyed riding and working some incredible tours of the Southwest.
In 2011 I received my doula training, which opened my eyes to the social/political/spiritual/philosophical/psychological implications of birth as a sacred rite of passage. I felt called to continue learning the Wise Woman Traditions and studied with a master herbalist/midwife in Peru, then did a year long midwifery course with the Matrona.
I carried this passion for birth while pursuing my Master’s degree in Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling at Buddhist affiliated Naropa University. My thesis looked at using Mindfulness and EMDR therapy to prevent and treat birth trauma – essentially helping to promote a secure attachment bond between mom and baby that has a lasting imprint towards positive relationships and holistic health throughout life.
In my practice I consider myself a Transpersonal Doula – guiding and facilitating clients through uncomfortable transitions by encouraging and empowering the ability to Be with whatever the present moment brings, in order to skillfully move through it. Ecopsychology and Ecofeminism largely inform the theory and practice of True Nature Therapeutics.
I have a strong commitment to fulfilling my highest purpose of Protecting the Sacred, and by offering my services to facilitate healing for others so that all beings may be liberated. My daily practice and active lifestyle are what keep me nourished, balanced, and tapped into Source, including: meditation, yoga, qi gong, running, dancing, singing, hiking, camping, skiing/snowboarding, traveling, ceramics, volleyball, reading, connecting with friends and family, and exploring adventures in our awesome playground of Mother Earth. My personal mantra is to: Cultivate Humility, Gratitude and Trust in the Beauty Way of Living in the Heart with Wisdom, Compassion, and Equanimity. I’m currently living the dream on a permaculture farm in Lyons, CO, where I get to plant and nurture food, medicines and community.