My own healing journey began after a nearly fatal car accident in 1996. The doctors were amazed by my “miraculous” physical recovery. I had been receiving Reiki while in the hospital, and afterwards, from both near and far. And within a year after the accident, I began receiving Massage, CranioSacral, and Acupuncture regularly as well, all from the same therapist who also recommended nutritional counseling and the book Healing With Whole Foods by Paul Pitchford. At the age of seventeen, I knew that someday I wanted to help people the way this therapist was helping me.
But first, after college, I took a brief detour through law school before finally making it to the Heartwood Institute in Garberville, California, to attend Paul Pitchford’s Asian Healing Arts & Whole Foods Nutrition Program. I extended my stay at Heartwood to complete the Massage Therapist training as well.
It was at Heartwood that I first discovered a love for qigong and a desire to teach. I’m a Certified Sheng Zhen Gong Teacher and have been studying Sheng Zhen Gong (shung jen goong), the Qigong of Unconditional Love, directly with the principal teacher, Master Li Junfeng, since 2006. This qigong changed my life by opening my Heart and helping me to experience more joy and less worries. This inspired me to become a teacher, and I’ve been teaching since 2008, as well as assisting the International Sheng Zhen Society with my writing and editing and communication skills.
In addition to Sheng Zhen Gong certification, in 2010 I became a Supreme Science Qigong Instructor, and am currently certified to teach Level 1, Level 2, Breath Empowerment, and 9-Breath Circles. To see where I have taught in the past, click here. To see where I am currently teaching, visit the Classes and Workshops page.
I’m also a Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner (CHHP) through the American Association of Drugless Practitioners and a Nationally Certified, Washington State Licensed Massage Practitioner with more than 1000 hours of training. In addition to receiving certificates in Asian Healing Arts (ie., Shiatsu) & Healing with Whole Foods as well as Massage Therapy from the Heartwood Institute, I have also successfully completed many continuing education courses and trainings; for a list, click here.
After enjoying a successful private practice in Anacortes, WA and Seattle from 2007 to 2011, I gave up my massage and craniosacral practice to focus on qigong, writing when I was called to Austin, where Master Li Junfeng is based, to study Sheng Zhen Gong with him on a regular basis as well as to help him revise Return to Oneness and assist him in writing the instructional books for the advanced organ forms. I am also the writing and publicity manager for the International Sheng Zhen Society and recently completed getting their new website launched. For more on my personal experience with Sheng Zhen, click here.
Because of my extensive experiences with healing modalities since 1996, and the excellent training received over the years, I am extra sensitive to my students’ and clients’ needs, the complexities and multi-dimensional aspects of healing, and I always treat my clients and students as I would wish to be treated: with respect and gentleness, with kindness and compassion, and with grounded presence.
Please contact me with any questions. Thank you!