My education and experience is grounded in transpersonal ecopsychology, multi-cultural eco-spirituality, expressive arts, and poetic medicine. I taught courses and workshops at Sofia University including ecopsychology, creative expression, and spirituality across the lifespan. I was also a mentor, advisor and program director for Sofia University.
I am a Registered Expressive Arts Educator /Consultant (REACE) through the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association. I offer poetic medicine circles with themes about nature, spirituality, self-compassion, grief and transition, and creativity. I enjoy offering guidance in contemplative and earth based practices,
I am a poet, writer and photographer and am grateful for the ways the Earth invites and inspires me.
My recent published work includes:
--poems located in,
--photography in Presence Journal (Spiritual Directors International)
Master of Transpersonal Psychology (MATP), Institute of Transpersonal Psychology now Sofia University Concentration: Creativity and Innovation with Ecopsychology and Eco Spirituality sub focus.
Multi-Cultural Eco Ministry (MTP), Center of Sacred Studies
Bachelor of Arts in Geography, The University of California, Santa Barbara Focus: Earth and atmospheric science
Professional Certificates and long term training
Registered Expressive Arts Consultant / Educator, The International Expressive Arts Therapy Association
Poetic Medicine Practitioner Certification, Institute for Poetic Medicine (in progress 3rd year)
InterSpiritual Meditation, The Spiritual Paths Institute
Transpersonal Psychology Certificate, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology which is now Sofia University
Transpersonal explorations in neuroscience, Polyvagal theory, Trauma, Buddhist approaches to wellness, Sacred Relationship, Listening with Mark Brady, Ph.D.
Non Profit Leadership Certificate, Ventura County Community Foundation and Cal Lutheran
Leadership and Mentoring Certificate, University of CA., Santa Barbara, CA.
Educator/Facilitator for Sofia University, Saybrook University, Institute of Poetic Medicine.
Associate Core Faculty at Sofia University (formerly known as The Institute of Transpersonal Psychology-ITP). Taught, mentored, advised in the following courses a) Ecopsychology, b) Creative Expression and Transformation, c) Inquiry into Creative and Innovative Process, d) Capstone Final Research Paper, e) Spiritual Practices, f) Professional Practicum, g) Ways of Knowing, h) Showcase Portfolio, i) Spiritual Dimensions across the human lifespan and j) Transpersonal approaches to creative expression. Chair of the advising committee. Provided administrative consultation, curriculum development.
Creative Expression Certificate Director for Sofia University. Developed, directed and administered Sofia University’s Creative Expression Certificate. Created guidelines & curriculum requirements across Sofia University programs, liaison with multiple department chairs. Mentored and Advised students enrolled in the certificate program; approving authority for their completion. Provided orientation seminars, webinars or conferences, liaison with the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association.
Program Development for the Spiritual Paths Institute.
Division Head of Public Service with Ventura County, CA.
Designed, developed and oversaw training modules recognizing diverse learning styles, cultural diversity, and varied education skill levels resulting in successful and holistic employee development and respectful public service. Provided a humanistic leadership style incorporating clear communication, integrity, honesty, and collaboration. Counseled, interviewed, mentored staff. Advised a board of supervisors, elected officials and the public. Division included professional, legal, workflow and customer service sections.
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