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I utilize nutrition with my training in Imaginal psychology, clinical hypnosis, the expressive arts, and the labyrinth as a metaphor for our path through life. My training as a nutritional consultant has given me the resources to teach others how to use real food for nurturing and to achieve well-being in mind, spirit and body.
Blooming where we are, regardless of what is happening around us and within us, is an amazing and important part of being human.
Life has given me many opportunities to explore this resiliency through my own twists and turns and through my studies in Imaginal psychology, my spiritual practice, and as a nutritional consultant. I am also a poet and an artist and bring these aspects of creativity and the joy of expression to my personal work and my work with others.
I have struggled with weight and health issues all of my life. I grew up in the non-fat, low-fat, processed food era and until I learned the importance of eating real, organic foods and in the right proportions, I found that I was actually starving myself and gaining weight at the same time. I've tried every diet and quick fix available to try and loose stubborn fat, especially as I've moved into menopause and experienced major losses in my life. In 2014 I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, which is an autoimmune disease that attacks the thyroid. My cholesterol was high and I found out that not only was I pre-diabetic, but that my liver and kidneys were compromised. I knew then that I had to find a new way of taking care of myself, or continue a downward spiral of failing health. I had some great mentoring that supported me in turning my attention to eating for health and discovered a means of not only loosing weight, but changing life-long patterns of unhealthy eating and reversing my problematic health issues. I also had to navigate my way through a maze of practitioners until I found the help I needed with the right medication and supplements that worked for me. I am now enjoying a vibrant and healthy life and learning something new every single day.
I used the Santa Rosa Labyrinth© (an original labyrinth design that I created in 1997) in my doctoral research at the Institute of Imaginal Studies (renamed Meridian University) to explore and demonstrate the psychological significance of the labyrinth. My research focused specifically on the relevance of the life-long process of individuation with particular attention to the transitional period of adolescence using the labyrinth as a container for these explorations.
In the early nineteen-nineties I stepped into my first labyrinth and the course of my life was forever changed. My curiosity of these beautiful archetypal mandalas led me to create a number of contemporary labyrinth designs, including the Santa Rosa Labyrinth©, the SNOOPY™ Labyrinth for the Charles M. Schulz Museum, the Ladybug Labyrinth for children (and adults) as well as many traditional and contemporary personal designs. For many years I facilitated labyrinth installations for public and religious organizations, corporations, and individuals throughout Northern California and across the United States. In 2008, my Santa Rosa Labyrinth design was installed on the first green roof top garden by the American Psychological Association in Washington, DC. I have given classes and experiential labyrinth talks at Sonoma State University, Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa High School, Luther Burbank Home and Gardens, and to numerous organizations including the Labyrinth Society and the Philanthropic Education Organization (PEO). I was the keynote speaker at the 4th annual New England Labyrinth Guild Festival in 2005, the Northwest Labyrinth Gathering in 2007, and one of the three featured speakers at the 2009 International Labyrinth Society Gathering.
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I live and work in the heart of the downtown of Santa Rosa, California. I am a sixth generation Californian with family roots in grape growing and wine making in the Alexander and San Joaquin Valleys of California. My love of food, the arts and history come from both sides of my family lineage and have provided me with fertile soil to grow and flourish in. I have many experiences to share... through my blog, my art, and how my being of service to others fills my soul.
Be this radiant
light, lifting your soul skyward...
dancing on this earth...