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“Bring yourself into conscious movement, and you will find that new doorways spontaneously open to unseen possibilities.”
Director of SomaSpace & Move with Ease
Jacqueline Rubinstein is dedicated to creative, powerful, healing movement that makes you feel good. She has been a catalyst in the Improvisational Dance and Feldenkrais Method scenes since 2004. She is the proud director/owner of SomaSpace: Movement Arts & Healing Center, and Move With Ease, her Chronic Pain & Repetitive Injury Recovery Practice.
She has been dancing since 1994 and fell deeply in love with the innovative and life-affirming world of Improvisational Movement in 2003. Completing a degree in Improvisationally-based Choreography at Wesleyan University gave Jacqueline a strong foundation in teaching creative movement to people with diverse backgrounds. She has led hundreds of creative and somatic movement classes.
After a severe concussion and a pinched nerve, Jacqueline was incredibly blessed to find the Feldenkrais Method. Lost and frustrated after all the traditional Western forms of healing were insufficient, she tried an introductory Feldenkrais workshop on a whim, and she fell in love!
The powerfully gentle and insightful somatic education of the Feldenkrais Method has been an incredible learning journey, leading her to become a practitioner and open her Feldenkrais practice, Move With Ease, in Portland, Oregon in 2011. She also serves as the Outreach Director for the Feldenkrais Method Professional Training Programs.
She specializes in helping folks suffering from chronic pain and repetitive injuries to make foundational changes to their movement patterns creating fundamental, lasting relief and a profound transformation of one’s relationship to self and life. For more information about Move With Ease, please visit: www.FeldenkraisPortland.com
Combining her passions for Improvisational Movement and the Feldenkrais Method, housed in the gorgeous SomaSpace studio, is a dream come true! Balancing the gentle, slow, deeply functional movements of the Feldenkrais Method with the limitless, creative, free-form movements of Improvisational Movement has brought great joy and healing to Jacqueline’s life, and she looks forward to sharing her passion with you through her classes, events, and individual sessions.
To contact Jacqueline: email@example.com / 971.373.4059
Andrée (pronounced On-dray) Culpepper is fortunate to have taken her lifelong love for dance and allowed it to guide her to choreograph and lead group fitness and dynamic dance exercise classes for over 20 years.
As a heavy child that avoided exercising in public due to embarrassment and body shame, the simple act of buying a fun workout ensemble motivated her at 19 to find her personal fitness, the thing that she would feel motivated to go back to again and again. Aerobics seemed a natural progression for one who had always loved dance so Andrée proceeded to “try on” many classes which finally led her to the instructor and group that she wanted to give her energy to. That same instructor encouraged her to eventually get trained and certified to teach classes herself.
Now Andrée gets to continue the work she loves: teaching Zumba, Zumba Gold, Senior Dance Fitness, Core on the Ball, The Lift and her fun fusion of low impact moves + conditioning to World music, called U-Vigorate.
To contact Andrée: firstname.lastname@example.org
Anita Stryker is the founder of “Body-Led Singing” in Portland, OR where she teaches holistic singing lessons, coaches people on their speaking voices, and facilitates group “Body-Led Singing” classes and workshops where the techniques of healthy singing and speaking are taught through breath-connected movement. Anita has a B.A. in voice from UCSC and has studied with Sally Munro, an Alexander Technique teacher and Linda Brice, founder of Transformational Voice. Anita is also a certified Transformational Voice teacher.
Anita is passionate about drawing out people’s authentic expression in every sense – particularly through the body and voice.
Anita has over 10 years of training in the art of classical and non-classical singing but feels that her real expertise comes from the compassion and wisdom that she has developed through her own personal healing journey with voice. Through this journey she has come to understand the intersection of the spiritual, emotional and physical aspects of speaking and singing.
Anita is also the creator of Subconscious Voice Repatterning, a certified Life Coach, hypnotist and Yoga instructor – and integrates the full spectrum of her training and intuition in working with private voice and speech clients.
Coming to the US from Germany at the age of twelve, Antje Martina Schäefer grew up with her feet constantly in more than one culture. Her passion for movement to music has been a prime connector to spirit and source of joy, as well as a gateway to finding connection to others in community. As her bi-cultural upbringing ignited the desire to strive for deeper understanding and communion with all humans, dance has revealed itself as a perfect parallel to life in this diverse world.
Accessing the rich creative community of San Francisco, she discovered a gift for bridging and cross-pollinating ideas between communities, a passion that still drives her work today. Antje tested her own creative powers through the world of art and music event production and tapped into new, vibrant outlets for her dancing and personal discovery through transformational festivals of the West Coast beginning in 2009.
Through discovering blues and fusion partner dance in 2012, she became exposed to a whole new level of connection made possible through movement. Awe-inspired, she envisioned the first Connexus, a day-long conscious partner dance event, which Wren LaFeet and she co-produced six months later.
Her focus is on how the dance can enhance and expand relationships into a deeply connected, honest and powerful tool for personal, interpersonal and transpersonal co-creation, discovery, and appreciation. She has spent the last year weaving her life experiences with the dance as an active co-creator of the Cocréa teachings of ‘dance as life’, while simultaneously being schooled again and again, by her students and of course, life itself.
Audrey Steele is a Life Coach and Yoga instructor with a lifetime of experience in dance and performance. She graced the stages of the Bay Area burlesque circuit from 2009-2013 and from there realized her passion for sharing this art form with other women. Audrey is a skilled facilitator who has a gift for welcoming women to the taboos of sexuality and seduction. She creates a fun and dynamic space while keeping it authentic and grounded. She is really committed to every women finding her inner Diva and letting it shine!
Ben Rosen began his journey into the world of Qigong his senior year of high school. Ben was diagnosed with a pituitary brain tumor that brought his entire endocrine hormone system completely out of balance. Western medicine was able to help correct the hormone imbalance, however the side effects of the medication were incredibly harsh on the body. The medication produced severe brain fog and fatigue that debilitated Ben’s ability to live a normal life. A synchronistic event lead him to discovering the practice of Qigong and then everything changed, suddenly his health returned. The more Qigong he practiced the more the brain fog and fatigue went away. With Qigong, Ben’s mental clarity and physical stamina returned. Ben knew that he had found something truly special. It was from this healing experience that Ben decided to dedicate his life to the pursuit and study of Qigong.
Ben is one of a select few people in the world to ever have graduated Grandmaster Michael Lomax’s Clinical Qigong Certification program. Michael Lomax trained for years in the Clinical Qigong Healing Hospital in Baoding, China. An entire hospital in which the only form of treatment offered was Qigong energy projection. The Baoding Qigong Hospital had amazing clinical result rates and treated everyone from car wreck victims to stroke patients. It is this tradition of Qigong healing that Ben carries as a Qigong energy healer and as a Qigong movement instructor. Ben’s greatest passion and goal in life is to share the ancient shamanic teachings of Qigong with the world.
Breana DePriest moved to Portland in 2013 and began practicing yoga immediately. Recognizing that yoga has the power to help people regain control of their lives, she sought out teacher training, completing a 200-hour Ashtanga Vinyasa training in Rishikesh, India in February of 2016. Hoping to make yoga accessible for all people, she offers donation based yoga classes on a sliding scale.
To contact Breana: email@example.com / Facebook: Breana DePriest
Fifteen years ago, Carlton Grew walked into Scott Kelman’s free introductory improvisation workshop and has never stopped doing the work. Carlton joined the workshop simply for a new, creative experience. Instead, the work led him on a transformational journey.
Originally uninterested in performance, the work led him to perform with The Tuesday Group, the Agnieszka Laska Dancers, and, recently, an autobiographical show entitled “Bag of Hammers.” He is thrilled to have the opportunity to guide others through the same inspiring journey and to share Kelman’s work.
To contact Carlton: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chameli Ardagh is a leading pioneer in contemporary feminine spirituality, and she has inspired thousands of women around the world with her breakthrough methods for living and embodying feminine awakening. She is especially appreciated for her love of mythology and storytelling as a method for illuminating our hidden strength and beauty.
As a teen, Chameli embarked on her journey as a spiritual explorer, which, at the age of twenty, led her to India, which she has returned to more than fifteen times. She has studied with many remarkable mentors and undergone thousands of hours of intense practice of meditation and spiritual studies. The last 15 years she has been a student of ShantiMayi, a wisdom teacher based in India and France.
Chameli has taken every opportunity to become adept in her field through her own practice as well as through extensive training in group dynamics, meditation and spiritual counseling. She is the initiator of a global network of groups for women, and the author of two books on feminine empowerment and spirituality, which have been published in three languages.
Chameli was featured in the book Ordinary Women, Extra-ordinary Wisdom: The Feminine face of Awakening by Rita Marie Robinson, M.A, a collection of conversations with women spiritual teachers. She was also featured in The Translucent Revolution by Arjuna Ardagh, as an authority on feminine spiritual practice and in Hope Beneath Our Feet by Martin Koegh.
Chameli was born in Norway and now lives in Northern California with her husband Arjuna and her cat, Angel.
To contact Chameli: https://awakeningwomen.com
David Sutcliffe is an actor (Gilmore Girls), filmmaker (Group: A Documentary Series), and Certified Radical Aliveness Core Energetics Practitioner. He founded Radical Aliveness Toronto in 2012, helping to establish a now thriving RA community. He is on the faculty of the Radical Aliveness Institute, and teaches workshops in Los Angeles, Toronto and around the United States.
“I am interested in creating a space where people can experience themselves in a new way; where they don’t have to hold anything back; where they can experiment and take risks, discovering creative and empowering ways to bring their gifts to the world.”
For more information: www.RadicalAliveness.org
Georgena Eggleston, M.A., CRS, LSP is America’s Grief Guide, as CEO of Beyond Your Grief, LLC. Georgena is an author, speaker and teacher. She is trained in countless healing modalities including Rubenfeld Synergy Method, and is a Licensed Spiritual Practitioner. More than training, Georgena has walked the path of Grief loosing her son to suicide in 1998, and other family members suddenly. These credentials coupled with life expertise as a speech-language pathologist, rehab director, and owner of a Home Care Agency provide you practical tested self-care tools. Georgena sees private therapy clients. She facilitates Grief Relief Gatherings and Grief Cafes to teach the tools of Mindful Grieving and Intentional Mourning to grieving people and the professionals who serve them. Her book, A New Mourning: Discovering the Gifts in Grief, is available now at Amazon.com and www.beyondyourgrief.com.
Heather Michet is a Ceremonial Songstress who weaves lyrical, a cappella vocals throughout a wide array of ceremonies in a myriad of settings. From weddings in the woods, graveside memorials, and ashes scatterings at the shore, to house blessings, birthday parties, and natural births in bedrooms, her Celtic style voice embraces the heart and stirs the spirit of all who gather to celebrate meaningful life events.
Jennifer Oechsner believes in a holistic approach to wellness. Living a vibrant life means good nutrition, a healthy lifestyle and consistent exercise. In her professional practice, Jennifer addresses each of these components to assist her clients in achieving optimal health and wellness. “Warrior-Flow is about finding your flow, your path, to your best self.”
Jennifer assists her clients in finding balance with a wellness program that includes an individualized nutrition plan, exercise recommendations and mindfulness practices. “As a nutritionist, yoga instructor, martial artist and personal trainer I draw from each area of expertise to help my clients meet and surpass their goals.”
Jennifer has been living and teaching yoga in Portland for six years and has been a student of martial arts for 16 years. She can be found around town teaching and practicing each of her crafts. She also hosts local and international wellness retreats.
Jon Schreiber is the director of the Breema Center, the world headquarters for teaching Breema and certifying Breema practitioners. He is also the founder and director of the Breema Clinic in Oakland, California, which focuses on the transformational tools of Breema, Self-Breema and the Nine Principles of Harmony. He teaches workshops nationally and internationally, and is the author of many books on the philosophy, principles and practice of Breema.
To contact Jon and Breema instructors: www.breema.com
Kendall Moyer views movement as a powerful tool for personal empowerment. Her training in yoga, dance, and hooping led her to uncover her passion for teaching as a means for transformation and healing. Yoga came into her life as an extension of her meditation practice, bringing balance, guidance, and deepened awareness. She obtained her YTT 200 through Awakened Spirit Yoga in December of 2015. Kendall’s classes are intended to improve quality of life on and off the mat.
As an inspirator of feminine celebration and a movement motivator, Paulette Rees-Denis travels the globe teaching and coaching using feminine dance, words, and desires. Her passion and work is ultimately about guiding you on your journey. She is a Life coach – Movement, Momentum, and Magic – and uses the inspiring and motivational tools of her Dance and Desire methodology, to follow your soul desires through movement and dance, words, and personal creative freedom, opening to your wild spirit and your individual beauty.
Paulette is a creative lifestyle entrepreneur, coach, founder of the global-wide community of Gypsy Caravan Tribal Bellydance®, and author of the timeless and empowering book, Tribal Vision: A Celebration of Life Through Tribal Belly Dance.
Renee Greiner studied yoga with Annie Carpenter where she received her 500-hour YA certification. She developed a home yoga and meditation practice while also studying 5 Rhythms with Kate Shela in Los Angeles. While yoga frees her from muscular aches and pains, meditation allows her to more freely access her own truth and to discard the useless. She’s really interested in meditation as a way to ask, “How can I get more free?” and “How can I be present to both the dark shadow within myself and the world?” She has decided to follow her gut and teach meditation because she feels a strong calling to create safe, queer-centered space where people can feel safe to explore deeply.
Russell Delman has dedicated his life to the study of human transformation through more than 45 years of both Zen meditation and many years of awareness study. He began offering Feldenkrais classes in 1975 and has helped train more than 2500 Feldenkrais® professionals. He is deeply indebted to his close personal relationships with Dr. Feldenkrais and Dr. Eugene Gendlin, founder of Focusing. Russell credits his more than 40 years of marriage and his experience as a father for his deepest learning. He is the founder of The Embodied Life School and guides mentorship programs, seminars and retreats throughout the world.
For a more complete biography and other information about The Embodied Life School: www.russelldelman.com
Ruth Zaporah has been in a dance studio since the age of three. In her thirties she began exploring improvisation as both a training method and a performance practice. Ruth has written many books and articles about physical theater improvisation. She twice received NEA choreography grants as well as numerous other tributes and honors. She takes her work to most continents. Ruth has been designated a Cultural Envoy by the U.S. State Department. Her home is in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Siere Munro’s class offerings are strongly rooted in her love of somatic movement, coupled with a diversely broad palate for music and an innate joy of creative expression. Her mission is to guide and support people of all backgrounds into embodied, soulful movement experiences.
Her background is a rich tapestry of experience in the healing arts, expressive arts, fitness and dance. She is a graduate of Tamalpa Institute for Expressive Arts, with an emphasis on Somatic Movement Therapy. She is a member of the Nia Technique Teaching Faculty. She trains teachers to teach Nia, Moving to Heal throughout the U.S. and Europe. Siere teaches Nia, Moving to Heal and Dance as Prayer; a conscious movement exploration and Divine conversation for body and soul.
To contact Siere: email@example.com
In 1972, Stephanie Rosenblatt began a 44-year journey of self discovery with Wu Tai Chi Masters, Mr. Chow Chian-Chi and his wife Mrs. Chow Leung. As a young working mother of two, Stephanie found their lessons in this ancient, but gentle martial art began to strengthen, energize and spiritually re-charge her in a way she had never experienced before.
Now a Portland based Master Teacher in her late sixties, Stephanie has realized Tai Chi is a pathway to “Internal Youth”, stimulating and transporting the body’s powerful inner CHI in much the same way that acupuncture releases energy blockages, boosting one’s immune system response.
Tai Chi strengthens the heart muscle, initiates the relaxation response, lowers blood pressure, releases muscle tension, stretches every muscle and ligament, lubricates joints, is weight bearing which is great for maintaining bone mass and releases those smiling “t”-cells that love to boost the immune system. Tai Chi is brain aerobics as it sharpens the mind. And creates flexibility that enhances one’s performance in other activities. It’s a gentle yet subtle, powerful exercise, one can improve as one ages. There are many studies proving the benefits Tai Chi provides for people with arthritis, diabetes type-2, fibromyalgia, etc.
Tai Chi offers us the opportunity to become toddlers once again as we explore a new world of movement. The class eventually progresses into moving meditation. Stephanie invites you to explore the world of Tai Chi… a delightful pathway to radiant health.
If interested in a Beginner’s Class at SomaSpace, on Wednesdays from 10:00am – 10:45am, please let Stephanie know.
Susan Landa has owned and operated retail stores for over 27 years. She founded The Fossil Cartel, a gem, mineral and jewelry store in downtown Portland, in 1989. She also owned and operated Let It Bead, a full-service bead store, for 16 years. Her newest dream is to open permanent brick-and-mortar red tents around the country, to empower women and help shift the negative paradigm around women’s cycles into a positive celebration. If you believe women should have a place to go to in order to connect with other women, relax, reflect and celebrate what it means to be a woman, we ask you to join her mission.
Years ago, when Susan first read The Red Tent by Anita Diamant, it awakened a call in her: “Each month when my moon came around, I’d think, ‘Darn it! I wish there were a red tent I could go to!’” Susan felt the void not only for herself, but for all women. Her mission is to make the red tent concept more mainstream, encouraging women to honor and celebrate their cycles. She believes our culture is finally ready for this paradigm shift from dishonoring to revering the female moon cycle.
Susan is currently working to start a business of modern day red tents called Moondays. The first one will be in Portland and serve as a model to franchise. Once Moondays has amassed enough followers, Susan will crowd source the start-up capital. Here are some of the benefits of the business model:
• It will encourage women to take time out for themselves and be with other women, reflect, get feedback, learn, relax and pamper themselves.
• The space would be open and easily accessible every day! Women could come and go or stay for a while.
• It would give women meaningful jobs and a means to own their own businesses through the franchise system.
• It would be a fixture in the business world. This will create a dialog in the mainstream to help shift the repressive, old, negative paradigm around menstruation.
Under the guidance of Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, the Tergar Meditation Group of Portland holds regular teachings and community events in and around Portland, Oregon. As a community of friends exploring the practice of meditation, we gather regularly to practice, study, and host regular visits by Mingyur Rinpoche. We also offer retreats and seminars on the practice of meditation and the fundamentals of Buddhist practice.
Mingyur Rinpoche’s approach to meditation focuses on the practice of mindfulness, which unlocks the door to a calm mind, compassionate heart and insight into the challenges of day-to-day life. Rinpoche’s teachings emphasize universal principles that are of profound benefit to people of all faiths and belief systems. Whether you are new to meditation or a seasoned practitioner wanting to deepen your practice, please join us.