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“Bring yourself into conscious movement, and you will find that new doorways spontaneously open to unseen possibilities.”

Jacqueline Rubinstein

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: jacqueline@somaspace.us / 971.373.4059

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Andree Culpepper

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: aculpepper11@gmail.com

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Anita Stryker

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.

To contact Anita: anita@anitastryker.com / anitastryker.com / bodyledsinging.com

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Antje Schaefer

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.

To contact Antje: connect@nomaddance.comwww.nomaddance.com

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Ben Rosen

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.

To contact Ben: qiclinicpdx@gmail.comwww.qiclinicpdx.com

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Breana DePriest

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:  breanadepriest@gmail.com / Facebook: Breana DePriest

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Carlton Grew

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: nwrain99@yahoo.com

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Chameli Ardagh

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

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Jon Schreiber

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

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Kendall Moyer

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.

To contact Kendall:  11movementmedicine11@gmail.com / www.11movementmedicine11.com 

 

 

 

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Paulette Rees-Denis

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.

To contact Paulette:
paulette@gypsycaravan.us / www.paulettereesdenis.com

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Renee Greiner

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.

To contact Renee: renee@blacksheepyoga.com / www.blacksheepyoga.com / Dyke Yoga event on meetup.com

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Sara Bethell

Sara Bethell is one of the top MELT Instructors who has trained exclusively with the creator of the MELT Method, Sue Hitzmann. She is thrilled to have introduced this revolutionary self-care tool to the active and dynamic population of Portland, Oregon! Sara was hooked on MELT from the first session more than 10 years ago, when she felt and saw the changes a few simple but specific movements could produce. She quickly learned techniques that erased her chronic knee pain and couldn’t wait to share these discoveries with others! Sara also holds a Brown Belt in the Nia Technique, which she has enjoyed for almost 20 years.

To contact Sara: info@sarabethell.com / www.sarabethell.com

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Siere Munro

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: siere.munro@nianow.com

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Susan Landa

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.

To contact Susan: susan@moondays.com / www.moondays.com

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Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

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.

To contact Tergar group coordinators, Lyle and Diane McQueen-Smith:
portland@tergar.org / www.tergar.org/portland

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Zane Lazos

Zane Lazos is a musician and composer originally hailing from the Pacific Northwest region of the United States who fuses the distinctive and otherworldly sound of the Turkish bowed and plucked tanbur and other instruments with the art of live looping and world music sound design. Zane draws from his background in Western classical percussion, rock bass guitar, and study with Turkish music masters in the United States, Turkey, and Greece (Sadun Aksüt, Timuçin Çevikoğlu, Evgenios Voulgaris) to blend the ancient with the contemporary in a journey that charts new musical waters wherever they may lead.

To contact Zane: zanelazos.com/contact / www.zanelazos.com

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Sara-Eleanor Yarbrough

Sara-Eleanor Yarbrough is a world-traveling Sound Healing Practitioner, Raw Foods Instructor, and Holistic Health Counselor serving the Pacific NW, Southern California, the Midwest, and Europe.

She has trained and toured with some of the world’s top sound masters, and trained over 500 raw chefs in pastry, nutrition, and fine dining. Currently she serves the metro Portland area sharing the bliss and power of gong meditation, distributing gongs and various instruments, and runs a raw vegan superfoods company.

Her sound meditations marry the arts of sound meditation, mindfulness, shamanic clearing, poetry, mysticism, kundalini yoga, and improvisational music using a variety of ancient and modern healing instruments played concert-style. These meditations are crafted with the intention to gently crack open and clear the heart in an energetically protected space, allowing the mind to dissolve and giving the listener the opportunity to create community and love within themselves.

This self-love radiates out to positively influence our external environments and loved ones, raising the vibration of our relationships to increase communication, relieve stress, and increase harmony in one’s life.

To contact Sara:
radiantgongimmersions@gmail.com 

 www.radiantgongimmersions.com

 

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Orryelle Defenestrate-Bascule

Orryelle Defenestrate-Bascule is an esoteric artist in many media, including painting, writing, sculpture, sound and performance art.

He is the writer-director of Australian-based Metamorphic Ritual Theatre Company who have presented many major original productions based in (and updating/mutating) various ancient mythos, and he often performs and exhibits internationally (US, UK, Europe).

His work engages with connecting the subconscious and conscious through employment of magical and mythical symbols and archetypes, as a part of the vanguard of current resurgence in esoteric arts balanced between the conceptual and emotive.

His ‘Tela Quadrivium’ series of hardback alchemical art books are published by Fulgur Limited (the final volume of four ‘Distillatio’ June 2015); his text-based book ‘Time Fate and Spider Magic’ by Avalonia Books (UK), and The Book of Kaos Tarot from iNSPiRALink.Multimedia Press.

 

To contact Orryelle: odxob@yahoo.com

 

 

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Sara Naon Jimenez

Sara Naon Jimenez is grateful to be of service to the healing and awakening of human consciousness. She has had the blessing of support and deeply focused time with many powerful teachers, lineages, psychologists, communities, relationships and her own inner meditation that inform her work today. She is known for her passionate devotion to truth, the strength of her tenderness in the face of the darkest of shadows, her down to earth warm, loving and welcoming nature, and her unique clarity and invitation in exploring and healing sexuality.

She is the president of the Center for Nondual Awareness, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the flowering and flourishing of awakened consciousness and supportive community. She believes one of the ways we awaken is through community and the unique gift of our experience that we have for one another. Thus, she is very excited to meet you, and support what you have to share in the world.

She offers workshops and retreats on awakening consciousness and healing sexuality in her home city of Portland OR and around the US as well as online for those who don’t have access to this kind of work where they live, or those who find it more beneficial to do this work in the privacy of their own home. She is humbled daily by the truth of love.

To contact Sara:   sarasatsang@gmail.com  

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Anat LeBlanc

Anat LeBlanc has dedicated herself to personal and collective healing, exploring various holistic and embodied practices for over 10 years. In the creation of Grief Alchemy, she draws from her masters degree in Transpersonal Psychology, training in somatic bodywork through the META Institute and Dancing Freedom’s flavor of embodied movement. Seasoned by her own encounters with grief and personal transformation, nearly 5 years as a clinical hospital chaplain and her own experiences of healing through dance and embodied movement, she is a skilled and compassionate companion on your healing journey. In her private practice, she offers counseling support in the Portland community for grieving individuals and those affected by life-threatening illness.

To contact Anat: anatluceleblanc@gmail.com /anatleblanc.com

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