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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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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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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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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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Marissa Roche

Marissa is an energy and sound healer who is in love with crystals and passionate about helping support others on their healing journeys. She has always been a traveler and explorer of the world, spending years overseas wandering and learning about other worlds and cultures. Some years ago, after a long trip away she was visiting her home town and was introduced to Reiki, meditation and yoga all in the same week and shifted her exploring to her inner world in a life-altering way. After many intensive meditation retreats, she came to understand the deep importance of self-awareness and the freedom we possess when we are not afraid of our emotions or thoughts. Since her Reiki Master and Teacher training, she has cultivated a deep relationship and understanding of working with energy and a strong intention to connect with and help others.

She attended her first women’s circle in New Zealand in 2014 and it felt like coming home and finding her tribe and sisters. She has been searching them out all over the world and attending them as often as possible ever since. She settled down in Portland last year and opened her practice, Loving Heart, Healing Hands, where she works 1-on-1 with individuals to provide them a restful and nourishing space in which to heal themselves. She fell in love with the women’s circle at SomaSpace and has been attending ever since. She has also led workshops for women to support them in working with strong emotions.

To contact Marissa: marissa.lovingheart@gmail.com / lovinghearthealinghands.com

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Justin Levy

 Justin Levy has studied energy medicine and healing for the past 20 years.  He started practicing massage in 2004, and acupuncture and energetic healing in 2008.  He has been working for the past 6 years at Kwan Yin Healing Arts Center (West) in Portland, OR.

Justin developed a form of healing called kundalini mediumship.  Kundalini, which comes from the yogic tradition, is the primal force of transformation. Mediumship (which comes from many traditions around the world) is the embodiment of that energy for healing.

The body carries within it emotional wounds, unprocessed trauma, and personal and family baggage. Most people have pains or disease patterns that encompass most or all of these realms. The patterns are woven into the body through the nervous system and other physical structures (especially the abdomen), creating the blueprint for disease and pain.

Finding out the “source” of the patterns can be difficult. Sometimes when we think we’ve found the source of a pattern, we can look back even further and find an earlier source. It can be like peeling back the layers of an onion. But there is another way. When we access the kundalini, we find that it has its own intelligence–its own ability to unlock and release unhealthy patterns held in the body.

The main influences for Justin’s medicine include Swami Muktananda (an Indian yogic practitioner), capoeira from Mestre Almiro in Portland, and energetic healers and musicians Andre Ripa and Gianna Piccardo.  His desire to learn has taken him to Peru, China, Thailand and Brazil.

 

To contact Justin:  justinlevy010@gmail.com

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Elan McAllister

Elan McAllister has been dancing through the world since she was big enough to stand. Dance brought her leaping and spinning to NYC at age 18 to train as a professional dancer at the Alvin Ailey School. By 26, body and spirit broken by the professional dance world, Elan shifted gears and embarked on a 15 year career as a Broadway producer. She supported and held space for the creation of numerous musicals and plays including RENT, Hairspray and Spamalot. Her passion for the creative process proved to extend beyond dance and theater, inspiring her to become a birth doula and advocate for babies and birthing women.

In 2004, she founded Choices in Childbirth, a leading consumer advocacy organisation that, through her leadership and vision, has helped thousands of families experience childbirth that is respectful, safe, healthy and deeply satisfying. Elan is thrilled to return to her first love of dance through Qoya and is currently traveling the world on her “Leap of Faith Tour” teaching Qoya, writing and leading workshops and retreats.

 

To contact Elan: elanvmc@gmail.com

 

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