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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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Audrey Steele

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! In the past year Audrey has facilitated several classes for women here at Soma Space including, Intro to Sensual Movement and Burlesque classes and workshops. She is excited to be teaching again and looks forward to future classes with you!

To contact Audrey:
madamsteeleburlesque@gmail.com / www.audreysteele.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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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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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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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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Marissa Leigh

Marissa Leigh is a sound healer, Reiki Master-Teacher, sacred ceremony holder and song-keeper whose passion is in providing people with a restful and nourishing space to return home to themselves.

She discovered sound healing, Reiki, yoga and meditation at a critical time when her life was seriously lacking magic and joy and she was experiencing constant anxiety. These amazing practices were miraculously all introduced to her in the same week and helped her open her heart, allowing her to feel the magic of the world around and within her where previously had been skepticism and disconnection. She began a deep journey into exploring her inner world, past traumas and conditioned behaviors in a life-altering way and her anxiety and disconnected feelings gradually melted away. 
 
She became certified as a Reiki Master and committed herself to using this medicine to help others. Many intensive meditation retreats taught her the deep importance of self-awareness and the freedom we have when we welcome all of our emotions, thoughts and body experiences without resistance. She incorporates this knowledge and understanding into her practice as well as the use of 8 crystal singing bowls, shamanic practices, crystal healing, sacred ritual and song. She provides gentle guidance for individuals to open fully to themselves to allow their bodies, minds and hearts to heal what they feel must be healed. This looks different for everyone but is in essence allowing ourselves to return fully to experiencing the joy of our true being exactly as it is.

 

To contact Marissa: healingwithmarissa@gmail.com / http://www.earthmamamedicine.org / http://www.facebook.com/earthmamamedicinemarissawww.instagram.com/earthmamarissa

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Jennifer Alyse

Jennifer Alyse 

Jennifer Alyse is a visionary photographer, creative and dynamic facilitator, who has spent the past decade documenting some of the foremost thought leaders and creatives.

From CEOs, to authors, actresses, musicians, entrepreneurs, healers, and teachers — Jennifer’s greatest joy comes from her clients being SEEN, HEARD, and KNOWN.

As a part of her creative journey, Jennifer bridges the gap between ancient traditions, human potential, embodiment and creative expression as vehicles to awaken one’s inner wisdom.

In addition to Jennifer’s career as a creative, Jennifer has extensively studied in both holistic and traditional models of healing.  As a graduate of Paula Byrne’s Mind Body

Spirit Leadership training in 2013, and certified Master Practitioner of Integrative Life Coaching from the Integrative Wellness Academy, Jennifer combines her training with over eight years of mentorship with elders of indigenous traditions.

Jennifer believes that to be seen for our true selves gives us permission to awaken to our greatest lives and to act for the greater good of all humankind. She will continue to facilitate, promote and lead the movement to make this belief a reality.

Jennifer resides in Portland, Oregon with her fiancé Michael and cat Willow.

To contact Jennifer: info@jenniferalyse.com

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Ryel Kestano

Ryel Kestano is the lead designer of ART’s curriculum, develops the company’s long-range growth strategy, and is a senior course leader. Prior to co-founding ART International, Ryel oversaw all training operations at the Integral Center in Boulder, a world-renowned leader in transformational workshops. He has been a course leader, course supervisor, facilitator and coach since his own transformation several years ago. Ryel is also the co-founder and visionary behind Virtuance, one of the largest providers of real estate photography in the world, and the co-founder and visionary behind Pink Mammoth, one of the Bay Area’s largest and most successful creative arts collectives. Ryel has four very authentic kids and lives in Boulder.

To contact Ryel: www.authenticrelatingtraining.com /

info@authenticrelatingtraining.com

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Larisa Noonan

Larissa Noonan has specialized for nearly two decades in trauma healing, embodiment skills, and supporting healthy boundaries. She is a certified practitioner in ancestral lineage healing and weaves ritual and nature reconnection into all of her offerings. She is passionate about supporting grief and loss, recovery from religious fundamentalism, and those with chronic pain/illness. Larisa lives with her husband and son in Oregon on the ancestral homelands of the Kalapuyan peoples. Her ancestors are from France, the Netherlands via Ukraine, Germany, and Switzerland. She grounds her work and life in earth-honoring ritual, embodying ancestral gifts, and reclaiming animist values.

To contact Larisawww.larisanoonan.com

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Shauna Janz

Shauna Janz, MA is dedicated to nurturing community and belonging – within ourselves, with each other, and with the more-than-human world. Since 2008, she has been companioning others in healing and wholeness through individual and family grief support, trauma-informed education and group process, and more recently, through community grief rituals and ancestral lineage healing. She is a highly somatic intuitive creature who finds sacred communion through creative expression, music, singing and dance. Shauna resides on the ancestral lands of the Coast Salish Lekwungen nation. Her people are from Scotland, Germany, Poland, Ukraine, and Scandinavia.

 

To contact Shaunawww.shaunajanz.com

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Christopher Pike

Christopher Pike is a fitness expert and advocate. He owned a group fitness studio in Davis, CA for six years. His classes are unique because he creates original exercises that are accessible to a wide range of people, especially those that are new to strength training. His background includes a range of exercise disciplines, including ballet and weight lifting. He also holds a PhD in Physics from the University of California. He is an active reader of scientific literature on biomechanics and exercise and integrates relevant research into his exercise classes. An avid learner, Christopher continues to learn about exercises through taking classes in authentic Pilates, adult ballet, TRX, Tango, Qigong, Gyrotonics, and more. Christopher is especially aware of the aches and pains that come with aging and has designed a class to address these issues. These classes are powerful because they stem from his own experience in an aging body combined with the latest in fitness education. His class is designed to maximize health benefits, while respecting the needs of each individual’s body. 

To contact Christopher: crpikeinportland@gmail.com/ 530.757.6656

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Ashlie Hempstead

Ashlie Hempstead is a lover of poetry, nature, mythology and liminal spaces. She is a dancer, gardener, herbalist, wifey and mama. She holds a private practice at Kwan Yin East where she assists her clients through times of transition using bodywork, ceremony and naturopathic counsel.

To contact Ashliewww.drashliehempsteadnd.com.

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