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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: firstname.lastname@example.org / 971.373.4059
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! 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!
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.
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: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
For over 10 years Anat LeBlanc has dedicated herself to personal and collective healing, exploring various holistic and embodied practices. 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 forgrieving individuals and those affected by life-threatening illness.
Marissa Leigh is a healer with a deep passion for supporting others on their unique healing journeys. She used to always be on the road, spending years overseas wandering, accompanied by a sense of deep longing for something more. After a while life began to seriously lack magic and joy and she started experiencing constant anxiety. After a long and difficult trip she visited her hometown and was introduced to Reiki, sound healing, meditation and yoga all in the same week! Reiki and sound healing opened her heart wide and allowed her to feel the magic of the world around and within her where previously had been skepticism and disconnection. She immediately rooted herself and shifted her exploring to her inner world in a life-altering way as her anxiety and disconnected feelings gradually melted away. She became certified as a Reiki Master and Teacher and began dreaming of using this medicine to help others.
Later that year she was hospitalized with life-threatening pneumonia and following many days of traditional treatment showed no signs of improvement. After receiving Reiki from friends who visited in the hospital she immediately showed signs of improvement and finally began to mend. Blown away by the healing powers she experienced so intimately, she realized that she wanted to be sharing this magic with the world. After 3 months of slow recovery, she quit her job and pursued a full-time Reiki practice.
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 7 crystal singing bowls, shamanic practices and crystal healing. She works 1-on-1 with individuals to provide them with a restful and nourishing space to be fully present with whatever is alive in the moment for them. 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.
Yoga Therapist and Educator Kaya Mindlin has been teaching for 17 years, logging over 10,000 hours formal training and teaching the full spectrum of the Vedic Tradition. Her background and approach includes Therapeutic Yoga for Spinal Release, Ayurveda, Vedic Women’s Health, Vedic Astrology and Vedanta Philosophy. Kaya has been blessed to learn from true masters including Dr. Vasant Lad, Dr. Sarita Shrestha, Rama Berch, Hart deFouw and Swami Dayananda Saraswati. She firmly believes that true healing happens when we guide and allow a natural inner process to unfold. Her approach is gentle, joyful, replenishing, compassionate, blissful, and deeply transformative and resonates with experienced yogis and teachers who are ready to delve into working deep, not hard. In addition to working in private practice with students since 2001, Kaya has been mentoring and training yoga therapists in sacred working and living for 8 years. She lives in Northern California with her husband, a Vedic Astrologer, and their children. Find a full bio and educational and experience background at yogawithkaya.com.
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Sara Eden is captivated by relationship; the relationship of all things to all other things, including people, animals, objects, music, space, wilderness, and more. She believes that the exchange of witnessing and being witnessed is a crucial element in the development of an individual psyche, and the health of communities.
Sara Eden Moss has been involved with dance and movement as a form of healing and self discovery for 8 years. She has worked and trained as a facilitator for various communities since 2008. She has collaborated, trained with, and facilitated for Solsara, Coalessence (Eugene ecstatic dance), Process Work Institute, ZEGG Forum, Network for New Culture, and Possibility Management.
Outside of dance, her facilitation includes personal growth workshops, mindfulness practices, transparency exercises, conflict mediation, one on one coaching (relationship & individual counseling), and dream work processes (individual and group based).
She is also an LMT, and Certified Birth Doula.
Eliana Shapiro’s ability to guide and motivate are anchored in her life experience, extensive training and study, and ethical intuition. Fascinated by both modern and ancient medical practice, she has spent her life in deep study of various healing arts. She holds a master’s degree in Public Health, choosing the path of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences as her specialty. She is a certified Health and Wellness coach, and teacher of Intuitive Eating. Eliana is a registered yoga instructor, a practitioner of energy healing/lightwork, and an avid supporter and student of Ayurvedic medicine.
Eliana believes in the power of ritual and ceremony to honor the planetary rhythms and enliven her own relationship with self and her community. She has first-hand experience of the powerful activation that comes from intentional self-study, and has a passion for interpreting each of our stories to discern information and inspiration. She receives guidance from the Tarot, Oracle cards, astrology, and her influential mentors and teachers. Devoted to the sacred word and believer in the magic of our voice, she spends a great deal of her time reading, writing, and communicating messages she receives to others. A survivor of chronic auto-immune disease, Eliana trusts that each of us has our own intuitive ability to heal. As long as we are devoted to ourselves, and to doing the work that is required to ascend from dis-ease, there is no limit to our power of transformation.
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Jo Sandry is a certified Radical Aliveness, Core Energetics Practitioner with a Masters in Somatic Psychology, in private practice in Sausalito. In her work with individuals, couples and groups she brings creativity and humor with a direct, embodied approach that honors the fullness of who we all are — our courage and vitality, the delicacy of our deepest aches, and the resiliency to reclaim it all.