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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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Antje Schaefer

Antje Schaefer is master facilitator of connection, embodiment and inclusive communities and culture. As the co-creator of Cocréa Mindful Partner Dance, she shares deep wisdom and facilitates connection through partner dance and embodiment as a path to self-discovery and relational healing. Her appetite for lifelong learning has led her to seek certifications in mindfulness, Integral Circling and Authentic Relating practices, Realization Process embodiment meditation and Hakomi somatic therapy. Antje synthesizes these skills to deepen her clients understanding of the mind-body connection and helps them create a holistic, relational approach to their transformation, grounded in presence and truth-seeking. She coaches and consults with individuals, teams, organizations and communities. One of her greatest joys is to create inclusive spaces that foster growth, vibrant community and creative expression as a practice ground for learning about self and relationship. She currently produces Nectar Fusion, a community dance event in Portland Oregon which she founded in 2014.

To contact Antje: antjeschaefer.com

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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 is a level 3 teacher of the NQA (National Qigong Association) and graduate of Michael Lomax’s Clinical Qigong Certification program training in the Stillness Movement Lineage for a decade. Diagnosed with a pituitary brain tumor back in 2010, Ben used the power of Qigong and herbs to not only recover, but thrive with empowered and radiant health. Ben is fully passionate about teaching and keeping alive these ancient longevity practices so that future generations may continue to experience the magic of healing that is Qigong.

“I’ve studied a number of qigong styles and lineages – including Michael Winn, Francesco Garripoli, and Yang Jwing-Ming – and all of them were great to study, yet as a fledgling energy worker myself, they didn’t feel complete to me. However, when Ben taught me this style of qigong movements called “Gift of the Tao,” it took my qigong practice over the top, and then some. Most styles focus mainly on coordinating the breath with movements for proper gathering and circulation of energy. But with Gift of the Tao qigong, Ben teaches to work with the energy directly and let the energetics circulate naturally which is very much in line with the true Taoist principles of “uncontrived action” and spontaneity. This made all the difference because I feel more energetic in my personal life, my acupuncture practice, and my energywork practice. As an instructor, I feel that Ben communicates very well, and makes seemingly complex movements easy to understand. Ben is an amazing teacher and very knowledgeable of his lineage, but mostly, he’s a wonderful person, compassionate and easy going. Well on his way to being a master at such a young age, I expect that he will be contributing great things in the world of natural healing.” -Sonny

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

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Carlton Grew

On a humid summer day in 2000, Carlton Grew walked into Scott Kelman’s free introductory improvisation workshop. Carlton joined Kelman’s workshop simply for a new, creative experience. What he discovered led him on a transformational journey that continues today.

Originally uninterested in performance, this improvisation practice led him to perform with The Tuesday Group, the Agnieszka Laska Dancers, and to create an autobiographical piece entitled Bag of Hammers. He is thrilled to have the opportunity to guide others through their own inspiring journeys into creativity, presence, and connection.

To contact Carlton: riffline@yahoo.com

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Ravyn Stanfield

Ravyn Stanfield is an innovative acupuncturist, an inventive author and international educator dedicated to liberating the super powers within each of us. She practices acupuncture in Portland, Oregon with a focus on helping people survive cancer, chronic pain and traumatic experiences. She is the executive director of Acupuncturists Without Borders, a nonprofit organization providing trauma relief in the wake of natural disaster and human conflict.  She uses her background in traditional medicines, neurobiology, psychology, theatre and many forms of creative expression to coax more of the extraordinary into the world through the cracks in Western civilization.

Ravyn is the author of Revolution of the Spirit: Awaken the Healer, a guide to liberate the healing super powers within each of us. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The Rumpus, Manifest Station, and other publications.

Ravyn is an aspiring cultural alchemist, writing to transform the heartbreak of living in our modern world and reveal the gold in what seems worthless. She creates ceremony and ritual art, weaving poetry and music into contemporary offerings of the human imagination. She designs workshops and trainings for emerging leaders and healers in the US, Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia.

To contact Ravyn: gerriravynstanfield@gmail.com / www.gerriravynstanfield.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@mybodynow.us

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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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Elan McAllister

Elan McAllister is a Portland-based Qoya teacher, life and childbirth coach, inspirational speaker & writer who leads classes, workshops & retreats both locally and internationally.

To contact Elan: elanvmc@gmail.com / elanvital.love

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Suzanne Sterling

Suzanne Sterling is a dedicated musician, yogi, activist and social innovator who has been performing and teaching transformational workshops for over 20 years. She is co-founder of Off The Mat, Into the World, and founder of Voice of Change which offers programs dedicated to inspiring others to find their unique voice and to use self expression as a tool for community building and conscious evolution.

Suzanne has been a featured artist/teacher at festivals, retreat centers, and conferences: Wanderlust, Omega, Esalen, Yoga Journal, Hanuman, Burning Man, Symbiosis, Ecstatic Dance, Boomfest, LIB, IONS, Bioneers, Earthdance (where she led the worlds largest Spiral Dance for 5000 people). She has been guest teacher in numerous Yoga Teacher Trainings and is part of the nationwide faculty for YogaWorks.

Since 2007 she has been training leaders in conscious activism through her co-founded (with Seane Corn and Hala Khouri) organization Off The Mat, Into the World. As director of the OTM Seva Challenge Humanitarian Tours she has spent time in the US, India, Cambodia, Haiti, Ecuador and Africa working with communities in need and getting the yoga community involved in both awareness and fundraising efforts by raising over $4 million to support international community programs and projects.

For nearly 30 years, she has worked with the International Reclaiming Community, creating ritual and training teachers in eco-feminist spirituality. Together with Ravyn Stanfield she created the Priestessing Apprenticeship in Sacred Leadership training and for the last ten years has offered year-long immersions into the art of creating ritual for the modern world. An award-winning musician, she has released 5 solo albums and numerous DVD soundtracks.

To contact Suzanne:  www.suzannesterling.com

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Brenda Munson

Brenda Munson has been teaching sensual movement and embodied flow since 2012, awakening bodies to the brilliance of their personal and unique flow. As an S Factor and Liquid Motion teacher, Brenda guides students through the most soulful and intuitive style of dance; opening the female body into full, free, erotic expression. With a deep background in sensual movement, when you take a Liquid Motion® class with Brenda, she will expand your floor work through technical sequences resulting in seamless and natural movement qualities. You’ll learn how to tap into your senses and expand into the natural rhythm of your movement; unleashing the fullness of your authentic body voice.

To contact Brenda:  brendapmunson@gmail.com / www.flowing-feminine.com

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Erika Ryn

 Erika Ryn of Living Ritual is a henna artist, licensed massage therapist, yoga and bellydance instructor, and passionate cacao enthusiast based out of Portland, OR. She has been teaching movement and meditation classes for the last 10 years, and it is both her joy and honor to providing a safe space for humans to find connection, healing, and transformation by finding the meeting place between the silly and the solemn, between vibration and stillness, between the sacred and the profane.

To contact Erika: hierikaryn@gmail.com / http://www.livingritual.com/

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Lorin Purifoy

Lorin Purifoy is an Intuitive Channel & Energy Medicine Practitioner who has led cacao ceremonies for many years. She weaves stone medicine and her spirit remedies with the ceremonial alchemy of cacao to support healing and a deeper sense of self.

 

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Rachel Lundberg

Rachel Lundberg, ERYT 500, YACEP, brings over 25 years of experience in body movement to her yoga teacher teaching program. Trained originally as a dancer, Rachel has studied all styles of dance with an emphasis in modern and classical ballet. After the birth of her third child, she began taking yoga classes and instantly fell in love. She was fortunate enough to be introduced to the Iyengar style of yoga from her very first class. Her yoga training has focused extensively on proper alignment, detailed instruction, anatomy, and yoga therapeutics. Rachel has been teaching yoga to all ages and levels since 2006 and is passionate about guiding her students toward increased body awareness, strength, and flexibility through the practice of yoga.

Creating a teacher training program focused on alignment based yoga has been one of Rachel’s greatest passions. She feels that there is a growing need for teachers who are trained in alignment based yoga. She loves sharing her love and knowledge of yoga with others who are interested in deepening their practice while learning to teach others.

Rachel feels fortunate to have studied yoga with wonderful teachers such as Julie Gudmestad, Carolyn Belko, Rebecca Learner, and John Schumacher, as well as her very first teacher and inspiration, Carlyn Sikes. She also feels very grateful to have studied yoga in Bangalore India with Yana Lewis, a student of BKS Iyengar and creator of the Bangalore Ballet. It was in Bangalore that Rachel was able to meet BKS Iyengar, a definite highlight in her yogic journey.

Rachel has her E-RYT 500 hour teacher training certification with the Yoga Alliance. She is also the creator of the Lundberg Yoga Teacher Training Program and the Rachel Lundberg Yoga online resources.

To contact Rachel: rachel@lundbergyoga.com / www.lundbergyoga.com

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Wren Anderson

Wren Anderson, LCSW, is a Mental Health Therapist, Registered Somatic Movement Therapist and Graduate of the Tamalpa Institute for Expressive Arts.

She attributes her long term regular dance practice to her most valuable life skills: how to stay with something to understand it and develop it, how to end things that aren’t working and make space for something new, how to stay open and respond to and work with whatever comes up , how to use all the resources available, how to get into, get out of, or stay in relationships.

Wren loves teaching the Tamalpa Life Art Process because it gives people who don’t believe they are creative or artistic the skills to make art and dance from their life stories. When we work on our art we work on our lives.  We often get stuck in old stories and patterns, and we know we are in the creative process when something new happens.

To contact Wren: wrenandersonlcsw@gmail.com

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Maryam Brown

Maryam Brown is a Consent-Communication Educator, Cuddlist Practitioner, Cuddle Party Facilitator in Training, and owner of Touch Positive, LLC. Her work is in providing a safer, trauma-informed space in which individual may have experiences of healthy connection. As a Cuddlist (Cuddle Therapy) Practitioner,  she works with individuals suffering from touch deprivation and touch aversion. In sessions, clients may experience an immediate benefit from oxytocin while practicing vital communication, consent, and boundary skills necessary for improving their personal and work relationships. As a consent-communication educator, she provide workshops and events customized to the clients’ needs focusing on agency, boundaries, and consent-communication. She also holds regular discussion groups on touch, trauma- recovery, and related topics.

To contact Maryam: contact@touchpositiveLLC.com

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Alice Boyd

Alice Boyd, CFP, is passionate about movement: From an active childhood in rural Maine, to dance, swimming, yoga, walking in the city and hiking in the woods, she has always been drawn to movement as a means of creative expression, as well as a path to physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health and wellbeing.

She was born with her left leg turned in. When the prescribed braces failed, she was enrolled in dance lessons at the age of five. Alice loved ballet, and went on to study and perform regularly until age 17, when she was practicing daily.

She continued with dance off and on for years as she sought “real work.” Through banking, food service, academia and high tech, Alice kept returning to movement and teaching, ultimately training as a yoga instructor, then – with friend Jennifer (Preisler) Hayes – founding Yoga Pearl, a yoga and healing arts center, in Portland, Oregon in 2002.

After selling Yoga Pearl in 2012, Alice has studied and practiced The Feldenkrais Method® full time, completing her Feldenkrais Professional Training Program with Dr. Frank Wildman in June, 2014. She is grateful to be learning daily about the myriad benefits of the method, as well as to have the opportunity to help others learn to address and avoid injury, develop self-awareness, have more ease, and effort less.

To contact Alice: alice@aliceboyd.com / http://www.aliceboyd.com

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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 provides sacred space and gentle guidance for individuals to open fully to themselves to allow their bodies, minds and hearts to heal.

To contact Marissa: marissa@earthmamamedicine.org / www.earthmamamedicine.org

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Ani Ferlise

Ani Ferlise is a Priestess, with experience hosting circles, many different ceremonies, and workshops. She has background in Astrology, sacred beekeeping, Kitchen alchemy, Shamanic herbalism, aromatherapy, and is a Reiki Master and Ceremonialist. She studied many religions, practices and healing modalities, worked at a goddess temple, completed a shamanic herbal apprenticeship where she became initiated as a green witch, and an apprenticeship with a priestess where she was initiated as a Midwife of the Veils. She is the creatrix behind Kozmic Ryder, a company that creates ritual kits with her personal blends of teas, essential oils, writing, and more. She is currently training at the Tantric School of Integrated Sexuality to be a Sex, Love, and Relationship Coach blending tantra, taoism, and neuroscience to ritual.

To contact Ani: ani@kozmicryder.comwww.kozmicryder.com / instagram.com/kozmicryder

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Jennifer Bishop

Jennifer Bishop is just your average woman finding her way in the world. She discovered the Soma Space women’s circle after the loss of her mother in 2018 motivated her to seek the company other women. What she loves about women’s circle is that it provides a safe space to be herself and connect with others.

Jennifer has facilitated many groups throughout her life in various settings. She is currently leading pregnancy groups as part of her work as a Certified Nurse Midwife. When the creator of this women’s circle, Jacqueline needed to take a step back, Jennifer felt compelled to keep it alive and began facilitating the group. Jennifer is dedicated to continue the vision of creating a space for women to gather in an authentic and thoughtful way.

In addition to participating in women’s circle, Jennifer likes being outside, dancing, and all things cats.

To contact Jennifer: bishjenn@gmail.com

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Ute Luppertz

Ute Luppertz, MA, is a holistic healing coach for pets, a senior pet specialist, a pet death doula and an animal communicator. She is also a Reiki Master and a Tellington TTouch practitioner for companion animals.

Hospice & Bereavement Support and Animal Death Doula Services are the pillars of Ute’s work. For many years Ute has worked with clients to help them peacefully let go of their animal companions and developed this one of a kind training.

Ute is a member of the following organizations:
~ International TTouch Guild
~ Northwest Association for Death Education and Bereavement Support
~ International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care

To contact Ute: pets-point-of-view.com / petspointofview@gmail.com

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Laura Li Fong Yee

Laura Li Fong Yee has been drawn to the healing arts for many years.  She has worked in the nursing profession since 2004 and became a Certified Kundalini Yoga Instructor as taught by Yogi Bhajan in 2016. She has been playing the Gong since 2013 and had the honor of learning Gong techniques and completed a Gong camp and training with Grand Gong Master Don Conreaux in 2016.

To contact Laura: yee.laura.lifong@gmail.com

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Lori Shin

Lori Shin has been dancing in community since 1998. She’s led dance since the day of September 11, 2001, when she and her partner held space to work through the traumatic events that took place that day. In 2005 – 2006, Lori experienced a deep dive into embodiment work, with Melissa Michaels, one of Gabrielle Roth’s (5Rhythms Practice) first students, for a year of training in Boulder, Colorado.

Lori is an Embodiment Creativity Coach and will be offering group coaching for creatives and entrepreneurs, to explore creative storytelling, emotional intelligence, improvisational fun, and more, to move you beyond your edges in fun, through her program YOUR CREATIVE SAFARI.

To contact Lori: lori_shin@comcast.net / 303-842-1191

 

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Jessie Fresh

Jessie Fresh is a licensed Sex Coach who helps empathic women understand their unique arousal wiring so that they can experience magnetic attraction, sexual aliveness, and loving connection. Her mission is to help people overcome suffering, transform shame and become guilt-free in their sexuality by providing the tools, skills, and support for ultimate empowerment.

To contact Jessie: CoachingwithJessie@gmail.com / jessiefresh.com

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Shanita King

Shanita King began offering Meditative Art sessions as a practice in 2011, for fellow staff members at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies.  This practice began and evolved from an individual spiritual practice and journey within her heart chakra.  King moved to Portland, Oregon a year later and began offering this healing practice throughout the city at various community and healing spaces. King has been practicing yoga for over 20 years, completed a 200 yoga teacher training, has a certification in Thai Yoga Massage and studied Anatomy in Motion from the SOLA School of Contemplative Arts. King also paints murals and offers live painting at festivals, concerts, weddings and special events.

To contact Shanita: shanita.king@gmail.comshanitakingarts.com / facebook.com/shanitakingarts

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Dominique Youkhehpaz

Dominique Youkhehpaz has given her life to this wild path of feminine embodiment, apprenticing with Chameli, the founder of Awakening Women since 2011. She lives simply on a farm in northern California, where she is learning to listen more deeply to the earth each day.

To contact Dominique: dominique@awakeningwomen.com / AwakeningWomen.com / WomensTempleGroup.com

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