Teachers

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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:  brenda@sensual-self.com / sensual-self.com

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Lorin Purifoy

Lorin Purifoy, B.A., LMT, is an Intuitive and Diviner of Nature Intelligence. She has been a diviner of spirit for 30 years. Lorin rekindled her path of plant medicine in 2010 while in Belize. She’s the owner + formulator of Purifoy Vibrational Remedies, which she incorporates into her cacao medicine and ceremonies. Lorin was asked by Spirit in 2012 to begin holding cacao ceremonies. After receiving her certification in Chinese stone and crystal medicine from the Jade Purity Lineage, the cacao spirit asked to be paired with her group body and grid treatments. Lorin weaves ritual, intention and divination into her ceremonies and private sessions.

To contact Lorin: aplacetoheal@gmail.com / www.yourplacetoheal.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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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

Endearingly called the Priestess of Passion, Ani Ferlise has one mission in this world: to remind you why life is worth living. Mostly because she grew up experiencing the exact opposite; dealing with major anxiety that lead to zero energy or lust for life. Ani is dedicated to transmuting overwhelm, shame, and anxiety to vitality, connection, and pure pleasure. She’s sharing everything she’s learned to help you create the most alive, connected, orgasmic life you were born to experience. Through sensual ritual, honoring transition, body ceremony, and sex magic she uses the magic in the mundane to aid you in living your most vibrant, bliss filled life — every. damn. day.

Her credentials: Initiated Priestess and Midwife of the Veils, Graduate from Portland School of Astrology, Certified Aromatherapist, Certified Shamanic herbalist, background in trauma informed space holding by Shelby Leigh and Sweigh Spilkin, Certified Master Energy Healer, currently enrolled in the VITA life coaching method with Layla Martin at the Tantric Institute of Integrated Sexuality, and thousands of hours spent in or holding ceremony and 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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Jason Digges

Jason Digges, Co-founder and Senior Course Leader, leads ART’s sales, marketing, and business development efforts, manages enrollment, and is a senior course leader. He also makes major contributions to the curriculum based on his unique background and expertise. Jason is a modern renaissance man: Equal parts artist, philosopher, teacher, and video producer. From 2003-2012 he worked for Ken Wilber and other clients to create thousands of hours of educational media on the topics of transpersonal psychology, spirituality, productivity, and personal growth. For the past 4 years he has been a trainer and facilitator for groups within the authentic relating and circling realm and is obsessed with how humans can live and relate optimally.

To contact Jasoninfo@authenticrelatingtraining.com

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Jasmine Judson

Jasmine Judson has been a life long promoter of women’s empowerment and self realization. She created ShaktiRize out of a deep love for dance and movement with the understanding that we can move some amazing energy through our bodies to better our life. When we come together and move in collaboration with other phenomenal females, we can raise the vibration of our world. 

Jasmine is the owner and founder of Afterglow Yoga Studios in Hawaii and is currently working on franchised expansion.  

Her super power lies in encouraging and inspiring humans to see their authentic self and using those tools to better the world. 

To contact Jasmine: rizeup@shaktirize.comwww.shaktirize.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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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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Jim Freda

Jim Freda, LMT MA, is a structural bodyworker and educator with a practice in Milwaukie, Oregon. His research focus is sitting disease epidemic. He teaches these same ideas and strategies to his clients in the clinic and the gym.

To contact Jim: Jimfredalmt@gmail.comJimfredalmt.comNochairpledge.com

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Jesse Nolan

Jesse Nolan, Course Leader, has been exploring personal growth and authentic relating through several modalities since 2011. He is particularly drawn to deep, present moment connection and strives to live authentically in every moment. A truth seeker, he thrives at the growth edge and can often be found wandering in vulnerability. Jesse is passionate about human connection, personal growth, relationship dynamics, nature and food. He aspires to touch more of the world with authentic relating and is consistently seeking to create, and be part of, more opportunities for this vital work to be integrated into the lives of all. Heart-centered, curious and alive.

To contact Jesseinfo@authenticrelatingtraining.com

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Lakiah Raine

Lakiah Raine is a movement artist and choreographer with a lifetime of experience dancing and performing.  With a background in many different styles of dance; ranging from hip-hop to improvisational movement, Lakiah offers versatility and vision in her movement style. Dancing is one of her greatest passions and favorite modes of personal and creative expression.

Over the last 3 years Lakiah has helped to assist and facilitate Madam Steele Burlesque classes.  Through her own journey of discovering burlesque she felt compelled to help other women to find the freedom she found through the art form, for themselves.  She is thrilled to be a part of the MSSSA team and looks forward to meeting you on the dance floor.

To contact Lakiah: www.audreysteele.com

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