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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Audrey Steele

Audrey Steele aka Madam Steele is the founder and creator of Madam Steele’s School of the Sensual Arts. She has put her heart and soul into creating profoundly impactful experiences for women in the realm of sensuality and authentic creative expression. Audrey is a gifted facilitator who leads with skillful intuition, vulnerability, humor, and joy! Combining a lifetime of experience in dance and performance, with over a decade of professional training in the arena of personal growth, sexuality and life optimization, Audrey creates a unique and priceless experience for her students.

To contact Madam Steele: madamsteeleburlesque@gmail.comwww.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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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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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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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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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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Anita Chari

Embodying Creativity, developed by Anita Chari, Ph.D, fuses cutting-edge somatic practices including Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, Embodiment Process work, and Continuum movement with Chari’s experience as a vocalist, creative writer, and academic to facilitate her clients in metabolizing the traumatic imprints that stand in the way of creativity, growth, and vibrant health. Trained for more than 13 years in subtle somatic modalities, Chari assists individuals in connecting with the inherent health of their bodies and psyches, metabolizing traumatic imprints, attachment patterns, and creative blocks, and allowing you to stand in a place of empowerment, clarity, and love as you move forward on your path. Participants have described her work as “a lifeline,” “revolutionary,” “life-changing,” and as “evoking the very best qualities available to humanity.” For more information, resources, and testimonials on Chari’s work, please visit www.anitachari.com.

To contact Anita: info@anitachari.com / www.anitachari.com

 

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Elizabeth Honey Hariri

Elizabeth Honey Hariri is a Love, Sex and Relationship Coach, Metaphysical Healer, and Psychodynamic Practitioner. She supports individuals and couples in the evolution of their emotions, self-love, sex lives and romantic relationships. She has been doing this work for 10 years. Elizabeth very recently moved to Portland with her sheepadoodle Zeno and is buying so much wool clothes in efforts to not freeze her sexy ass off. When she isn’t healing the world/clients/herself/ancestral lineages, she is very, very happy to find herself at an ecstatic dance or hiking in the woods.

To contact Elizabeth: Honey@ElizabethHariri.com / ElizabethHariri.com / instagram.com/elizabeth.honey.hariri

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Amy Weissfeld

Amy Weissfeld is a certified Somatic Sex Educator and Coach. Amy provides a compassionate, body‐based approach to sexual health and wellness via workshops and one-on-one coaching ‐ a sort of sex therapy for the body. She is deeply passionate about healing the world through pleasure, about truth in relating, about choice and voice, about empowerment and about joyful living.

She is also a School of Consent Teacher, a Betty Dodson Bodysex and Orgasm Coach, Sexological Bodyworker, Mother, Wife and Fierce Friend. Pronouns: she/her/hers.

Her life’s purpose is to empower people to live fully and joyfully in our bodies; to see and believe in our own beauty. Because knowing yourself and your own body makes you happy and whole. It also makes for better community and a healthier planet.

To contact Amy: JoyfulSelfLove.com / Amy@JoyfulSelfLove.com 

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