Fueled by Passion, both in our Parenting and our Teaching
Our stories intertwine along a common passion for Movement, a deep love for nature, good friends, and of course, our children . Get to know us better through our Bios below, then join us for a class, a cup of tea, or a hike in the wilderness.
I was recovering from foot surgery on both of my feet when I began my relationship with Awareness Through Movement.
Aside from all of my technical dancing and teaching I also have experience in using dance from a therapeutic and nurturing perspective. In Miami, I worked as an ArtSring facilitator and taught expressive movement and Feldenkrais classes for incarcerated women in Broward County. In every class with these women, I was reminded of the healing nature that movement and art provide.
The power of movement to enhance learning and self-development is always alive with me and I love to create a quiet environment in which people can freely explore and create lasting somatic connections.
This personal and intense training every night changed the course of my life and made Martial Arts a fundamental part of my learning process. I continued my studies in Goju-Ryu for the next three decades, eventually starting to teach and share my passion for the arts with young students and adults. Two years later after I first began, my second teacher came into my life and became a close mentor and led me to an introspective journey, changing the way I approached training and practice. I remember his mind boggling homework assignments which encompassed cross training in Judo, Tai Chi, Aikido, Tango, and Waltz.
Years later I arrived at the realization that movement was the real assignment - and the process of learning that movement entails.
During the last 3-4 years, I produced - through my company Arts4Hope - a series of films and a full length documentary called Living Aikido Life, started an Aikido Homeschooling Youth program in collaboration with Traverse City Area Public Schools in Northern Michigan that had over 50 students enrolled, and taught an Adaptive Martial Arts program in conjunction with Arts-For-All-Northern-Michigan and SOS Learning Lab in Traverse City to kids and youth experiencing physical, developmental, behavioral, and emotional challenges. I led a Martial Arts College for Kids Summer program with Northwestern Michigan College, and offered workshops in Adaptive Martial Arts to Seniors, Stroke Survivors, and the Visually Impaired.
Currently, we have began our new program - "Warriors Within" - an Educational & Mentorship Martial Arts-based exploratory program for Youth. Classes are held in Auburn, CA.
My motto is self explanatory - Attacks Become Conversations - and my practice methodology is built upon the simple idea that movement is a learning playground for the body, mind, and heart. Join in!
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