Ancestral medicine is that which was passed to us through our ancestral lineage. It’s the amalgam of generations of experience, study, health and healing. Ancestral medicine can be a specific tonic or something imbibed, it can be a practice or way of living. Ancestral medicine puts trust in our ancestors’ abilities to survive and thrive well enough for us to walk this earth as part of their lineage today, bringing us back to the simplicity of integrating land-based practices, with physical and spiritual wholeness.
Why Channeling, Movement, Integration & Medicine?
I get it, to an outside perspective these seem like 4 different and very specific healing modalities, but to me, they are just 4 parts of a whole. "Healing" is a such a broad term, but I believe it involves our external, our internal, and our physical to make strides. By now we've all heard terms like "the body keeps score". When we get down to it, we are just molecules vibrating in space, held together by energy. To look at the physical without considering the energetic does us the disservice of not accounting for factors of influence beyond just exercise; our somatic responses, our stored emotions and energies, and their effects on the body. The energies of the body are not separate from the energies of the unseen world, be it our emotions, our memories, our dreams, or our spirit and spirit relations. Remembering that physiology is affected by the non-physical (anyone ever heard that stress leads to cancer?) gives us a larger drawing board for healing. I have learned the mechanics of the physical body, but along with that I've learned when that's not enough ("this injury just won't go away") we can integrate external wisdom and energy through channeling, internal spiritual healing through medicine, and empower each of you to trust your own internal wisdom compass through the practice of integration.
Ancestral channeling is connecting to the wisdom of our ancestors through the unseen realms. It rests on the epigenetic knowledge that we carry 7 generations worth of experience within our bodies, and that our spirit connects us to the ethereal imprint and existence of those who have come before us. Channeling allows us to communicate directly with this wisdom in conversation. Imagine it as being able to speak clearly to all of the signs, feelings, niggles, or other symbolic guidance already on our path. In a channeling ceremony we are able to distill this into language for our conscious mind to presently grasp.
Somatic Movement Repatterning
Think of it as personal training and injury management, but for your integrated self. These movement sessions focus on total embodiment; getting your physical, spiritual and emotional bodies aligned to understand what's truly happening in your movement patterns, clearing physical and energetic pathways, learning safety in the body and nervous system, and finding liberation through movement.
Are you preparing to sit with a master healer or master plant in the jungle? Have you recently had an eye-opening experience with a medicine in or out of a ceremonial setting? Are you simply questioning how to integrate a spiritual awakening or dark night of the soul into everyday life? There's space for that here. These sessions can help you prepare yourself for a psychedelic experience, and then understand how to apply it to life in the physical world.
I began working in healing modalities with the body and meditation in 2009, teaching release-technique at the NW Classical Ballet. This technique encouraged listening to the body and its somatic impulses to learn how to move through experience; movement as liberation over discipline. From there I began to learn about injury recovery and the relationship between trauma and stored somatic experience, studying with the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries, the Equinox Academy, The Brookbush Institute for Human Movement Science, and Yoga Vida’s Sexual Abuse Trauma Informed Workshop. I also worked under the mentorship of esteemed professionals such as Don Saladino and Dr. Eric Degis. Gaining a vast understanding of movement, mechanics, and injuries I knew there was more to be learned about the connection between the spirit, the emotional body, and how the physical body functioned. I moved to Central and South America and began studying under Quechua and Shipibo-Conibo elders and healers who taught me the body through a spiritual lens, as well as healing through earth-based practices and medicines and honing my craft as a channel. I have trained with EntheoNation’s Plant Spirit School, bringing further elders, scientists, and healers into my education with a focus on integration, as well as Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing International’s Trauma for BIPOC populations.
I have worked as a trauma informed movement specialist, using my abilities to channel and intuit the body’s needs with clients ranging from professional dancers, MLB + NFL players, celebrities, and billionaires. I’ve combined my movement-healing skills with ancestral medicines and channeling for the Divine Dark Feminine Retreat in the Berkshires, focusing on female-identifying populations with cPTSD, as well as working 1:1 with medicine clients. I’ve held channeling ceremonies to help business-owners and filmmakers with their endeavors, including such clients as Jessica Zemple of Life Shucker, Award-Winning Writer-Producer Naomi McDougall Jones of The 51 Fund, and Award-Winning Director Catherine Eaton. In a group capacity I have provided channeling, movement, and medicine for the Avalon Story Filmmakers Retreat in 2021. In Early 2022 I co-created an indigenous-lead retreat for PowHERHouse Media, also endeavoring to promote healing for more grounded leadership in business. I’ve worked
with Sacred Matriarch and Ecko Aleck, creating healing containers that return humans to their ancestral and earth-based roots with a focus on environmental impact and BIPOC safety, and have recently joined the team at ReGEN Impact Media as an Integration Specialist working to use healing as an essential modality for the future of film and society at large. I have also offered my trauma-informed consulting on dozens of movie sets, including recently pairing with Treen Sorrentino and The Red Sands Project on their documentary shedding light on human-trafficking. My consulting work endeavors to create environments that facilitate the ceremonial act of storytelling while protecting the vulnerabilities it creates and shedding the abusive tactics of Hollywood and capitalism to create stories that heal the audiences they reach.
My ceremonies and channeling should be considered for your enjoyment and entertainment. Although the intention of these ceremonies is healing, I cannot guarantee results, and furthermore I cannot "heal" you. Ancestral wisdom believes that the way to healing is returning us all to the spirit within us. The intention of these ceremonies is to bring you back to your own personal alignment so you are empowered to embrace yourself as the truest and most authentic healer for you. My journey with you is to facilitate the rediscovery of that, not to interfere. In fact, I'd tread lightly with anyone or anything that claims it can flat out heal you. It's my prerogative to avoid the power dynamics that pedestal people, and can create dangerous dynamics within the healing world. Toward that point, it's imperative that my ceremonies are BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ and Differently-Bodied safe. When joining a group ceremony please expect us all to be held accountable to this safety. I truly believe am no more a healer than anyone around me, it's simply a matter of removing the blocks that some of us hold connecting us to our inherent truth.
Please know that no community members will be denied medicine or healing practices due to financial hardship. If this happens to be your situation, please reach out and inquire as to payment plans, energy exchanges, or otherwise. If you are in a position in which affording medicine or healing containers is easily available to you, please consider donating to cover the session of a community member in-need, whether in full or in part. This is part of an intention to keep medicine sacred, and outside the systemic limitations of capitalism.