Dev is the Founder and Creative Director of HoneyRoot. She devotes herself to this community as a mother does her child and is truly honored to be working alongside such loving, full-spectrummed friends. Beyond HoneyRoot, Dev works with women, men, and couples to heal, expand, and create beauty within their relationships. She has an MA in somatic psychology and considers the body a primary pathway for psychological development, transformation, and self-knowing. Dev is a dancer, a reverend, a Certified Hakomi Therapist and a Certified Soul Motion teacher (www.soulmotion.com). Stillness, motion, and breath are her guides. Her mother, ancestors, and teachers are her bedrock.
Tayla Ealom is a Received her 200 hour teacher training certification from The Bhakti Yoga Shala under Govindas and specializes in hatha, gentle, and vinyasa style classes in Berkeley. She’s studied Anusara yoga with Kenny Graham, Siri Peterson, and Chrissy Graham at YogaKula, as well as yoga and the psyche with Mariana Caplan and yoga for the emotional body with Pete Guinosso. Her deep passion is connecting the healing power of the earth with body and emotional and psychological work. She invites students to rewrite the internal story and start releasing from limiting beliefs. She is pursuing her masters degree in Somatic Psychotherapy from The California Institute of Integral Studies and invites that knowledge and physical understanding into her classes and private sessions.
Amber is passionate about art as activism and a tool for personal and social change. They volunteered as a teen and family retreat counselor at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, facilitating mindfulness workshops for years and also have worked with the adoption community as a counselor. Amber loves combining expressive practices and mindfulness in their work. Amber's mission is for all of us to speak our truths in harmony with each other. As a genderqueer, non-binary Asian American performer and teacher, they are committed to spreading the love frequency to create a world of justice and peace.
Born in Ireland in 1957, Cris is a feminist who has worked for many years as an educator, community organizer, facilitator and guide with those, primarily women and girls, who live with social injustice, inequality and disadvantage, and with those committed.
As an apprenticed elder, and one living with chronic illness, Cris’ time now is divided between her own writing and visual Art projects, mentoring and guiding those seeking personal/spiritual growth, Hospice work, involvement with a youth education center and self-care. Currently training in Cranio-Sacral therapy, she is a graduate of Kim Rosen’s Poetry Depths Mystery School, Animas Valley Institute’s Soulcraft and School of Lost Borders Rites of Passage work, all of which she uses in her mentoring and facilitation work.
Cris believes passionately in the importance of embodied elderhood and in the power of engaged spirituality, community, lifelong learning and creativity to weave the kinds of intergenerational and cross-cultural/across difference communication and connection that can generate the kinds of solutions our world so so desperately needs.
Uzo Nwankpa RN, MSN-PH, is a fourth generation healer, an Igbo woman from Southeast Nigeria with an ancestry gifted to restore balance using the indigenous practices of her tribe. She is an advocate for using the arts as a healing tool for women, men, and communities an educator, facilitator, performer, researcher and advocate for healing through music and dance. As a first generation immigrant to the West, and global citizen, Uzo has created diverse ways to combine ancient practices with innovative technologies. She founded the Uzo Method Project- A Public Health Solution as a means to fulfill her destiny- healing the masses using her cultural influence through innovative workshops, speaking engagements, presentations and performances.
Judy’s Facebook profile states that she is “becoming an Elder on behalf of Mother Earth.” This is true. After living in NM for 43 years, she retired her psychotherapy practice and moved to the wildness of off-grid living, building a straw bale RoundHouse and Life Spiral to hold ceremonies, classes, workshops and fun events.
Ordained in 2011 as a Minster of Walking Prayer through the Center for Sacred Studies, she brings this presence to all her interactions and ceremonies. Judy has played a significant role in the formation of HoneyRoot’s Elder’s Council and is a Grandmother to 6 grandchildren and mother of 3. She is a fiber artist; wet felting and knitting are her two favorite things to do with her hands.
Stephanie, one of HoneyRoot's core facilitators in both our large-scale retreats and the School for Embodied Leadership, has been exploring the connection between the body, mind and soul since she was a young girl. Deep connection with nature and animal, dance, the study of psychology and other somatically based practices have all been her muses and inspiration for this life.
Stephanie has a degree in Psychology and is trained in Somatic Experiencing. She works as an Equine Guided Educator (which utilizes the relationship developed between horses and humans to catalyze personal growth and healing), as a body worker, and as an event coordinator for embodiment based events.
A bridge-builder & community activist, Tina comes from a life experience of strong ethnic heritage & multicultural mothering. She received her BA from the University of Oregon, where she focused on the literature & poetry of the most marginalized voices of women from around the world.
Years after living in rural Jamaica & raising 2 biracial children in Northern California, Tina works today to help bring awareness & education on diversity issues to her local schools & larger community. Currently working towards her masters degree in Educational Leadership & Social Transformation, she is hopeful for humanity's healing & reparations through the confrontation of social injustice.
Women's Embodiment Community Retreat 2017
Tayla Ealom Judy Lay Layla Centorrino Lizzie Hart
Ashley Newton Siri Shakti Margo Stebbing Laura Linsteadt
Barbi Samayoga Erin Summers Lorina Manzanita Tina Hylton
Odessa Avianna Perez Tatiana Berindei Mackenzie Myers
CommonRoot: Our Mixed-Gender Retreat 2016
Elan Freydenson Wren LaFeet and Antje Schaefer Cris Mulvey
Jerry Gridley Anjuli Mahendra and Alok Ajaya Sommers
Matthew Sutherlin Darshana Avila Stephanie Meux
Jeremy Weichsel Malena Gebremedhin Felicia & Jim
Sweet Medicine Ron Tofanelli Laura Inserra
2016 Women's Embodiment Retreat
Facilitators 2013 - 2016
* These women offer 50% off of an initial session to HoneyRoot Members.
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