Women's Embodiment Community Retreat 2017

Devorah Bry

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. 


Uzo Nwankpa

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. 



Deepika Sheleff *

Deepika is a somatic coach and trainer, and co-leader of HoneyRoot’s School for Embodied Leadership. She blends bioenergetics with mindfulness based somatic therapy to unwind old patterns and restore authenticity and aliveness. Her work focuses on developing greater capacity to feel and navigate emotions, reclaiming the full range of our expression and learning to love from the depths of our heart. She is an expert in creating more connection and deepening love, using the Seven Flavors of Love system. 

She has a big heart, a sharp eye and a deep devotion to bringing people back home to their true selves. She lives in Marin County with her family, and is currently writing the transformational book, “The 7 Flavors of Love - a path to wholeness.”

Judy Lay

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.


Tayla Ealom

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.

Darshana Avila*

Darshana is a HoneyRoot gem, bringing form, structure and vibrant love to the Hive. Out beyond, Darshana shares her passion as a somatic sex and intimacy coach and educator with a tantric twist. With a signature blend of wisdom, compassion and groundedness she guides people toward the awakening of their ecstatic potential. A self-confessed intimacy junkie, tireless student of the infinite nuances of relationship and skillful facilitator, Darshana delights in initiating others to the way of presence, pleasure and passion as the path to deep fulfillment.

Working with individuals and couples offering both experiential coaching and erotic bodywork, Darshana guides people home to their bodies and into right relationship with their sexuality and sensuality in order to live a more gratifying and turned on life. 


Layla Centorrino

Layla Centorrino is a healer, priestess, mentor and intuitive coach with years of training in many healing, clairvoyant and ceremonial/shamanic modalities, spiritual practice and a powerful dedication to serve. For over 3 decades she's been supporting people to navigate and transform their bodies, spirits, relationships and lives with skill, magic and awareness. 

Layla weaves the fabric of our feminine wisdom and power with her Menstrual Mystery teachings and Womb Awakening work. She is passionately committed to cultivating skillful ways of connecting between men and women through her Gender Alchemy Circles and supporting couples in Conscious Relating and Un-Coupling with Love. Layla is called to serve the future generations by preparing parents for Conscious Baby~Family Making.  


Lorina Manzanita

Lorina Manzanita MA, SEP helps women and men ground, find clarity and thrive in the realms of love, intimacy, sexuality and relationships. As a Somatic Sex and Relationship Coach, SE® trauma resolution practitioner and facilitator she helps those in her care heal old wounds and gather the skills and tools they need to enjoy deeply connected lives. With her guidance and support her clients learn how to create conscious, yummy lives of love with mindfulness and the body’s wisdom..

Her offerings are infused with two decades of study and professional experience. She has studied a number of transformational systems including: The Somatica Sex & Relationship Coaching Method, Somatic Experiencing trauma resolution, developmental and attachment trauma resolution, Co-Active Coaching and Somatic Sexual Presencing with Shakti Malan.


Barbi Samayoga

Music, movement, breath and nature are the inspirations for Barbi's practice of devotion - also known by her spiritual name - Bhairavi. Born in South Africa, and now living between Australia and California, she is excited to share with the wider HoneyRoot community. A long-time student of yoga, she has taught hatha yoga for the last 6 years and performs devotional music with her partner, Sufi singer Tahir Qawwal (they perform as 'Sufi Soul Sangeet').

The traditional Indian system of music that she was introduced to by her teachers has provided an endless source of inspiration to her practice as a way to explore deep currents of emotion. She loves to share the beauty of cultural music through song, but also for dance. She DJ's under the alias 'SpiderOrchid', playing at both intimate private events and larger festivals. 


Laura Linsteadt

Laura’s passion is to awaken, re-member and be alive in sacred comm-unity with our Selves, with others and all Peoples, and with the Earth and all of Life. As a massage therapist, dancer, Scalar Heart Connection mediator and teacher of EmbodyDance, she is a practitioner of embodiment and the integration of body, heart, mind and spirit.  She guides people to root deeply within their bodies and the Earth, to flow with ease and pleasure, to feel their full range of aliveness and to play in creative self-expression. She holds healing space for the connection to one’s own body and heart, to hear our needs, embrace our wounded and painful parts with compassion, and to learn to love ourselves.

She has a BA in Dance, is a Nia Blue Belt Instructor and has studied the Chakras with Anodea Judith, Inner Bonding with Dr. Margaret Paul, Feminine spiritual practice and Goddess mythology with Chameli Ardagh and the Awakening Women’s Institute, Embodied Leadership with Honeyroot's SEL and many forms of movement and dance.


Odessa Avianna Perez

Odessa is a healer, artist and spiritual activist. She’s here to help ignite people’s passion and life purpose through healing, deeper embodiment, and the seemingly magical expansion of consciousness. Raised in the Sufi tradition, Odessa has been immersed in mystical and heart-centered wisdom all her life. She is a certified ThetaHealing Practitioner and Instructor, Massage Therapist and energy bodyworker. She holds BA degrees in Dance and Theater, and has been making dances since 2005, most recently using video, text, and dance performance to explore healing from trauma. Odessa is a devotee to the dance practice Contact Improvisation and teaches CI classes that welcome the physical, emotional, energetic, and spiritual aspects of being in a body: the limitations, the metaphors, and all the rest of our human experience.

Lizzie Hart

Lizzie is an intuitive guide, performance artist, facilitator and youth mentor devoted to the revealing and replenishment of our personal and collective mythologies, in service to future generations. She helps people to claim their authentic power and teaches how to move and groove with it. Her passion for the relational and healing arts springs from an upbringing rich in conversation with nature spirits, dancers, singers, poets, activists and visual artists.

Lizzie holds a degree in Creative Writing - Memoir, is certified by Interchange Counseling Institute, and is currently a facilitator of ongoing group practice at The Ecology of Leadership. She lives near the Yuba River. 


Margo Stebbing

Poet, grandma,
fire for social and earth justice
makes prayer flags.


Siri Shakti

Siri Shakti is a dancer, dreamer, painter and lover of the body as an unfolding path of wisdom and depth. She is a certified yoga teacher in Hatha and Kundalini traditions, an Embodied Asana Yoga Therapist, Harmonyium energy healer and a student of Body-Mind Centering, Core Energetics, process painting, singing and nature in all her forms. Siri brings her embodied presence and passion for the life of the body to her work as an Occupational Therapist in acute care, as an art model/muse, and co-creator of embodied movement rituals.


Ashley Newton

Ashley is a naturally deep feeler with a fierce devotion to the innate intelligence of the body. She loves guiding people to awaken the subtle, animal body that can easily get buried under stress. Her embodiment offerings have been shaped by her training in Body-Mind Centering and her love of Continuum movement practice. HoneyRoot has been an integral part of her developing into her womanhood and she is thrilled to be sharing her gifts with the community!

Out in the world, her work focuses on enriching the lives of young children. She is currently a lead teacher and one of the primary caretakers of Five Creeks Studio, an outdoor-based learning cooperative for families with children ages 3-7. She also has a private practice supporting parents in offering connected, body-based, care to their infants.


Tina Hylton

A bridge-builder & community activist, Tina comes from a life experience of strong ethnic heritage & deep interest in the diverse cultures of the world. She received her BA from the University of Oregon, where she focused on the literature & poetry of the most marginalized & underrepresented voices of women of color 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. 


Erin Summers

Erin is a visionary healer, ceremonialist, minister of prayer and Earth steward. She co-facilitates the Earth Advocate Apprenticeship program and holds HoneyRoot's collective vision of creating a womb space for humans to heal and reconnect to our natural birthright as guardians of this planet.


Supporting Artists

Mackenzie Myers

Mackenzie is a Song Gatherer from many traditions with a passion to weave women together to experience song as an ancient form of connection. She believes in the power that arises when women gather together to give voice to the unseen. She believes that the voice is a musical instrument made of breath, muscle, and emotion. It is the thread that connects our body to Spirit and as we come together and sing in circle, we become one voice and experience the living spirit of life through music. Mackenzie’s offerings are an invitation for you to bring your whole self to the altar, and sing. 

Tatiana Berindei

Tatiana is deeply honored to be invited to share her music with the HoneyRoot community this year - all the way from Massachusetts. A singer all her life, Tatiana gratefully receives songs from divine inspiration, which she then offers up with prayer and heart to all who will hear them. She is fiercely passionate about empowering women's voices and the voice of the Divine Feminine in whatever way she can. Like the goddess with 8 arms, Tatiana does this in a multiplicity of ways. As a singer, she does this through her lyrics and song and joining women's voices together in sacred singing circles. As a Minister and Spiritual Life Coach, she does this through her Inspired Spiritual Coaching work where she supports individuals to live fully embodied, authentic and fantastically enriched lives. As a mom and Young Living enthusiast, she does this through empowering mothers to take charge of their family's physical, emotional, spiritual and financial well-being with essential oils.

CommonRoot: Our Mixed-Gender Retreat 2016

Deborah Bry                 Lorina Manzanita and Tobin Giblin

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

Rachel Wylie

Ashley Newton

MotherRoot 2016

Facilitators 2013 - 2016

* These women offer 50% off of an initial session to HoneyRoot Members.

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