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.
Omar Aena is a conscious dance ambassador and community organizer based in New York City. His passion and focus is in bringing people together to experience a sense of belonging, connection and freedom.
He is co-organizer, facilitator and DJ at Ecstatic Dance NYC and creator of Dance Lab, a place for somatic inquiry. A student of various mystical traditions - including Tibetan Buddhism, Sufism, Advaita Vedanta and other philosophies of non-duality - Omar seeks to integrate these age-old, wisdom teachings into his life in the big city.
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.
Jim Matto-Shepard, PhD is a licensed psychologist who specializes in relationship, somatics and ritual. He is passionate about integrating difference as a necessary step in healing ourselves, our relationships and the world. Jim is a relationship therapist with nearly four decades of experience. Currently, in addition to a full practice working with couples, he facilitates a weekly couples group and, with his wife Felicia, facilitates groups for couples who want to deepen into emotionally connected sexuality. He also facilitates weekly groups with men and with mixed gender adults. In addition, Jim has a regular practice as a Soul Motion teacher.
Wren teaches partner dance internationally and primarily on the west coast of North America as a practice for mindful, authentic living, enlivening communities with his signature modality, Cocréa. He is a celebrated TEDx speaker, featured author in "ReInhabiting the Village" - a comprehensive volume of collected works outlining best practices for building regenerative community, and ardent proponent of pioneering a new renaissance through co-created movement, authentic connection and consensual touch. As a cultural architect, his facilitation aims to aid others to create themselves as safer spaces for others to express and embody joy through the synthesis of structured social partner dance, conscious movement, authentic relating, sensuality as spirituality and luscious dance music. Seeing partnered movement as a form of dance and touch therapy, his practice focuses on trusting our bodies with the music and our partner to catalyze elevating the whole being into higher vibrational states. Dancing professionally off and on since 1999, teaching since 2008, and partner dancing virtually since he was in the womb, Wren's work is deeply influenced by nature, relationship, mindfulness and messing up, and has been hailed as "the next evolution of conscious dance."
Stephanie, HoneyRoot's event coordinator and one of HoneyRoot's core facilitators has been exploring the connection between the body, mind and soul since she arrived on this planet 40 years ago and has been enjoying the process of reawakening to the truth of who she is through personal inquiry and by following her curiosities and passions. 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 currently studying 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.
Elan's life is dedicated to freeing himself and helping others free themselves from the unintended burden of familial, cultural, ancestral and trauma imprints. He believes it is everyone's conception right to experience being in a body and connecting with other bodies as an easeful and joyous experience. He has over a thousand hours of training in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy and Polarity Therapy. He has completed the Castellino Perinatal and Birth Therapy training. He is on track to become an Authorized Continuum Movement teacher later this year and had the honor and pleasure of studying almost 500 hours directly with Emilie Conrad.
Anjuli and Alok have been developing their work together since 2010 to bring deliciously deep and surprising effortless somatic practices to open the body, heart, and psyche. Founders of Contactyoga.org as well as Shakticura Healing Lounge, they weave together rejuvenating practices from Zenthai, Partner yoga, Contact improvisation, and their extensive healing arts practices. Known for their friendly, approachable demeanor, they bring you their wisdom as seasoned yoga teachers and massage therapists with over twenty years of experience. Every year, they offer Fall and Spring retreats at Sierra Hot Springs as well as a their winter retreat at Playa Viva.
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 Aviana 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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