The true spirit of my work is to untangle resistance to healing & health, to change, to letting go. I am dedicated to healing the hearts, minds, and spirits of women who are experiencing pain; educating those who are eager to learn; guiding those who have gotten off-track; and reminding those who have forgotten their essential selves.
I am a wisdom keeper. Though I stand in support of women of all ages, I do not offer the exuberance of youth. I do offer the grounded wisdom of a woman-becoming-an-elder infused with a sometimes edgy sense of mischief.
Curious, with a fundamental love for wild nature and for human-expressions of beauty, I am a compassionate & intuitive (and highly trained) facilitator for your healing journey.
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As a kid obsessed with the Beatles in the San Francisco Bay area, my dad took me to see them in their last concert at Candlestick Park. I wove yarn belts and retailed them; folk danced at Stanford University; and wrote in a journal almost daily. I lived in Cuernavaca Mexico for a month and spoke fluent Spanish.
I wanted to be Joni Mitchell, so I taught guitar. I was also the family go-to for baking desserts. I worked on an archeological dig and on the Save the Bay Campaign; drove a VW Beetle through the Pacific Coast Range; and discovered the joy of backpacking (my parents were confused because, as a child, I wanted to be carried when on family hikes, though to be fair, sitting up on my Dad’s shoulders was pretty nifty.
I began my own healing journey at UC Santa Cruz in the 1970s. UCSC’s Community Studies program required me to do field study and write an undergraduate thesis. So, I lived on the Crow Reservation for six months and worked on a how-to manual for traditional crafts for the local 4-H program. I hung out with the two ladies at the Crow Arts & Crafts Cooperative, learned to bead while listening to their stories. I participated in my first sweat-bath ceremony and promptly drove my VW bug in a ditch.
I married a Crow Indian. When our daughter was born with Down’s Syndrome, I began a lifesaving healing journey for her, for myself.
I have 42 years of business ownership expertise, 18 of which as the owner/partner/president of Accents West, Inc., one of the first Montana businesses with a flair for the New West. I mentored many young women on their personal and professional life journeys. On closing the store, I trained to become a Life Coach, then committed to learning KaTaSee Traditional Healing and Balancing, becoming a practitioner of holistic healing arts.
Sessions bridge old and new paradigms of health and healing.
I migrated from California to Montana because like so many since then, I wanted a rural lifestyle: to be where wild things roam and touch the cultural and spiritual roots of the West.
For more than 30 years, I led Crow-style sweats for women. For sixteen I went on solo vision quests/retreats for 16. I completed most of the coursework to certify in Nature Connect work (eco-psychology), but let that go when I began to study BodyTalk™.
In 2003, I began four years of intensive study in Ka Ta See Traditional Healing and Balancing and am one of a small group of certified practitioners. I continued as an advanced student until 2012.
In 2009, I became a certified BodyTalk™ practitioner. In 2012, I trained in Craniosacral Fascial Therapy. In 2013, I began to study Ortho-Bionomy.
When I graduated from UC Santa Cruz with double honors, I remember wishing I could “just” be a medicine woman, a healer. My journal from two years before that says, “If I could be anything, I would want the power to heal people with plants, to doctor.” I wrote, “I wonder if that prayer is being answered, only it’s a slow process.” I thought it was slow then and I was 19. All these years later, it’s odd to find that I am that, though not in the way I imagined.
In my quest for wholeness and health, I have sampled a smorgasbord of approaches: counseling and hypnosis, chiropractics, massage, physical therapy, Shamanic healing, sweat baths and Sundance ceremonies. For three years, I trained in Life and Business Coaching and was one of the first in Gallatin County. But I remained restless, seeking.
My daughter penned this portrait of me in a notebook. It so accurately portrays my stress level at the time that after gifting it to me decades ago, she has never wanted to look at it again.
I used to feel like I was caught in a trash compactor and it was squeezing the life out of me. Now, there is so much research about the effects of childhood trauma, but at that time there simply wasn’t and I often felt crazy.
To calm down, feel better and keep going, I became a workshop junkie, looking for that singular piece of information that would make all the difference. I read self-help book after self-help book. I looked for the one person, single approach, that could give me the crucial key to my own healing.
If my daughter hadn’t needed me, I probably would have given up on myself, on life.
BodyTalk™ Therapy became an essential missing piece.
I was introduced to BodyTalk by a physical therapist that had learned a couple of techniques from a friend. One of those was the Cortices brain-balancing technique. It immediately calmed my overactive mind. When I first practiced it on myself, I felt like I was holding my brain in, giving it the safe and quiet space it had needed for so long.
Already a Certified Ka Ta See Traditional Healing and Balancing Practitioner, I embraced BodyTalk’s more mainstream approach to energy healing and balancing. I was attracted to its scope— both simple and complex— and to being able to comfortably present myself as a energy healer while I still worked in Gallatin County’s criminal justice system.
I began to manage my stress. I reduced and then eliminated my dependency on over-the-counter painkillers. My thinking got clearer; my ability to be constructively linear and analytical strengthened.
In 2012, I found Craniosacral Fascial/Dental Therapy, the missing link in providing a hands-on approach to address and unwind connective tissue. Likewise, Ortho-Bionomy invites release with gentle touch, supporting the body’s organic movement. I’ve taught my daughter how to do some of these techniques; we work on each other. And I work on myself a lot. I am an enthusiastic advocate for consistent and persistent self-care.
Daily, I am in awe of our healing capacity, of how different one person’s healing process from a particular condition might be from another’s with the same diagnosis. Read a few client testimonials.
I walk the mountains of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, generally with a four-legged companion. For a long while, I wrote for the Distinctly Montana blog and am now at work on a memoir. I read and read and read, largely novels. During the summers, the garden beckons.