Seneca Beth Miller: Intimacy Coach, Somatic Sex Educator, and founder of JustBodies.
Seneca Beth Miller has been connecting people with their bodies and their highest potential in myriad settings since 1999. Born and raised in Arizona, Seneca recently returned to the valley after living in the San Francisco Bay Area where she trained as a Somatic Sex Educator at the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in 2010. In 2015 and 2016, she served as a member of the teaching team for the same training. Over the last decade, Seneca has designed and facilitated body-based workshops supporting social-emotional growth for youth and adults in California, Oregon, Washington, and Canada, and worked with organizations such as The Mosaic Project, Bay NVC (Nonviolent Communication), Homeless Prenatal Program, and Fierce Allies. Before leaving Arizona, Seneca spent two and a half years developing and facilitating empowerment workshops in the Maricopa County Jail, motivating youth at Anytown Leadership Camp, and creating outlets for others’ self expression at Arizona State University, where she earned a BFA and a minor in Sociology.
The JustBodies’ approach to the body, sexuality, and consent draws on Seneca’s sundry life experiences: extensive world travel, Doula/birth work, and two decades in the fields of diversity and inclusion; anti-oppression and restorative justice; community healing and expressive arts. Her coaching and facilitation methods combine movement with mind-set, playfulness with deep listening, and patience with positive encouragement. Seneca provides tools and practices for celebrating and accepting the body, experiencing a more vibrant sensuality, and confidently expressing boundaries and desires. Whether leading a workshop on “Interracial Dating” for teens, “Internal, Relational, and Systemic Scars” for bodyworkers, or “Reclaiming Self-Love & Rekindling Confidence” for women in recovery, Seneca creates a compassionate, non judgmental space for the spectrum of emotions that arise when we spend intentional time with our bodies.
MY STORY: I believe connection is foundational for a more just, equitable, and peaceful existence. After many years of working in the realm of social justice education -- a majority of which were spent teaching others to respect, accept, and communicate well with one another -- I realized that few of us consistently respect, accept, and communicate well with ourselves, let alone our bodies. This realization lead me to study somatics (the body), sexuality, and birth, then ultimately, to creating JustBodies. After living in the San Francisco Bay Area for the last ten years, I am honored to return home to the Arizona desert that raised me and serve the community here, while continuing to offer services via phone and video nationally and internationally.
My work in the world is dedicated to all future generations, that they may be born into bodies liberated from intergenerational trauma and celebrated for their unique expressions of identity, sexuality, and desire.
I have been teaching and facilitating for almost two decades in various settings, ranging from workshops with incarcerated adults to teaching teenagers in the woods. My actions are guided by liberation, solidarity, and an underlying agenda for cultivating playful interconnection with self, the earth, and others. I have a BFA with a Sociology minor from Arizona State University, and I equally value the education I have gained from world travel, activism, co-parenting, permaculture design trainings, and my ongoing practice of decolonizing the body through dance, play, and irreverent mindfulness. Raised in the concrete-covered desert of Arizona -- in Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, Gila River Indian Community, and Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Territory -- I also make home in Ohlone Territory (Oakland). I am rooted in an ongoing search for pre-Colonial ancestral wisdom and I work with commitment to solidarity with LBGTQIA and POC individuals and communities.
*LGBTQIA: Lesbian, Gay, BiSexual, Transgender/Transsexual,Queer/Questioning, Intersex;, Asexual POC: People of Color