ABOUT ME: 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.
My work in the world is dedicated to all future generations, that they may be born into bodies liberated from intergenerational trauma and raised without shame of their bodies, desires, and sexual expression.
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 am a Somatic Sex Educator and Certified Sexological Bodyworker (CSB) as well as a past member of the CSB teaching team at the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in San Francisco. I am trained as a Doula (Birth Assistant) and draw wisdom and skills from my fifteen years of experience in experiential diversity education, anti-oppression work, non-violent communication, direct action, restorative justice, and expressive arts therapy.
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