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Helping you make lasting lifestyle changes

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My passion

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I am a devoted life learner - always expanding my knowledge and making connections among ideas and concepts.  I love “translating” the scientific literature into practical ideas and healthy behaviors.  And I love seeing how often this corresponds to the wisdom handed down by ancient traditions around the world. 

 

I am especially fascinated with the psychology of behavior change, and how we can harness the power of our heart, mind, body, and our environment to help us create and maintain a healthy, fulfilling life. And I love that seemingly small, incremental changes, over time, compound to big results!

I am also passionate about the interdependence of our health, the health of our communities, and that of the earth, with a particular focus on regenerative agriculture and the urgency of re-building our food system from the bottom up. 

My background and education

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Like nearly everyone today, I have been touched by health issues.  My mother died of breast cancer at the age of fifty-three.  This was a pivotal moment for me, losing someone so close.  I was studying for my Master's in Public Health, so I threw myself into researching what may have contributed to her disease - I wanted to know how to protect myself and others.  This was the beginning of my health quest.

I became interested in environmental causes of cancer, especially pesticides.  I wanted to talk about safer alternatives, and so I needed to understand how these actually worked.  I completed the excellent apprenticeship program at the UC Santa Cruz Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems.

Learning how to work with the miracle of Nature in growing food, it seemed only logical to apply the same principle to our own health.

 

Later, I turned my research skills towards my own health challenges.  This lead me to pivotal changes in diet, lifestyle, and mindset, leaning on ancestral wisdom and evolutionary biology.

Most of all, I learned that healing isn't so much about knowing what to do, but about having the skills and the confidence to step into a new way of being.

This led me to complete a certification as a functional health coach and National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach, to learn how to walk alongside and support others on their healing journey.

The recent passing of my father, and grief about our disconnection from the earth has led me to an extensive grief ritual training with therapist Francis Weller to further my own healing and to support my clients in the ways grief has touched their lives.  I am excited to incorporate the power of reverence and ritual as tools to empower our own healing.

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