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2019 Year-End Video

2019 marked 10 years of gs. We spent this year running powerful programs and building gs for the long haul. There are many things that we could plan for, and many things that we couldn’t. We are learning from all of it, and new doors are opening.

Entering 2020, with critical elections afoot, gs is staying on course with our Strategic Priorities and paying close attention to what social and climate justice movements need.

Watch our 2019 year-end video.

Get Involved

Volunteer in Oakland, CA on January 29, 2020! Gather with gs staff and other volunteers to prepare thank you cards for the many people who donate to gs and make this work possible. Stipend available upon request.

Be a part of our Get Centered: Grassroots Fundraising Program that will take place in Spring 2020. This will be an opportunity to get centered in action as we practice embodied donor organizing! Participants will be asked to make a donation to gs that is significant to you and aim to bring in at least three additional donations from friends/family or by calling past gs grassroots donor lists. We will provide resources and materials, and create opportunities to come together with one another to practice in community.

Find out more. 

To express interest, email: development@generativesomatics.org.

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Find a Practitioner

Find a gs Practitioner

The gs Practitioners Network (gsPN) is an organized network of politicized somatic coaches, therapists, and healing practitioners who have built somatic competence through gs programs. Below is a list of gs practitioners who work with organizers, member leaders, and others in social and environmental justice movements who are seeking this kind of healing and support either one-on-one or in healing groups. Sliding Scale & Video Access Many gsPN practitioners work with clients on a sliding scale (some at low or no cost), which is an important part of our collective commitment to making this work accessible to poor and working-class people and people of color. There are also gsPN practitioners who work with clients over video (Skype or Zoom), which helps us collectively support movements across geography.

Find a practitioner

 

Sliding Scale & Video Access

Many gsPN practitioners work with clients on a sliding scale (some at low or no cost), which is an important part of our collective commitment to making this work accessible to poor and working class people and people of color. There are also gsPN practitioners who work with clients over video (Skype or Zoom), which helps us collectively support movements across regions.

How to Choose & Work With a Practitioner

Members of the gs Practitioners Network (gsPN) have all trained in gs’ methodology including the Somatics, Trauma and Resilience  and Embodied Leadership work. They have all seen practice clients as a part of their development, and get supervision from more experienced practitioners. Many gsPNers also have other training and experience – some as therapists and social workers, some as organizers and movement leaders, and more.

gs somatic work includes: somatic awareness, somatic opening, and somatic practices. Somatics explores and supports resilience, helps to develop new embodied options and choices and also addresses individual and collective trauma healing, as needed. A key part of the approach is hands on somatic bodywork. Somatic bodywork includes touch, breath patterns, and conversation. Your practitioner will also likely ask you to take on daily somatic practices as part of the transformation process. All of this work will be grounded in what we call your “declaration.” That is—what is important to you, your vision, your commitment and longings.

All of gs somatics is held in a politicized context, and with an intersectional analysis. While your practitioner may not have worked in your movement sector or issue area, they are familiar with the pressures of organizing, movement building, movement dynamics, and more.

In choosing a practitioner, take some time to consider what you want to get out of the work.

  • What is important in your growth and healing now?  
  • What do you want to be different 6 months from now? A year from now?

Next, talk to 2-3 practitioners. If you can, do this over video so you can see each other. Talk with them about what you want and how they work. Here are some questions you can ask:

  • How do you work? Do you include somatic bodywork? How does a typical session go?
  • What would we focus on in our first 3 sessions?
  • Given what I have shared about what I want, what do you feel you could help me with? 
  • How do you think I can change and grow in 10 sessions with you? In 20?
  • Anything else that is important for you to consider like: working over video, overlapping communities, no/low fee, confidentiality, etc.

If you don’t have access to a gs practitioner in you area you can see someone over video.  You can also talk with your practitioner about seeing someone locally for somatic bodywork, or another type of bodywork as needed. 

We ask you to use the somatic process guided by a gs practitioner fully for yourself. Please do not, in turn, teach others the somatic practices you are learning. While many of the practices are simple- they also have depth. We want to make sure to take care of people, and use the work accountably. If you are interested in more training, please contact us.

gsPN Directory

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A photo of gs Resource Development Director and teacher, Danielle Feris. A white person with short black hair that is slightly longer on top is smiling infront of the camera. They are wearing a blue and red plaid button up shirt and are standing infront of a grey background.

Danielle Feris

| Philadelphia , PA
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Danielle has been a community organizer since 1999, including with Jews for Racial and Economic Justice and Hand in Hand: The Domestic Employers Network, a core partner of the National Domestic Workers Alliance. Danielle has been a gs student since 2012, and in Teacher Training since 2016.

Dona Hirschfield-White

| San Francisco , CA
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Dona is a queer, white, immigrant Licensed Clinical Social Worker & Trauma-Recovery coach practicing politicized liberation therapy with individuals & relationships. She specializes in resourcing outsiders, immigrants, LGBTQI folk, social justice activists/artists, & other resilient survivors.

Phone: 415-633-6091

Website: No

Remote Clients: Yes
Languages :English
Role at gs: gs practitioner
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Prentis Hemphill

| Kaneohe , HI
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Prentis Hemphill is a healer, writer, and somatics teacher and practitioner. They currently teach with both generative somatics and Black Organizing for Leadership and Dignity (BOLD).

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Remote Clients:Yes

 

Languages: English

 

Role at gs: gs strategy body, gs teacher, gs practitioner
A photo of gs teacher and practitioner Lisa Thomas-Adeyemo. A black woman is looking up and to the right of the photo, with a smile on her face, her hair in dreadlocks, and wearing a dangly earring with a silver square, a copper spral, and a clear rectangle on it. Behind her is a bench and lush green bushes.

Lisa Thomas-Adeyemo

| Bay Area , CA
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Southern born, Queer, Black, Bay Area based somatic healer, awakener, bodyworker, ritualist, & song weaver. Skillful focus in healing from the impacts of racialized trauma, gender oppression, & sexual violence. Her practice is inspired by gs methodology, Ayurveda, and Earth-based Wisdom Traditions.

Phone:510-502-5322

 

 

 

Remote Clients: Yes

 

Languages: English

 

Role at gs: gs staff, gs strategy body, gs teacher, gs practitioner, Former staff & former strategy body member
A photo of gs practitioner Phillippe Citrine. A white person with long blue and black hair is smiling into the camera. Ze is wearing a black top and a silver necklace with a dark and light blue pendant on it. Behind zir is a white background.

Phillippe Citrine

| Asheville , NC
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I’m Phillippe Citrine (ze/zir/zirs). I offer sliding scale somatic coaching and polarity therapy bodywork for nonbinary, trans, and queer folks in Asheville, NC and by secure videoconferencing. My style is warm, curious, collaborative and fiercely non-judgmental. I am poly and kink experienced.

Phone: 828-619-1333

 

 

 

Remote Clients: Yes

 

Languages: English

 

Role at gs: gs practitioner
A photo of gs practitioner Philipe Harrington. A white person with long blue and black hair is smiling into the camera. They are wearing a black top and a silver necklace with a dark and light blue pendant on it. Behind them is a white background.

Philipe Harrington

| San Francisco , CA
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Philipe Harrington is a therapist and somatic practitioner who works via videoconferencing with queer, trans, poly & kinky folks + relationships who are longing to embody the transformation we need to create social justice. I bring a collaborative, non-judgmental and creative perspective to my work.

Phone: 415-735-4653

 

 

 

Remote Clients: Yes

 

Languages: English

 

Role at gs: gs practitioner
A photo of gs practitioner and teacher Amanda Ream. A white person with short hair, and bangs that swoop to the right of the photo is smiling into the camera. They are wearing a dark blue shirt and are in front of a wall that has been painted a deep shade of purple.

Amanda Ream

| Oakland , CA
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Ream is a GS practitioner, meditation teacher and labor organizer alongside domestic workers, bringing twenty years of movement building experience to their practice. They sit on the leadership board of the East Bay Meditation Center and is a graduate of Spirit Rock’s Dedicated Practitoner Program.

Phone: 718-288-1304

 

Website:

 

 

Remote Clients: Yes

 

Languages: English

 

Role at gs: gs teacher, gs practitioner
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Anjuli Sherin

| El Cerrito , CA
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Anjuli is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist providing individual & group therapy, specializing in trauma recovery, resilience-building and cultivating joy. Since 2003 her practice has been working primarily with Immigrant, South Asian, Middle Eastern, POC, Muslim & LGBTQI populations.

Phone: 5102771789

 

 

 

Remote Clients: Yes

 

Languages: English, Hindi, Urdu

 

Role at gs: gs practitioner
Picture of gs practitioner Vanissar Tarakali, a white woman with long blond hair infront of a white wall and window. She is wearing black rimmed glasses, red shirt, and brown beaded necklace and is facing to the right, and smiling.

Vanissar Z Tarakali

| Sebastopol , CA
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Dr. Vanissar Tarakali, PhD, gs practitioner for 10 years. I supporting the resilience of activists, healers & educators, especially those who embody & bridge contradictions of identity & community. My work is grounded in decades of bodywork, social/racial justice & spiritual/neurodivergent practice.

Phone: 5109080936

 

 

 

Remote Clients: Yes

 

Languages: English

 

Role at gs: gs practitioner
A picture of gs teacher and practitioner Nazbah Tom. A light brown person with their short black hair parted is smiling into the camera, wearing a blue button up shirt, a black jacket, and a white and red bowtie with a silver necklace underneath that.

Nazbah Tom

| Toronto , Canada
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I am a Diné queer person and I live in Toronto. I use drama therapy and somatic bodywork to move individuals through a process of embodied transformation using conversation, touch, breath, gesture, imagination, theatre practices, and new somatic practices. I have been studying somatics since 2006.

Phone: 437-580-4614

 

 

 

Remote Clients: Yes

 

Languages: English, Navajo (not fluent)

 

Role at gs: gs teacher, gs practitioner
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Paola Laird

| Oakland , CA
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Please see website for bio

Phone: 4158673421

 

 

 

Remote Clients:Yes

 

Languages: Spanish and English

 

Role at gs: gs teacher, gs practitioner
A photo of gs practitioner Jacks McNamara. A white person with asymmetrical brown hair is smiling into the camera. They are in front of a tree with grey bark and a wall and courtyard is behind them.

Jacks McNamara

| Santa Fe , CA
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Jacks McNamara is a trauma healing coach, artist, organizer & facilitator. Their practice centers queer & trans activists and cultural workers. Jacks offers workshops & consults on topics ranging from queer mental health & challenging white supremacy to trauma-informed care & overcoming burn-out.

Phone: 510-282-4553

 

 

 

Remote Clients: Yes

 

Languages: English

 

Role at gs: gs practitioner
A photo of gs practitioner Kira Banks. A black woman with black rimmed glasses and curly hair pulled back is smiling into the camera. She is wearing a blue suit and a necklace with a pendant on it and is standing infront of a dark grey background.

Kira Banks

| St. Louis , MO
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Kira Banks has been involved with GS since 2015 and has worked to support individuals and groups in understanding themselves and systems of oppression for over 20 years. Her work is rooted in Black Psychology, which uplifts resilience and rejects deficit approaches.

Phone:

 

Website:

 

 

Remote Clients: Yes

 

Languages: English

 

Role at gs: gs practitioner
A photo of gs teacher and practitioner Hilary Moore. A white woman with medium-length blond hair smiles into the camera. She is wearing a green shirt with a black collar that has green polka dots. Behind her is a wall made of blue tiles and white grout.

Hilary Moore

| Berlin , Germany
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Since 2014, Hilary has taught with generative somatics. She also works on the national Leadership Team with Showing Up for Racial Justice and has deep commitments to Climate Justice. Based in Berlin, Germany, Hilary holds in-person and remote sessions, sliding scale based upon need.

Phone:19168024984

 

Website:

 

 

Remote Clients:Yes

 

Languages: English

 

Role at gs: gs teacher, gs practitioner
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Isaak Brown

| Oakland , CA
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I have been working with clients for seven years. My philosophy: we are whole. The more we are aligned with our truth, the better the world is.

Phone: 510-316-1667

 

 

 

Remote Clients: Yes

 

Languages: English

 

Role at gs: gs practitioner
A photo of gs practitioner Piya Banerjee. A brown woman with long wavy black hair and a floral white and blue top is smiling into the camera, with a green background.

Piya Banerjee

| Puyallup , WA
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I have trained with gs and SI since 2012 and also have an MA in Somatic Psychology. I employ a systems-oriented, relational, and trauma-informed approach to my work that blends gs methodology and psychotherapy. QTBIPOC centered healing practice.

Phone: 415-610-6258

 

Website:

 

 

Remote Clients: No

 

Languages: English, Bengali, understand conversational Spanish

 

Role at gs: gs practitioner
A photo of gs teacher and practitioner Briana Herman-Brand. A white woman is turning her head to the right to smile into the camera directly. She has brown hair in an asymmetrical haircut and you can see the rims of white glasses on top of her head, and is wearing a black sleeveless shirt.

Briana Herman-Brand

| Seattle , WA
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Briana Herman-Brand, MSW, has worked for the past 18 years with youth and adults to heal and transform dynamics of trauma and oppression. She has focused in fields of domestic & sexual violence, youth liberation, white anti-racism, LGBTQ experience, transformative justice, and community organizing.

Phone:

 

Website:

 

 

Remote Clients: No

 

Languages: English

 

Role at gs: gs teacher, gs practitioner
A photo of gs teacher and practitioner Morgan Bassichis. A white person with black hair looks into the camera, is wearing a very light blue shirt, and has a slight smile on their face. The background is dark and blurry.

Morgan Bassichis

| New York City , NY
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I have been providing generative somatics coaching in New York City since 2014, and began my training with gs in 2009. My office is centrally located in Manhattan. In addition to my somatic training, my work is informed by my experiences as an artist and a participant in social justice movements.

Phone:

 

Website:

 

 

Remote Clients: Yes

 

Languages: English

 

Role at gs: gs practitioner
A photo of gs Practitioner Meredith Broome. A white woman with grey and black hair smiles into the camera, and behind her is a yellow and white wall.

Meredith Broome

| Oakland , CA
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“I am a Certified Master Somatic Coach and work primarily with social activists, business leaders, queer, trans and non-binary folks, polyamorous individuals and couples, and all survivors of trauma in my office in Oakland, CA, as well as remotely.”

Phone: 510-595-1335

 

 

 

Remote Clients: Yes

 

Languages: English

 

Role at gs: gs practitioner
A photo of gs practioner Sumitra Rajukmar. A light-skinned brown woman with long curly black and brown hair, and wearing hoop earrings, a green top, and multi-colored scarf smiles into the camera.

Sumitra Rajkumar

| Brooklyn , NY
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Sumitra Rajkumar is a somatics practitioner, teacher and organization coach who lives in Brooklyn, New York. A longtime political educator for organizers and cultural workers, Sumitra has trained with generative somatics since 2011. She is writing her first novel. Inquiry via emails welcome.

Phone: 917-570-3609

 

Website: N/A

 

 

Remote Clients: Yes

 

Languages: English

 

Role at gs: gs strategy body, gs teacher, gs practitioner
A photo of gs teacher and practitioner Donaji Lona Esteva. A brown woman is smiling into the camera with the ocean behind her. She is wearing a multicololored blue, orange, and black dress, red lipstick, and long gold earrings.

Donaji Lona Esteva

| San Francisco , CA
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Donaji integrates her indigenous ancestral legacy of interdependence, resilience, resistance, and community struggle to the organic process of transformation and integrates politicized somatics in her work with clients. In the field of somatics for over seven years.English and Spanish.

Phone: 415-254-9552

 

Website: No

 

 

Remote Clients: Yes

 

Languages: Español / English

 

Role at gs: gs teacher, gs practitioner, Transformative Resourcing Team member
A picture of gs teacher and practitioner Natalíe Lorraine Ortega. A Latinx woman with long brown hair, a gold septum ring, and hoop earrings smiles into the camera. Behind her is a white wall.

Natalíe Lorraine Ortega

| Oakland , CA
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Natalíe Lorraine Ortega is a Politicized Somatic Healer with an MSW. She is queer, cisgender, Latinx, first generation, raised in New York, rooted in Oakland, sober, radical and spiritual. She is hella committed to racial justice, young folks and all things woo.

Website: NA
Remote Clients: Yes
Languages: English, Spanish, ASL
Role at gs: gs teacher, gs practitioner
A photo of gs practitioner Denise Benson. A light-skinnned person with short hair and brown glasses is smiling into the camera. She is wearing a light blue shirt, and gold earrings and necklaces.

Denise K. Benson

| San Francisco/Los Altos , CA
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Denise Benson, LMFT, is a therapist in private in Los Altos and San Francisco. She works with adults in a range of areas: from leadership development and to healing trauma. Denise is certified by Strozzi Institute as a Master Somatic Coach and has co-led “Somatics and Trauma” with Staci Haines.

Phone: 650-796-8167

 

Website:

 

 

Remote Clients: Yes

 

Languages: English

 

Role at gs: somatic therapist private practice
A photo of gs practitioner Becca Meredith. A white woman with long black hair, gold leaf-shaped hoop earrings, and a green shirt is smiling into the camera. Behind her is a white background.

Becca Meredith

| Seattle , WA
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Educator, organizer and healing practitioner living on stolen Duwamish land. Collaborating at the intersection of racial justice, food sovereignty, spirituality, and prison abolition. Committed to offering grounded healing spaces for embodied transformation. White, queer, femme, plant lover.

Phone: 206-802-8813

 

Website: none

 

 

Remote Clients: Yes

 

Languages: English

 

Role at gs: gs practitioner
A photo of gs practitioner Elizabeth Ross. A white person is smiling into the camera, wearing a wide-brimmed light brown hat and a black backpack, and a blue shirt with a pattern on it.

Elizabeth Ross

| Philo , CA
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Elizabeth came to Somatics from the harm reduction movement. She has decades of experience working with trauma, addiction and is committed to healing and radical change. Elizabeth comes from an activist family targeted by the FBI and has a long history of justice organizing and collaboration.

Phone: 707-813-4613

 

Website:

 

 

Remote Clients: Yes

 

Languages: English

 

Role at gs: gs practitioner
A photo of gs teacher and practitioner Nathan Shara. A Brown man is smiling into the camera with short black hair slicked back and to the side and a small beard, wearing a blue sweater over a blue plaid collared shirt. Behind him is a grove of bamboo stalks.

Nathaniel Shara

| Oakland , CA
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Nathan Shara is a queer, South Asian trauma therapist and writer, and a lead teacher and practitioner with generative somatics. Nathan works in in Oakland, CA applying transformative justice principles through individual somatic work with survivors of violence and with people who have caused harm.

Phone: 206-595-2875

 

Website: N/A

 

 

Remote Clients: Yes

 

Languages: English

 

Role at gs: gs strategy body, gs teacher, gs practitioner
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Liu Hoi-Man

| San Francisco , CA
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Liu Hoi-Man is an immigrant from Hong Kong. She had 20 years experience of working with children with developmental disabilities and anti- violence in the LGBTQ communities. She has been involved with generative somatics since 2004 and is one of the senior teachers for generative somatics.

Phone: 415-297-1987

 

Website:

 

 

Remote Clients: Yes

 

Languages: English, Cantonese

 

Role at gs: gs teacher
A photo of gs Program Associate, teacher, and practitioner Mahfam Malek. A light brown-skinned person is looking at and smiling into the camera. They have short hair on the sides and long curly purple and pink hair on the top. They are weaaring dangly earrings consisting of a crescents and diamond shaped metals and rocks, a black and white blouse and a mustard yellow cardigan. They are standing infront of a light grey wall.

Mahfam Malek

| Oakland , CA
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Mahfam has been training with gs since 2011 & is a practitioner/coach, trainer/consultant, & gs teacher-in-training. With a varied background in justice movements, they bring a commitment to center LGBTQ, POC, sick & disabled, and otherwise marginalized populations. Sliding scale services offered.

Phone:

 

Website:

 

 

Remote Clients: Yes

 

Languages: English

 

Role at gs: gs staff, gs teacher, gs practitioner
A photo of gs teacher and practitioner Fayza Bundalli. A brown woman with pink lipstick is leaning against a wooden railing with trees behind her. She is wearing pink lipstick, silver hoop earrings, and a yellow and white top.

Fayza Bundalli

| Vancouver, BC , Canada
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Fayza is a somatic therapist and bodyworker practicing on unceded Coast Salish territories (Vancouver, BC, Canada). Fayza works primarily for the healing of folks who identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or people of colour, and queer folks. She strives to work through a disability justice lens.

Phone:

 

 

 

Remote Clients: Yes

 

Languages: English

 

Role at gs: gs teacher, gs practitioner
A photo of gs teacher and practitioner Lara Barth. A white person with long wavy black hair smiles and looks to the right of the photo. She is wearing gold hoop earrings and a gold necklace and a black jacket. Behind her are trees and a fence with yellow flowers.

Lara Barth

| Oakland , CA
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Lara is a queer, trilingual somatic practitioner and teacher who has been with gs since 2009. With a background in racial justice and anti-imperialist organizing, Lara also brings trauma healing and resilience into her work as nurse, building abolitionist community responses to health emergencies.

Phone: 415-240-2164

 

Website:

 

 

Remote Clients: Yes

 

Languages: English, Spanish, French

 

Role at gs: gs teacher, gs practitioner
A photo of gs practitioner Clare Bayard, a white person with medium length blond hair smiling into the camera, wearing a red shirt, and holding up two hand drawn signs on paper.

Clare Bayard

| Oakland , CA
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Providing horse-assisted, office and Skype sessions since 2015, in training with gs since 2012. My life’s work is to integrate personal & collective healing & transformation. I’ve been an organizer for 20+ years and bring an analysis of systems of power, privilege and oppression.

Phone: 415-308-2415

 

Website:

 

 

Remote Clients:Yes

 

Languages: English

 

Role at gs: gs practitioner
A photo of gs practitioner Elizabeth Bruno. A white person with brown asymetrical hair and a small mustache is smiing into the camera, and they are wearing a red and white patterned shirt. They are standing in front of an orange wall.

Elizabeth Bruno

| Madison , WI
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Elizabeth began studies with generative somatics in 2013. She works with individuals committed to social justice to build resilience, embody belonging, and heal from the impacts of internalized oppression to become the vibrant, powerful leaders and healers needed to create new just systems.

Phone: 608-515-7348

 

 

 

Remote Clients: Yes

 

Languages: English

 

Role at gs: gs practitioner
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Danielle Bezaire

| Halifax/Nova Scotia , Canada
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Danielle Bezaire connected with gs in 2011 and has since been practicing somatics and manual osteopathy in Nova Scotia. She has just defended a thesis on trauma-informed practice in manual osteopathy for patients with a history of sexual trauma.

Phone: 902-877-2456

 

 

 

Remote Clients: Yes

 

Languages: English, French, Spanish

 

Role at gs: gs practitioner
A photo of gs practitioner Becka Tilsen. A white woman with long wavy brown hair is looking and smiling into the camera. She is wearing a black sweater. Behind her is a white dog bowl and a wall painted yellow with white trim.

Becka Tilsen

| Seattle, Minneapolis , WA / MN
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Becka was a movement baby raised by fierce Midwest working class elders who loved to laugh. Becka developed as an organizer in anti-violence, immigrant rights and indigenous sovereignty movements. She’s been studying Somatics since 2010 and practicing professionally since 2015. She is a new mother.

Phone: 206-913-8131

 

 

 

Remote Clients: Yes

 

Languages: English

 

Role at gs: gs practitioner
A photo of gs practitioner Bhavana Nancherla. A brown person with short salt and pepper grey and black hair is looing into the camera and smiling. They are wearing black-rimmed glasses and a green sweater and standing in front of grey and copper colored rock faces that are blurred in the background.

Bhavana Nancherla

| New York City , NY
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bhavana is a somatic practitioner, learning with gs since 2013. bhavana coaches clients as loving and rigorous care workers to ourselves and each other. Experience in anti-violence organizing, operations & culture-setting, and childcare & parenting deeply shape their offer as a practitioner.

Phone:

 

Website:

 

 

Remote Clients: Yes

 

Languages: English

 

Role at gs: gs strategy body, gs practitioner
A photo of gs practitioner Sue Kuyper. A white person with short blond hair and wearing a grey sweater and silver hoop earrings is smiling into the camera. Behind her is the ocean and a rocky beach and a grey sky. The whole picture has a watercolor filter on top of it.

Sue Kuyper

| Oakland and San Francisco , CA
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Sue Kuyper, LCSW is a bilingual Spanish politicized therapist with expertise in vicarious and intergenerational trauma. She works with community workers/activists, immigrants and white folks on the intersections of trauma and privilege. Sue is a cis, bisexual, co-parenting single Mama.

Phone: 415-558-02456

 

 

 

Remote Clients: Yes

 

Languages: English and Spanish

 

Role at gs: gs practitioner
A photo of gs practitioner and teacher Alta Starr. A Black woman with short salt and pepper black hair is looking ahead of her, towards the right of the photo. She is wearing black-rimmed glasses, and long gold dangly earrings. Behind her is the sky and trees full of green leaves.

Alta Starr

| New York City , NY
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The Black Freedom Movement shaped Alta’s view of the link between individual and social transformation. A former teacher and parent organizer, Alta also worked as a funder supporting community organizing. Before studying with gs, Alta completed a four-year training at the Brennan School of Healing.

Phone: 917-822-1773

 

Website:

 

 

Remote Clients: Yes

 

Languages: English

 

Role at gs: gs strategy body, gs teacher, gs practitioner
A photo of gs practitioner Donna Diamond. A white person with short hair is sitting in a black chair and resting her head on her hand. She is looking at and smiling towards the camera and is wearing a grey sweater over a white shirt.

Donna Diamond

| San Francisco , CA
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Somatic Practitioner, Trainer and Life Coach. My work focuses on understanding and healing trauma. I offer information and practices that support individuals to act from a more authentic understanding of themselves and create more effective ways of interacting with others.

Phone: 415-823-3911

 

Website:

 

 

Remote Clients: Yes

 

Languages: English

 

Role at gs: gs practitioner, Consultant/Practitioner
A photo of gs practitioner Sonya Brewer. A Black woman with short hair, dangly earrings, and wearing a red shirt with red lipstick is smiling into the camera. In the background is a multicolored wall, mostly shades of blue, some green, red, and yellow as well.

Sonya Brewer

| Albany , CA
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Sonya Brewer, MA, specializes in creative life and relationship design for “out the box” thinkers (and “feelers”). Sonya brings a wide breadth of experience including in-depth training in somatic psychotherapy and trauma recovery.

Phone: 510-496-6010

 

 

 

Remote Clients: Yes

 

Languages: English

 

Role at gs: gs practitioner
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Brooke

| Seattle , WA
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Brooke is a mixed race, queer, nonbinary femme with black & white ancestry. They have been training with GS since 2010. They currently organize around housing & gender justice in addition to their private practice. They work with groups, organizations & supervise folks who are new to healing work.

Phone: 206-414-9365

 

 

 

Remote Clients: Yes

 

Languages: English

 

Role at gs: gs practitioner
A photo of gs teacher Katelyn Song. A black and white photo of an Asian woman facing towards the right of the photo, wearing a dark cardigan over a light shirt with her long hair in a bun.

Katelyn Song

| Seattle , WA
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My approach to healing work is informed by my training with generative somatics trauma theory, body work and politicized healing. In my practice, I center people of color, young folks, queer-identified folks and people working in social and environmental movement work.

Phone: 425-835-2001

 

 

 

Remote Clients: No

 

Languages: English

 

Role at gs: gs practitioner

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