(the short story)


I am the creator of The Present Sense, a meditative approach to moment-to-moment fulfillment in the ever-changing landscape of relationships and sexuality.  Since 2004, I have been leading men, women, couples, and groups to slow down, turn within, and experience the pulsing life force that moves inside us.  My work draws from the fields of somatic and eco psychology, the human potential movement, and tantric spirituality.

(the longer story)

Click here to learn more about how I got into all this, and the life experiences that led me to this work.

The results that people commonly experience through our work together:

•   self-acceptance •   relaxation •   confidence and empowerment in intimate relationships

•   a heightened sense of gratitude and wonder about life and their place in it

The thing that people most frequently thank me for:

the warm, safe space that I provide through my presence

Academic Background

Certified Sexological Bodyworker & Somatic Sexologist with the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality (2007)

Graduate Study in Mental Health Counseling at Antioch University (2005)

B.A. in Psychology, Macalester College (2001)

Tantra, Yoga, Shamanism & Community Activism

•   Initiated student of Sri Amritnanda Natha Saraswati, studying the Sri Vidya tantric lineage at Devipuram Temple Ashram, Andhra Pradesh, India (2013 & 2014)

  • Registered Yoga Teacher (200) with the Yoga Alliance, trained in Bali Indonesia with Linda Madani in the style of Yoga Pranala, a blend of hatha yoga and Balinese shamanic energy work

•   Totality Therapy Immersion + Sexual Somatic Facilitator Trainings with Dr. Shakti Malan (2012 & 2013)

•   Totality Therapy 14 month Training Intensive with Dr. Shakti Malan of South Africa's Advait Tantra School (2012)

•   Co-facilitated free, open Community Connection Circles in Bali, Indonesia with partner Rick Smith (2011 & 2012)

•   Ordained as a Shamanic Priestess with the Madonna Ministries after completing the Shamanic Priestess Process with Anyaa McAndrew (2007)

•   Aphrodite Temple Priestess & Facilitator. The Aphrodite Temple, created by the Rev. Teri D. Ciacchi, is a sacred gathering that teaches tools and and provides opportunities for people to practice giving and receiving love, pleasure, and healing in a consensual, grounded community. (2008-2011)

•   Love Tribe Seattle, Event Planner & Facilitator. Love Tribe creates heart-conscious, touch-positive gatherings that nurture the whole self. (2010)

A Sampling of Related Professional Experience

•   Co-teacher of the Spiritual Sexual Shamanic Practitioner Training with the International School of Temple Arts (2008 & 2009)

•   Co-facilitator Conscious Sensuality Healing and Empowerment courses with Robert Silber (2010 & 2011)

•   Co-facilitator of Clitoral Revelations female sexual empowerment course with Rev. Teri Ciacchi (2009-2011)

•   Coordinator of the Seattle Area Women's Programs for The Body Electric School (2004-2011)


Yum, nectar!