In 1987, I co-founded Catalyst Group (now Catalyst Financial Group). The company acts as financial alchemist connecting people, projects and money; and has coordinated over half a billion to date in financing to fuel green economy (conservation, prevention and restoration). Catalyst is a founding member of Social Venture Network and the socially responsible investment movement.
In seven years there I provided vision, strategic thinking and program design. I also consulted with clients—entrepreneurs, high net worth individuals, non-profits, business and government entities—in the design of social programs, alternative financing and innovative development programs.
In 1998, I co-founded Spirit of Health, a cooperatively run integrative health care center. For six years I worked within a team of 7-10 practitioners. I developed the movement studio at the center and maintained a private practice. As interim director, I created a tax-exempt 501(c)(3), raised initial funding, and created the first board of directors.
I have taught for yoga for over twenty years in community, business, and private settings, as well as in my own studio. I began practicing yoga in 1980, at the age of 18. I lived at Kripalu and, in 1987, was certified there to teach. I have studied in the Iyengar tradition and, since 1997, with Donna Farhi, with whom I trained and assisted in teacher training.
Beginning in 1985, I trained for seven years in the traditional moving meditation and health practices of the Tslagi (Eastern Cherokee). I continue this practice and am empowered to teach by Ven. Dhyani Ywahoo, director of Sunray Meditation Society.
Since 1996, I have honed my lifelong love of ecstatic movement through studies in various traditions. I offer this work privately and in community forums.
I work with clients to relieve stress and pain, and am trained in trauma release work. I teach clients how to shift poor movement and postural habits.
Clients also come to learn to relax and meditate.
I design home movement programs for elders, athletes, the injured, and the rusty!
Community Boards and Projects
Orange County Court Diversion
Gaia's Web--Center for Education and Celebration
Northeast Cohousing Quarterly
Brattleboro Area Cohousing Group
BCD Day Camps
The Wise Ones (conferences and publications for women)
Brattleboro Food Coop
Spirit of Health Cooperative
Sky Meadow Retreat Center
Fringes, Boundaries, & Transitions: Potent Points in Time & Space
Crest of the Wave: Direction & Presence in a Fluid World
Tracking Sensate Intelligence: Accessing the wisdom of your interior terrain
What is Integrative Medicine?
Presenter, Annual Conference, Vermont Women in Higher Education, Fairlee, VT 2009
Presenter, NACUBO National Annual Conference: Changing Perspectives, Chicago, IL. 2008
Panel speaker and closing ceremonies, Integrative Medicine Conference, Boston, MA. 2002
Presenter, Women, Money and Power Conference, Landmark College, Putney, VT. 1992
Speaker, Economics as if the Earth Mattered Conference, Montpelier, VT. 1990
Training and education
Portals of Perception I and II, 2008, Susan Harper and Hubert Goddard
Perceptual Depths Retreats, 2006, 2007, Harper, Kevin Frank, Caryn McHose
Emotions & Sensations I, II, and III, Body-Centered Gestalt training, Susan Harper, 2003-06
Continuum Movement studies, Emilie Conrad, 1999-2002
Advanced Yoga Teacher Training, Donna Farhi, 2001
Advanced Yoga Teacher Training, Assistant Teacher, 2002
5 Rhythms, Gabrielle Roth and Moving Center faculty, 1996-2001
Sound Healing Training, Brattleboro, VT, 1997
Reiki I and II, 1996, 1997
Waldorf Teacher Training, Antioch Graduate School of N.E., 1989-91
Yoga Instructor Certification, Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. 1987
Sunray Meditation Society, School of Sacred Studies. 1985-92
National Outdoor Leadership School Semester in Kenya. Recommended for Leader's Course. 1982