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ABOUT LEAH

For the last decade, I have been learning, laughing, dancing, playing, crying, and sharing in the waves of love, life, and death with people around the world. I have always been interested in the raw undercurrent of experience and the wisdom that emerges from within. 

I learned early-on that our bodies are a vehicle for profound self-discovery and awareness, and that we express in many languages beyond the verbal. 

 

More clarity came when I was introduced to Thich Nhat Hahn’s monastic community at the Thai Plum Village International Practice Center. I was guided through the compassion-based practices of meditation and mindfulness, which cracked me wide open. Experiencing the interconnectedness of our human family and the Earth revealed a bond that transcends time and space. A will and focused dedication was activated within me: to live and work for inclusive, integral, personal transformation and together, a global collective transformation.

 

Discovering breathwork a few years later was a profound experience of my life's many streams flowing into one. Learning is a life-long path, and the breath has taken me down many. The breath spans the realm of the conscious and unconscious, science and art, physiological and energetic. And the more I learn, the more I delight in the depth and dance of living this miracle called life.

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WHAT I'M ROOTED IN

 

I am committed to the practice of loving-kindness and awareness.

I am committed to the work of change-making.

 

I am committed to inciting curiosity and possibility within the challenges and complexities of life.

I am committed to cultivating and listening to my Intuition, Heart and Spirit.

I am committed to the continuation of my ancestors journey of liberation.

I am committed to softening and opening my heart to grow compassion for all beings.

 

I am committed to loving myself more and more fully so that love expands far beyond myself, creating a web of connection amongst all living things. 

I envision a world where everyone understands and experiences themselves as a vital part of one human family. A world where we all feel connected, to ourselves, one another, and the earth. 

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If you are curious about my work, please reach out. I would be grateful to hear from you and it would be an honor to work with you. 

Education 

Master of Social Work (current)

Barry University, Miami Florida 

Trauma-informed curriculum 

Professional Diploma in Applied Breathing Sciences

Behavioral Counseling, CBT, HRV Biofeedback, EMG Somatic Biofeedback, and Breathing Muscle Psychophysiology 

Maria Katsamanis and Sandra Reamer 

 

Certified Behavioral Breathing Analyst

Professional School of Behavioral Health Sciences

Respiratory Psychophysiology, Breathing Habit Assessment, and Breathing Habit Modification 

Peter M. Litchfield and Sandra Reamer

BA in Cultural Anthropology

University of California Santa Barbara

Thesis: Buddhist Mindful Eating in a Western Context

One-year abroad program studying Thai Culture

Thammasat University in Bangkok, Thailand 

BA in Studio Art

University of California Santa Barbara

Professional Development 

Certified Clarity Breathwork Practitioner

Levels 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5, Assistant of Levels 1-4

Ashanna Solaris and Dana DeLong

Numa Somatics Level 4 Practitioner

Levels 2, 3, and 4

Elective: Trauma-Informed Equity and Diversity 

Trevor Yelich

Usui / Holy Fire® Reiki 

Attuned I, II, Advanced and Master Practitioner and Teacher

Dr. Lorri Santamaria 

Usui Reiki 

Attuned I, II, Advanced and Master Practitioner 

Ashanna Solaris 

Trauma-Informed Yoga Training

Yoga Behind Bars​

Healing Trauma with Dr. Peter Levine

8-hour Workshop

HER: Women's Mystery School

9-month Immersion

Bring Out Your Dead: Ancestral Medicine with Daniel Foor, PhD

11-week Immersion

NVC: Nonviolent-Communication

10-week Course

Medicinal Herbalism

18-month Foundational Herbalist Training 

Ojai School of Herbal Studies 

Herbalist & Clinician Carol Wade 

Professional Experience 

Private Practice, delivering group workshops and individual sessions in somatic breathwork, breathing behavior analysis, and Reiki energy healing for 6 years 

Clinical MSW Intern at PsychED Solutions, a mental health communit
y center conducting mental health evaluations and providing psychosocial rehabilitation for adults 

Breathwork for Kitsap Recovery Center, an in-patient drug/alcohol recovery center 

English Language and Sexual Education for EMPOWER, an organization that serves sex workers in Thailand 

Circus Arts Occupational Therapy for CirusAID, an organization that serves youth and teens in refugee camps in Greece

Dancer and dance teacher for 15 years

 

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