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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, & 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 express in many languages beyond the verbal. Presence, spirited movement, sensory engagement, breath, eye contact and an authentic smile can create the connection and trust needed to learn and grow together. 

 

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. As I continue to deepen my relationship with the practice and guide others through this sacred process of uniting with our life-source, I am delighting in the depth and dance of being alive more and more.

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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 

Professional Diploma in Applied Breathing Sciences

Professional School of Behavioral Health Sciences

Behavioral Counseling & Modification, 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