There is nourishment like bread
that feeds one part of your life
and nourishment like light for another.
...Eat and drink the soul substance,
as a wick does with the oil it soaks in.
Give light to the company.
BODY, SOUL & SPIRIT
I highly recommend the writings, audio files, and silent retreats of contemporary spiritual teacher Adyashanti. Students of life and/or biodynamics will find helpful wisdom, free of jargon.
This is my mentor Charles Ridley’s wonderfully informative website, detailed
enough to satisfy practitioners of biodynamic craniosacral work, but useful
for intrigued laypeople as well.
Scottish osteopath Hugh Milne created a “visionary approach to craniosacral
work” (see his book below). The work blends shamanism, taoism, and osteopathic
craniosacral work. For four years I organized, took, and assisted the
7 Milne Institute classes.
This is the website of Reiko Namita Dewey, the phenomenal teacher who
got me started practicing craniosacral work when she was a senior faculty
member of the Milne Institute. Reiko now teaches laypeople and healing
arts professionals her distinctive blend of movement and energy work,
billed as The Art of Sacred Touch.
Continuum movement is a life-enriching practice of breath, movement and
sound founded by visionary Emily Conrad. She has had therapeutic success
with spinal cord-injured individuals.
After studying Neurobiology at Cornell University, my teacher Deena Spear had a career as a violin maker before establishing herself as a phenomenal energy healer for humans, animals, and stringed instruments. I highly recommend her weekend classes; in addition to messing with your ideas about reality, they provide a powerful new resource for creating healing, harmony and well-being.
SKIN CARE AND ESSENTIAL OILS, PRODUCTS & EDUCATION
This is my source for essential oils. I recommend them for high quality as well as prompt delivery.
This School of Essential Oil Studies is directed by Andrea Butje, a knowledgeable and devoted expert on the therapeutic use of essential oils. You can take classes in Ithaca, NY or in St Petersburg, FL. (Andrea also co-founded the Finger Lakes School of Massage.)
Holly Green is an esthetician and entrepreneur in Ithaca, New York. She produces fabulous, cruelty-free, organic skin-care products. My face never feels as clean and happy as after a facial with Holly - and she massages your neck and feet while you're there!
This is the website of Jody Kessler, a Kripalu Yoga teacher and musician of sacred chant who practices in Ithaca. I highly recommend her terrific emailed newsletter, which you can sign up for on her website.
This is the residential center in western Massachusetts where I received my yoga teacher training. At any time, they have a fabulous selection of workshops on yoga and wellness that are open to all. In particular, check out offerings with Stephen Cope, my favorite yoga teacher!
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
Andrew and Barbara Seubert have created a magical space like a tree house above Seneca Lake. We hold small classes here and swim in the summer at our lunch breaks.
This is the massage school that I moved to Ithaca to attend. They now sponsor my continuing education workshops, which are generally open to all students, not just massage therapists. (See the WORKSHOPS page of this website.)
In my search for a way to convey “liquid light” on this website, I was
graced by Helena Cooper’s agreement to use her spectacular artwork. Helena,
who is originally from Brazil, has made her home in Ithaca, New York since
- Rumi: The Book of Love: Translations and Commentary
by Coleman Barks, Harper San Francisco 2003
- Stillness: Biodynamic Cranial Practice and the Evolution of Consciousness by Charles Ridley, North Atlantic Books, 2006.
- Bodywork: What Type of Massage to Get—and How
to Make the Most of It by Thomas Claire, Morrow 1995
- Wisdom in the Body: The Craniosacral Approach
to Essential Health by Michael Kern, Thorsons (imprint of Harper
- The Heart of Listening: A Visionary Approach
to Craniosacral Work by Hugh Milne, North Atlantic Books, 1995
- Trail Guide to the Body: How to locate muscles,
bones, and more by Andrew Biel, Books of Discovery 2001 (2nd edition)
- Rolfing: Reestablishing the Natural Alignment
and Structural Integration of the Human Body for Vitality and Well-Being
by Ida P. Rolf, PhD, Healing Arts Press, 1989
- Yoga and the Quest for the True Self by Stephen
Cope, Bantam, 1999
- Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving Into
Stillness by Erich Schiffmann, Simon and Schuster Pocket Books,
- The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle,
New World Library, 1997. (The audio book of this work is wonderful.)
- Messages from Water, Volume 1 by Masaru Emoto,
1999. (ISBN 4-939098-00-1) This book outlines the initial work of internationally
reknowned researcher Dr. Emoto, who photographs water crystals and explores
how the environment influences their form, with astonishing implications
for the relationship of water to consciousness. Published in Japanese/English.