"Creativity is intelligence having fun."
~ Terra ᐧ Dyer ᐧ Gill ~
Earth ᐧ Creativity ᐧ Breath
I began traveling at a young age and quickly became interested in communities and opportunities that focused on spiritual expansion, environmental justice, and social service. During my studies, I found ways to travel, learn from, and support often underserved and underappreciated human and non-human communities all over the world.
I have a BA in Environmental Anthropology, am a Registered Expressive Arts Consultant Educator (REACE), Somatic Ecotherapy Practitioner, Therapeutic PranaShakti Dance Instructor, and End-of-Life Doula, as well as an International Service Provider in Sustainable Design and Expressive Eco-Arts. I have been trained in Ancestral Healing and Divination within the Dagomba Tradition of Ghana and am a 6th generation Usui Tibetan and Incan Q'ero Shamanic Reiki Master.
I offer daily one-on-one sessions and weekly meditation and expressive arts programming to individuals both online and in person.
My education and certifications come from Davidson College, Expressive Arts Florida Institute, Earth-Body Institute, Transformational Healing Energy Foundation, Pachamama Alliance, PranaShakti Movement Program, and INELDA.
My offerings are geared towards expansion and designed to serve, support and uplift those seeking connection to self, creative expression, and spiritual growth.
It all started with Sharks...
In 2010, I fell in love with open water ocean swimming while living on the Big Island of Hawai’i. After countless miles of long-distance solo swims, I saw my first shark. A relatively ‘small’ tiger shark about 7 feet long who just so happened to be circling one of my favorite underwater rock formations. It seemed more interested in its swim than pursuing me, so I simply finished my swim and made my way back to shore. Later that day I shared my experience with a friend and his advice was shockingly clear: “Locals say that when you see a shark, you need to swim straight for it. They’re apex predators and not used to being approached, so swimming towards them throws them off.” It was the last thing I wanted to hear, but I took it to heart. A few months later, I moved to the island of Kauai and was back in the water right away. What used to be short daily swims soon became 2 hr+ elongated devotionals where I would listen to humpback whales sing and then follow their calls as I swam up and down the coastline. A few months later, just after dusk, all the surfers had gone home for the day, and I was alone ‘in my zone’ about a quarter mile offshore. Then I saw it: a large gray body circling about 10 feet beneath me. My heart stopped. Every fiber of my being begged me to thrash and scream for help but then, in a flash of an instant, some better, more ancient part of me took charge and assessed. ‘Sharks sense fear. If I panic it will draw it closer.’ So I calmed just enough to think of a prayer; a mantra to keep my mind focused (*hopefully!*) and keep me calm. So I told the massive, approaching thing that I loved it and did the only thing I knew to do: “I love you, I love you, I love you,” and down I went. I swam straight towards what I soon knew was a Great White Shark. In a flash, it swam off and jetted up for a breath. Moments later, it circled back and I “lovingly” approached it again. Then, it swam off. When all seemed clear, I found my way back to shore and quickly collapsed on the beach. It took weeks for me to feel any sense of safety while alone in the water, but it took years for me to fully process and relate to the experiences of that day. In order to approach, integrate, and finally overcome the stalking fears from that epic encounter, I would have to consciously connect with my apex adversary and swim straight towards it every time it found its way into my consciousness. I left the islands and returned to the mainland to teach and create in less ‘stimulating’ environments. As a professional artist, I had already sold a myriad of artworks, was teaching college-level courses, and organizing and facilitating creative workshops for individuals, corporations, and nonprofits across the country. From the outside I was a highly-successful, thriving creator, but inside, I was secretly haunted by the feeling that I was a straight-up creative fraud. That overwhelming, fear-inducing illusion manifested itself in the form of unresolved traumas from my lifetime: shadowy sharks surfaced from deep within me, dominated my dreams, and beckoned me to approach once again. So I swam straight towards those terrifying, titanic-sized threats the only way I knew how. Limited only by land and lacker, I choose color over chaos. I slept little and created compulsively. I thrashed with tint; scratched and screamed through sketches; felt pain with paint; cried through color; and channeled my challenges into creations. Sharks streaked every surface, covered my clothes, and watched from my walls. I created everywhere. I created to survive. I created because it was only in the act of creating that I was able to challenge my fears and find my uniquely creative vision. As I did, my body became a conduit and my work, a physical representation of information channeled through me, imbued with that which I perceive as Holy, otherworldly, and supportive; art became both a creative expression and a channeling medium. After countless color-fueled creations and many marvelous mistakes, I finally felt like a true artist. But not any artist: I felt like my kind of artist: like me. I traded my traumas for artistic tools. Only then did my profession and my teachings begin to make sense to me. Only then did I feel at peace. I had to swim at my shark – first in the ocean and then in myself – in order to discover my meaning and to connect to my joy and my path as a creator and healing guide. Since then, I’ve developed a uniquely personalized style of working with people that encourages individually-crafted, manageable, embodied change. I bring loving attention, presence, energetic sensitivity, instinctive opportunities, and train clients in the mastery of new tools. My work is to offer a safe space, guidance, and provide viable pathways to transform trauma into teachers, and those teachers into treasures. Years ago, in one of my most harrowing moments, I found my center and I did the only thing that I knew to do at the time: I swam straight towards it. I dove down into my nightmare, I loved it, and I survived to share the story - and my work.
What I share is a rare and unique combination of 20+ years of professional work in the fields of the Healing Arts, Earth and Energy Medicines, Expressive Artistry, Wilderness & Eco Therapies, Mediation, Mindfulness, and Wellness. I have lived, worked, and trained all over the world in service and dedication to learning the earth-based, energy-arts-medicine that I bring to each client and each session - from all across the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Hawai’i, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, and Israel.
I am a Transformational Energy Arts Coach & Healer meaning that I am trained to work with my clients as a:
Registered Expressive Arts Consultant Educator (REACE)
Somatic Ecotherapy Practitioner (Earth-Body Institute)
Reiki Master Practitioner, Teacher, and Trainer
Shamanic Reiki Master Practitioner (Usui Tibetan Reiki, 6th generation; Inca Q'ero Tradition, Shamanic lineage)
Ancestral Renewal & Communication (ARC) Healing Practitioner
PranaShakti Dance & Movement Instructor (Dr. Deb Kern)
End-Of-Life Doula (INELDA)
Wilderness First Aid (WFA), Outdoor Adventure Guide
What Clients Say
"I feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with Terra. During each one of our sessions I found a sense of peace, healing, and understanding that I've never experienced with another practitioner before. She is intuitive, perceptive, and extremely kind; Terra has the amazing talent for making her clients feel safe while exploring uncharted territories of emotion. I really benefited from Terra's use of different modalities during our sessions. I love that she incorporated Reiki, Animal Spirit Guides, Past Life Work, and Therapeutic Arts along with an abundance of knowledge and information. Terra is truly a gift and I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a genuine healer!
~ Deanna L. LMT