It all started with Sharks...
I fell in love with open water ocean swimming back in 2010 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. Our visit was brief because when our eyes locked, I just felt it was more interested in continuing on it’s way than by pursuing me in any way. I, however, was terribly excited by the meeting but I thought better and began to swim back to shore. Later that day, over a wonderful lunch on the Lanai of the retreat center where I was volunteering, I shared my experience with a friend. I told him about my excitement and curiously and he stopped me: “Be careful,” he said, “those things can be fierce. If you see one again, swim towards it. Locals say to swim towards them because it throws them off.” Unexpected advice, but I listened and took it to heart. Four months later I felt called to go to Kauai to visit the Shiva Temple and see the humpback whales. I packed my bags for a short trip (which turned into a year + adventure) and landed in Kauai. Within a week I had found a room to rent and was making my way around the island looking for the right beach where I could swim (Kauai waters are notorious for have wicked undercurrents and claim over 300 people drowned in nearshore marine areas a documented 40-year span … more curious that anything else survived a Shark encounter with a Great White and it taught me to embrace my individuality and the importance of trying something new, or something that scares me, everyday of my life.
My work is my prayer to the world
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 (Terra) energy-arts-medicine I bring to each client and each session. From all over the U.S. to Australia, Hawaii, Ireland, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, and more.
Terra is a Transformational Energy Arts Coach & Healer (TEACH!) 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)
Wilderness First Aid (WFA), Outdoor Adventure Guide
Ancestral Renewal & Communication (ARC) Healing Practitioner
End Of Life Doula (INELDA)
PranaShakti Dance & Movement Instructor (Dr. Deb Kern)
“The earth is our origin and destination. The ancient rhythms of the earth have insinuated themselves into the rhythms of the human heart. The earth is not outside us; it is within. "
~ John O'Donohue