Auriferum means gold-bearer in Latin, in neuter form. I came across this word many years ago and I immediately fell in love with both its meaning and utterance (ow-rih-fair-um). For me, it evokes the reality of healing— how, with care and commitment, we can connect with and cultivate profound inner resources, our inner wisdom, our proverbial gold.
In addition to being a bodyworker, astrologer, and custom scent-blender, I am a gardener with permaculture tendencies, a forager, student of nature, nutrition geek, dedicated home herbalist, as well as a poet and an artist. I have been seeking-out wisdom that can help us recognize and attune to the magic of living for most of my life; how we can live in conversation with the forces within and around us, how our lives can be resourceful and restorative. This seeking has taken various forms, with plenty of twists and turns, ups and downs, and, of course, derailments. Through it all, the magic has only become more real: a bemusing concept becomes dynamic, inherent actuality.
I work with meditation, ritual, visualization, vocalization, improvised sound, dance/movement, and holistic exercise and I am happy to share my experience with these practices. My inner process towards wellness has been my greatest education; I’ve been fed and supported on this path by a glorious variety of help— important messages and nutrients in one form or another. All of these experiences, interests and orientations feed into what I offer. I thrive on considering the source of issues and corresponding remedial actions with a creative, sympathetic, and comprehensive approach.
East-west School of Massage Therapy, Swedish and Shiatsu modalities, with a strong emphasis on energy medicine and the mind-body connection, Iowa City, IA, 2018
On-going tutoring with Anita Mischuk, Contemporary Alexander Technique, Iowa City, IA
I have been learning from Janet Wright (energy healer) since 2013, through private and group sessions, as well her abundant online tutorials. The work of Mantak Chia is another primary influence on my understanding of and approach towards the subtle/energetic body.
My studies have been largely self-guided through books, so many books, and recorded lectures. I began seriously studying astrology in 2012, starting with Modern/psychological (most prominently the works of Dane Rudhyar, Liz Greene, and Robert Hand), as well as some time spent with Evolutionary astrology. I attended Shirley Soffer’s weekly Chartwork seminar in NYC in 2014 and 2015. I have since shifted my focus towards Traditional approaches. My studies continue with Renaissance (including medical astrology and astrological magic), Jyotish (Indian), and Hellenistic astrologies. I am currently completing Christopher Warnock’s Renaissance Astrology Natal Chart Course.
I’ve been learning about and working with essential oils since I was 13, when my (perceptive) aunt gave me my first books on essential oils and herbs as a birthday present. My education has been primarily hands-on, personal experience with the oils and the effects of their scent. I began making personalized blends for others in 2007.
The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, MFA in Performance, 2013
The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA, BA focuses in Social Theory, Philosophy, Art, Poetics, 2007