This is an incredibly important moment in time for all of us, especially BIPOC and the LGBTQIA+ communities, and I am committed to taking responsibility for the lack of inclusivity in the Breathwork community for these groups and I am choosing to create healing spaces that are more inclusive to these communities, as well as training healers from these communities to become teachers of this healing work.
I created the Creative Healing Arts Center (CHAC) and it became a legal 501C(3) in 2010. Woven within CHAC's structure, as well as my work supporting it, is a deep exchange with Mother Earth and all that she provides. This includes sustainably sourcing sage and ocean stones and selling them to community members, with profits deposited directly to the non-profit. This supports CHAC's focus on educating community members on how to exchange with and care for Mother Earth. The CHAC nonprofit has been rooting itself for some time and, going forward - starting with creating financial aid resource to provide BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ participants scholarship opportunities to attend Healer Trainings. There will be a committee overseeing the scholarship process and plans are coming together to establish this so that I am not the sole decision maker of this process.
I am working with Miss La'ne Sa'an Moonwalker and receiving her guidance as a Southwest Indigenous teacher. I have been studying with Miss Tu Moonwalker (deceased) and Miss La'ne Sa'an for close to 20 years. I grow many acres of sage in Tres Piedras, NM, and give sage and native tobacco to indigenous people throughout this country and beyond our borders.
I am committed to teaching students to lean into their own ancestry to identify and build alliances within it. I am also wiling to clarify the breathing meditation I teach is pranayama and it has origins in India.
My Breathwork teachers and I have been convening and taking actions to learn more about the problems at hand and our contributions to them. Additionally I am currently mentoring a woman by the name of Shaylee Graham who identifies as a woman of color. We are helping each other have more understanding in our respective fields and life experiences. Shaylee has a private practice as a therapist and has training in trauma-informed care and uses a cultural awareness lens with her clients. She also works at a local community college full-time where she provides mental health counseling and teaches classes on Race and Ethnicity in the U.S.
I am committed to becoming more trauma informed and will require the same of my Breathwork teachers. Danielle Hering and Nathaniel Hodder-Shipp have extensive trauma education and we will follow their lead, as well as receive guidance from Shaylee and other outside trainers specializing in trauma awareness and cultural competency guidelines.
Lastly we are adopting a Code of Ethics for certified Breathwork healers to follow. Actions are being taken and we are working diligently to make these healing spaces more inclusive for all.
With love and gratitude,