Team | Mentors
Tengo un interés profundo de conectarme y honrar mis raíces, mis ancestros y los de los demás.
Cris has a profound interest to connect and honor her roots and ancestors. My personal practice is nature-based contemplative meditation and Mexican traditional curanderismo learning from Zapotec and Mixtec wisdom. Cris also enjoys spending time with her pets and relating with nature.
Cris's life’s trajectory has been about feeling fully alive, learning to walk amongst everything that is, and finding my place. Her mission is to guide others who may have a similar yearning.
“Only when we are connected with Mother Nature we are connected with reality, with our interior, with our divine light.” (my translation)
is in the here and now,
if only we open our senses to it.
Karen maintains a private practice in Orange County, California, working primarily with adults. She specializes in working with the dysregulated nervous system patterns underlying chronic pain and other syndromes. She collaborates extensively with mental health professionals, providing touch therapy for their clients with a history of early dysregulation. She also has a passion for supporting people who want to develop their capacity for healthy love and sexuality.
and the joy will burn out the pain.
While in China, Rob commuted to the San Francisco Bay Area to train with Steve Hoskinson and was project director of the 18-month China Earthquake Relief Project (CHERP) focused on healing survivors from the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake, utilizing practitioners who were trained by Steve Hoskinson and Peter Levine. Rob specializes in Disaster Mental Health, Trauma Healing, auto accident trauma, and men’s issues.
Rob is an Organic Intelligence® (OI) Practitioner, a Somatic Experiencing® (SE™) Practitioner, A Neuro-Affective Relational Model (NARM) Practitioner, and has completed Kathy Kain’s Touch Skills for Trauma Therapists (TST). Rob is in private practice with East Hawai'i Somatic Healing, Inc.
happiness is the way.
Baylee's primary form of work is Somatic Touch, combining OI and touch/massage work. She has a private practice and works part time along with a Naturopathic Doctor doing medical massage and OI Touch therapy. Baylee also volunteers with a San Diego based nonprofit group called Warriors Live On, where she works with veterans. She loves working with all age groups with a focus on working with children, stress and anxiety, and PTSD. Baylee has even been known to work on some of our four legged friends as well.
for which you have been created.
Michelle Borok, LM CPM is a mentor with the Berkeley HEARTraining®. She is a California Licensed Homebirth Midwife, and holds a B.A. in Social Welfare from U.C. Berkeley. She has studied Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, working with both adults and newborns. She is currently completing the San Francisco HEARTraining and the Organic Intelligence® OI Expert Master Class Program with Steve Hoskinson and Sean Feit Oakes.
Michelle has a special interest in Pre- and Perinatal Psychology and weaves its principles into her beloved midwifery practice. She has taught many classes and original workshops, including Female Sexuality at U.C. Berkeley, and Legacies of Medical Racism and Transgender Competency for Healthcare Providers at Maternidad La Luz Midwifery School. She has been a mindfulness and insight meditation student for the last 12 years, studying and meditating with some of the most extraordinary Buddhist teachers of our time.
Michelle co-parents her amazing goddaughter and finds parenting and communing with nature to be her most devotional and resourcing practices.
Eliza Carlson, LMHC, CN is the founder of Sound Mindfulness Group; dedicated to supporting individuals who are struggling with life circumstances, challenged by limiting self-beliefs, coping with depression or anxiety, or simply have the desire to live more fully with less suffering.
She is a licensed mental health counselor and certified nutritionist in the State of Washington. Eliza brings a compassionate, mindfulness and body-centered orientation to her work as a psychotherapist. Deeply influenced by the wisdom and insight she has gained from many years of meditation and retreats practice and her extensive training with Steven Hoskinson in Somatic Experiencing® and Organic Intelligence® (SE/OI), her work focuses on using in-the-moment awareness as a gateway to insight and healing. SE/OI can promote nervous system regulation for correcting the negative effects of chronic stress or trauma.
Eliza is also a certified instructor in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and offers this 8-week meditation class quarterly.
From 2007-2015, she worked at the VA Medical Center providing support to Veterans experiencing homelessness, PTSD, mental health and substance abuse issues, chronic pain, adjustments to medical diagnosis and more. In 2010 she began studying somatic therapy, including Organic Intelligence.
Marisol Colette is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), and an Organic Intelligence (OI) and Somatic Experiencing® (SE™) Practitioner with a private practice Sol Reflection. She offers professional and organizational trainings in the Asheville, North Carolina area. Additionally, she teaches in the Social Work Department at Warren Wilson College.
we heal the past by living fully in the present.
David began training with Steve Hoskinson in 2013. The models of Organic Intelligence® underpin much of David’s work. David is currently completing a Masters program at the Karuna University in the UK in Mindfulness Based Psychotherapeutic practice. David is also enrolled to study a masters in Mindfulness Based Psychotherapeutic Practice at the department of psychiatry at Oxford University, beginning October 2018.
David currently lives in Mallorca with his wife and two children, where he maintains a private practice. He continues to travel to Turkey where he co-directs a pioneering mindfulness clinic located within Turkey's American Hospital, which provides inpatient care, as well as an educational outreach program. David offers trainings in mindfulness skills for health care professionals in Turkey.
Additionally, Sarah is a life-long meditator and yogi and has been in private practice since 2012.
The exploration of community and connection continued through her work at The Southwest Forest Alliance and then at Northland Family Help Center, a place that offers services to victims of crime and also houses a domestic violence shelter. At Northland, she was part of the group that brought a deepened understanding of Trauma Informed Care to the organization, which meant creating an environment to support the staff in what was needed for their own expanded resiliency, which then created a safe and healthier container for the clients and residents.
Today, Robin is a student in John Yates’ (Upasaka Culadasa’s) meditation teacher training program and has been exploring how to restore physiological, spiritual, and psychological resiliency through the natural interweaving of Organic Intelligence® and meditation. Through this training and her time studying OI with Steve, Robin has been discovering the natural ways that OI’s understanding of going “beyond trauma” goes hand in hand with deep spiritual teachings and practice. Both teachings bring the understanding that joy is a part of the path to the deep spirituality and interconnection that is ours by nature.
Robin is also in a singing trio, where the expression of music and harmony reflects her curiosity of how different voices come together to form community and collective understandings.
Link to Robin's OI Blog Post
Eve’s practice began in 2001, and it includes training in various bodywork modalities and somatic approaches, is influenced and guided by the principles and teachings of Organic Intelligence®. She continues to remain curious, interested and inspired by her work.
She has been practicing Bikram Yoga since 2009. The mindfulness, focus, and discipline that practice offers have rippled through her studies and work. Additionally, she has studied and practiced various forms of seated and moving meditation which all influence her awareness, presence, and way of life.
Dana Duclo, EdS, MHS, is completing her third year of the OI HEARTraining® and is an OI Mentor in Tucson, AZ.
Dana is the founder of Inner Rhythm Consulting, LLC, where she teaches Heart Rhythm Meditation® and Organic Intelligence®--embodied approaches to trauma and stress resolution that help clients restore a sense of inner rhythm and connect to the innate wisdom, aliveness, and coherence within. Dana is passionate about helping people discover they can live vibrantly and easefully beyond the effects of stress and trauma, offering nervous system education and compassionate support to children, adolescents, and adults.
Dana holds an EdS degree in Educational Psychology and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She is a certified School Psychologist with over 20 years of experience in the education system as a psychologist, counselor, and educator. Dana is also a certified meditation teacher and faculty member at the Institute for Applied Meditation, where she has practiced and taught meditation for 12 years.
Sean teaches OI, Buddhism, and Haṭha Yoga with a focus on the integration of meditation, philosophy, and self-inquiry with trauma resolution and social justice. He has studied in Zen, Tibetan, and Theravāda Buddhist lineages, trained as a monk in Burma, and was authorized to teach Insight Meditation by Jack Kornfield in 2010.
Sean Feit Oakes teaches at East Bay Meditation Center, Yoga Garden SF, Piedmont Yoga, Yoga Tree, and Spirit Rock Meditation Center, where he completed the Dedicated Practitioner, Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation, and Community Dharma Leader trainings.
Boaz has studied business, economics, buddhism and psychology and trained as a therapist in various traditions including systemics, psychosomatics, psychoanalytics and the contemplative sciences. He has been involved in various humanitarian and development projects in conflict-affected regions (Afghanistan, Myanmar) as a bio-psychosocial trainer.
Boaz currently works at a private practice in Geneva, trains groups at NGOs (activists, community leaders) and organizations (executives, lawyers) in empowerment and resiliency, and teaches the Organic Intelligence HEARTraining® in Turkey and co-teaches the HEARTraining in Switzerland with OI Founder Steve Hoskinson.
Boaz is a visiting professor for the University of Trinity College Dublin MBA programs, and conducts mindfulness and compassion research at the National Research Center for Affective Sciences at the University of Geneva.
I only attempt to provide
the conditions in which they can learn.
After many years of coordinating and assisting SE and OI trainings Andrea continues to coordinate Somatic Practice bodywork classes for Kathy Kain and assist at the HEARTrainings to deepen her work. She is a beginning instructor for Organic Intelligence and has also developed an online Boundary course, Boundaries and the Body. This year she will launch her podcast, The Boundary Spectrum.
In 2004, Andrea found and married Kevin, whom she followed to the Central Valley of California so he could return to his love of farming on the family pistachio ranch. They have 2 cats, Sadie and Mulan.
the Force is with me.
Veronika works in the research of PTSD treatment and using psychedelics in mental health treatments. She has studied different types of meditation and regularly practices Embodiment Meditation of The Realization Process. She enjoys being in the nature, hiking, traveling, and spending quality time with her family and friends.
Veronika is a citizen of the world. Born in the Czech Republic she traveled in South East Asia, lived in Australia, Japan, and Indonesia, and in 2003 moved to the Bay Area. Veronika has dedicated her life to ease suffering on the planet. She is involved in projects protecting the nature and committed to personal healing and helping others heal. In 2017 she became vegan.
This is how an Organic Intelligence session feels. Is it time to move beyond trauma, and let something greater unfold from within you?
Gloria is founder of Eight Elements West, an Institute for Somatic Education and Integrative Wellness. Sessions incorporate integrative body-based modalities like visceral manipulation to integrate emotion, voice and touch. Cransiosacral therapy addresses restrictions in cranial nerves, brain, and spine. Gloria’s 35-year background also includes a degree in Kinesiology/Nutrition, hypnotherapy, reiki, and mindfulness-based somatic practices of Iyengar yoga/pranayama, and Nia (blends tai chi, tae kwon do, aikido, modern dance, Duncan, jazz, Alexander, Feldenkrais, yoga). Sensation, emotion, and cognition woven together in OI support biological coherence, relieving physical and emotional symptoms.
You are the entire ocean in a drop.
Seek the wisdom that will untie your knot.
Seek the path that demands your whole being.
Bram has completed yoga teacher trainings in multiple traditions, tantra and conscious relationship coaching with David Deida, studied and practiced Shipibo Shamanism in Peru, and was a singer and fire-tender in the Native American Church for 4 years. He is also a music and technology nerd and runs a small recording studio in Encinitas, CA.
Bram brings his diverse background to offer compassionate support to people from many walks of life. He loves working with creative individuals, young adults, and those who are working towards achieving their goals and realizing their dreams.
Kevin is passionate about Organic Intelligence® and Craniosacral Therapy -- independently and in concert with each other -- and the many benefits these subtle yet powerful modalities offer in support of health and well-being. He is deeply grateful to be doing this work, and to his clients, teachers, and mentors. Using techniques and practices from both the Biomechanical and the Biodynamic approaches to Craniosacral Therapy, Kevin’s treatments include gentle work with structural alignment, the ebb and flow of cerebral spinal fluid, the movement of muscles and connective tissue, and restoring balance to the fundamental fascial structures of the body. Craniosacral sessions can be deeply grounding, and offer physical unwinding, emotional release, and improved energetic flow. In Nervous System Regulation sessions, Kevin supports an understanding of the nervous system state, and shepherds observable physio-emotional states using techniques from the Organic Intelligence® protocol (which includes elements from the wisdom of mindfulness and is based on the science of self-organization).
In this way, healing happens from the nervous system up and leads to a more vibrant life in the present moment.
After 10 years of working as a Psychotherapist with the severely mentally ill in a variety of settings she was introduced to Somatic Experiencing® during a workshop. Almost immediately she sensed significant change in her system and entered the SE™ training.
Another 10 years later, having established a private practice based on somatic approaches, Organic Intelligence invites further expansion into her relationship with herself, her work and the world.
Maggie is a mother, a grandmother and a dual citizen of the United States and Ireland. Her life — much of it lived abroad — has been an effort to bridge different cultures and eras to find her ground amidst breathtaking change. While the kind of community and connection she knew as a child in a rural Irish hinterland no longer exists, she has found a sense of connection and grounding within herself, through the deep experience of her own body.
Her work aims to open this capacity for others who navigate their own losses and longings, to help bring them home to themselves in the natural world of their own physiology.
graceful in the low.
Helma has completed a program in Relational Somatic Psychotherapy, combining knowledge of the body and relational processes as valuable supports in the therapeutic process. Helma has also trained in Integrative Energy Therapy, a gentle and non-invasive form of connecting with one’s internal experience at an energetic level. To complement her therapeutic work, Helma practices Aikido, a Japanese self-defence system, in which she holds a fourth-degree black belt.
His practice and training includes completion of a 4-year Buddhist meditation teacher training through Jack Kornfield and Spirit Rock Meditation Center; completion of the 3-year advanced training in Somatic Experiencing; continued mentorship with Steve Hoskinson and the Organic Intelligence approach to trauma healing; completion of a 750-hour massage training and licensure as a massage practitioner; completion of 3 yoga teacher trainings and 8 years of teaching yoga asan in a studio environment; 2 years of study of Craniosacral therapy through the Milne Institute; over 10 years of practice and study of Buddhist meditation, including over 50 silent meditation retreats and practice in Thailand, Burma, and India.
People typically come to see Brent for a somatic approach when they are feeling sad, anxious, overwhelmed, angry, confused; when they have recurring symptoms that confuse other providers (easily "triggered", digestive issues, panic attacks, auto-immune issues); because they are having problems with their close relationships or have issues with boundaries; because there is a specific issue they are coping with; because their identity is somehow in flux; because they are seeking growth and increased wellness; or simply because they feel something is "missing" and desire deeper meaning in their lives.
On a more personal note, Brent enjoys saunas and cold plunges, long philosophical conversations, beaches, nature, coffee, chocolate, music, sailing, good books, and unplanned international adventures.
Dance, yoga, singing, Buddhism, and Authentic Movement are all integral aspects of her practice, along with meditation and other formal contemplative modalities. She has practiced meditation in the US and in Southeast Asia with many wonderful teachers, and completed the Dedicated Practitioner and Community Dharma Leader Programs at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. She teaches mindfulness and Buddhism to teens at Spirit Rock, and East Bay Meditation Center in Oakland.
and the fire's whirling
takes on a different shape.
All things change
when we do.
Ellah Ray is a Homebirth Midwife in service to the primal nature of the birthing experience. She sees instinctive birth as both ordinary and sacred - and a radical act of love and courage. She supports individuals to develop confidence, openness, and joy, as they claim their bodies, babies, and families during a most potent experience of a lifetime. After all, we belong to this wild earth and we belong to each other.
The teachings of the Buddha and the clear seeing and expansive heart that arises through taking an interest in and paying attention to the moments of life are integral to Ellah's path. She’s had a Vipassana and enquiry practice since 2001 and completed the Dedicated Practitioner Program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in 2012.
Ellah is committed to understanding power, privilege, and oppression, both internal and institutional, and to speaking out against it. She values protecting and nurturing that which is beautiful in life; so that each and every one of us gets to experience health, joy, and liberation.
In 2016, Ellah began studying Organic Intelligence® and loves how it folds seamlessly into all aspects of her life. She looking forward to joining the mentor team in the upcoming 2018 OI HEARTraining® in Berkeley, CA.
Mark has extensive training in the nervous system process, movement, structural integration, and group work. Mark has experience bringing the principles of Organic Intelligence into use at a residential substance abuse treatment center; working with individuals and groups. In addition to in-person and online sessions, Mark consults on several online nervous system class platforms.
Mark is grateful to be part of the mentoring team in the current San Diego HEARTraining. Mark feels love and joy for all of those who are currently a part of the San Diego training; teachers, mentors, OI staff members, and students.
In addition to applying OI to daily life, Nathan participates in sitting practices of buddhist-inspired loving-kindness and mindfulness of the breath and body, as well as the Eastern Orthodox-inspired Jesus Prayer.
These three are your greatest treasures.
Simple in actions and thoughts,
you return to the source of being.
Patient with both friends and enemies,
you accord with the way things are.
Compassionate toward yourself,
you reconcile all beings in the world.
Rebecca has an MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and is a mentor in the Organic Intelligence® HEARTraining®. In her Seattle-based practice, Rebecca uses Organic Intelligence®, Somatic Experiencing®, and the Somatic Resilience and Regulation model to support artists, activists, educators, professional helpers, and others working to emerge from cycles of suffering.
Rebecca comes to therapeutic work with a healing justice lens. Her hope is to support individuals and communities to build resilience and capacity to shape and sustain movements toward equity, dignity, and wellness for all peoples.
Rebecca cultivates embodied mindfulness in relationship with the brilliance of the natural world. She loves to breathe with trees, watch water move, and is astonished by the apparent patience of moss.
Charlie has recently begun using the OI principles to coach executives on how to create "flow" within their personal lives, leadership style, and organization or business.
Charlie is also a student of the Wisdom and Perennial teachings within the Christian tradition. He has seen a Spiritual Director for the last 7 years and he and his wife Heather attend an annual week long retreat focusing on centering prayer and other wisdom practices.
any challenge over time.
Heather Ruce is a spiritual director, accompanying people as they learn to live in the present moment and attempt to deepen their awareness of and relationship with the Sacred. She sees nervous system coherence as a crucial component of becoming a more fully alive, conscious, connected being. The Organic Intelligence® model resonates deeply for her by providing the framework to support clients’ naturally occurring biological coherence. As this coherence increases, an opening is created to participate in a much larger coherence, beyond the individual, and into the collective.
Heather lives in San Diego with her husband Charlie. She works out of her home and with clients who live out of the area via Zoom. She has a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy and is a student of the Wisdom stream (especially as taught by St. Benedict and G.I. Gurdjieff), facilitating Centering Prayer and Meditation groups as well as Wisdom practice circles. She has a deep love for the earth and animals having cared for many different exotic species.
“Please come home. Please come home. Find the place where your feet know where to walk and follow your own trail home. Please come home. Please come home into your own body, your own vessel, your own earth. Please come home into each and every cell, and fully into the space that surrounds you.”
because it only fits into that story and defies the logic of separation.
Martin has worked with the Feldenkrais Method® in personal sessions through touch (Functional Integration®) and with groups (Awareness through Movement®), while deepening his understanding through NLP, Ericksonian hypnosis, focusing, Somatic Experiencing®, and Organic Intelligence.
Through the 3-year Embodied Life Mentorship Program with Russell Delman, a combination of Feldenkrais, Focusing, Meditation and Nonviolent Communication, he deepened his experience in Mindfulness and Compassion.
Through Aikido he found SEITAI Noguchi, a Japanese Method to support the body’s inherent energies and impulses for self-healing. He teaches SEITAI Groups in his DOJO and supports his teacher Unsho Sensei to bring more awareness to this work in Europe.
Martin’s hobbies are aquarelle painting and hiking.
Committed to the OI work, Martin mentors students in the Istanbul HEARTraining in Turkey and promotes and coordinates the first HEARTraining in Switzerland, which will take place in his new SHINGENKI DOJO in Arlesheim, close to Basel.
Connections are cut and parts are created.
Systemic thinking means:
Parts get clarified and connections are created.
Next stop, was the Navajo Nation where one of his tasks was to integrate traditional healing and western methods. This brought Charles’s childhood among the tribes of Oklahoma and his earlier career as a filmmaker to the fore. Much of the work documented cultural retention and spiritual practices.
He added EMDR to his toolbox and then Somatic Experiencing® with Steve Hoskinson and a seamless shift to Organic Intelligence® in 2017. In his private practice, he used Supportive Touch extensively. In addition to his therapy work, Charles is a singer/songwriter performing with his wife and a group of talented friends.
“Any day my appreciation exceeds my expectations is a good day”
This belief, coupled with the teachings of Organic Intelligence®, has meant bearing witness to awe-inspiring transformations in children and their families. Helpful tools along the way include lots of play, sensory awareness, dialogue and narrative-creation, and mindfulness.
Her two greatest teachers are her children, two boys under the age of five. They’ve taught her more about herself than she could ever hope to teach them — not to mention they’re experts in living playfully, with ease, and in the moment! Growing a personal practice of mindfulness meditation, one of Organic Intelligence’s guiding principles, has meant engaging with herself, other humans, and the world-at-large in a deeper and more meaningful way.
yet everything is accomplished.
She is the founder of Sensory School, a resource center and parent mentoring service to help neurodiverse families enhance connection. She received a firsthand lesson in Sensory Integration when her daughter was diagnosed at age 2 with Sensory Processing Disorder. Though the process of learning to better support her daughter and strengthen herself Amber discovered Organic Intelligence® (OI). OI as a tool for healing trauma and building resiliency has greatly improved her family’s connection and development. Amber works with neurodiverse children, parents, and families to build and apply tools for resiliency and healing in the midst of sensory integration challenges, giftness, other neurodiversities, and trauma.
Dancing is Amber’s soul food, and she enjoys applying Organic Intelligence® in teaching and working with dancers to support mind-body integration and expansion of capacity. Amber integrates mindfulness into her everyday life and practice through daily meditation and Fusion dancing.
He believes the most enduring transformations in a human life come from the conscious exploration through one's body, sexuality, emotions, mind and spirit, especially in relationship with others. To this end, Heath welcomes all themes when working with people. He integrates Somatic Experiencing® and Organic Intelligence® in a variety of ways in the personal development work with clients. He has over 20 year’s experience supporting positive changes in his clients’ lives.
Book a session or group work with Heath in Cologne, Germany or an individual Skype session. Visit the mentor list in your OI Virtual Classroom for contact info.
English, Spanish and German spoken.
when you humbly accept your human limitations,
your nobility shines through.
Diana's focus is on creating a safe and supportive therapeutic container for clients to explore, encounter and learn to have compassion for the wounded parts/states residing within their soma and psyche so that they may fully engage their lives with wholehearted embodied joy and commitment to self compassion. On this journey, wherever we are, we will be contributing to the transformation of our world that we so earnestly seek. We are embodied beings of Light within an alive manifested world, we only need to dare to embrace it.
is to literally transform the very world we’re living in,
using our own lives as the vehicles
for this extraordinary transformation.
To give that much means to engage
with the life process in the deepest,
most heroic way possible.