Team | Training Coordinators
is in the here and now,
if only we open our senses to it.
Chrysta’s professional background is born from one seed, and has grown into two complimentary plants. Motivated by social and environmental justice, Chrysta worked many years as an organizer with NGOs and small grass roots organizations. Her desire to help alleviate burn-out, PTSD, and build resiliency in her communities lead her to learn traditional healing modalities such as Western Herbalism, Acupuncture, Medical Massage, CranioSacral Therapy, and Permaculture. Organic Intelligence offers the integral piece in mind-body healing, by supporting the nervous system as it self- organizes and heals from the nervous system up.
In her moments of orienting toward pleasure, Chrysta can be found grooving to drumbeats, sitting and watching the plants in her garden grow, balancing on one leg at way-too-hot-for-the-desert yoga, and climbing a rock while listening to trickling water in the canyon.
and wisdom another
that perches in the soul,
and sings the tune without words,
and never stops at all.
Maggie Horton-Brande joined the Organic Intelligence® team as Coordinator for the San Francisco/Burlingame HEARTraining®. Her personal transformation and work with bodywork and Somatic Experiencing clients continues to elevate her love and respect for OI's healing principles.
Maggie’s professional background is in bodywork, massage therapy, and Somatic Experiencing® and she has been providing Deep Tissue Therapy, Shiatsu, Acupressure, Medical Qigong, and injury rehab in California since 2008.
Her personal interests include the study and practice of Chinese and Indo-Tibetan Buddhism, Daoism and Qigong, both the Western and Eastern-mystical sciences of the nervous system, the art of the conscious marriage, yoga, dance, and being in nature. Maggie is in her second year of ministerial training to become a lay Priest in Chan Buddhism. She is a passionate LGBTQ ally and volunteer assistant with the full-force self defense trainings offered by the nonprofit organization IMPACT Bay Area. Maggie sees Somatic Experiencing clients in the Noe Valley neighborhood of San Francisco.
Genell Howell is Training Coordinator at the Hawai'i 2 HEARTraining® and currently completing the OI Expert Master Class Program. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Hawai'i and a somatic practitioner with advanced training in mind-body therapies from Prescott College. With a primary focus on building resiliency, Genell has experience treating adolescents and young adults in a variety of therapeutic settings including residential treatment and wilderness-based models. She is currently a primary therapist for Pacific Quest located on the Big Island.
Genell has lived in Hawai'i for 11 years and considers the Big Island to be her heart based home. During her undergraduate studies at University of Hawai'i at Hilo, where she majored in Geography, she had a life altering experience after reading the book Bodymind by Ken Dychtwald. This set the path for a greater exploration in body related psychotherapy and understanding the deep rooted ability of the body to hold onto trauma.
Always a seeker in advancing her scope she has a 200 hour yoga certification and an active vipassana meditation practice. Genell believes that listening to the body, engaging in movement, and tuning into your environmental experience fosters the greatest capacity for one to heal themselves.
go instead where there is no path
and leave a trail.
Kevin is passionate about Craniosacral Therapy and the many benefits this subtle yet powerful modality offers 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 relaxing, 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.
A long time social justice activist, Rebecca came to healing arts as a way to support individuals and communities to build resilience and resolve trauma to shape and sustain movements toward equity, dignity, and vitality for all peoples. With a professional background in theater, circus arts, and arts education, Rebecca especially delights in using play and creativity as tools for transformation.
Newly relocated to the Seattle area from the Sonoran desert, Rebecca cultivates embodied mindfulness while orienting to the movement of water, the shape of trees, and other elements in nature. Lately, she particularly enjoys catching glimpses of wild rabbits and sea mammals.
it becomes known
the peace we seek
is seeking us.
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.
Anthony has been a dedicated practitioner in the Theravada Buddhist lineage since 2005, attending many long and short silent retreats in the US and Thailand. Since 2008, he has practiced in a counseling modality which centers the developmental and intergenerational healing of harm based in systemic oppression of all kinds.
Anthony teaches at East Bay Meditation Center, Spirit Rock, and Against The Stream. He also teaches secular mindfulness to teens and young adults for Inward Bound Mindfulness Education. He uses OI to inform his teaching and counseling which explores the intersection of social justice, mindfulness, and emotional safety for healing and thriving.