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.
Tanya received her graduate training at the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University in Eagan, Minnesota to obtain her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology. She has also received certification as a Registered Play Therapist (RPT) through the Association for Play Therapy. Tanya's areas of specialty are trauma and anxiety and she has most recently received training in a trauma-based therapy called Somatic Experiencing. She is working on obtaining her Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP) credential from the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute and is expected to have this completed in 2019.
Tanya is passionate about helping others overcome obstacles to inner peace and mental health. She is committed to helping people through their journey, as "happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling."
Maggie Horton-Brande is an Organic Intelligence® and Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner. Maggies sees clients in private practice in San Francisco, and coordinate the SF Bay Area Human Empowerment and Resiliency Training.
Mentoring students through the deeply personal and professional process of learning and integrating OI's principles is one of Maggie's primary joys in life. Since 2008, her professional background is in bodywork and Massage Therapy. Maggie has also practiced Deep Tissue Therapy, Shiatsu, Acupressure and Medical Qigong in California.
Currently, she is in ministerial training in the Lohan Order of Buddhism with Reverend Fa Jun Shakya. Maggie's personal interests include the study and practice of Chinese and Indo-Tibetan Buddhism, Daoism and Qigong, social justice, Nonviolent Communication, the art of the conscious partnership, music and the outdoors. She is a passionate LGBTQI ally and honors all gender identities. Maggie aims to develop compassion, wisdom, and skillfulness.
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.
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.
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.
Inika has been teaching Watsu and Healing Dance since 1999. She brings grace to the water and conveys that grace to her students through her knowledge of movement and experience in yoga, tai chi, dance, and meditation. She has an ongoing meditation practice and is a somatic practitioner. She has combined the somatic work in her sessions and is informed by it in her teaching. She is currently studying the Expert level of Organic Intelligence®.
Inika has been the director of the Harbin School of Healing Arts until it burned in the Valley fire in California in 2015. She has since moved to the Big Island of Hawaii working at Kalanihonua Retreat Center.