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Michelle is an artist, musician, songwriter, and healing arts practitioner.  She brings an intuitive and creative sensibility to all her offerings, providing a transformational space for personal growth and spiritual connection through integrative coaching, meditative sound & music journeys, craniosacral therapy / energy balancing, and the facilitation of group singing and chanting.

Michelle has published 2 Sound Healing Albums with Hay House Publishing Company (Sound Healing Meditations for Inner Peace & Wellbeing and Sound Healing Music for Meditation), and is the creator of the the Mystic Path Oracle, which she self-published in May of 2022. 

Influenced by her parents involvement in the Native American Church, a syncretic religious organization that partakes of the peyote cactus as a religious sacrament, and by her aunt who lived in India for many years studying in the Advaita Vedanta Hindu philosophical tradition, Michelle developed an interest in foreign and indigenous cultures early on.  She begin practicing yoga and meditation at the age of 18, while pursuing a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Anthropology and Latin American Studies from the University of Colorado.

 

By her mid twenties, Michelle had lived and traveled extensively throughout the world.  This multicultural exposure led her to study and experience a diverse variety of music, movement, healing, and spiritual traditions, while also developing an appreciation for the diverse aesthetic expressions of culture on all levels.

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE

 

      

  • HOLISTIC HEALTH & WELLNESS 

    • Integrative Health & Wellness Coaching CertificationThe Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine (Univ. of Arizona) / 2021

    • Certified Personal & Executive Coaching CertificationThe CAPP Institute (Coaching & Positive Psychology) /  2020

    • Personal Development Coaching Certification  / The CAPP Institute (Coaching & Positive Psychology) / 2020

    • Positive Psychology: Martin E. P. Seligman’s Visionary ScienceUniversity of Pennsylvania / 2020

    • Positive Psychology: Applications and Interventions / University of Pennsylvania / 2020

    • Professional Herbalism: Ayurvedic, Chinese, and Western Herbalism / Portland Community College / 2018

    • Yoga and Ayurveda Wellness Consultant 300 hour Certification Vedic Studies, Yoga, Ayurveda, Mantra, & Meditation, The American Institute of Vedic Studies / July 2015 

  • SOUND HEALING & VOICE TRAINING

    • Beginner student of the Dhrupad, Classical Indian Vocal Tradition  with The Dagar Lineage since 2018

    • Foundations of Sound Healing: 100 Hour Yoga Alliance Certification  with The Soul of Yoga / Fall 2019

    • Yoga of the Voice: Sacred Sound & Voice Training with Silvia Nakkach & Vox Mundi Project / 3.5 years completed Sept. 2019

    • Human Tuning: The Science of Sound Healing and Tuning Forks Training with Dr John Beaulieu / October 2018

    • Biofield Tuning Foundations Training with Eileen Day McKusick / Spring  2016

  • MOVEMENT, YOGA, & DANCE 

    • Restorative / Yin Yoga Teacher Training / Prana Yoga Center, La Jolla, California / 2011

    • 200hr Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training / Prana Yoga Center in La Jolla, California / 2008

    • Pranayama Training / Dr. Vasant Lad at The Ananda Ashram, Monroe, New York. July 2006

    • Offering group & individual Yoga Instruction since 2001.  In addition to various studio positions, past Yoga Instructor employment includes:  The Post Ranch Inn (Big Sur, CA),  Estancia Hotel & Spa (La Jolla, CA), The Inn At Rancho Santa Fe (Rancho Santa Fe, CA), Paradise Point Resort & Spa (San Diego, CA).

    • Student of Yoga Asana & Yoga Philosophy since 1996.  Offering yoga instruction, on and off in individual and group settings since 2001.

    • Ashtanga Yoga Instruction with Pathabi Jois,  Mysore, India 2000  

    • Exploration of Various Dance Forms including Capoeira, Flamenco, West African Dance, Kathak, Odissi, & Tribal Fusion Belly Dance. 

    • 5 Rhythms Movement Practice workshops with founder Gabrielle Roth in 2005 & 2006, and with Lucia Horan in 2009 & 2021 at the Esalen Institute, Big Sur California

  • MASSAGE THERAPY & BODYWORK

    • Over 1000 hours of formal training in various Therapeutic Bodywork & Massage Modalities including: Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Techniques, Thai Massage Techniques, Zen Shiatsu, CranioSacral Therapy, Prenatal Massage, Polarity Therapy, Hot Stone Technique, Balinese Massage, Ayurvedic Massage, Qi Gong Healing, & Chakra Balancin

    • Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork professional working in private practice, health & wellness centers, and spa environments since 2001

  • HIGHER EDUCATION

    • Bachelor of the Arts degree in Anthropology and Latin American Studies from The University of Colorado / May 2000.  Main focus was indigenous cultures past and present: shamanism, spiritual practices, cosmology, & healing practices

  • MEDITATION

    • A seated meditation practice has been an essential tool for helping me to navigate skillfully through my day to day life.  I was initiated in the technique of Transcendental Meditation in 1996, eventually exploring other Meditation techniques and traditions including the Buddhist techniques such as Zazen, Vispassana, Samatha, and Anapanasati. I have spent time on retreat in several meditation centers over the years:  Plum Village Practice Center 2000  (Lineage of Thich Nhat Hahn - France), Green Gulch Farm & Zen Center  2003 & 2008  (Lineage of Suzuki Roshi - Mill Valley, CA), Ithaca Zen Center  2005 (Lineage of Joshu Sasaki Roshi - Ithaca, NY), Dhamma Mahavana  2005 (Vipassana Meditation lineage of  S. N. Goenka - Northfork, CA), Phool Chatti Ashram  2006 (Center for Yoga & Meditation - Rishikesh, India), Dhamma Dena Vipassana Center 2012 (Vipassana Meditation lineage S. N. Goenka) - Joshua Tree, CA