Marie is a educator, somatics practitioner, partner, and mother.  She loves pinto beans, green chile, homemade tortillas, and tomatoes fresh from the garden.  Since childhood, Marie has been an avid reader and perpetual journal writer, both as means to  understand and enter the world. She has mostly written creative nonfiction and poetry. Lately, she has focused on using writing as a means to get free. If she could, she’d spend most of her time talking to weeping willow trees, sitting with turtles, and learning from her ancestors.   Healing justice is at the center of all her work because she sees it as a direct, radical path to liberation.

Coaching & Facilitating: As an embodied coach and facilitator, Marie uses strategies she’s learned from Somatics Experiencing and Generative Somatics to support clients in listening deeply to themselves to support healing and build resilience; to solve problems and address conflict and tension with others; and to better align their actions with their values. She teaches self-care strategies and somatic awareness to help clients recognize and transform default actions that limit their mindset and ability to move forward.

Equity & Social Justice Training & Consulting: Marie also uses an embodied approach to equity and social justice training and consulting with educators, schools and organizations. She creates individualized workshops based on a group’s needs and developmental stages. As a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Developmental Inventory (IDI), she uses the IDI to support individuals, groups and organizations in learning to work more effectively across cultures. Skilled at facilitating, she also works with equity practitioners and organizational leaders to develop long term equity plans and design training geared to their organization’s particular needs.

Youth Healing Justice: Marie has been teaching high school English for over 20 years.  She is an avid reader and writer who believes in the power of words to change us.  As a part of the Youth Healing Justice Network, she supports and trains youth. She teaches self-care strategies to build awareness, resilience, and capacity.  She creates programming for youth to read, write and create together, combining somatic strategies with an exploration of words and language as a way for youth to find and express voice and power.