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Report #7 From Abyssinia: Cultural Exchange Day (2/2/2018) -   The formal Cultural Exchange meeting is held in the large conference room of our hotel.  We’ve arranged a semi circle for the Elders, Tes, Linda and myself to sit, and rows of chairs for the seminarians facing us. Tes recommended that the American men wear suits and the women wear long skirts or a […]
Report #6 From Abyssinia: First Night: Opening New Vistas (1/17/2018) - *This is the sixth installment in a series of writings from the first East African Aikido Seminar and Cultural Exchange, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. You can find Report #1 Here. The first day of the East African Aikido Seminar is packed with last minute details and adjusting to the endless stream of changes: flights from Kenya […]
Report #5 From Abyssinia: Test Day (1/2/2018) - *This is the fifth installment in a series of writings from the first East African Aikido Seminar and Cultural Exchange, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. You can find Report #4 Here. I wake with the morning call to prayer from the muezzin in the mosque across the street. The thin rind of the moon, detached and milky, […]
Report #4 from Abyssinia: Aikido at the U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa (12/30/2017) - *This is the fourth installment in a series of writings from the first East African Aikido Seminar and Cultural Exchange, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. You can find Report #1 Here. The U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa sits on a slight rise with an expansive view of the northeast section of the city and beyond to […]
Report #3 from Abyssinia: 900 grams (12/6/2017) - *This is the third installment in a series of writings from the first East African Aikido Seminar and Cultural Exchange, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. You can find Report #2 Here. St Paul Hospital Millennium Medical College is on a sun baked west facing hill footed by rusted corrugated iron and canvas shops, and a relentless roar […]
Report #2 from Abyssinia: We Have the Stamp! (12/1/2017) - *This is the second installment in a series of writings from the first East African Aikido Seminar and Cultural Exchange, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. You can find Report #1 Here. Monday is recover from jet lag day so myself, Tom Lutes, and Katina Bishop tag along with Tes and Demelash to the offices of the Ministry […]
Report #1 from Abyssinia! (11/22/2017) - *This is the first installment in a series of writings from the first East African Aikido Seminar and Cultural Exchange, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. You can find Report #2 Here. As we descend into the high plateau of Addis Abba the lights below speckle the African night like flakes of orange rind, bone shards, the occasional […]
The Next Four Years Part Two: Beware of the Numbing (2/3/2017) - One of the most powerful coping mechanisms we’ve developed as human beings is the ability to adapt. One of the most dangerous coping mechanisms we’ve developed is the ability to adapt. In times of crisis-war, natural disasters, failure of economies, sickness, loss of loved ones, property and goods-we have demonstrated time and again a remarkable adaptability and resilience.
The Next Four Years (12/12/2016) - When I first heard the election results I had precisely the same feeling as when I saw the planes flying into the Twin Towers on that pristine-blue sky day: The world has changed. At first, many turned toward us with open hearts, until the Bush administration created a nightmare that we live with to this […]
Locker Room Talk IS Action (11/7/2016) - Defenders of Donald Trump’s recent predatorial comments about women as “only locker room talk” fatuously excuse these remarks as a justifiable way for men to talk. What is entirely missing is that however you spin it, it’s humiliating, objectifying, and ultimately dehumanizing women. There’s no free, “Get Out Of Jail” card that can minimize the […]
There is no Center: There is Purposeful Embodiment (9/29/2016) - When I was completing my PhD, I talked myself into a medical school anatomy class.  A large portion of the class was dissecting cadavers.  Of the many things I learned as I scalpel-ed my way into the human form is that there is no center to be found.  There were muscles, bones, connective tissue, organs, […]
The Seduction of Demagoguery (Bullies) (7/20/2016) -   Vaclav Havel, the former poet president of Czechoslovakia, said that politics is the art of the impossible. In the current climate of hate, fear and violence dominating this electoral year, and leadership rhetoric throughout the world, we can say that politics is becoming the art of the demagogue.  This is the leader that declares […]
Leaders as Pan narrans (6/13/2016) -   Somewhere around two hundred thousand years ago we Homo Sapiens received the evolutionary nod over our Neanderthal cousins even though we were scrawnier, slower, undernourished, and just so-so toolmakers.  Then for reasons that are still being sorted out we developed language and that changed everything.  We not only climbed higher on the evolutionary ladder, […]
Claim it with Love-A Leader’s Mandate (4/4/2016) -   Cultivating leaders is important. Cultivating leadership virtues in everyone is important. Leadership is also a fourteen billion dollar industry in America. Leadership is romanticized, lionized, fêted, trendy, faddish, fetishized, commoditized, a social marker. It’s now possible to obtain a Ph.D. in leadership, it’s studied in academia and think tanks, and it appears endlessly on […]
Embodiment as Actionable Change (2/29/2016) -   I had a great conversation recently about mindfulness practice and wisdom. Are they the same thing? Why not? Lots of places and people are using the word transformation now, and even “embodiment,” as a concept, is growing in prevalence. Like mindfulness and wisdom, what do we mean by these words? How do they appear […]
Embodying The Mystery: Centering as a Spiritual Practice (1/22/2016) -   When we center we become present, here and now, to the direct, immediate experience of our livingness, to the life that is moving through us and around us, to the life that organizes us. We do this by first moving our attention to our sensations, the building blocks of life. We transit from the […]
Stones and a Lemon (12/21/2015) -       Early morning dark. A faint glow in the eastern sky backlights the steep rising peaks and sloping descents of the hills as if an ancient hand writes the history of the world on the landscape. I read a passage from Rabindranath Tagore by candlelight before meditation. He’s a poet, some call him […]
Resilience (8/12/2015) -   The concept of resilience has become more wide spread in the last years and is beginning to be used within leadership and team development and building resilient organizational cultures.  What is resilience and why is it relevant to our lives and our work? Resilience, in its common usage, is our capacity to “bounce back,” […]
The Commodification of Mindfulness (8/12/2015) -     In the last six months mindfulness has appeared on the cover of Time magazine, Scientific American, and an article in the New Yorker. Broadcast networks have shown specials on mindfulness.  The proliferation of the term includes Weight Watchers, Narcotics Anonymous, parenting groups, neuroscience research, an article in the Huffington Post titled Mindfulness for […]
Mastery and Practice (2/24/2015) -     What is a somatic practice for mastery?  I suppose we could come up with something complex, new and multifaceted, but I am drawn toward the simple and direct to explore mastery. I propose using Centering as your practice for mastery for the next 3 months*, every day.  Practicing every day, and a curiosity […]
Mastery as Path (2/23/2015) -     Mastery is a path that has no destination. Mastery is a study of the inexplicable mystery of life moving towards life. This path is available to us any time, anywhere; it’s as close to us as our breath. It requires that we pay attention, wholeheartedly, robustly, and with ample amounts of love. Mastery […]
The Blessings of the Waters (12/19/2014) -     After a summer that elongated into November with a baking sun the waters have finally arrived. Dark leaden skies rumbling with thunder and bursts of lightning release long overdue rains. In aikido class we give thanks with ntenchi nage, heaven and earth technique, as the storm bangs on the windows. The ground turns dark and yielding and the rich aroma of plant, mineral and water […]
Women and Leadership (9/10/2014) -     What is leadership? What does leadership mean to you? Is it others holding you as a leader? As a mentor, as someone they want to emulate? Is it a position or role in leadership? Is it being able to make things happen that matter to you, and are aligned with what you care […]
Meditation: Cultivating Center Everywhere, Here Now (7/22/2014) -     The practice of meditation has been with us for thousands of years. It’s evolved out of contemporary religious traditions as well as the more ancient Paleolithic traditions. The early people took their teachings from nature, the heavens, the ground of being, the wisdom of the collective unconscious, and the mythology of the tribe. […]
Centering: The Unity of Action and Being (6/26/2014) -     Learning to center-to be present to others and the environment, open to possibilities, while connected to our values and principles is foundational to a fulfilling life, both professionally and personally. Centering is the broad and abundant platform from which we launch into a full relationship with the world, and ourselves. The centering practices […]
The Value of a Somatic Education (4/12/2014) -   On the run-up to the 2008 presidential election I was asked by TV networks and radio stations to rate the candidates of both parties on their Leadership Presence. I gave them all letter grades, explained why I gave the mark, and how I would work with each one of them to upgrade their leadership […]
Somatic Coaching in Practice (3/12/2014) -     After years as a successful programmer Leigh was promoted to a managerial position because of her considerable technological accomplishments and her tenure in the company.  To prepare for her new role she was sent to leadership trainings in which she read case studies, watched DVDs explaining leadership models, completed personality instruments that assessed […]
Introducing The Art of Somatic Coaching (2/12/2014) - I have been in the field of individual and collective transformation for almost 45 years. Yesterday marked the release of my book “The Art of Somatic Coaching”, which was a natural next step in the writing and work that I have done in this area. More than ever, I see that our culture is now […]
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  • Alejandra Silberman

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    Alejandra Silberman

    Location: Chile

    Domains: Leadership, Personal, Corporate/Business

    Other: Somatic Bodywork available

    Email: alejandra@alejandrasilberman.com

    Phone: +56 9 93206185

    Website: www.alejandrasilberman.com

    Alejandra Silberman (Santiago, Chile) is passionate about supporting individuals, teams and organizations in tapping into their own inner wisdom, compassion, purpose, and power for skillful action. She has over 15 years’ experience working with a broad range of leaders and organizations– from grassroots movements to large corporations– as a consultant, facilitator, trainer and coach. Alejandra has specialized in leadership coaching and development, strategy consulting, and coach training, bringing her diverse background, analytical skills, grounded presence, humor and passion for life to her interactions with clients. Over her career, her primary focus has been integrating the wisdom and generative energy of nature, community and the human body, making these insights and rhythms available to her clients through somatic coaching and embodied, transformational learning experiences.

    Alejandra holds a BA from Bard College and a MSc in Education from Lesley College. She is a certified ontological coach through Newfield Network, certified Somatic Coach through Strozzi Institute, and PCC by the ICF. She is also a Strozzi Institute Teacher in training. She is fully bilingual and works and coaches in Spanish and English.

     

     

     

  • Amy BeberVanzo

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    Amy BeberVanzo

    Location: CA

    Domains: Personal, Corporate/Business, Leadership, Executive

    Other: Somatic Bodywork available

    Email: amy.bebervanzo@gmail.com

    Phone: 707.495.0352

    Website: overcrestcoaching.com

    Amy BeberVanzo (Petaluma/SF Bay Area, CA) believes sustainable growth and change begin with new practices. She blends her study of Aikido with the focus of championship racing to help clients clarify and achieve purposeful goals in their professional and personal lives. Amy’s work is based on her commitment to self­-awareness, accountability and compassion. Training in the Feldenkrais™ Method further informs her work.

    Whether coaching students on the cusp of change, business leaders & teams, or aging adults preserving their independence, she uses proven coaching techniques, simple physical practices and body­-awareness exercises to develop client resilience in times of transition. Her clients achieve clarity in setting priorities and direction.

    Mentor Coaching is available for Somatics and for ICF.

    Amy offers Somatic Bodywork, and strongly recommends it for maximum results.

    She works in person and remotely, and may travel frequently to your area.

  • Anela Seliskar

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    Anela Seliskar

    Location: MN

    Domains: Personal, Corporate/Business, Leadership, Executive

    Other: Somatic Bodywork available

    Email: anela@anelabarboza.com

    Phone: 952.240.9375

    Website: anelabarboza.com

    Anela Barboza Seliskar (Minneapolis, MN) is passionate about co-creating space for personal and collective development through the practices of Somatics. She is excited to support change that promotes deeper individual accountability, personal liberation and aligning purpose with action.

    Anela’s perspective and approach to coaching has been shaped by her living experience as a diasporic kanaka maoli (Native Hawaiian), born and raised away from home in a predominantly white, gentrified culture. She is deeply committed to identity exploration, cultural resilience, and resiliency work as a means of personal transformation and healing.

    Anela is a Somatic Coach and Bodyworker, certified by the International Coaches Federation (ACC) and Strozzi Institute.  She is also a Community Organizer in Minneapolis, MN, working with kanaka maoli living away from Hawai’i. She leads and facilitates group practices and retreats, and loves to spend time with her family and at home in Hawai’i.
  • Ariana Strozzi Mazzucchi

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    Ariana Strozzi Mazzucchi

    Location: CA

    Domains: Leadership, Executive, Corporate/Business, Personal

    Email: Ariana@casariranch.com

    Phone: 707.338.9817

    Website: www.SkyHorseEGE.com

    Ariana Strozzi Mazzucchi (Sonoma and Mendocino County, CA) is an SI Master Certified Coach, co-founder of Strozzi Institute and founder of Equine Guided Education (SkyHorseEGE™). She specializes in developing leaders and coaches in emotional, somatic and spiritual intelligence with an emphasis on the natural world as a place for learning and healing. With innovative vision, Ariana blends biology, instinct, Somatics and leadership in the natural environment creating a truly unique, transformative and sustainable process. She is a master at getting to the ‘heart of the issue’ through her keen skills of somatic observation, non-linear listening and linguistic distinctions. She incorporates nature, land and equine guided activities to bring forward the intuitive, spiritual underpinnings that are often more important than the words of rational thought. In addition to her own programs at her 532 acre ranch, she collaborates with other coaches and leadership experts to create new ways of expanding consciousness and respectful/balanced relations. She is a mother, rancher, artist and ongoing entrepreneur. She offers spirit retreats for individuals, groups and custom programs for her corporate clients, including UC Berkeley Haas School of Business Development, Institute of Noetic Sciences, Institute of Women’s Leadership, Facebook, Meridian University, Kaiser, and many more.

  • Beverley McMaster

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    Beverley McMaster

    Location: United Kingdom / UK

    Domains: Executive, Leadership

    Other: Somatic Bodywork available

    Email: beverleymcmaster@me.com

    Phone: +44 (0) 7793557130

    Website: www.beverleymcmaster.com

    Beverley McMaster (London and South East England) s a certified Master Somatic Coach and Somatic bodyworker.   She is also a graduate of Newfield Network, having trained an Ontological Coach.   Recently she became a student of EMDR, a modality proven to be successful at healing difficult and unhelpful behaviour.   In January 2020 she begins a 2 year training programme for Focusing Orientated Therapy.
     
    She loves partnering with clients helping them to drop more deeply, into their own self-worth and value, building grounded confidence and resilience.  Working from the ‘inside-out’ clients come to embody new skills that are vital for co-ordinating effectively with others, making different choices and taking action.  
     
    Inherently practical, somatic coaching wonderfully promises the possibility of a happier, more fulfilled, satisfied life, regardless of the domain.   Once the ‘somatic eyes’ are opened there is no limit to what we can learn about our experience and how to make the most of it.  
     
    Prior to coaching professionally, for over 20 years Beverley worked in diverse multi-cultural sectors in a variety of Senior HR roles.  She continues to enjoy working with clients in corporate leadership settings, as well as working with clients who choose to self-fund. 
  • Billy Strean

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    Billy Strean

    Location: Canada

    Domains: Executive, Personal, Leadership

    Other: Somatic Bodywork Available

    Email: billy@billystrean.com

    Phone: 707.320.1208 (USA) 780.905.6571 (Canada)

    Website: www.billystrean.com

    Billy Strean, Ph.D. (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) is a Master Somatic Coach who offers executive, personal, performance, and leadership coaching and dynamic workshops and keynotes. As a former NCAA athlete and coach with a doctorate in sport and performance psychology from the University of Illinois, Billy draws on over 30 years of experience with world-class performers in helping clients to have fun while achieving extraordinary results. Dr. Strean is also a Registered Yoga Teacher, Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher and a Certified Professional Co-active Coach. In 2008, he received the University of Alberta’s Rutherford Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. He recently published Alive With Joy. In 2011, Dr. Strean was one of 10 Canadians to receive the prestigious 3M National Teaching Fellowship. He teaches courses in leadership, communication, and teaching/learning at the University of Alberta.

  • Bob Gordon

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    Bob Gordon

    Location: NY

    Domains: Executive, Corporate/Business, Personal, Leadership

    Other: Bodywork Available

    Email: bobgordon@strategichorizons.biz

    Phone: 718.858.6508

    Bob Gordon (Brooklyn, NY) coaches leaders and their teams who are interested in both the success of their organizations and the difference they can make in their communities and families. He has extensive experience coaching leaders in transition to new roles and responsibilities, as well as supporting them and their teams as they face rapidly changing challenges. The coaching process can also enable leaders to more effectively coach and develop others in their organizations.
    Bob’s clients span from New York, across the States, and internationally. Bob began coaching in 1995 and is a certified somatic coach, a certified Newfield coach, a graduate of the OSD organizational program at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, and has a Masters in Counseling. Bob has a diverse background, having worked in start-up technology companies and on Wall Street. He has also served on Boards in for-profit and non-profit organizations. Bob feels that the coaching space is sacred and is honored to be a coach.

  • Bobby Davis

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    Bobby Davis

    Location: United Kingdom / UK

    Other: Bodywork Available

    Email: bdbobbydavis@gmail.com

    Phone: +44 7523 851127

    Website: Skype: bdbobster

    Bobby Davis (Surrey, UK) is committed to supporting others in lifelong learning, creating awareness with her clients to allow for new stories, new pursuits and new ways of living to unfold. She is a gentle warrior, strong in her beliefs that we can all get unstuck, treat ourselves with love and live our own story rather than that of our history – these are principles she brings to her work in corporate environments, to leaders and to personal clients.

    Bobby is certified as a SI Somatic Coach, an Integral Coach and by the International Coaches Federation (PCC) as well as having a range of life experience from the workplace (British Army, Not for Profits, Human Resources, Organisational Development, Business Change), to the sports field (heptathlon and hockey), to home and hobbies (family, cooking, poetry, music and wine). When she works with you, she brings it all and together you create practices to unlock new possibilities for living a full, heartfelt life. She coaches in person, by Skype (bdbobster)/Zoom and in groups/teams as requested.

    Bobby splits her time between the UK and now Spain, where she is enjoying learning the language and the slower pace of life.

  • Bonnie Keast, Ed.D.

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    Bonnie Keast, Ed.D.

    Location: NH

    Domains: Personal

    Email: 4keast@gmail.com

    Phone: 925.786.9792

    Bonnie Keast, Ed.D. (Exeter, NH) partners with clients as they move through life transitions.  Using a supportive approach, she assists clients as they embody new ways of thinking and being while moving through the challenges of life changes, such as retirement or the loss of a loved one.  Her calm, empathetic manner gives clients a safe place to trust their own voice and the Somatic body-awareness practices she offers provide them with tools to act on their intentions.

    Her professional experiences include teaching and leadership positions in education as well as consulting and leading workshops. She has studied with the Strozzi Institute since 2002 and is certified by Strozzi as a Somatic Coach and by Newfield Network as an Ontological Coach.  Her published works include “Cultivating the Garden Within”.  Bonnie is a committed student of spiritual aging and human transformation and agrees with James Garfield that “The spirit should never grow old.”