We are delighted to introduce you to the Healers who will be supporting your Residency with restorative practices, wisdom, teachings and community care.
Each healer brings a range of modalities and experiences, matched to Villagers’ requests.
If you feel moved to, we encourage you to explore a variety of group and individual sessions - while listening to your own body’s intuition to rest, connect with yourself, and be in nature.
Kendra Coupland (she/her)
Meditation coach, yoga teacher, multi-disciplinary artist
Kendra Coupland is a sādhaka (one who is on the path to self actualization) of Caribbean and Canadian descent. After studying and practicing yoga for 7 years, in 2017 Kendra was officially initiated into the yogic teaching tradition by Swami Vidyanand while studying Transformational Yoga in South India.
Experiencing the world as a queer, neurodivergent, Black-mixed woman, and survivor of childhood sexual violence Kendra brings a compassionate, trauma-informed, and intersectional framework to her practice. She is constantly striving to create safer spaces for folks who experience marginalization and systemic violence to practice self-liberation and self-actualization within the context of a larger, and oftentimes oppressive community, and is most excited about building communities of care.
Transformational Yoga - Hatha,
Kendra is here to support participants in finding a practice that works for them, whether it's guided meditations, yoga asana, discovering breathwork to regulate emotions, or creating buffer space for clarity to emerge around some of life's more difficult questions and experiences.
Gentle Hatha Yoga: A gentle trauma-informed mindful movement practice to support grounding & physical well-being.
Breathe Deep: Breathe Deep guides participants through a series of breathwork practices that can be used to cultivate emotional balance and calm the nervous system.
Yoga Nidra Meditation: Yoga Nidra means "Yogic Sleep". This guided meditation is practiced while laying back in a reclined position. Participants will practice relaxing and breathing deeply while cultivating presence and self awareness.
One-on-One Spiritual Coaching: No idea where to begin? Not sure what modifications there are to suit your body's needs? Struggling with accountability? Kendra is here to support you.
Group offerings will be experiential movement journeys that combine guided movement (yoga, dance, free movement), somatic inquiry, meditation, community reflection, and writing / expressive art practice. Workshops/classes may be centered around a specific theme, such as "embodying trust", or "exploring sacred boundaries", or "cultivating joy with our bodies".
Individual offerings will be "Guided Embodiment Sessions", which draw from a wide-range of techniques depending on the individual, but overall the intention of the sessions are guiding people into meaningful connection with their bodies, listening to the body and the messages it has to offer us, and discovering/receiving support around creating accessible rituals for embodiment. Sessions draw from tools/modalities such as somatic inquiry, dance, yoga, free movement, guided rest/meditation, and creative expression techniques.
Taraneh Sarrafzadeh (she/her)
Teacher of yoga, dance, somatic inquiry, meditation, expressive and creative art practice
Taraneh identifies as a Pinay Iranian American woman, the daughter of immigrants, born and raised across Ohlone lands, known as the Bay Area, CA.
Taraneh is a lifelong student of embodiment in its many forms as a path to reclaim, dream, rest, and reimagine our way back to ourselves and to ways of being (individually and collectively) that are restorative, transformative, and liberatory.
The current container for Taraneh’s work as an artist and guide is To Embody Love. To Embody Love draws from the well of her studies in yoga, dance, somatics, ritual creative practice, and devotion to nature, spirit, and our interconnectedness. With To Embody Love, Taraneh guides spaces for BIPOC women, femme, and gender fluid folks, to listen and connect inwards to their bodies through movement, healing practice, and creative expression–working both in 1:1 coaching and holding classes and workshops.
Guided Embodiment Sessions: Movement, Somatic Inquiry, Expressive Arts
Teresa Ellis (she/her)
Strong Squad Captain, Pilates
Teresa loves to find joy in the ordinary. She practices Pilates, piano and being present but also has no shame in binge watching some mind numbing show like Claws. Music and laughter are her love languages. She's a fan of puns so share one if you have one.
Teresa’s offering: Pilates for Badasses
I teach a group mat Pilates class that is slowly paced and with different options for each exercise to make it accessible to all who desire to practice this modality. I always start with the base movement and will invite you to find the level that works for you, and to stay there until you are confident to move up to the next level. This makes the practice yours. All options are offered to meet you where you are in your body at that moment.
In an individual session, I will take more time to understand how your body moves and if there are any injuries or body issues that need addressing. I will guide you in moving your body in ways to help alleviate any discomfort.
I enjoy working with people in groups, creating a shared field that is felt and acts as a greater resource for everyone. I lead groups in movement and breathing rhythms that will facilitate the embodiment of different states of consciousness, resonating with the cyclic stages of healing and awakening.
I work with individuals using gentle and light touch along the spine to engage the connective tissue and energetic intelligences that organize the body. The result is a somatic movement into ease, peace, transformation, awakening, release, focus, unwinding, and other forms of healing directed by the body's innate intelligence.
Teresa Lau (she/her)
Energy and Bodyworker, specialist in somatics and tending to the nervous system
Dr. Teresa Lau, DC, has a passion for the beauty and richness life has to offer, and she is an expert in real-world health, and solutions for stress. She has seen thousands of lives transformed by the lightest touch at the right moment and frequency. Dr. T, as she's affectionately called by her clients, is committed to revealing and reveling in the embodied expression of the power of our humanity, and she is dedicated to more of us skillfully inhabiting our bodies, as an integral component of transforming systems of oppression and co-creating our new, emergent world.
Dr. T is licensed as a chiropractor, specializing in the energy of alignment, somatics, and awakening for sixteen years at Vibrant Body Wellness in Berkeley. Raised in the Washington DC area, Dr. Teresa has a Bachelor of Science in Physics, and one in Women's Studies, from MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She received her Doctorate of Chiropractic summa cum laude from Life Chiropractic College West in Hayward, California, and Dr. T has been voted Best Chiropractor of the East Bay three out of the past four years.
Her work is to cultivate a world of radical belonging, through body-based healing and creating collective learning space.