Who am I?
Counselor, listener: As a member and leader of several local communities that span a range of flavors, I provide quiet, thoughtful counsel in relationships, sexuality, gender, play and personal growth.
Learner, explorer: Curiosity is an integral part of who I am. Observing, sharing, building bridges and simple investigation open doors. Seeking out and embracing change are key parts of who I am.
Queer, Shapeshifter: I'm transgender, non-monogamous, and often seek out and play in the edges. Sexuality and gender are constellations of delight and discovery, and I believe strongly that the full expression of individuality offers a deep healing.
Creator: I swim in music and dance. My approach to self-actualization involves commitment, courage and joy.
I'm deeply committed to changing patterns of toxic behavior in the workplace or at home.
Self How do we come to find who we really are? The process of self discovery may be easy for some, but is often painful and terrifying for many. Stepping past fear is difficult. Find a safe place and safe people to open up to who you are.
Boundaries All of us have them. Most of us allow others to define them, change them and ignore them. Without understanding our personal boundaries, growth in areas like relationships, sex, gender can seem impossible.
Love We can choose to love, to fall in to love. When we open ourselves to love, learning and discovery become wonderful ways to thrive. Lovers offer us more than simple relief. From our shared experiences comes expansion and wonder, growth and completeness.
Relationships The complexity of any relationship can be overwhelming. Physical and emotional intimacy asks much more of us. Polyamory, open relationships and monogamy need care and feeding that comes from understanding and practice.
Play Our lives demand our time in ways we cannot always control. Work, family, social committments - each of these can loom large, forcing us to choose in ways that can overshadow and drown out the "rest" of our life. Play is an essential part of how we are whole beings. Explore new ways to play.
Agency We own ourselves but often give that away. Sometimes this is conscious, but too often it is coerced or forced. Claiming your agency, your autonomy, means you have choice.
I never imagined I would be in this business...more
If you had asked me 20 years ago what I'd be doing today, easy: technology. But what I found along the way was something a lot of people seem to be discovering - that technology can isolate you. And there was a moment in time, using that same technology, that kind of pried my lid off, so to speak. I was left surprised, vulnerable and scared. "This is who I really am?" I wondered. Yep. It is.
I realized something about myself, about my own sexuality, that was at once terrifying and liberating. And that moment started me down a path that took a lot of twists and turns before I wound up here. There was a lot of pain along the way. A long term relationship ended, in part because of my own realization about who I was. Where that moment led me was a lot about sex and feeling and relationships and who I am and who you are. And why being happy, not being stuck on "pain island" matters. A lot.
I learned that a lot of sex was being able to step past all the conditioning that I had been subjected to in my life. I learned that relationships couldn't exist if they were always focused on the past, and that being present, right now, right here, was vital. I learned that letting go was both the most important thing I could do and the hardest thing to learn. I'm still working on that one. And when I managed to put myself in front of teachers, mentors and guides who had already been through this stuff, I realized I knew a lot of it. I could share what I felt, what I dreamed, what I longed for, with others.
I learned from some key teachers...more
Another one of those teachers was Marcia Baczynski, one of the co-founders of Cuddle Party (I lead those, by the way!). Marcia demonstrated this unbelievable ability to be calm, collected and compassionate in what seemed to me like any situation. She talked me down from the ledge the first time I attended a Cuddle Party. And then I trained under her and realized that leading a workshop or teaching a class had aspects to it I had never even imagined.
My most recent teacher is Dr. Betty Martin. I'd heard of her, but had no idea what she did. I got wind of a class she was offering in New York City called Like A Pro, and decided to go. It profoundly changed my life. I had just emerged from a particularly difficult moment in my life, and during Betty's class, I felt parts of me that I'd never, ever felt before. It wasn't about sex, but about the core of who I was. I knew it was a turning point. I went back the next year and took the same class again, and wham - got the same deep experience.
I'm now very out...more
The "credentials" stuff...
What informs my work these days are all of those special teachers, of course, but I also have much I have brought forward with me. I have a graduate degree in the social sciences from McGill University and am a Phi Beta Kappa. I've completed certification for Urban Tantra. I've been through many rounds of Like A Pro training. I've worked through the Foundations of Facilitation certification, and then went on to become a certified Cuddle Party facilitator. I have taught at many levels - undergraduates, graduates, youth and adult - on a wide range of subject matter for almost 18 years. I've published a number of pieces in edited volumes on anthropology, gender, sexuality. And I've been teaching and facilitating classes and workshops on gender, sexuality and just plain fun for over 12 years.