The Pergola Method
I am the only teacher and personal wellness expert who combines cutting-edge science with ancient wisdom traditions into bespoke, practical regimes to improve your health and well-being.
I specialize in helping people nurture their mental and physical health and find calm in the context of an ever-changing, complex world. I do this by combining ancient wisdom traditions with cutting-edge science.
Originally, I received my PhD from the University of Washington in Sociology and Social Psychology. After that, in 2001, I moved to Tanzania, East Africa where I lived and worked for over a decade. The visionary humanitarian organization I co-founded - Terrawatu – is celebrating 20 years this year.
During my time in Africa, I apprenticed with traditional healers and learned secrets of timeless wisdom and practices that could be integrated into cutting-edge social psychology and coaching techniques, in very practical and powerful ways. Some of this is explained in my book Time is Cows: Timeless Wisdom of the Maasai which won a Nautilus Award book award.
I have practiced Yoga since 1990 and began teaching in 2004. I have studied many traditions both in India and in the United States. In 2008, I met Dr. Deepak Chopra and chose to pursue certifications with the Chopra Center in California. As a Chopra-Certified Master Educator I instruct clients in Primordial Sound Meditation (PSM), Ayurvedic Lifestyles, and the Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga. I am also certified in Yoga of the Heart, with Nischala Joy Devi, for Cardiac and Cancer Therapy.
I return to Africa annually to work on our community development projects and lead Healing Safaris in South Africa and Tanzania.
My approach is to meet a client where they are at in their lives. We can draw on tools and medicines from many different cultures and perspectives I have deep knowledge of around the world to create customized regimes that keep you as calm, healthy and joyful as possible. I believe that we all have the ability to heal ourselves and that finding the right person to help guide and coach you along the way can truly speed things up.
You can look forward to sharing where you are at in as much detail as you feel comfortable, in a safe and secure environment. We get to know each other a bit and see if we are a good fit.
My father was a trained pharmacist and had a passion for getting to the root of understanding a person's disease. While my Dad was most curious about the physiological side of things, my curiosity ignited during my first class in Social Psychology as an undergraduate. Helping others align body, mind and spirit in a harmonious way has become a lifelong motivation and passion for me.