Education & Experience

“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.” ~ Socrates

Portia is a starseed and lifelong spiritual seeker. Her interest is vast and eclectic and she is not an expert in any given area – but rather a synthesizer and weaver of many disciplines and believes all rivers flow to the ocean.

She has studied with many mentors in various wisdom traditions over the years and is an avid self-directed learner. She believes a “good” education comes in many forms. The most powerful form, in her experience, is the divine mystery of direct knowing.

She has explored music, art, dance, theater, systems ecology, conservation biology, permaculture, anthro/paleoantropology, western and eastern philosophy, history, mythology, mysticism, magic and the esoteric arts, and many forms of holistic healing.

She has experience in a broad array of mind-body-spirit therapies and meditative practices, medicinal herbs and formulas, nutrition and food therapy, aromatherapy and essential oils, several styles of bodywork and energy medicine, shamanic and quantum healing, sound healing, ceremonial and ritual work, channeling and intuitive guidance, and nature-based healing approaches.

Her interests include the intersections among collective consciousness, parapsychology, quantum theory, biofield research, new age spirituality, ancient wisdom traditions, social/racial/earth justice, intersectional and eco feminism, ancestral healing, somatic and embodiment practices to heal trauma and connect with the earth, collaborative community reweaving, and harnessing art/music/sex as divine practices to transmit multidimensional data. Her special geeky sweet spot is the cutting edge dovetail between science and spirituality.

She is licensed in acupuncture by the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice and nationally certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She is also a nationally certified health and wellness coach through the National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching.

She has a Masters in Oriental Medicine from the College of Oriental Medicine at Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, MN, as well as a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Integrative Therapies & Healing Practices: Integrative Health and Wellbeing Coaching from the University of Minnesota and Center for Spirituality and Healing in Minneapolis, MN, and a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Knox College in Galesburg, IL.

She has provided comprehensive care in multiple diverse settings throughout the Twin Cities area including Abbott Northwestern Hospital’s Penny George Institute, Fairview Hospital, Courage Kennedy Rehabilitation Institute, Aliveness Project, and Salvation Army Free Integrative Clinic, Pillsbury House Integrated Clinic, Ascent Acupuncture, and Qi Nordeast, as well as volunteered as an acupuncturist and health coach at Pathways Health Crisis Resource Center in south Minneapolis.

Portia’s journey continues to unfold as she is forever embracing the beginner’s mind and surrendering to the cosmic lessons of the Multiverse.


Interview with Higher Self Care: Learning to Heal

Personal blog post: A healer’s quest for connection