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 of which is the divine mystery of direct knowing.

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

Her interests include healing trauma, collective consciousness, parapsychology, quantum theory, biofield research, spirituality, ancient wisdom traditions, ancestral healing, somatic and embodiment practices, social/racial/earth justice, cultural healing and collaborative community reweaving.

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.

She currently teaches several graduate courses at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Spirituality and Healing, as well as has taught at Northwestern Health Sciences University in past years.

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


These institutions, organizations, and individuals shape and influence Portia’s eclectic path, formally and informally. Some of these relationships are intimate and embodied, others distant and/or virtual, and the list of her teachers within each institution is too long to include here. Ultimately this list is simply meant to give you a flavoring of Portia’s philosophical orientation and interest. Portia is deeply grateful for the generosity with which all of these rivers of knowledge flow to and through her – and she invites and encourages you to explore these resources!

Ancestral Medicine

Center for Mind Body Medicine

Center for Spirituality & Healing

Center for Timeless Earth Wisdom

Coaching As Activism

Devanadi School of Yoga & Wellness

Drumming the Soul Awake

Erin Telford

Hearth Math Institute

Institute for Noetic Sciences

James Endredy

Knox College

Lana Holmes

Lara Veleda Vesta


Masharishi Mahesh Yogi

Men Tsee Khang

Northwestern Health Sciences University

Science & Nonduality

Selfish Activist

Spring Forest Qigong

Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute

Sounds True

Stone Circle Press

Suppressed Women’s Histories

The Center Within

The Power Path School of Shamanism

The Work That Reconnects

True Divine Nature



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