The residency program is designed to support emergent thought-leaders, change-makers, activists, artists, and practitioners working at the intersections of healing + spirituality + activism. Residents get to use the space for free to hold events. If you would like to apply for residency, please email Portia at email@example.com.
U P C O M I N G I N 2 0 2 0
These folx will be offering events this year!
G I G I B I S O N G
GIGI BISONG ~ is a warm, engaging, expressive and authentic coach.
Gigi is a motivational speaker. She leads group coaching experiences in Minneapolis where she creates spaces for individuals to connect to a profound journey of self-acceptance. Gigi has emerged from a shy girl who was awkward and uncomfortable in her body into a woman standing fiercely in her unique truth. Her personal journey gives her the ability to coach from true experience. Showing up with deep compassion, vulnerability, love, non-judgment, integrity and wisdom to all those she meets. She can meet others with this because she has met herself.
Gigi will be offering a variety of events in 2020 – check the Upcoming Events page for details.
RECLAMATION COLLECTIVE ~ is an expanding group of folks who identify with religious trauma and are seeking space to process, deconstruct, and reclaim!
Reclamation Collective holds to the definition of religious trauma as defined by Dr. Marlene Winell, Ph.D. and founder of Journey Free, as follows: It is the condition experienced by people who are struggling with leaving an authoritarian, dogmatic religion and coping with the damage of indoctrination. We may be going through the shattering of a personally meaningful faith and/or breaking away from a controlling community and lifestyle.
Reclamation Collective is based in Minneapolis, MN where we facilitate support groups, monthly meet-up events, as well as retreats for individuals seeking space to deconstruct, verbally process, and ultimately reclaim their own path to inner peace and relational harmony. We also intend to create opportunities for Therapists, Religious Leaders, and Community Leaders to become more Religious Trauma-Informed.
Reclamation Collective facilitated a series of monthly workshops in 2019. More coming in 2020!
Connect with Reclamation Collective on Instagram at @reclamationcollective.
ANDY ADAMS ~ runs the relationship and intimacy coaching business The Growth Arc.
“Growth Arc — [definition]: When one overcomes an internal opposition (insecurities, fear, the past, etc.) while facing an external opposition and, as a result, becomes a fuller, better person.”
Andy created The Growth Arc after having seen firsthand the positive influence that relationship coaching can have, and has had in her own life. By having a space to be honest with yourself, you can start the (often difficult) journey to being honest with communicating your needs to others. Andy’s background is in education.
She’s been teaching in 7-12 public schools for eight years and her M.A. degree is in Educational Leadership in Human Development. It was during her master’s program that she found the tools for ‘successful’ polyamory and wanted to find a way to teach those tools to anyone in relationships.
While practicing non-monogamy has helped her accomplish this most fully, she understands that isn’t the path for everyone. Andy also works with monogamous couples and individuals to help accomplish healthier relationship goals through education, honesty, and truth-seeking.
She believes everyone deserves to be working towards happy in all relationships in their lives. Whether these relationships are ones with friends, family members, co-workers, lovers, spouses, or children.
Andy did a full month of events in June 2019 + held a monthly drop-in group called Adult Convos. Adult Convos will continue in 2020 every last Friday of the month.
S A M K E L L E Y
SAM KELLEY ~ is a holistic lifestyle coach with Sun Kissed Health.
Sam will be offering several introductory classes about modern Feng Shui and its principles, as well as how to utilize it in your workspace to support manifestation of what you truly desire in life.
Her first class was Desktop Feng Shui on Wednesday, November 6th, 2019. More classes coming in 2020!
You can connect with Sam on Instagram at @sunkissedhealth.
VY NGUYEN ~ is a feminine wholeness and erotic wellness coach for women.
Vy is a trained certified teacher in the Art of Feminine Presence. She offered this powerful five-class series over the course of September and October. And because we love Vy so much, she will be continuing to offer workshops as part of the residency in the winter/spring 2019-2020.
Her most recent offering was called Feminine Energy Balance. More classes coming in 2020!
P A S T R E S I D E N T S
Who we still love!
ALEC LOSSIAH (They/Them & She/Her)~ is a sexuality educator and facilitator born and raised in Minneapolis.
They believe that all people deserve comprehensive, LGBTQIA+ inclusive, and judgement-free education about sexuality and gender. It is important to them to build intentional community in order to heal, grow, and support each other. They specialize in facilitating discussions around masculinity. They offered a unique workshop Masculinity & Self-Pleasure, in collaboration with The Growth Arc and Tall Reeds Healing Arts in June 2019.
Alec facilitated a monthly Masculinity Circle in 2019.
S H O S H A N A R I V E R S
ERICA SHOSHANA RIVERS ~ is an integrative healer, artist, oral historian, and a fierce lover of water, the wilderness, and anything that creates community.
Shoshana believes that art is healing, and that healing is an art, an art that flourishes when approached as a co-creative process where the client is supported to be their own healer.
Passionate about breaking down barriers separating modes of healing, she intuitively incorporates a multiplicity of tools in her work––from energy healing, to visioning, to astrology, to storytelling, to psychology, to mindfulness––within a container that is trauma-sensitive and culturally aware. Her mission is to make this work as accessible to as many people as possible.
In her visual art, she uses her ability to feel energy and channel knowing to create a mosaic, mapping the felt sensations and wisdom gleaned from an experience. Honoring the spiral nature of the healing journey, the map offers a potent signpost that can be revisited and mined for new layers of meaning.
She joined in collaboration with Portia Richardson for The Medicine of Wounded Healers series in April – to offer her art practice of mapping group transformation into an experiential mosaic to help transmute the energy.
Here are the pieces that arose out of the series.
S H I R A N A H A R I T
SHIRA NAHARIT ~ is an energy worker, teacher, and writer from Minneapolis.
She comes from a long ancestral line of healers, and draws from a multi-racial lineage that is inclusive and welcoming to all manifestations of identity. She joined us for her series So You’re Spiritually Woke, Now What? in May, 2018. Connect with her on Instagram at @shira.nevilles.
B R A I N B R A D L E Y
BRIAN BRADLEY ~ is a lightworker and artist living in Minneapolis, MN.
He weaves together sound + light installations with group energy healing for a truly unique vibrational medicine experience. His albums; Odyssey (2015), North (2016), Mars Mission 1 (2016), Homeworlds (2017), Future Oceans (2017), have been streamed/downloaded over 300,000 times by listeners in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Taiwan, UK, France, Netherlands, Australia, Spain, Mexico, US, and throughout the world. Brian offered an innovative series: Manifestation & Art, in collaboration with Tall Reeds Healing Arts in March 2018. Visit his website for more information. And follow his Instagram at @brianxbradley.