"Who told you that you were naked?"
- Gen. 3:11a
As a Sex and Intimacy Coach my work is borne out of my own spiritual and sexual journey - having come from a fairly Conservative Christian (Pentecostal) background. I came out in 2000 and for the next decade wrestled with what it meant to be Christian, black, and gay. That decade of wrestling taught me a lot about who I was, what I truly desired, and what I could offer the world, and in 2011, I attended my first Body Electric workshop. It was during that weekend I realized a significant truth, that Spirituality and Sexuality were not mutually exclusive!
Needless to say, from this solitary experience, my spiritual appetite for a more embodied existence had been whet!
For the past 10 years I have been on the front lines of the fight against HIV/AIDS - individual and couples sexual health counseling, STI testing, and HIV/AIDS Social Work Case Management. In 2012 I became a student of Tantra and in 2014 became a Reiki 1 Practitioner. However, it wasn't until I graduated with my Masters in Social Work in 2013 that I realized that my passions could not be fully realized within the typical Social Work medium. I longed to do work that helped people heal the rift between their spiritual and sexual identities that didn't center solely around talk therapy and/or addiction. I knew and had experienced the valuable healing that could be derived by the somatic work I had already experienced and I felt that it was this type of work that was sorely needed not only in my spiritual communities, but also in my racial community, and my sexual community.
I am a firm believer that as we continue our march towards equality for all, we, as somatic educators, have an unique opportunity to teach others how to truly be one with their bodies (embodied) and one with each other (synergy); to truly embrace the equality, liberation, and freedoms so many have fought and died for. This "how to be" is what has brought me to this work. This has become part of my spiritual work and my spiritual practice.
You can read more about my personal journey here!