Lori received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Concordia University (1990), a Master of Arts in Somatic Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies (1995), and an Interdisciplinary PhD at Memorial University of Newfoundland (2019). She is a Certified Professional Member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA #3865) and a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP), certified by the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Insitute (SETI).
I grew up in St. John’s, Newfoundland and spent childhood summers both in town and around the bay, in the woods and on beaches in Conception Bay North, where I learned to love the trees, water, birds and other critters of the Earth. As a teenager I had the privilege of participating in the early years of Sound Symposium – a new music and sound event founded by percussionist, teacher and cultural leader Don Wherry (1935-2001). I attended workshops with important new music and interdisciplinary artists whose work had a formative impact in my life, feeding my own embodied sense of inquiry and play and introducing me to the ways of Deep Listening and improvisation.
My counselling practice, scholarship and art all begin with listening and returning to body wisdom. I have cultivated these ways through my own challenges and struggles and the blessings of life’s journey. I have had wonderful teachers, friends, and community support along the way. Some of my most important teachers include Lee Saunders, Ian J Grand, and Don Hanlon Johnson.
After years living and studying in Montreal and San Francisco I returned to St. John’s in 1997 where I continued raising my son as a single parent. Continuing more than 30 years of interdisciplinary art practice, I now collaborate with artists – writers, dancers, theatre artists and musicians– offering a unique somatic and spiritual care approach to creative process, dramaturgy and production. I also continue to contribute sound designs and musical scores for independent film and contemporary dance.
In 2016 I launched Resonance to focus my energy on offering individual and small group counselling, as well as group work including retreats and listening walks. My professional continuing education consists of regular travel to assist at trainings through the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute (SETI). Research interests include climate change experience, loss, threat, and adaptation, and how to support persons and nervous systems to engage creatively, and in ways that move towards greater ecological and social justice.
I live in the woods at Maddox Cove, near St. John’s, Newfoundland.