Erin began practicing meditation and yoga over ten years ago while serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Kingdom of Tonga. The simplicity of living on a remote island in a coconut leaved house, without running water or electricity, led her to question who she was and where she was heading. Upon return, she declined a job offer at a large Fortune 500 company to listen and follow the inner pull that awakened during that time. She tried her hand at organic gardening, and carpentry of which she was mediocre at best, but eventually starting guiding teenagers where she excelled. While deepening in meditation and yoga through daily practice and silent retreats, she worked as a Senior Yoga Teacher with the Niroga Institute, a Mindfulness Teacher and Administrator with the organization now called IBMe and a Rites of Passage Mentor with the Stepping Stones Project.
Her skill at working with people eventually led her to pursue a Masters Degree in Counseling at California State University East Bay.
She completed her masters practicum at Family Paths in Oakland, with an emphasis on family systems and trauma. She completed a 2-year post-graduate internship in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, DBT, at Clearwater Counseling and Assessment Services in Oakland. DBT is a mindfulness based treatment that specializes in helping people with intense moods and impulsive behavior. During that time she saw clients individually and co-taught adult and family DBT Skills Classes. .
She has two years of extensive training in Peter Levine’s pioneering work, Somatic Experiencing, a natural approach to resolving trauma. And has completed two years of Somatic Based Trauma Resolution treatment with Janina Fischer, a Sensorimotor Psychotherapy psychologist and trainer.
As a mindfulness teacher she teachers courses, classes and retreat throughout the bay area in the public and private sector. In January 2013 she began Spirit Rock and Insight Meditation Societies four year meditation retreat teacher training program with Jack Kornfield, Trudy Goodman, Joseph Goldstein, Philip Moffitt, Gil Fronsdale and others
In addition, Erin has extensive experience teaching Yoga in mental health settings throughout the Bay Area with the Niroga Institute. She completed a 100 hour teacher training with Tim Miller of Encintas California and more recently 200 hour teacher training with friend and teacher, Katchi Ananda.
She lives in Berkeley with her husband, where she enjoys reverie with friends, losing herself in nature, and cooking anything gluten and dairy free.