Focused Glow: Tatianah Thunberg
Participants would learn through playing cooperative games and doing problem solving activities, and two facilitators safely held the space and modeled cooperation.
This quality of engaged community was just what she had been missing during her time in New Mexico, before she came to Michigan, where everyone lived in separate dwellings. Because she had grown up in a large intentional community in Connecticut, the isolated way most people live in this country felt so unnatural to her. The importance of community is a theme that weaves into every aspect of Tatianah’s life.
She took the essence of the challenge program experience into her next job working in Westland at Hegira Prevention in K-12 schools and later at Pierce middle school in South Redford, where she worked for seven years with tweens and teens, running groups on topics such as substance abuse prevention, grief and loss, self-esteem, changing family systems, conflict resolution and peer mediation. Engaging through play and body-based learning and having the powerful dyad of two facilitators, made these groups especially effective.
Tatianah’s introduction to New Myth Works came through Cal Loo who she met when she was leading team building at a house warming party. New Myth Works’ mission to foster sacred community is certainly in alignment with Tatianah’s mission. She and Don Allen led drumming and singing at our New Earth Day event last December.
Now she works in private practice as a holistic psychotherapist working with teens, adults, couples and groups. She teaches hatha yoga, in the Kripalu tradition, and co-teaches Thai yoga massage playshops and retreats with Kelly Kempter, her business partner. Helping people to be more embodied and compassionately integrating body, breath, mind and spirit are characteristics of her work. She also co-leads a Metta meditation circle with David Hall once a month and they also co-facilitate Journey to Wholeness circles and retreats, exploring the balance of the sacred masculine and feminine.
Tatianah enjoys singing and dancing within sacred community. She is part of the group Bless the Water, who sings along the river to bring healing, does response chanting as a Kirtan artist, and participates in various groups doing improvisational dance. She is also interested in the local food movement, is a gardener, volunteers on an organic farm and for Selma Café. To find out more about her offerings check out her website, Spirit Moves.
By Sandra Finkel