We are proud and delighted to introduce the first certified Body Tales instructors. These women have years of Body Tales experience. Each began as a participant in classes and retreats, later joined our in-depth teacher training, and then completed an individualized certification program. Each brings a wealth of related experience and training in the healing and performing arts. Their diverse expertise and life experience make them unique and outstanding teachers.
Robin Mankey is an activist, educator, artist and performer. She uses art, storytelling, performing and teaching to inspire people about the connection between humans and spirit, and humanity and the earth. She is currently an urban farmer, helping people grow food using sustainable techniques; is a marine mammal protector, educator and activist; has taught art, doll making and gardening in schools and community centers. All this interweaves with her years of dance and movement training and experience and fuels her Body Tales teaching. She has been devoted to Body Tales as a personal and community pathway to story and healing since 2000. Robin lives in East Palo Alto, California, and offers Body Tales classes, performances and workshops in San Francisco and on the Peninsula. She can be reached at 650-208-3825.
"Body Tales provides an opportunity to explore one's self fully — beyond restrictions. This is a loving community of creative, healing beings."
— Kristi Jacobson, school psychologist
Rosemary Quinn fell in love with Body Tales in the 1980s, and it has held a central place in her life ever since. She is deeply grateful to Olivia Corson for this reliable process for connecting with self and other, and creating public intimacy through personal ritual theater. Rosemary has offered Body Tales groups, workshops and performances in Chico, California, since the late 1990s. She holds an Honors degree in History from UC Davis and received an Arts Grant from the City of Chico for her original play, A HEART GREATER THAN FEAR, relating the story of woman suffrage. She is also a skilled practitioner of EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques).
Please call for more information about upcoming classes, workshops and performances: 530-892-8191 or 530-966-5994.
Donna Kaufman is an entrepreneur, community organizer and movement educator. She has BA degrees from UC Berkeley in Environmental Design and Geography. She holds deep value in motivating environmental action through community involvement, media and the arts. She has co-founded the successful organizations LandWatch Monterey County, Footage Search and Freestyle Dance Jam Pacific Grove. She has studied dance since early childhood and has used the movement arts as a spiritual and healing practice for over 20 years. She has been impassioned by Body Tales since 1999, when she was first introduced to the work. She currently teaches Body Tales in the greater Monterey Bay Area.
"Wrapped in the warm embrace of community, I find the safety to be myself — to be all that I am."
— Cristiana Moline, Body Tales participant