BIG Heart Offerings:
On-line & In-person
Creative Dis stress Care
White Folk Group Care
Multi racial Group Care
We are here to awaken from the illusion of our separateness.
-Thich Nhat Hahn
My name is Lysa and my practice centers embracing the fullness and vastness of our human experience and expression. My ongoing exploration as a white bodied person is central to my own practice of transforming my own conditioning that I've inherited from my ancestors and patriarchal cultural norms. Through my own engaged mindfulness meditation practice I have found a resilience in my capacity to greet anxiety and suffering. Life is both uncertain and impermanent and mindful somatic based practices can be an anchor to support both the joys and the sorrows of life. I am most interested in working with folks whom care about the harm of systemic oppression and are seeking to bring awareness and healing starting with their own hearts.
I offer guidance to support relational and collective wellness to enliven connection with self, each other, and our world that is grounded in acceptance, compassion, appreciative joy, and equanimity.
I invite a co-creative process to care for the bodies nervous system in order to identify one's own discomfort, joy, and aliveness! We move toward loving and compassionate edges. BIG Heart practice invites connectedness and belonging as foundational medicines to the human heart and hurt.
Deep listening and reflective practices (sound, movement, stillness-mindfulness, ancestral/lineage connection, expressive art, co-creative space) exploration of our human condition, trauma+oppression, substance use + mis-use, altered and extreme states of mind/being, grief + loss, and exploration of relationship in everyday living.
BIG Heart seeks to honor and recognize the interconnected web of human experience, co-created beliefs and values about the diverse meanings and experiences of being human. BIG Heart views repair, connection, and belonging as practical medicine for separation, loss, and isolation.
Mental health, psychiatry, medical insurance, and pharmaceutical companies are embedded in a framework of colonialism and white supremacy that are inextricably linked to a pathological framework of identified symptoms that are named and diagnosed toward a plan to fix the broken human being. BIG Heart believes this approach reinforces the very ‘illness’ it seeks to eradicate. BIG Heart does not use the DSM to diagnose and therefore can not accept insurance. BIG Heart sessions are freely offered and based on social/economic needs. At the end of each session we take a moment to reflect on your experience and you may at that time make an offering of generosity based on the economic and social conditions of your life.
We exist in a culture that promotes self improvement at the expense of relational and collective wellness. Trauma is often rooted in oppression in other words the preconditions for mental health challenges. Western mental health therapeutic models often view individual people as problems in need of fixing and are embedded in systems of power that reinforce isolation and alienation.
Deep listening is an act of love and care for self, each other, and our wider world. That some mental health offerings tend toward pathology which is mainly concerned with the causal study of disease or “what’s wrong with you or me?” BIG Heart seeks to explore the experience of dis-ease as a normal and natural experience of our human condition and the relationships with which we are interconnected. Deep despair is a natural response to the conditions of our worlds.
I have found that profound healing and learning happen when authenticity and wholehearted living collide in communion with each other. My daily practice is grounded in the Insight Meditation tradition, ancestral healing, somatic practice, and engaged living. My first love and language is art making which informs my understanding of the human experience. I earned a Master’s degree in Counseling and Psychology from Goddard College with a focus on Liberation Theology and Radical Psychology. I am oriented toward viewing the human experience as vast and expansive and not to be codified by the Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders DSM. Distress is a basic human experience. I am oriented toward an anti oppression view of our human experience and engage in my own continuous learning to untangle my own shaping. I believe that it is to everyone’s benefit to access support that promotes compassionate care, love, and healing.
May you have happiness and ease.
May you cultivate an open and spacious heart.
May you be free from suffering and the causes of suffering.
May you be loved and cared for.