Rhonda is a joyous free spirit who is living her purpose for more than two decades to explore what’s deeply essential, and share with individuals and groups to facilitate embodied connection and creativity. Her trauma-informed sessions, workshops, and trainings open a space of compassion, wondrous discovery and freedom.
Rhonda continues to be an avid learner, infinitely curious about the intersection between consciousness, intention and attention, embodiment, stillness, movement, connection, leadership and play. In addition to coaching people online and at the St. Louis Wellness Center, Rhonda facilitates classes online. She delights in sharing her work to catalyze individual, relational and collective transformation.
After an international dance career including performing, choreography and teaching, Rhonda discovered yoga, meditation and ayurveda in 1999. A new focus emerged at the intersection of devotional spirituality, the ancient tradition of yoga, and modern influences of movement, mindfulness, and creativity. In 2001, Rhonda began to teach yoga, and in 2003 she was initiated into the tradition of Sri Vidya by Pandit Rajmani Tigunait of the Himalayan Institute. She studied with and assisted ParaYoga founder Rod Stryker from 2003-2009. Rhonda completed certifications as a Big Leap Coach in 2008, a Nonviolent Communication Trainer in 2009, a ParaYoga Level II Teacher (500-hour) in 2009, and Transformational Leadership in 2010. She facilitated and co-facilitated year-long foundational and advanced yoga teacher trainings each year from 2010-2018. Rhonda founded her own year-long coaching program – the Facilitator of Embodied Transformation Training – and trained groups of coaches for three years (2015-2018).
Since 2018, Rhonda is actively engaged in the community of Thomas Huebl studying meditation, Transparent Communication, and Trauma Healing Principles (individual, ancestral and collective). In 2020, Rhonda returned to University at Ubiquity for a B.A. Completion Degree in Integral Transpersonal Psychology. Upon completion she intends to continue in an M.A. program in Inner Science. She recently completed her certificate as a NARM-Informed Professional (Neuro Affective Relational Model for Complex Trauma).
Since 2019, Rhonda has actively engaged in studying the collective traumas of systemic white supremacy and colonialism. She participated in the St. Louis YWCA Witnessing Whiteness Class Series and completed training Spring 2021 to join a facilitating team in the next session. She is currently enrolled in a 50-hour program towards the Embodied Social Justice Certificate, and also is participating in a Pocket Project Research Lab on the topic of Racialized Trauma and Reparations in the U.S.
Trauma-Informed Guidance with individuals, couples or small groups. People I work with have different names for the nature of support, such as: Conscious Healing, Counseling, Embodiment Coaching, Mentoring and Spiritual Companioning.
My work is based on a transformational model that provides a flexible, comprehensive structure based on ancient and modern wisdom, and compassionate relational practices that are both:
• Top-down guided practices that include cognitive based inquiry, and
• Bottom-up somatic and emotional literacy that strengthen inner listening and your natural resilience.
Mindful Communication Training drawn from Transparent Communication based on the work of Contemporary Spiritual Teacher Thomas Huebl, Compassionate Nonviolent Communication based on the work of Marshall Rosenberg, Ph.D,. and Conscious Living and Loving based on the work of Drs. Gay and Kathlyn Hendricks.
Private Yoga, Meditation or Yoga Nidra sessions in the lineage of the Himalayan Institute and ParaYoga, which support individually developed approach based on the client’s particular situation and needs.
Transformation Playground Guide, Conscious Healing & Embodiment Coaching – 10 years
Yoga & Meditation Teacher (group classes and personal practice) – 20 years
Conflict Resolution & Communication Skills – 15 years
Transformation Playground Dance Founder & Facilitator – 20 years
Former Group Leader at McCallum Place (treatment center for people with eating disorders), facilitating mindfulness, body image, art journaling, guided imagery, yoga and authentic movement – 5 years
Founder of Facilitator of Embodied Transformation Training in St. Louis, MO – 3 years
Founder of Shanti Vision Yoga Teacher Training in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada – 1 year
Founder of Celebrate Life Yoga Teacher Training in St. Louis, MO – 1 year
Collaborator at Studio Gaia Yoga Teacher Trainings in Illinois – 4 years
Nonviolent Communication Trainings in the Central & Eastern United States (Group, Corporate and Private)– 5 years
- Yoga Alliance ERYT500 and Continuing Education Provider
- ParaYoga Level II (Asana, Meditation, Yoga Nidra
- Nonviolent Communication Trainer
- Living Tantra
- Transformational Leadership
- Big Leap Coach
- Collective Trauma Healing Certificate
- NARM-Informed Professional Certificate (Neuro-Affective Model for Working with Complex Trauma)
• Transformation Playground Guidance
• Mindful Communication
• Private Yoga / Meditation / Mindfulness Sessions