Since childhood, dreams have been an integral part of my creative process. In 2010, I completed a three year certification program in Embodied Imagination work, which is a specialized way of working with dreams and memories through the body. In 2006, I received an M.A. from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, where I focused on the healing power of the creative imagination in the arts and dreaming.

In 1982, I completed a B.A. with honors in East Asian Studies and Fine Art at Gustavus Adolphus College. As part of my undergraduate studies, I studied at Kansai University of Foreign Studies in Japan, where I had the opportunity to live and study with a Zen calligrapher. Through the art of shodo – the way of the brush (Japanese calligraphy) – I learned the arts could become a powerful life long practice, supporting self cultivation, integrative health and spiritual development. Since then I have been fascinated by the creative relationship between the arts, dreams and healing.

Bilingual in Japanese and English, I have taught adults and children for more than thirty years, as well as facilitated workshops and presented my award winning work in the United States, Europe and Japan.

Today I am a faculty member at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts and a lecturer at the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota. I also provide customized cross-cultural training for business people and their families, with a special emphasis on Japan – America relations.

In 2006, I received the International Association for the Study of Dreams’ (IASD) international student research award work for my original work on dreaming and creativity and I am a past board member of IASD. In my free time, you can often find me practicing ballroom and Latin dance.

  • Joined: September 2016
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