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Our

Team

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Tanya Taylor Rubinstein

Founder & Director

Tanya Taylor Rubinstein developed Somatic Writing as a way for her students to become embodied writers. By holistically retrieving voice, untethering power and writing stories, they are able experience profound personal connection to their work.

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Courtney Reed-Marsh

Guest Somatic Teacher

Trained as a fiction writer, with a deep love of myth and a publishing industry background in personal story-based nonfiction, I thrive in the liminal spaces where well honed craft comes together with image and metaphor, lived experience and collective knowing to bring great storytelling to life.

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Debra Rosenman

Somatic Story Coach

Beautifully entangled with nature and spirit, Debra traverses the wild terrain of soul as a writer, book/story midwife, developmental editor, grief-tender/ritualist, Somatic Archaeologist and the author/editor/designer of The Chimpanzee Chronicles: Stories of Heartbreak and Hope from Behind the Bars. Her book has garnered 15 national awards for best narrative nonfiction, best new nonfiction, best anthology and best animal/nature book.  

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Uma Girish

Somatic Writing Guest Instructor

Uma Girish is a Writing and Spiritual Mentor, Human Design Guide, and Award-Winning Author who was born and raised in Southern India. She is the author of three books, two of which won Honorable Mention in the Chicago Book Awards the year they were published. Uma’s mission is to guide women who are navigating loss to transform their pain into purpose. Uma lives in suburban Chicago with her husband of 32 years.

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Priyanka Khandalkar

Chief Operating Officer

As a Business Growth Strategist/Integrator and Certified Director of Operations for Small Businesses, Priyanka helps impact-driven, heart-centered entrepreneurs scale and build sustainable and predictable businesses. She does this by leveraging simplified systems, empowered teams, and streamlined operations to result in more impact, more income, and chaos tamed.

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Dametrea Lockhart

Somatic Writing Assistant

Is the administrative virtual assistant to Tanya (Somatic Writing), who provides admin support on the backend. As a trained paralegal, I have almost three years of experience in administrative support roles. 

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Hazel Ann Olaguivel

Marketing Specialist  - Operations Team

Hazel Ann Olaguivel is a tech-savvy virtual assistant who helps overwhelmed creative and soul-driven entrepreneurs grow their business by taking care of their online marketing systems.

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