(828) 776-3459 barbara@wildgrey.com

PROFESSIONAL

I am Licensed Clinical Social Work (LCSW) since 1980 and have worked in gerontology, mental health, trauma, medical social work, pain management, chronic/terminal illness, crisis intervention, stress management, community relations, philanthropy and inspirational speaking.

During my career, I established three non-profit organizations and a hospital-based occupational medicine program; maintained a private clinical practice for 13 years; held management positions in a variety of settings and received training, supervision in Cognitive Hypnosis, EMDR; Therapeutic Touch, Critical Incidence Stress Management, 5Rhythms Movement Therapy and 5RhythmsTeacher Certification.

PERSONAL

In the late seventies, I became interested in the mind/body/soul connections. Early on in my life, I became disconnected from my physical self. In fact, I was afraid of my body as it carried hidden and unwanted memories.

In my mid-forties, it was as if a honing devise was activated and I embarked upon a journey into my very own blood and bone; muscles and fascia; physical insults/injuries and the deep desire for bodily pleasure.

Most of all I felt a huge desire to DANCE. I was always a closet kitchen dancer ~ rocking out to special tunes and lovers while making dinner, organic salad and chocolate cheesecake. However this was different. I suddenly wanted to dance my TRUE and deepest self. I wanted to dance like myself.

MY JOURNEY WITH THE 5RHYTHMS

When I attended my first 5RHYTHMS workshop, my body started to sing! The invitation to explore my body through the rhythms of my soul, offered a map to dance like myself and to truly come home. Thus, I embarked on an eight-year journey of learning more, practicing more and deepening my understanding of the 5RHYTHMS.

As I moved deeper into the practice, I became curious and not afraid to literally ‘move’ into all those places in my body where I had been afraid to go. 5RHYTHMS led to much personal growth. I decided with my background as a clinical social worker, I would complete an extensive training in 5RHYTHMS Movement Therapy. Upon completion, I began to offer movement growth groups and stress management movement groups.

Next step was to become a 5RHYTHMS teacher and become formally trained. Teacher training was rigorous, awesome and humbling. I graduated when I was 61. Learning exactly how I had been taught the tools and discipline to become a freed spirit has forever changed me.

I have been given a gift and I want to share.

INTEGRATION

Wild Grey is about integration of all I’ve learned, all that I’ve gained and lost. Wild grey is personal and political. Wild Grey is my body, my movement, my heart, my soul and intellect.

I am “right in time” and pretty cool with the developmental process of aging.