"One of the most intensely beautiful and powerful events I have ever experienced.
Lara has a true gift for bringing people together in peace, love and unity."
My name is Lara Lwin Treadaway. I offer one-on-one guidance and support to individuals and facilitate healing, reconciliation, and transformation with groups and communities. My aim is to support others in maintaining and restoring a connection with their tender humanity and deepest values, remembering their inherent worth, and bringing forth their unique gifts for a troubled world. My passion for creating spaces of truth-telling, beauty, and meaning is driven by a desire to temper the destructive nature of an industrial society founded on injustice, divided by intolerance, fueled by fear, and addicted to consumption, with practices rooted in mutual understanding, sacred reciprocity, and deep belonging.
My private practice includes one-to-one holistic counseling and grief companioning, and in-person intensives for individuals and couples. Some of the methods I work with include somatic/embodiment processes such as guided visualization, sensory awareness, and breath work; conflict resolution (inner and outer), peacemaking and reconciliation processes including Nonviolent Communication (NVC) and Focusing; various energy psychology practices including Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT/Tapping) and Matrix Reimprinting; and personalized ritual. My community work, offered through workshops, rituals, trainings, and residential retreats, is trauma informed, inclusive, economically accessible. I weave a variety of practices including experiential group processes. These include: The Work That Reconnects and Ways of Council; creative writing practices, sacred song and vocalization practices (including modern forms of Keening and traditional Lament); somatic and embodiment processes such as guided visualization, breath work, and movement; earth reconnection practices; cross-cultural and earth-honoring ritual and cereomony; and ancestral skills. I offer occasional group trainings and individual mentoring opportunities to teach community facilitation skills and the art of ritual.
My credentials for working with individuals within a healing context includes training as a Cognitive Hypnotherapist over 2009 - 2011 with the Quest Institute in the UK, which covered a range of modalities including Ericksonian Hypnosis, Time Line Therapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Gestalt techniques, Life Coaching, and others. In 2011 I was certified as a Matrix Reimprinting Practitioner with the creator of Matrix Reimprinting, Karl Dawson, and an advanced practitioner of Emotional Freedom Techniques (Tapping/ EFT) with EFT Masters Emma Roberts and Sue Beer. In 2014 I completed the Level One and Two Facilitator Focusing Training with Eugene Gendlin and Ann Weiser Cornell. My credentials for working with groups include a 10-month group facilitator training programme in 2011, which covered my training as a facilitator for The Work That Reconnects, which is an extensive body of work developed by eco-philosopher, activist, and deep ecologist Joanna Macy. Also in 2011 I trained with Marshall Rosenberg, the founder of Nonviolent Communication (NVC), at an Intensive International Intensive (IIT), and became a facilitator for the Be The Change Symposium developed by the Pachamama Alliance. In 2014 I undertook two separate trainings in the Restorative Circles Process created by Dominic Barter. In 2016 I completed the Metta Center Certificate Program in Nonviolence Studies with the Metta Center. My long-standing and ongoing study and practice of the Dharma includes Vipassana retreats, and the two-year advanced Dharma Practitioners’ Programme at Gaia House in the UK from 2010-2011. In 2018 I trained as an in-home hospice volunteer with the Hospice of SLO County.
I have been working to support the transition to a more regenerative and peaceable culture for many years. In 2010 I helped revive Transition Town Brixton, part of the Transition Town movement, at which time I was teaching workshops in Nonviolent Communication and supporting local inter-faith dialogues around the issues of climate change to search for common ground between people from different backgrounds. I have worked as a prison volunteer, a mediator, taught Nonviolent Direct Action, and organized dozens of rallies, fundraisers, and public gatherings to support environmental causes. I have taught classes and facilitated healing spaces for a diverse range of groups and communities including; youth on probation, veterans, native youth, intentional communities, and the homeless community. In 2012 my love for the Earth led me to adopt a low impact lifestyle of voluntary simplicity. I continue to create and facilitate spaces to support deep connection, metabolize grief, and cultivate resilience.
While I have explored many paths to healing, I consider my greatest source of knowledge for alchemizing pain and grief and cultivating true resilience to have come from navigating the many rough initiations in my own life including: chronic childhood illness, near death experience, childhood trauma, teenage homelessness, self-harm and eating disorders, complex PTSD, fibromyalgia and chronic pain/fatigue, suicidal ideation, multiple addictions, psychiatric abuse, and the tragic deaths of several family members and friends. I have come to understand that if we can embrace the truth of our life as it is, in all its beauty and difficulty, and commit to a wholehearted path of deep surrender and radical trust, we open ourselves to many unexpected gifts and blessings. This might include receiving the guidance of our ancestors, deepening our capacity for intimacy, restoring our relationship with the sacred animate world, and reclaiming a sense of the innate wholeness and deep belonging that is our ancestral birthright.
"Those who undertake the full journey into their grief come back carrying medicine for the world."