"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." 

David Little

CREDENTIALS

CREDENTIALS/TRAINING:

Song Therapy
  • Certificate in Song Therapy Training with the Song Therapy Network, Somerset, UK. Virtual training. Current.
Hospice Volunteer

Nonviolence Studies

Focusing and Inner Relationship Focusing
Restorative Circles
Workshop Facilitation/The Work That Reconnects
Emotional Freedom Techniques
  • International Accredited EFT Practitioner Trainings Level 1, Level 2, and Advanced Level 3 in EFT and Integrated Energy Techniques with EFT Masters Emma Roberts and Sue Beer of The EFT Center, London, UK, 2011.
Matrix Re-Imprinting
  • Matrix Reimprinting Practitioner Training with the founder of Matrix Reimprinting and EFT Master Karl Dawson. Brighton, UK, 2011.

Nonviolent Communication (NVC)

Cognitive Hypnotherapy
  • ​Two-year training in Cognitive Hypnotherapy with the Quest Institute, covering a range of modalities including Ericksonian Hypnosis, Time Line Therapy, Gestalt techniques, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Life Coaching, and others. London, UK, 2009 - 2011.
Dharma Practitioner Programme (CDDP)
  • Dharma Practitioners’ Programme, a two-year advanced course in Buddhist philosophy and practice offered by Bodhi College offering an integrated approach to the study and practice of the Dharma. With teachers John Peacock, Christina Feldman, Stephen Batchelor, and Akincano M. Weber at Gaia House, Newton Abbott, UK. 2009 - 2011.
Awakening the Dreamer

Lived Practice of Nonviolence 2-day Retreat, Dominic Barter & Kit Miller, Ashland, OR, 2014

Restorative Circles Facilitator Training, Cat Gilliam/John Cunningham, Portland, OR, 2014

Michael Meade Retreat ?? Port Townsend, WA, 2017

EXPERIENCE:

  • Jan. 2016 to Present: 

  • Organized rallies, fundraisers, and other community gatherings to build community and raise funds to support environmental and social justice causes.

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  • Nov. 2012 to Dec. 2015: 

  • Planned and managed community meetings, public forums and outreach events to support community outreach to marginalized groups including organizing local community leaders

  • Led classes and trainings in Nonviolent Communication, Restorative Justice processes, and community support circles with activist groups and youth on probation.

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  • Nov. 2012 to Dec. 2015:

  • Planned and managed community meetings, public forums and outreach events to support community outreach to marginalized groups including organizing local community leaders 

  • Created, organized, promoted, and facilitated local Resilience Support Circles to support environmental activists, Corvallis, OR. Sponsored by 350 Corvallis.

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  • Sep. 2014:

  • Sponsored by 350 Corvallis to travel on The Peoples’ Climate Train to the Peoples' Climate March in New York and facilitate Work That Reconnects workshops and Resilience Circles on the way.

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  • Apr. 2009 to Feb. 2011: 

  • Revived the Heart and Soul group (Inner Transition) of Transition Town Brixton, part of the Transition Town movement in London, UK. 

  • Organized and taught Nonviolent Communication workshops locally.

  • Co-facilitated inter-faith dialogs on the topic of climate change with local people of faith and environmental activists.

  • Created and facilitated several local weekly Community Circles.

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  • Sep. 2001 to Feb 2011:

  • Active member of several Committees responsible for chairing Intergroup business meetings over the period of a decade for 12 Step Fellowship groups throughout London, UK. 

  • Prison volunteer at Brixton Prison, London, UK, speaking on addiction recovery.

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  • July 2009:

  • International Liaison UK Delegate for Anonymous 12 Step Fellowship group. Attended the Annual Business Conference/Meeting (ABC/M) at Fellowship Wide Services (FWS) as the UK representative in California US for 12 Step Fellowship groups.

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  • May 1991: 

  • Conceived, created, organized, and promoted month-long series of music event to raise funds for Elefriends - a campaign to save the African elephant from extinction. Raised the amount required to find an entire anti-poaching unit.

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  • May - Aug. 1987: 

  • Worked with mentally and physically disabled children at an organization in West London, UK

Raising funds I was an active member of Transition Town Brixton, a community-led initiative within the Transition Town Network, teaching workshops in Nonviolent Communication and co-facilitating local inter-faith dialogs to find common ground between people of different backgrounds. I have worked as a prison volunteer and led trainings and circles for a diversity of groups including youth on probation, native youth, veterans, eco-villages, and the homeless community. I have worked as a mediator for couples and families, and have designed and conducted life cycle ceremonies for individuals, couples, and intentional communities. In 2016-2010 I launched a project of "living and giving on the road" called The Green Road, and traveled through Oregon and California for four years leading community grief rituals, transformative workshops, and re-wilding retreats.

My work to support the transition to a healthy, sustainable, regenerative and peaceable culture for over a decade, including reviving the Heart and Soul group of Transition Town Brixton, a community-led initiative within the Transition Town Network, teaching workshops in NVC and co-facilitating local inter-faith dialogs in the search to find common ground between people of different backgrounds. I have worked as a prison volunteer and as a mediator for families, activist groups, and intentional communities, and have created and held trainings and circles for a diversity of groups including youth on probation, native youth, veterans, eco-villages, and the homeless community. In 2011 I adopted a lifestyle of voluntary simplicity. Between 2016-2010 I traveled through Oregon and California facilitating rituals and workshops to nurture connection, inspire creativity, and foster resilience through my lifestyle project The Green Road.

During my time in London I was an active member of Transition Town Brixton, was a prison volunteer, and facilitated multi-faith . Since living in the US I have organized fundraisers, rallies, and public gatherings for environmental causes, mediated between activist groups and facilitated healing spaces for a diversity of disadvantaged groups including youth on probation, veterans, native youth, eco-villages, and the homeless community. I see the turbulent times we are living in as an invitation for us to come into spiritual employment in service to the healing of our world. I am grateful for the opportunity to be able to facilitate work that fosters and nurtures compassion, resilience, and wisdom in these unprecedented times of deep uncertainty and rapid change.
 
I have been an activist for over thirty years. I have worked with youth on probation, advocated for the homeless community, raised tens of thousands of dollars for environmental and social justice causes. I have been a facilitator of Joanna Macy’s work for over a decade. I don’t use crystals  I don’t go to festivals except to facilitate grief work (Beloved 2018 was the first festival I have attended in over thirty years and only because Talicia asked me to assist her). I was teaching classes on spiritual bypassing twenty years ago when hardly anyone had heard of it and everyone was doing it. I marched against the Iraq War. I traveled across the US by train to join the People’s Climate March in New York in 2014 and taught workshops on the train to activists. I have been a prison volunteer. I have held healing spaces for youth on probation, native youth, and veterans. I have taught multiple Nonviolent Direct Action classes to activists - including to two of the five valve turners (Ken Ward and my friend Leonard Higgins) both of whom were responsible for cutting off the flow of tar sands oil into the US in 2016. I created and organized multiple community events to raise funds for the movement at Standing Rock and to support the work of Grandma Agnes Baker Pilgrim  I have been living off grid without electricity and running water and offering my work with individuals and groups on sliding scale, work trade, and on the gift for five years now in an attempt to withdraw as much participation as possible from a predator capitalist system upheld by oppression, exploitation and violence. I don’t shout about hardly any of this stuff publicly so people who don’t know me don’t know.
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