"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."
Certificate in Song Therapy Training with the Song Therapy Network, Somerset, UK. Virtual training. Current.
In-home hospice volunteer training with the Hospice of SLO County in San Luis Obispo, CA, 2019.
Certificate Program in Nonviolence Studies with the Metta Center for Nonviolence in Petaluma, CA, 2018
Focusing and Inner Relationship Focusing
Facilitator Level One and Two Training with Eugene Gendlin and Ann Weiser Cornell of The International Focusing Institute, 2014.
Restorative Circles Process Training with Cat Gilliam and John Cunningham in Portland, OR, 2014
Restorative Circles Process Training with Christine King in Santa Cruz, CA, 2013.
Workshop Facilitation/The Work That Reconnects
The Facilitator Development Program with Chris Johnstone and Jenny Mackewn in Bath, UK, in 2010. This 10 month training covered a wide range of earth-centered group facilitation processes, including Joanna Macy's The Work That Reconnects.
Residential Training in The Work That Reconnects with core teacher Joanna Macy at the Mercy Center. Burlinghame, CA, 2013
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 Reimprinting Practitioner Training with the founder of Matrix Reimprinting and EFT Master Karl Dawson. Brighton, UK, 2011.
Nonviolent Communication (NVC)
Intensive International Intensive Training (IIT), a nine-day residential training with The Center for Nonviolent Communication with Marshall Rosenberg, the founder of NVC, and other CNVC Certified Trainers. Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2011.
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
Awakening the Dreamer Symposium Facilitator & Leadership Training with the Pachamama Alliance, York, UK, 2010.
Over the years I have created and organized many community fundraising events, from a month-long music festival in the UK in 2001 that funded an entire anti-poaching unit to protect the African Elephant through the charity Elefriends, to a Winter Solstice benefit in Ashland, OR in 2016 that raised $4K for Grandmother Agnes Baker Pilgrim (aka Grandma Aggie), the late Takelma elder and oldest of the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers. From 2009-2010 I was an active member of Transition Town Brixton, a part of the community-led initiative Transition Town Network teaching Nonviolent Communication, facilitating The Work That Reconnects, and co-facilitating inter-faith dialogs in the search for common ground between people of different backgrounds and beliefs. I have worked as a mediator for families, intentional communities, and environmental activist groups and have facilitated Restorative Circles a peacemaking process that supports the restoring of trust and connection when a conflict has arisen. I have led workshops and trainings with marginalized groups including youth on probation, native youth, veterans, and the homeless community, and have worked as a prison volunteer. From 2016-2020 I traveled throughout Oregon and California driving almost 100% fossil fuel free on recycled waste vegetable oil with my project The Green Road, offering my work to groups and communities within a gifting paradigm. I see the turbulent times we are living in as an invitation for each of us to come into spiritual employment in service to the healing of our world and am grateful for the opportunity to facilitate work that fosters and nurtures compassion, resilience, and wisdom in these unprecedented times of uncertainty and change.