Hi! My name is Erin Elizabeth Geesaman Rabke.
A few perspectives on who I am and what I’m about:
By training and profession, I am a somatic educator. Over the past 25+ years I have trained in and taught yoga and yoga therapy (specializing in back pain), tai chi, and more. I completed a 4-year professional Feldenkrais training in 2007 and a 3-year Embodied Life training in 2014. (I am also a nursing school dropout. After working for a semester at the V.A. hospital, I knew the western medical system would kill my spirit. After quitting nursing school I designed my own degree in Integrated Somatics at the U of U.) I also study and work with somatic meditation and the profound practice of embodied inner listening known as Focusing, Embodied Listening, or Somatic Descent. For the past several years, I’ve been mentoring with Francis Weller in Grief Tending, both personally and communally. I’ve trained as a facilitator in the profound body of work known as The Work That Reconnects pioneered by Joanna Macy, which includes Deep Ecology, Systems Thinking, and Buddhist Practice. I’m developing a powerful body of work that I call Evolutionary Embodiment. It beautifully braids together mindful embodiment and contemplative practices with the profound practices and perspectives of Deep Ecology and The Work That Reconnects. I feel its deep importance for our times.
My work is about sharing potent practices to not only heal and befriend the body, but to enter into a radically new, non-dual, and liberating relationship with embodiment, with life and with the world. My work is about listening to life through the ever more finely tuned instrument of the living body and supporting my clients and students to do the same. My work is to support people in learning to move with greater awareness, pleasure, ease, and clarity – a surprisingly powerful and unending education that affects everything else in life in deeply potent ways. I believe embodied learning, decolonizing our body-minds, and returning to our intelligent, organic wholeness is intimately connected with the healing of our world. I believe mindfulness and loving-kindness must be embodied practices rather than mental concepts to be of genuine benefit, and I believe contextualizing these practices in light of the current situations of the climate crisis and kyriarchy is essential. Read my piece here about why to do Feldenkrais and how it relates to all these rich topics.
By lineage and inclination, I am a meditator and spiritual practitioner, blessed by many years of study in the Tibetan Buddhist traditions of Dzogchen, Lojong, and Somatic Meditation. In the past decade, I’ve loved diving into learning about and practicing animism and ancestral healing – both of which feel like remembering something my bones already know. I’m passionate about gardening. I’m passionate about wellness and learning deeply from and about plants. I’m passionate about honoring the natural cycles and re-aligning my life with them.
My work is to grow my capacity for grounded, centered, embodied presence and vast, spacious awareness, dedicated to the welfare of all life. Together, these offer generous room for the broken-open heart that allows me to fully welcome the beauty and heartbreak of this precious life, and to support my clients and students to do the same. I also consider it my work to grow brave, unconditional friendliness toward what is – and to support my clients and students to do the same. This kind of brave lovingkindness is an embodied wisdom that can transform all that it touches – body, mind, soul, and world. Additionally, I’ve been powerfully called to Tend the River of Grief, alone and in community. My work is about waking up more and more fully so I can live a life of benefit to the whole web of life. I commit to using all that arises in my life in support of this intention. By lineage, I am a white woman of Bohemian Czech, Scottish, German and English descent and am fortunate to live in gorgeous Salt Lake City, Utah, on historically native Shoshone, Paiute, Goshute and Ute land.
By choice and good fortune, I am honored to be mother to an impossibly beautiful and bright 9-year old boy. I am wife and consort to my beloved partner in all things, Carl Rabke. I am a daughter, a sister, an auntie, and a friend. I am a writer, an amateur photographer, a passionate learner and a convener of inspired communities. I am a fortunate student of many powerful and profound teachers. I live with my family, our beautiful cat Freya, our gecko Geeky, our python Luna, eight hilarious hens (Gylfie, Fluffy, Honey, Nacho, HeiHei, Sunshine, Eglantine, and Speckles), and an abundant and wild garden. It’s usually a wild and sometimes beautiful mess and I love it!
My work is to honor my good fortune with gratitude of equal measure, and by using my great good fortune and privilege in working toward the healing of our world. I’m deeply inspired and humbled by Nelson Mandela’s phrase: “Free yourself. Free others. Serve every day.” This is my work.
I am devoted to growing:
- embodied presence,
- an awakened heart-mind,
- spacious awareness,
- and freedom in myself and in the world
- all dedicated toward the welfare of all life.
I am called to help my clients and students develop:
- integrated embodied experience and intimacy with life,
- unconditional, brave friendliness within and without,
- spacious, grounded, aware presence,
- courage and wholehearted participation and a deep sense of workability,
- somatic intelligence and physical autonomy,
- a courtship with one’s unique genius and gifts,
- and trust in the indigenous embodied perspective.
I am inspired to help my clients and students uncover:
- a sense of self as vast and open as space,
- a heart as naturally warm as the sun,
- and trust in uncontrived naturalness of body and mind.
I am motivated to help my clients and students develop:
- skills of deep listening,
- unprecedented creativity in many aspects of life,
- and in finding and living from their unique genius (which is often hidden behind a wound.)
I am honored to help my clients and students to develop:
- a sense of play mind,
- authentic, unforced gratefulness,
- less effort and more pleasure, (even in the most challenging situations)
- and potent practices of positive neuroplasticity.
A few more things:
I love poetry. I adore good questions, especially the unanswerable ones. I’m a voracious reader and a lover of books. I believe in going barefoot as often as possible. I love to cook. I love to learn. I love to wander in the wilderness.
Some of my heroes are Maya Angelou, Mary Oliver, Georgia O’Keefe, Pina Bausch, Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Brother David Steindl-Rast, Joanna Macy, Ruthy Alon, Mr. Rogers, Wangari Mathai, Vandana Shiva, Robin Wall Kimmerer, Kathleen Dean Moore, Deena Metzger, Shabkar, and Pema Chodron.
I love travel, and have a special resonance with the high desert beauty in southern Utah and northern New Mexico. I am in love with my morning coffee and am an unapologetic coffee snob. I also love good whiskey and big red wine and love sharing those with people I love. I am seeking a sane and humane relationship with digital technology. I adore silent retreats and time in wilderness. They fund my life.
Thanks to the amazing writer, Kathleen Dean Moore, for the framing (training and profession, lineage and inclination, choice and good fortune.) Her self-reflections inspired mine. If you haven’t read her book Great Tide Rising, may I highly recommend it?