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 modern dance, tai chi, Indian and Tibetan yoga, yoga therapy (specializing in back pain). I completed a 4-year professional Feldenkrais training in 2007 and a 3-year Embodied Life training in 2014. I also study and work with somatic meditation and the profound practice of embodied inner listening known as Focusing.
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. 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 effects everything else in life in potent ways. I believe embodied learning, decolonizing our bodies, and returning to our intelligent, organic wholeness is intimately connected with the healing of our world. I believe mindfulness and lovingkindness must be embodied practices rather than mental concepts to be of genuine benefit.
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.
My work is to grow my capacity for grounded, centered, embodied presence and vast, spacious awareness. Both of these together 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 maitri – what Chogyam Trungpa translates as 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 7-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 fortunate a student of many powerful and profound teachers.
My work is to honor my good fortune with gratitude of equal measure, and by using my great good fortune in working toward the healing of our world. I’m deeply inspired and humbled by Nelson Mandela’s phrase: “Free yourself. Free others. Serve everyday.” This is my work.
I am devoted to growing:
- embodied presence,
- awakened heart-mind,
- and freedom in myself and in the world.
I am called to help my clients and students develop:
- maitri (unconditional, brave friendliness)
- courage and wholehearted participation with life,
- grounded sensitivity,
- somatic intelligence and physical autonomy,
- 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 wilderness.
Some of my heroes are Maya Angelou, Mary Oliver, Georgia O’Keefe, Pina Bausch, Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Brother David Steindl-Rast, Rigoberta Menchu, 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 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 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?