ABOUT TUNING

Through awareness, opening, and excavation, TUNING acts as a foundation and entry point for creative, growth, and intuitive work.

TUNING is a synthesis of my experience of an array of somatic, creative, and therapeutic modalities. Before turning my focus to writing, I spent a dozen formative years absorbed in the worlds of ballet and contemporary dance⁠, and several subsequent years working to (re)find a more natural physical vocabulary⁠ through attention to my body, and with the help of approaches like Gaga, Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais, and release. Starting at an early age, I was also lucky to be exposed to an array of attention practices and healing modalities—various forms of meditation, talk therapy, intuitive work, and bodywork, to name a few. Writing, for me, is deeply informed by these earlier encounters—the body, experiment, procedure, ritual, collaboration, chance, attention, presence, intuition, and questions of healing are essential to how I work.

Since 2013, I've had a range of opportunities to combine these different elements in workshops, usually geared toward dancers or writers. In January 2021, I was working to stabilize my own mental health, while also receiving intuitive mentorship and facilitating an online somatic writing workshop. Inside the confluence of these, I realized I needed a deeper, more regular physical/attention/ritual practice, and thought I might be able develop these past approaches into something that could benefit others in a wider way, even—and perhaps especially—within the constraints of a virtual space. As a personal practice, TUNING has helped me establish a structure for health, create pathways of listening and trust with my body, expand my intuitive experience, and develop ritual. As a group practice, it is continuously evolving, thanks to the deep engagement of others.

Thank you to these past participants for sharing their experiences:


“I loved TUNING and found myself wanting those 2 hours on Sunday morning, every Sunday morning. TUNING combines movement, writing, introspection, and space for one's own process, in a beautiful, easy and genuine way. I loved how I felt after each session -- it was a perfect combination of less and more. There was less of life's noise, and more calm. I also left every session feeling as though I had been given something new, whether a new tool, a new process, or a new way of thinking.”

- Dinah Dimalanta


“TUNING was exactly what I needed at exactly the right time. Because of the workshop I feel that I was able to reconnect with my body in a positive way after all the medical trauma I've been through this year and create space for an attention/meditation/creative practice in my life again. I know I will take the things we worked on as a group and in our individual meeting forward into my day to day. The workshop and 1:1 session contributed greatly to my healing and recovery.”

- Ryann Peats


"The TUNING workshop reverberated within me months after its completion. After a year bogged down by depression, CL's process gave me the permission to start each day by tuning into my body and the creativity within. Healing. Regenerative. CL facilitated the virtual space in a way that invited ease, and a collectivity so hard to create over distance. I've shaped the vibrations of the workshop into my own daily practice to feel more embodied and engaged with the day-to-day stuff of living."             
- Rushi Vyas


“CL's guidance during our 1:1 session has stuck with me emotionally. It was simple, a ritual she helped co-create to move through heavy emotions back into creative territory. The TUNING practice shifted my perspective on myself and the creative process to focus on grounding and movement, helping dissolve some pretty significant creative blocks in unexpected ways.”

- Kal Walters



The name "TUNING" is in gratitude to Pauline Oliveros' "Tuning Meditation" and her philosophy of deep listening.


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