What is BREATHWORK?
Breathwork is a powerful active meditation (with roots in Pranayamic & Holotropic traditions) using a 2-part fast-paced breath. It's so helpful for connecting to your body (because we all know how hard that can be but how powerful when we can or do), moving stuck energy, opening your heart and connecting to your intuition and embodied wisdom & memory. It is an incredible tool for moving through embodied traumatic experience, anxiety, depression, blocked emotional energy and so much more. It's also for (nearly*) everyone, even if you have panic attacks, even if you have asthma, even if you experience chronic pain. (And maybe most especially.) You'll feel a sense of clarity, focus, creativity, some calm, connection to your inner wisdom and more.
Part of why I love Breathwork so much is that it reminds us we all, each of us, hold the power within ourselves to shift and heal parts of ourselves and our past experiences even when the world is a mess. It's the little shifts that I'm hoping can ease the pain and grief we carry around. These shifts are literally rooted in our own breath coupled with the radical witnessing and presence of another person. It is for sure BreathWORK but in a non-capitalist sense because you get all the benefits turned right back to you and you can take the tool with you to work with at any point. It's not easy: it's a very active and disciplined meditation but it's worth it. There are tools happening but at its core, it's you and the breath; the breath is the medicine. It is a psychedelic and transcendent experience.
I'm dedicating the work to queer, trans and gender non-conforming people largely because I know how difficult it is to find safe(r), accessible spaces to move towards a bit of healing and because I know in this fractured world, if we don't do it for each other, who else will!? And i'll be working hard to do this through trauma-informed and harm reduction lenses. Of course I also welcome everyone who wants to get their self- healing on.
*If you are pregnant, have experienced traumatic brain injury/ seizures, or experience retinal detachment, please consult with your doctor first and email me with any questions or concerns.
See below for info on rates & the sliding scale.
For the last ten years I have been engaged in anti-violence and trauma work in different capacities, from being a rape crisis counselor in an emergency room to a community organizer to a book editor to a trauma-focused writing workshop facilitator. I also have additional trainings in harm reduction & addiction. I bring trauma-focused, queer & trans centered, non-pathologizing or shaming lenses to this work. I am uniquely qualified to help you uncover the stories of your body and have been supporting people in some of their darkest (and brightest!) times for years.
Additional Training & Experiences
2016 MA in Individualized Studies at Goddard College, thesis on translating embodied traumatic experience through somatic practices and critical and creative nonfiction.
2009 Rape Crisis Counselor Training, St. Vincent's Hospital for overnight on-call patient advocacy
2017 Breathwork Healer Training, Erin Telford
2017 Full Day Training, Psychedelic Harm Reduction & Integration, The Psychedelic Education & Continuing Care Program
2016 Certificate of Completion, Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy Training, Andrew Tatarsky, The Center for Optimal Living & The New School for Social Research
What To Expect
We will start with a short conversation and intention setting and then get into the breathing. I'm there to guide you through the 45 minute session with the breath, oils, incense* & an energizing and introspective playlist. We will close with a little conversation and reflection. I suggest that you try out a few sessions so that we can go deep and you can get a solid sense of the work.
**Coined by billie rain
*Oils and incense can be removed for people with scent and/ or chemical sensitivity.
I offer sessions sliding scale but please do read a bit more about sliding scale and see below to determine where you fall. After doing a lot of research I've found that market rates for a 1:1 Breathwork session in NYC often run $180-200 per session. I respect practitioners individual choices and know rents in NYC are wildly high and I also want to offer sessions that will hopefully be more accessible and meet the needs of people who wish to try it out but can't afford the higher rates. I don't ask to see any proof and rely on your honesty and integrity when placing yourself on the scale. Sliding scale only works when the low and the high are balanced so thank you in advance for your consideration. Those with ample resources or access to resources, financial support from family etc. are invited to pay at the higher end of the range to help support and sustain financially accessible work. Anything above the top of the scale is welcome and will go directly towards supporting the low-cost and often free community work I offer. Please email me to do so. After referring to my sliding scale chart and keeping this in mind, please choose what is appropriate for you for payment.
- $50-140 sliding scale
- 2 $30 sessions per month for BIPOC/ queer/ trans/ low income/ sick & disabled** people ( Please email me to see if I have sessions open for the month.)
Outcall 1:1 Sessions (Please email to book.)
*For small or large groups, corporate & special events, please email me for rates.
1:1 Suggested Rate According to Income:
$50 if you make $20,000 and under
$60 if you make $20- $35,000
$70 if you make $35- $50,000
$80 if you make $50- $65,000
$90 if you make $65- $80,000
$100 if you make $80-$100,000
$120 if you make $100-$120,000
$140 if you make $120,000 and above
I work out of two spaces in Brooklyn, NY: one is my private practice and one is a Hasidic and Orthodox healing center. If my available appointments don't work for you, or if you prefer to do a session at home, I can also do outcalls/ house calls if you have a quiet and private space for us to work in. These sessions are offered at a flat rate. Please email me to find out availability.
Pay It Forward
What's Pay It Forward? It's a chance for those of you with ample resources, or a desire to support sliding scale and low cost community care to donate in support of this continued work. You can read more about it here and I thank you in advance for your consideration, support and investment in this growing work.