about my path

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bio / credentials:

   I am honored to integrate my role as healer, yogi, artist, musician, and dancer, and I love to combine various traditional contemplative practices, guided by intuition. My process in everything I do is very much influenced by my roots in jazz & improvisation.  My healing arts offerings include a variety of meditation classes including Yoga Nidra, basic mindfulness and Meditation 101, sound healing and sound baths; corporate engagements, special events, and workshops, including monthly Moon Circles and Reiki trainings; customized retreats; and unique 1:1 sessions drawing on meditation, sound healing, Reiki, Holistic Life Coaching, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, mind-body skills, and arts processes.  This work is heart medicine and aims to simultaneously be incredibly relaxing and restorative, while also providing opportunity for you to actively dive deeper in your personal work, if you wish.

     As a DC native, over the past 25 years, I have lived a deeply fulfilling life as a independent interdisciplinary artist and educator, teaching and performing tap dance and percussion in the U.S. and abroad, producing, directing, and choreographing numerous residencies and performances; teaching visual and language arts, along with my unique Museum As Classroom series; and working as a photographer, writer, and editor, both for news organizations and the community at large (see link in menu to my photo site).  Throughout most of my adult life, I have also worked with a range of mindfulness and meditation disciplines and contemplative practices, and I am thrilled to be living my dream in sharing healing and the arts with the world.

     My credentials: BFA in Fine Arts​ from the Corcoran College of Art + Design in DC, + the following certifications - Usui Reiki Master Teacher, Life Coach, Cognitive Behavioral Therapist, Trauma-Informed Yoga, Childbirth Educator, Diploma of Advanced Training from the Center for Mind-Body Medicine, and Television Producer; training in Yoga Nidra & Somatic Psychology, plus in process with RYT 200 Yoga Teacher Training. Full CV available upon request.

a bit of back story

"Look, I did it!"

 

My parents sure did peg me well when they finally chose a name for me sometime between 6 weeks & 3 months old (I'll save the full story for a blog post).  I was born in Washington, DC on a Thursday evening, and until I was four, raised literally above and in a legendary DC jazz bar called One Step Down. My first name means 'of art' in Latin. My middle name, Marie, has as one of its definitions 'rebellion'. And my given last name, Mooney, essentially means 'wealth' in Gaelic. Wealth of Artistic Rebellion. They nailed it.  

 

I have been into all of the arts for as long as I can remember.  I was raised by a single father who always supported my interests with enthusiasm, and even though we were scraping by, he would make it happen.  If I wanted dance lessons, or piano, vocals, special art workshops, to join a play, etc., he was in full support & facilitated in any way he could.  Much of who I am now has grown from that.

 

I grew up for the bulk of my childhood in Arlington County Schools in Northern Virginia (we moved there when I was 7), where the arts were highly valued, with comprehensive offerings.  I ate it up, making art, singing, playing music, joining school plays, trying different instruments, and after school, going to a local dance studio 3 to 5 days a week. This went on from 2nd grade through high school.    

 

So... we all have those moments we will remember forever, and that somehow shape who we are...  In my senior year, I was talking with one of my favorite teachers, my Musical Director/vocal coach, Mr. G.  He was helping me talk through a bit of an 'identity crisis,' so to speak, as everyone was going off to college, and I was trying to distill what I was going to focus on...

I was trying to find my path, and he said...    

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"You know, Artis... Jack of all trades, Master of none."  

Protest came forth

in some silent & wordless rebuttal

from the depths of my soul,

and a seed was planted

in my heart & mind.

Something was stirred in me, and I knew that yes, I would indeed prove him wrong, and that I could do any & every thing I put my mind to...

I loved all of the arts and knew I could not completely give any of them up, so I made it work for me!  They have served me well and influenced one another as I've moved between them with an ebb & flow, successfully mastering & building a career around whichever one(s) was/were my focus at the time...  and eventually incorporating the healing arts as well.  This is what gave birth to the idea of 'Boundless' for me a long time ago - the idea that I can do anything I want to do.

And here I am....  

So my "ta-da!" - my "Look, I did it!" is a nod to my sweet father, who transitioned out of this world this past fall - who is and always has been one of my best friends and biggest supporters; my Mama with whom I could speak the language of all things metaphysical spirituality and karma, quirky art, dream interpretation, and astrology; and my Vocal Director, teacher, and friend, Mr. Greennagle - who I adored for many reasons, in part for the ways like this in which he challenged me and my desire to 'do it all'.  They all impacted my life immeasurably as I struggled to understand who I was & what I was here for.

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I have rebelled the dictum "Jack of all trades, Master of none" for as long as I can remember.  I am a lifelong multidisciplinary artist and an empath through-&-through, and it took me many years to accept that I am also a healer, take responsibility for that role, collect 'tools for my toolkit,' and develop and use my gifts to help others in an appropriate way, rather than helping those who don't really want to help themselves (in the process, draining myself of  life force until I was just about half-dead).

So - after quite a wild ride, here I am. 

 

In addition to my healing arts business, I do still tend to my eclectic nature - I make art, play music, I still shoot photography or video on occasion, and occasionally teach drumming in schools, tap, or sometimes vocals. 

 

I am a single mother of three, ages 11, 14, & 20. For four and a half years, I was the full-time caregiver for my father, until he transitioned to another dimension at the age of 91 on Oct. 3, 2021. And, my 35-yo brother, with mental disabilities/autism, moved in with us, 3 years ago, he's my ride or die ;). Being a Mama & an entrepreneur keeps me busy! 

 

My focus at this time is continuing to grow my healing arts business which somehow encompasses everything I love to do, & elevate my art career as well. 

 

I am dedicated to showing you how you too can live a Boundless Life! 

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