about my path
bio / credentials:
I am honored to integrate my role as healer, 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 & sound baths; corporate engagements, special events, & workshops, including monthly Moon Circles & 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 rich life as a independent interdisciplinary artist and educator, teaching and performing tap dance & percussion in the U.S. and abroad, producing, directing, & choreographing numerous residencies and performances; teaching visual & language arts, along with my unique Museum As Classroom series; and working as a photographer, writer, & 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 & meditation disciplines and contemplative practices, and I am thrilled to be living my dream in sharing healing & 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, Childbirth Educator, Diploma of Advanced Training from the Center for Mind-Body Medicine, and Television Producer - and I am a trained Yoga Nidra guide.
a bit of back story
"Look, I did it!"
My parents sure did peg me well when they finally chose a name for me (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. I did not have a name until I was at least six weeks old. My first name means 'of art' in Latin. My given last name, Mooney, essentially means 'wealth' in Gaelic.
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. Much of who I am now has grown from that.
I grew up 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.
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...
"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 anything 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, now 90 - who is and always has been one of my best friends and biggest supporters, my Mama with whom I could speak the language of spirituality and karma, and my Vocal Director 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.
So who am I, and what is the Boundless Eclectic?
The Boundless Eclectic is me.
I'm into a bunch of different stuff, if you didn't get that sense already, and 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.
The Boundless Life is my healing arts business, in residence at both Take Five Meditation and my private studio in Takoma Park.
(I am an Independent Contractor, and a team player with Boundless Love to share. ;p)
In addition to my healing arts business, I do still tend to my eclectic nature - I make art when I get time, or as part of my workshops, I play music, I still shoot photography or video on occasion, I teach drumming in schools, tap privates or sometimes vocals. I am a single mother of three, ages 9 to 18, and caring for my 90-yo father, and my 34-yo autistic brother who moved in with us, so that all keeps me busy! My focus at this time is my healing arts business which somehow encompasses everything I love to do.
I am dedicated to showing you how you too can live a Boundless Life!
More of my story and how my path led me here - to be continued....