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Hey, I’m Gena!

Dummerston, Vermont, United States · Member since June 2011

I love African dance and travel to Caro Diallo’s dance camp in Abene, Senegal in West Africa whenever I can, bringing my computer with me so I can write there.
I’ve written three books published by HarperCollins, and now have a new writing project I’m excited about.
As well as writing, I do hands-on healing that includes cranial-sacral therapy, Reiki and Quantum Touch. Caro Diallo’s mother, Ramatula, named the healing I do, “sabuhalla,” which means “through the grace of God.” Whenever I visit her in Ziguinchor, Senegal, she leads me around to any neighbors who are ailing and, while I do sabuhalla, she visits with the family.
For me, sabuhalla is a wonderful form of connection. In Abene, I’ve been working for years with the local doctor, doing sabuhalla for his patients.
Back in Vermont, I have a private practice guiding clients in Focusing, a practice of inner awareness. A Certifying Coordinator of the Focusing Institute in New York, I train Focusing teachers. For clients dealing with chronic and other illnesses, I often combine Focusing with sabuhalla.
Since 1998, as a volunteer, I’ve faciliated Focusing and other inner growth workshops for men serving long terms in a New England prison. This has deeply enriched my life.
Besides African dance, I love Continuum and tai chi. I’m a grateful student of the Long River Tai Chi School.
I love meeting the people who come to stay for a bit here at Nowhere. They too enrich my life. I'm happy to speak German with guests from abroad. I'm less fluent in Spanish and French but can read both easily and am working on the speaking part!