I am Nishta, it means “trust”- I believe the body is a vehicle for cultivating a creative, conscious and compassionate existence and our personal stories, fully embodied, are the unique expressions of our soul’s unfolding. Experiencing everything is the precious gift of being alive.

A friend calls me “Madame Camille-Lyon” for my capacity to adapt and mutate to the next phase of life with enthusiasm and totality; I have studied, worked, taught and fumbled my way through the layers of society by way of counselling, art therapy, film, food, social services, marketing/productions and Argentine Tango. I trust life will always be an ongoing manifestation of what is moving through me.

Transformation is what keeps me curious and what interests me most about working with others. This process of being human IS the process of waking up. Movement, Music and Meditation offer direct access to the unconscious, making them a transformative revolution and an endless path of discovery for me.

These days, I aspire for more loving-kindness for self, other and society. To think less and feel more - to laugh and cry freely - to pay attention to everything and everyone - they are my daily prayers. At 48, I am learning to pay proper respect to the wisdom of this body. Water, silence, touch, words, beauty, nature, travel – they are my medicine.

I was born in New Orleans, U.S. and I attended University in Boston where I studied Psychology. I lived in Hawaii for 20 years where I was both a Social Worker and the Director of Marketing and Programs at The Studio Maui, a spiritual center for the healing and movement arts. I was fortunate to meet and produce many well known teachers of consciousness studies. My explorations of awareness through the body and movement deepened during this time through yoga, conscious dance, tango and other embodiment processes. 

I am a long-time meditator having explored both active and stillness practices, using inquiry and body-oriented somatic psychology as a way of understanding more fully the inner workings of the both the mind and emotional body. All of these things colour the way I facilitate movement explorations. My teaching style is heartfelt, humorous, clear and transformative. My passion is to share with others what it means to me to live a more full and authentic life.

I am a counsellor and a certified International Open Floor teacher, I am also a working member in fundraising and marketing for the non-profit organization of Open Floor. I am a regular guest teacher at the Mandali Meditation Retreat center. I co-founded Conscious Dance Italy, a resource-education and production association for Italian dancers. On most days, I can be lost or found in the hillsides of Tuscany.

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My guides: Osho, Mother Nature, Geordie Jahner, Vinn Marti, Brigitta Winkler and my beloved, Shastro. I give thanks to the Halprin Life Art Process and to my Diamond Approach teachers and the Work. I honor Lori, Andrea and Kathy for inspiring a new paradigm for personal growth and embodiment.