I was born in the UK to a Japanese father and British mother. We moved to Japan a few years later, where I attended international schools until I returned to the UK as a teenager. I studied a degree in Chinese Studies at Oxford, which took me to Taiwan after graduation. English is my mother tongue, but my fluency in Japanese and Mandarin has gifted me opportunities to reach a unique perspective of life and the cosmos.
I spent a few years in Taipei studying and teaching yoga and meditation in a beautiful community. Taiwan is infused with a magic enabled by a flow of ch'i, thanks to an undercurrent of respect for ceremony and subtle energetics. Synchronicities led me to a master of ancient Daoist movements (internal arts) known as taiji daoyin 太極導引. I studied intensively with him at the foot of Yangming Mountain, alongside a group of very special Taiwanese folk.
jungle bathing in Taiwan. image by David
Kamakura. Image by Lili
I also lived in Japan for four years as an adult. I spent time on organic farms, immersed in the ways my ancestors lived, and in the Japanese mountains I led forest-based walking trips and retreats, encouraging participants to awaken the senses in intimate interaction with nature. I worked with a range of movement teachers, healers, and Buddhist priests in this role and learned a great deal about animist worship, holism, and the sanctity of ancestral lineage.
I have taken training in relational-centred counselling and an energetic healing modality which uses belief work to rewire neural pathways and release habit patterns that keep us stuck. I also work with somatic movement, breath work, and meditative practices that help to restore the natural flow of ch'i in and around the body.
You can read more detail about my healing journey here.