amy j howton
Friend, Consultant and Collaborator
my work over the past twenty years has focused in the areas of trauma response, racial + gender justice, spiritual leadership, community building, and social change + communal healing. i am a learner and listener and writing is a core way i make meaning of my life’s journey; i believe there is powerful medicine in the sharing of our stories.
the natural world has been my most enduring classroom, grounding my practice in living systems, systems thinking, and emergent theory. i have taught at the university-level and practiced in various contexts including higher education, community-based nonprofits, faith-based institutions with experience working with individuals, organizations, and in network-building. communities of practice as a model for transformative change have been a focus of my research and practice throughout my work and i continue to believe in the power of bringing people together through intentional cycles of action and reflection.
Friend and Collaborator
I believe in learning and sharing the skills we cultivate with the collective. I have spent the last 20 years facilitating groups from 2 to 80 people through movement, somatic embodiment, and healing practices. My facilitation work is largely based in my studies of yoga with the incorporation of other modalities such as music and dance. This has been informed in part by spending 3 years as a clarinet performance / music education major at a major conservatory and 8 years studying belly dance. Fascinated and engaged with humans and humanity, I have a BA in anthropology. In addition, I worked for 7 years as an International Trade Specialist at a financial institution and have spent the last 20 years immersed in various philosophical systems largely based out of India and Africa. I love collaboration with others, bringing more ease into their spaces so that their gifts can shine. In this capacity I have worked with yoga studios, energy healing spaces, spas, leadership trainers and even a landscaping company that incorporate organic and native species into their mission. I am registered with the Yoga Alliance as E - RYT® 500, YACEP® .
Facilitator, Coach, Collaborator, Fire & Water Alumni
I am committed to guiding individuals and organizations on a journey of rediscovering their humanity. Through my nearly 30-year career in management, higher education, and organizational development I have witnessed the wide-ranging effects of disconnection, as well as the profound impact of deep connection - to self, others, and spirit. As a facilitator and coach, I help people remember and reclaim their connection to their breath, body, spirit, and the land that surrounds them. Through the transformative power of breathwork, somatic practice, and circle facilitation, I aim to cultivate a fully-embodied sense of self-love and presence - for myself, and everyone I work with.
My work is deeply informed by Emergent Strategy (adrienne maree brown), politicized somatics (via generative somatics and Staci K. Haines), and my 16-month experience with Quanita Roberson and Tenneson Woolf in the Fire & Water Leadership & Rite of Passage.