Dara del Rio

DARA DEL RIO

nature-based coaching | somatic practitioner | psychedelic integration specialist

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SPECIALTIES​

PAST WORK

  • PROGRAM STAFF, Boulder Shelter for the Homeless

TRAINING

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  • TRAUMA-INFORMED PLANT MEDICINE, Atira Tan

  • PLANT SPIRIT MEDICINE, Suzanne & Charles Burnell

  • PRINCIPLES OF FIVE ELEMENT ACUPUNCTURE, First two years at the Institute of Taoist Education & Acupuncture

  • ONGOING PLANT SPIRIT APPRENTICESHIP

  • BACHELOR OF ARTS in Philosophy & Religious Studies, Northern Arizona University

  • CERTIFIED YOGA TEACHER, Frog Lotus Yoga

  • EDEN ENERGY MEDICINE, Donna Eden

  • THE ART OF EMPATHY training, Karla McLaren

ARTICLES

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My vision asks for a depth of healing that is only possible when mind, body, and spirit are given equal attention and weight.

Years ago, a powerful medicine woman & shaman saved my life after years of chronic pain simply by holding her hands over my body and visualizing change inside. The chance encounter altered the course of my life. It set my heart aflame.

 

I have traveled to the jungles of the Amazon to learn traditional pathways of healing with the spirits of plants, studied Buddhist philosophy and practices, and learned an ancient Taoist tradition of healing that maps the human psyche onto the body, using the elements of the natural world: earth, water, fire, plants, and minerals.

 

My approach incorporates somatic awareness and shamanic practices that encourage and facilitate direct communication with the natural world. I strive to maintain clarity & cohesion in our work together. Although it is multidisciplinary, it is simple, grounded, balanced, and slow.

 

Given that we are living in an epoch of globalized communication networks, constant stimulation, and rapid, persistent expansion, I have found that working with shamanic practices requires the pre-requisite work of cultivating deep grounding & personal stability.

 

In most cases, what is urgently needed is deep attention to one’s body, personal history, and wounding. A foundation in somatic awareness is the keystone to expansion. In this work, we prioritize nurturing and affirming our body's deep wisdom and strength.

From there, we can cultivate a relationship with the spirit world as a vital component to an integrated & healthy psyche. Gaining an embodied sense of your place in the cosmos opens up the door to true wisdom, creativity and abundant wellbeing.

Our work together will help to expand upon your own mythos to create deeper meaning and to cultivate a world view where you are able to confidently say, "I matter, I belong, I am worthy of life, I believe in myself and I believe in the power of my dreams."

 

Together, we will form a bridge into deeper levels of communion between the outer world and inner psyche, and, in the process, strengthen & cohere both.

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TESTIMONIALS

Working with Dara has been a transformative experience for me—each time learning more about myself and healing in both physical and spiritual ways. Her approach works in a serpentine manner, quietly and effectively caressing the spiritual wounds, rectifying unhealthy energy flows and allowing healing to truly begin from the inside out. I continue to seek out her services for spiritual growth and bodily wellness. With her sessions, I have been able to better connect with my body, my lovers, my family both living and ancestral, as well as esoteric energies and beings. The medicine isn’t always easy or pleasant to experience, at times it is deeply challenging, but each time it is undeniably worth it. I’m eternally grateful to have met Dara, and look forward to engaging future work with her!

SYDNEY H.

Early in my relationship with Dara, she voiced an observation that has carried me through extraordinary moments in my own life. She told me that rituals ripple in both directions: backwards into the past, forward into the future. The moment we pursue a healer’s help is already an instance of our own self-healing, so the work of a healer marks both a completion of one step in the our healing journey and the beginning of the next. Dara approaches her practice from a place of equality, and ritualizes a space in which the client feels empowered to take up the mantle of their own healing with her support. I fully endorse Dara as an energy worker, intuitive, and advocate. 

LUKE B.

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