Karen became a student of Zen in the 1970’s, and has also been Shambhala practitioner since 2007. She refers to herself as a HEARTisan as she guides people with the desire to awaken to their heart journeys through the use of art, music, poetry, literature and writing.
Karen works with individuals of all ages, as well as groups. She consults with schools, home schooling parents and students, and awakens the use of each individual’s innate creativity to help them in their quest to know more about themselves.
She worked in the medical field as a Radiation Therapist serving cancer patients for several years and later received her undergraduate degree in Education from the University of Maine, and her M.Ed from the University of New Hampshire. She was then accepted to the doctoral program in Art Therapy at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Teaching junior high Language Arts for thirty years was a new adventure each day with adolescents and their parents!
Karen continues her journey as an Education Consultant, offers apprenticeships for at risk teens and young adults for whom public education has been challenging.
She is a facilitator for grieving families and a training coordinator for new facilitators. Karen has also been a Rape Crisis first responder, Hospice volunteer, Reiki Master, and is a Death doula. She serves the greater Southern Maine homeless individuals and families by making sleeping bags out of recycled materials and distributes them freely.
Karen was born in Boston, Massachusetts and has resided in New England ever since.