I am a healer of body, mind and spirit; an inventive author and international educator; dedicated to liberating the sacred leadership abilities and super powers within each of us. I practice acupuncture and herbal medicine in Portland, Oregon with a focus on helping people survive cancer, chronic pain and traumatic experiences while fulfilling their commitment to being embodied during these interesting times. I use my background in the realms of social justice, Taoist, Chinese and other traditional medicines, Jungian psychology, environmental activism, earth based spirituality, creative writing and theatre arts to coax more of the extraordinary into the world through the cracks in Western civilization.
I am an aspiring cultural alchemist, seeking to transform the heartbreak of living in our industrialized modern world, revealing the gold in all that may seem worthless. I create ceremony and ritual art, weaving poetry, music and performance into contemporary offerings of the human imagination. Many of my original songs and chants show up in rituals and songbooks worldwide. I facilitate retreats, workshops and intensives all over the globe with my own unique curriculum that blends healing techniques, mythology, expressive arts, social activism, musical improvisation, conflict resolution and intuitive leadership skills. I have developed trainings for universities and non-profits and taught within the Oregon prison system. I design apprenticeship programs for emerging leaders and healers in various communities throughout the US, Canada, Europe and Australia and offer year long trainings in Portland and San Francisco with Suzanne Sterling. www.suzannesterling.com.
My nonfiction has been published in magazines, newsletters and anthologies. I support a number of Portland based non- profits committed to awakening new writers in the community, including Write Around Portland and the VoiceCatcher. I have had the opportunity to work with critically acclaimed author, Martha Gies and publish a blog called Revolution of the Spirit at gerriravynstanfield.com/blog/. I have been writing stories, poems and plays since I could pick up a pencil and won a Young Authors award at age 10 and the Creative Writing Award for my high school in 1992. Art saved my life.
I pursued acupuncture training at the International Institute of Chinese Medicine in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and received my Masters of Oriental Medicine in 2002. I have been highly privileged to work with exceptional teachers like Sean Tuten, LAc., Peter Levine PhD. and Lorie Dechar, LAc. for continuing education in the arts of healing and Chinese medicine. I specialize in the treatment of pain, trauma and stress disorders including anxiety, insomnia and depression. I also work with sexual health disorders and reproductive health issues such as menstrual difficulties, pregnancy, and menopause. I use a combination of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Five Elements Acupuncture and Hari, a Japanese style of acupuncture, mixing herbs and massage with principles of Neidan (Taoist alchemy) and Jungian psychology to facilitate transformation on a holistic level. www.forestspringacupuncture.com
I am the Executive Director of Acupuncturists Without Borders, a non-profit that teaches acupuncturists to create healing centers in response to traumatic events and natural disasters. In 2013, I participated in a World Healing Exchange trip with AWB and traveled to Nepal to provide acupuncture to women and children who had been rescued from sex trafficking. Now, I help create clinics in Nepal that continue to support local healers in offering time-honored and sustainable medicine to their communities.
I have always been a lover of the sacred, those sublime truths and experiences which inspire human potential to exceed all expectations of ourselves and others. I am a lifelong student of earth based traditions. I have been deeply influenced by the work of Starhawk, Joanna Macy, Marshall Rosenberg, Terry Tempest Williams, Jeremy Taylor, Jalaja Bonheim, Thorn Coyle, David Abrams, Charles Eisenstein, Anne Lamott and others who are inviting the world to use a visionary and unifying lens through which to view our healing.
I hold a Bachelor’s degree in biological psychology from the University of Kentucky. I worked as a medical social worker serving adults and children with disabilities in Albuquerque, New Mexico both before and during attendance of graduate school. I directed the Office of Accessibility and Disability Services at Marylhurst University in Portland from 2005-2009 with a passionate emphasis on creating access to education for all people.
I began my involvement with the theatre at an early age. I won an audition for the Children’s Museum Drama Club in Indianapolis at age 11 and created performances as part of this in-house troupe for several years as a young adult. I was also part of a multicultural theatre company called Omniroots in Albuquerque for eight years, acting, directing and stage managing a wide variety of shows that challenged racial oppression and offered alternate visions for peace and justice across cultures. I have trained in the work of Augusto Boal and regularly use tools from Theatre of the Oppressed in workshops.
I live in community within the temperate rain forest of Portland, Oregon amidst loved ones, amazing food and the seasonal dances of rain and sun. This is an ideal location to plot the delightful alchemical transformation of modern culture into a life giving renaissance and a divinely inspired way of inhabiting this planet.