Hi I’m Tada!
It’s a pleasure to meet you.
I’m a practitioner, developer, and teacher of emergent methodologies for individual and collective healing that holistically integrate animism, somatics, and justice.
There are two basic premises to my practice that deeply interact with each other:
- Cultures are in fact bodies, or rather ‘cultural somas’, that emerge from networks of relationships. Cultural somas are intangible in nature yet can functions similarly to our own body that has a delicate nervous system. This fractal relationship between individual and cultural somas shows us that all somas, large and small, are meant to be in co-healing with each other.
- The above-mentioned cultural somas are also fields in which all intangible ‘beings’, ones our elder cultures referred to as ancestors, spirits, and goddesses/gods, exist. Even abstract concepts such as white supremacy or misogyny exist as beings in this field. This shows us that we are all a part of a common field and the healing of tangible beings like ourselves is interconnected with the healing of intangible beings that for the greater networks of relationships that we all commonly belong to.
I sometimes describe my animist-somatic work as cultural somatics.
I currently offer coaching and consulting services for:
- 1-on-1 and group facilitation work that addresses oppressions such as white supremacy as trauma itself.
- Social activist organizing that is built upon the foundations of trauma-informed somatic healing, such as relationship building, unconditional positive regard, and titration (working gently and slowly in processing emotional material to avoid re-traumatization).
I also teach courses at the Ritual as Justice School.
Background of practice
My practice draws upon these main lineages:
- Schools of modern creative and somatic therapies such as dance movement therapy, somatic sex education, Hakomi Method, and expressive arts therapy (which I am certified in through Langara College and is my main training). I acknowledge that these lineages of modern therapy derive much of their healing resource from the traditional practices of cultures of color as well as European folk cultures.
- Asian/Japanese ancestral embodiment lineages from energy medicine to martial arts that I have immersed myself in through self-practice and research (I am a fluent Japanese reader/speaker). There is a great ocean of knowledge here but people who have been particularly influential are Kenji Ushiro, Hideo Takaoka, and Corky Quakenbush (Please note that I am not a practitioner who can explicitly instruct on the arts I draw from).
- Animist-indigenous ritual and ancestral healing, a lot of which I have absorbed through my ongoing collaboration with Dare Sohei. Other inspirations for animism in my work include Sobonfu Some, Malidoma Some, and various writings on Wetiko (an Algonquin word for a cannibalistic spirit).
- Street dance, particularly ‘popping’, an umbrella term for mechanical street dances that emerged from black and brown communities of the West Coast of Turtle Island during the early 1970s.
Unceded Coast Salish Territories AKA Vancouver BC