my name is dr. amy j howton. i am a healer, facilitator, story weaver, and writer. my work over the past twenty-five years has focused in the areas of trauma, racial + gender justice, spiritual leadership, community building, and organizational leadership development.
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.
my most important training has been life and my own healing. with thanks to the lessons learned through occupying this white, female body, i draw on the wisdom gained from a life of unlearning Whiteness and the balancing of healthy Feminine and Masculine energies. i’ve been privileged to have been in personal study and apprenticeship with elders, guides, shamans, healers, and spiritual leaders from various wisdom traditions and lineages. i hold an MA in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and a doctorate in Ecological Counseling. i am a licensed professional counselor in the state of Ohio, experienced in participatory action research, human-centered design, and trained in the Art of Hosting. i continue to focus study in the Christian contemplative and mystical traditions and somatic healing of trauma.
elders + lineages
Margaret Wheatley and Jerry Granellli as a senior student in the Warrior for the Human Spirit training (2017-2021)
Quanita Roberson and Tenneson Woolf as an apprentice in Fire and Water (2019-present)
Fr. Richard Rohr, Barbara Holmes, James Finley, Brian MacLaren and Mirabai Starr as a student in the Center for Action and Contemplation’s Living School (2021-present)
co-conspirators + partners
QUANITA ROBERSON I am a facilitator dedicated to addressing embedded trauma. I am a spiritual teacher, speaker, author, life coach, and a storyteller. My work over the past 20 years has been focused in the areas of healing, initiation, grief, leadership, diversity, and inclusion. I have a background in Organizational Management and Development with a concentration in Integral Theory which has supported me in looking at the world in a more holistic way. I also have had the privilege of studying with some amazing elders including Sobonfu Some and Jojopah Maria Nsoroma, keepers of ancient indigenous wisdom from the Dagara Tribe of Burkina Faso; Fanchon Shur in Embodying Creative Leadership through Growth in Motion; and Christina Baldwin and Ann Linnea of The Circle Way.
TENNESON WOOLF I am a consultant, facilitator, workshop leader, coach, teacher, and writer. I am committed to improving the quality of collaboration and imagination needed in groups, teams, communities, and organizations — to help us be in times such as these with consciousness, kindness, and learning. My work over 20+ years has been to design and lead meetings in participative formats. From strategic visioning with boards to large conference design to communities just learning to listen again to one another. My education background includes an undergraduate degree in psychology and a graduate degree in organizational behavior. My work lineages include The Berkana Institute with Margaret Wheatley, The Circle Way with Christina Baldwin and Ann Linnea, and The Art of Hosting with Toke Moeller and Monica Nissen.
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