Catherine is an ordained minister with the United Church of Christ and a covenant member with Plymouth Congregational Church. She is a board-certified chaplain, spiritual director, energy healer, tapping (EFT) practitioner and certified in neuroplasticity training.
Catherine received her Master of Arts in Theology and Spiritual Direction Certificate from St. Catherine University in St Paul, MN. She also holds a Master of Divinity equivalency from United Theological Seminary in New Brighton, MN.
Catherine is passionate about whole person healing with a focus on emotional and spiritual health. With a reverence for exploring the sacredness and meaning of life, she companions individuals on their journey. She works extensively in chronic illness, life transitions, grief, loss, and finding meaning and purpose.
Catherine leads talks and retreats on Resiliency, Self-Compassion, and Self-Care, Neuroplasticity, and Learning To Live.
Catherine has served as a spiritual care provider with Fairview Home Care and Hospice, HCMC, and Good Samaritan. She works with Mn Personalized Medicine, Partners in Resilience, and has her own private practice. Learn more about her private practice at www.learningtolive.org.
I create medicine + magic, weaving together care webs for healing justice + collective liberation.
I am an herbalist, bodyworker, doula / companion, Traiteux, aspiring Völva, + witch working within my ancestral + cultural lineages through my community-based care practice, Sassafras Healing Arts. I am here by way of my ancestors: Cajun, Norse, Prussian, Belgian, German, + Roma tenant farmers, caretakers, healers, herbalists, nurses, blacksmiths, jewelers, clockmakers, + merchants. I am a queer, non-binary, chronically ill/disabled, multiethnic, southern transplant currently living on occupied Dakhóta + Anishinaabe land in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I spent my childhood in New Orleans, Louisiana (Chickasaw, Chitimacha, + Choctaw Territory) & my adolescence in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin (Anishinaabe, Dakhóta + Ho-Chunk Territories).
My past movement homes have included People’s Movement Center, The Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition, + The HOTDISH Militia Abortion Fund. I am also the Co-Founder of Herbalists for Racial Justice (established 2016) + the Historian, Archivist, + Director of Operations, Accessibility, + Sustainability at SPIRAL Collective (established 2012). I spent a decade working within sexual + domestic violence prevention + advocacy before becoming a Registered Public Health Nurse in 2019.
I practice under a healing justice framework. As someone with white settler ancestry & who identifies as a non-binary queer witch, this means uplifting femme folks, queer & trans folks, black folks, indigenous folks, & people of color as healers, as well as to center marginalized communities in my practice. I strive to bring my whole self to my clients & meet them where they are at, respecting their decisions, honoring their intuition, & working to co-create a container for them to see themselves as the powerful healers & magic-makers they are. I strive to bring an ethic of communal care to my practice, recognizing that we cannot “self care” our traumas away, & that we do not survive alone.
Sliding Scale Fees & Accessibility:
I utilize a sliding scale fee for almost all of my services. My hope with this approach is that folks who have the financial ability to pay more will pay more and folks who need to pay less will pay less and everything will balance itself out. The sliding scale fee exists for people who have low or no income and/or have limited to no employment. I believe everyone deserves access to the healing they desire & deserve. I highly encourage you to contact me if finances are a barrier to you receiving support from me at any time! At times I am able to work outside of my sliding scale on a limited, as-needed basis.
In December of 2018 I graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Nursing’s Master of Nursing Program as a Registered Nurse, after 3 years of prerequisites, graduate school coursework, and clinicals.
I offer my services in person as well as through phone or Skype.
Products are available for purchase through my online apothecary at http://www.sassafrashealingarts.bigcartel.com
What is BreathWork?
BreathWork is a simple, yet powerful process that consistently generates profound physical, emotional & mental self-healing & deepens your connection with Spirit. It is one of the most powerful self-healing modalities on the planet.
In a breath session you activate a high vibrational energy that raises and alters low vibrational energy patterns that are stuck in your electromagnetic field. Breath activates the body’s natural healing abilities. As you open up and release your restrictive breathing patterns you will move toward optimal health and wellbeing.
BreathWork can help you to relieve stress, detox your body, increase your energy & vitality, release suppressed/repressed emotions & traumas, clear your mind, and bring more joy and happiness into your life.
“Breathe Fully to Live Fully!”
Private sessions, group sessions & classes, workshops and retreats offered in the Twin Cities and around the glove.