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Dara del Rio

Embodiment + Resiliency Coach
Spiritual Exploration Guide

Hello + welcome. For me, there is no joy more sacred in this life than feeling as a way of knowing—learning to trust the innate wisdom deeply held in the soil of our own bodies.

I have learned in both formal and informal settings: earning my Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy + Religion, spending three years in Master’s and Doctoral level programs in Classical Chinese Medicine, studying yoga and Buddhist meditation, and traveling numerous times to the jungles of the Peruvian Amazon and the mountains of Guatamala to sit with indigenous elders and healers to work with Ayahuasca, San Pedro, and Psilocybin Mushrooms. I currently live full time in South America where I continue to deepen my relationship with shamanism and indigenous wisdom.

My studies, along with many challenging life experiences I have faced including healing from childhood sexual abuse, overcoming a life-threatening chronic illness, and healing my neurology from a high-impact car accident, have required years of personal attunement and dedication to my craft. I am humbled now to offer my work here as a space-holder, a guide, and a witness to your transformation.

Through this work we not only resolve trauma but expand our capacity to attune to the subtleties of nature, increase our sense of agency and resiliency in our lives, and unlock our creative gifts and unique offerings in the world.

You are worthy of your best life, the one your body craves and your heart yearns for. Let’s go find it.

SPECIALTIES​

TRAINING​

  • PRINCIPLES OF FIVE ELEMENT ACUPUNCTURE,  Institute of Taoist Education & Acupuncture

  • TRAUMA-INFORMED PLANT MEDICINE, Somatic Experiencing®    Practitioner Atira Tan

  • ONGOING SHAMANIC STUDIES in Central and South American Indigenous Traditions since 2016

  • 200 HOUR YOGA TEACHER TRAINING, Frog Lotus Yoga

  • BACHELOR OF ARTS in Philosophy & Religious Studies, Northern Arizona University

ARTICLES

TESTIMONIALS

Working with Dara has been a transformative experience for me—each time learning more about myself and healing in both physical and spiritual ways. Her approach works in a serpentine manner, quietly and effectively caressing the spiritual wounds, rectifying unhealthy energy flows and allowing healing to truly begin from the inside out. I continue to seek out her services for spiritual growth and bodily wellness. With her sessions, I have been able to better connect with my body, my lovers, my family both living and ancestral, as well as esoteric energies and beings. The medicine isn’t always easy or pleasant to experience, at times it is deeply challenging, but each time it is undeniably worth it. I’m eternally grateful to have met Dara, and look forward to engaging future work with her!
Sydney H.

The work that Dara and I did together drastically improved my quality of life. I was suffering from severe anxiety and depression that were preventing me from functioning. Shortly after the first session, I gained insight into past traumas and began to consciously let go of the remnants that were weighing me down. The release had begun subconsciously, no doubt, during the first session. The subsequent sessions were no less effective at accelerating the healing process. In a short period of time, my anxiety and depression have subsided, I have reconnected with myself and my surroundings and have reached a functional state. These things would not have happened without Dara. She is a healer. Her intuition and approach are incredibly effective. I highly recommend Dara’s work!

Scott M.

DARA'S BLOGS

Somatics + Psychology of Place: How Does Our Environment Affect Us?

Somatics + Psychology of Place: How Does Our Environment Affect Us?

This video with Dara explores the theme of how our environment and where we live affect and shape who we are, how we feel, what we think.

On Being Broken

On Being Broken

In your innermost chamber, do you harbor the secret belief that you are broken or damaged in a way that cannot be overcome?

The #1 Somatic Practice I Do

The #1 Somatic Practice I Do

If I were to boil down somatic work into just one simple and effective practice, this would be the one!

It's Okay to be Disgusting

It’s Okay to be Disgusting

When things are changing or there’s a big transformation, it’s usually messy and it doesn’t look good. We often don’t know what’s happening.

To Grieve the Living

To Grieve the Living

Grief is something we usually reserve for people who have died. But what about all of the people who are still alive?

Tending to the Mother Wound

Tending to the Mother Wound

What is your relationship with your mother? Your wife? Your child? What about Mother Earth herself?

What is Ancestral Healing?

What is Ancestral Healing?

The importance of healing not just our own wounds, but the ones of those who came before us . . . ultimately, they are one and the same.

Balancing Masculine + Feminine in the Nervous System

Balancing Masculine + Feminine in the Nervous System

Are we all wired to fight, flight, or freeze under threat? In this video, Dara del Rio talks about the fawn or tend-and-befriend response.

When Trauma Ends

When Trauma Ends

What happens when we process our trauma? And what comes next? Today’s video is about stepping into deeper levels of resiliency + growth …

Dara del Rio Video Transcript

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