She is faculty at JFK University, Campbell, CA & Sofia University, Palo Alto, CA. She holds a M.A. in Somatic Psychology from California Institute of Integral Studies, and a B.A. in Dance Therapy from the Naropa University. In addition she has trained in various methods of working with trauma, counseled survivors of political oppression and torture and victims of trauma. She is an SE Practioner in the Trauma Resolution method developed by Peter Levine. She is a graduate Fellow at the Napa Infant Mental Health Fellowship Program, led by Dr. Ed Tronick. She is a graduate of the Child Trauma Institute of San Francisco and has expanded her practice in working with children and parents suffering the effects of trauma. Manuela has extensive training in the field of movement therapies is an authorized Continuum Movement teacher. She has been a Buddhist meditation practioner for the past 25 years and teaches Embodied Mindfulness in her work. She maintains a private practice in Menlo Park working with individuals, couples and children. Her upcoming book: 8 Keys to Practicing Mindfulness. Practical Strategies for Emotional Health and Well Being.” will be published in April 2015.
Sarah has performed with nationally and internationally renowned artists including Marina Abramovic, Lita Albuquerque (Pacific Standard Time, LA), AvyK Productions (SF), Meg Wolfe (LA), touring with choreographer Cid Pearlman (Joyce SoHo, NY/ MOMA San Diego/ Diavolo, LA/ ODC & CounterPULSE, SF), and director Felix Ruckert (Berlin). Sarah’s own work has been presented at venues such as REDCAT (LA), the Cowell Theater (SF), the Felix Kulpa Gallery (Santa Cruz), and SEEDS Festival (Somatic Experiments in Earth, Dance, & Science, MA).
Sarah’s creative work has been supported by the Christine Tamblyn Memorial Scholarship for Interdisciplinary Art Practice, ArtSpace USA, The Tannery Art Center, Theatre Bay Area CA$H Grants, the Cultural Council of Santa Cruz Co., and Artist Residencies from the Santa Cruz Institute of Contemporary Art, Earthdance Center (MA), and The 418 Project.