Lotus Circle Friends


Glyndie Nickerson, Northampton, Massachusetts, USA

Glyndie is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and PhD Candidate in Clinical Psychology, specializing in trauma psychology. She is passionate about bringing SE to underserved, oppressed peoples and communities, both in the US at an inner city mental health clinic in Springfield MA, and in a Northern India Somatic Experiencing project she developed with tortured and imprisoned Tibetan refugees in Dharamsala, where she plans to return in the winter/spring of ’09. Glyndie also worked with and learned from South Indian Tsunami survivors as a part of the February 2007 Trauma Vidya team. She has a private SE practice in Northampton, MA. She has been a somatic practitioner for the past 14 years. She was on faculty for five years at the Barbara Brennan School of Healing and assistant teacher there for two years. Glyndie is dedicated to assisting others in the integration of overwhelming experience by means of somatic and sensory attunement within the fluid container of human relationship. She is also sensitive to how we approach other cultures with SE, and is committed to offering SE in a collaborative, culturally adaptive spirit, which expresses the deep respect for each community’s inherent healing capacities that we can all learn from.


Patricia Meadows, San Rafael, California, USA

Patricia is a holistic nurse counselor in private practice in Novato, California. She has Master’s Degrees in both Community Health Nursing and Community Mental Health Counseling and has completed six years of doctoral studies in East/West Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies. With over 35 years experience in health care and mental health in both inpatient and outpatient settings, she has worked and taught across the life span, as well as across the whole continuum of health and disease. Currently, in her private practice, Patricia facilitates a process-oriented approach to healing and transformation which focuses on the integral growth and development of the whole person and all dimensions of human experience. She combines Somatic Experiencing with her specialized training and experience in prenatal and birth trauma therapy, biodynamic craniosacral therapy, energy healing, breathwork, Authentic Movement, and psychospiritual inquiry. Patricia has traveled to Tamil Nadu, India twice previously with an international trauma team offer relief to tsunami survivors with posttraumatic stress and to help train local professionals in working with trauma She is passionate about empowering others through mentoring and teaching self-help skills that can be used by individuals, groups, families and communities.


Lida Ruiter, The Netherlands

Lida has a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in social work and counselling. She was also a supervisor and teacher in those fields. Trained in Core-energetics (bodywork), Naturopathy, Energywork (Snowlion Center School), Reconnection Healing (dr. Eric Pearl) and Somatic Experiencing, she has a private practice as a therapist and healer. She worked several times in Tamil Nadu, India, as a member of the international trauma team that offered relief to Tsunami survivors with post traumatic stress and training to local professionals in treating trauma. She is coordinating SE activities in the Netherlands and is assistant and supervisor for the SE trainings in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. She is integrating different kinds of healing in working with shock and trauma.


Jane Lazar, Sausalito, California, USA

The commitment of my personal and professional life is the realization of our innate connectedness to self, to others and to the universe. From my own experience, I believe the healing of our sense of separation as well as large and small traumas, is key to allowing us to settle into our natural connectedness.
My own evolution includes a background of training and work with Lomi Body Work, Aikido, Nonviolent Communication, and monastic training in Soto Zen Buddhism including priest ordination in 2005. Through meditation, I saw how I was imprisoned by unresolved trauma and received sessions in Somatic Experiencing. Inspired by my experience that even in one’s fifth decade, it is possible to heal trauma in the nervous system, I am presently engaged in becoming a professional Somatic Experiencing (SE) practitioner. For the last year, I have volunteered at COTS homeless shelters in Petaluma, CA, as part of the SE clinic.


Jacqueline Manalastas, Singapore

Jacqueline, Vice President of Lotus Circle International, has been living in Singapore for the last 4 years and works as a Yoga Instructor for Absolute Yoga Singapore. She is certified by the Yoga Alliance as a Hot Yoga teacher and has studied with Patrick Creelman, Ross Rayburn and Janet Stone.

Before venturing to South East Asia she studied Advertising and Art Direction at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Her young career has spanned from restaurant design and business development to Assistant Art Director and Events Coordinator for a nationwide magazine. A humanitarian at heart, in 2004 Jacque traveled to India with a Trauma Vidya team to photograph the team and their work aiding tsunami survivors with post traumatic stress. A yogi at heart, Jacque is dedicated to sharing her love for all beings with whomever she meets.

In her next life she plans to come back as a Bollywood movie star.

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