The teachings of Hawk Dance are birthed from the spiritual path A Beauty Way, as well as practices of Mindfulness, Authentic Movement, yoga, and the creative arts. They are offered by Annie Geissinger, MA LMHC, a teacher, musician and psychotherapist with a private practice in Warren, RI
The name Hawk Dance is inspired by the beauty of the soaring spiral of hawks who trust the elements to carry them, and whose vision is clear and far-reaching.
Annie has walked A Beauty Way with her teacher JiMi Tao and the spiritual community Sacred Reflections of A Beauty Way for over 15 years. Her classes and workshops in Mindfulness, Soul Nature and Awakening Dreams are birthed from her learning and experience of A Beauty Way and other practices of meditation, arts and contemplation. For more information, see sacredreflectionsofabeautyway.com and jimitao-abeautyway.com
Annie holds a B.A. in Music from Wesleyan University, Middletown CT, and an MA in Expressive Arts Therapies from Lesley University, Cambridge, MA. She completed a professional training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center’s Center for Mindfulness. As a teacher, Expressive Arts therapist, counselor, and workshop leader since 1989, she has taught in a variety of settings, including Kripalu Yoga Center in Lenox, MA; Salve Regina University in Newport RI; All That Matters in Wakefield, RI and the Yoga and Mindfulness Studio at Swansea Center for Psychotherapy.
Annie practiced and studied Authentic Movement for over 25 years, including with Janet Adler, PhD over a period of 12 years. She was a founder and co-editor of A Moving Journal, Ongoing Expressions of Authentic Movement from 1994-2006.
She studied drumming with West African master drummers Abdoul Doumbia, Seydou Coulibaly, and Issa Coulibaly from 1991 to 2007, including journeys to Senegal and Mali.
She has led drumming performances, workshops, and collaborative workshops with storyteller Abigail Ifatola Jefferson, M.Ed., since 1992. She has studied a variety of meditation paths, including mantra meditation and Zen meditation.
Annie is deeply grateful for her teacher JiMi Tao, and all teachers from whom she has received generous and invaluable guidance, knowledge, and kindness.