Gina began her career as a birth doula, childbirth educator and assistant midwife, trained in the midwifery model of care. This work has laid a foundation for how she holds space with others on their life journey and support deep and powerful transitions. After almost 10 years in the field, Gina’s focus shifted to caring for her own son in 2008, a journey that would lead to new interests and experiences. She explored the path of embodied awareness in her own life, as well as did somatic embodiment training to support others in listening and learning from the stories that our bodies tell about individual, collective and intergenerational trauma and resilience. Gina first began weaving as part of a Master's thesis on embodied education and liberatory pedagogy. She has found weaving to be a profound tool to deepen her access to the language of the body and to tap into her intuition. She also combines weaving with somatic embodiment tools, storytelling, self-reflection, writing, and multimedia art which support the creative expression of the untold stories of trauma, delight, fear, grief, joy and liberation that live within. Now a teacher with a Master's Degree in Education from Goddard College and the Director of Roots and Fruits Preschool in South Portland, Maine, she integrates her past experience in the birth world, drawing on her holistic roots, with her new tools as an early childhood educator and student of somatic embodiment to support herself and others who may be curious to explore their own deep, embodied stories. Gina will be using the tools that Weaving a Life offers to journey with deep exploration of self, other, the spaces and places we inhabit and all that life has to offer in a search for embodied liberation, justice, and love. All of her work is intended to support the re-imagining and creation of a more just and humane world with the goal of interrupting racism, sexism, heterosexism, ableism and other forms of oppression, and beginning to imagine how the capacity for love and collective liberation can grow from the ruin and resilience of yesterday.