In this episode, we discuss embodied transformation, spiritual entrepreneurship, Jewish Mysticism, and the current state of modern religious life.
Emma Sartwell is the founder and owner of Somatic Spiritual Counseling, a collective of body- and mindfulness-based therapists and coaches. She grew up in a reform Jewish household in Baltimore, MD. After a spiritual crisis in college, she found Buddhist meditation, which led her to Naropa University, a Buddhist-based graduate school in Boulder, CO, where she studied Buddhist and interfaith spiritual care. While there, she met some teachers who helped her return to her Jewish roots and see the intersection of meditation, psychology, and Jewish practice. She worked as a chaplain in a hospital and taught Hebrew school at a Renewal synagogue, but soon realized that she wanted to go deeper with one-on-one healing. She decided to study nervous system regulation and trauma integration through Somatic Experiencing International. Now, she ties together all of these mind-body-spirit threads into her work with clients, and supports her team of seven diverse practitioners to offer their service to others.