connection to the Spirit of the Earth developed
when she was a young child. Aria offers healing,
consultations, ceremony, and classes nationally.
She is currently writing and producing a series
of healing meditation CD's.
As a child, Aria often climbed trees
and played in the woods near her home in Ohio.
Later, she spent most of her days in the
creeks, ponds, meadows and woods of her
family's campgrounds. As a photographer, Aria
used personal projects as a vehicle to spend
familiar hours out in nature. She has hiked,
camped, and visited sacred sites across Ohio,
New York, Pennsylvania, Colorado, New Mexico,
California, Arizona, Utah, Nevada, Georgia,
the Carolinas, Costa Rica, and the former
Aria's formal shamanic studies began in
1991, while earning her Bachelor's Degree in
Images and Interpersonal Relations and a
Women's Studies Certificate at Ohio
University. She studied with Bekki and Crow,
participated in the Drum Circle, and completed
one of the first Shamanic Practitioner
Intensives in 1993. During this time, she
studied with local herbalist Cindy Parker,
took courses in organic, biointensive
agriculture at the university, and
participated in ceremony with Rita Whitebud.
In 1994, she moved to Colorado, where
she completed the Boulder College of Massage
Therapy's 1000-hour diploma program with
honors. Throughout her years in private
practice, she has completed extensive
specialized training including Neuro
Linguistic Programming, Neuro Emotional
Technique, CranioSacral Therapy, Lymphatic
Drainage and Visceral Manipulation. She
continued her shamanic pursuits with Bekki and
Crow in 1996, with Sandra Ingerman of the
Foundation for Shamanic Studies, and in other
venues. She studied with a circle in Southern
California for five years. She has
periodically practiced martial arts including
Tai Chi and Qi Gong since 1989.
Aria began teaching Usui and Karuna
Reiki natural healing in 1998, and has taught
all aspects of 1000-hour massage certification
in Southern California. Following a serious
car accident two years into an acupuncture
masters degree program, she decided to change
course. After studying humanistic astrology
with Keith Burke, she joined the permanent
faculty at The Cadent Cross Institute, a
teaching institute for astrology, metaphysics
and alternative health based in San Diego, CA.
Aria expresses her passion for teaching by
traveling nationally to offer workshops and
small private classes.