Isa Maria is a mermaid, painter, dancer, drummer, and mother.
She is was born in Germany to an atheist intellectual father and spiritual seeker mother. The family immigrated to the U.S. when she was 3 years old. Attending alternative schools, free to roam the forest or swim or draw all day, she and her siblings were encouraged to question authority, and never entered mainstream American culture.
Isa is clear, present, and available.” –Dr. Latifa Amdur
Isa earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and dance at Antioch University. Then she fell in love, got married, and raised 3 children and a herd of milk goats on a farm in the Blue Ridge mountains. There she learned about herbal medicine, organic gardening, sacred dance, and African drumming.
When a nuclear waste company moved into the rural community, Isa became an environmental activist. Battered by the immensity of this work, she and her colleagues learned how to use circle ritual and earth spirituality to restore their energy and to keep the focus of all their actions on their motivation of love for the earth.
Trouble in the marriage led Isa to study and eventually teach Re-Evaluation Co-Counseling, a non-heirarchical practice in which everybody takes turns being both counselor and client. RC encourages physical discharge of held emotional pain, liberation from internalized oppression, and living without limits.
In 1997 Isa moved to Kauai and fulfilled her dream of painting full-time. She also intensively studied, taught, and performed African drumming and dance, and started the group Love Tribe, and later Aloha Africa, hosting dancers and musicians from Ghana.
What other facilitators say:
One of the things I love about your personality is this creative and courageous willingness to go for it. I’m feeling crazy amounts of gratitude for your presence in my life. –J.P. Allen, NVC facilitator and author
In 2001 she participated in the formation of Kauai’s first NVC practice group, which is still meeting today. Since then she has been facilitating ongoing practice groups and providing counseling, couples coaching, mediation, and workshops in the Kauai community. For example, she worked with staff at Wilcox Hospital and the Resonance Project, taught school groups, and mediated conflict transformations between family members, friends, and business relationships such as farm owners and their farm managers.
Isa’s Nonviolent Communication teachers include Robert Gonzalez, Mary MacKenzie, Kelly Bryson, Jim and Jori Manske, Inbal Kashtan, Christa Morf, Bob Metz, and Ellen Shiro.
“Thank you for your attunement to spirit and the way it shines through you.” (Sufis Hawaii)