Today I am filled with excitement, gratitude, and some nervousness as I share some major personal news with you all. Since 2016 I have had my sights set on a graduate program at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in the Mission District of San Francisco. CIIS is a hotbed for revolutionary approaches to psychotherapy, and counts such field leaders among its past students and faculty as, for example, Stanislav Grof, Noah Levine, and Alan Watts.
Three years later, and after the most competitive admissions process in the history of the program, I am thrilled to announce that I have been accepted into the Somatic Psychology program at CIIS!
“Somatic Psychology” recognizes the power of body-centered approaches to psychotherapy, and deeply explores the mind-body-spirit relationship. I have much more to say about this, and will be writing more about it soon, but I’ll leave it at that for now.
Being accepted into this program at this school is really a dream come true for me. I haven’t officially accepted the admissions offer yet as I’m still waiting to hear back about what kind of Financial Aid package I’ll receive, and figure out exactly how I’ll afford living in the Bay Area for three years while going to school. Assuming everything makes sense financially, I will be leaving Maui–which will have been my beloved home for four years as of Cinco de Mayo–around late July. This thought is bittersweet to the core, and honestly I’m still kind of in denial about it.
That being said, I can’t remember the last time in my life I’ve felt so sure that a decision was right for me as I am that this program was made for me, and that really “owning my story” and walking my God-given path with courage, love, and authenticity means accepting the offer. It’s a damn good feeling, and I couldn’t be more excited for the coming chapters in my life!
I could not have done this (and won’t be able to do it) without the amazing support of so many of you–my friends and family. Particularly, I’d like to thank Dennis McKenna & Rich Nelson for believing in me and writing such glowing recommendation letters on my behalf.
For those of you who have been closest to me over the last few years and especially the last few months, you know the path that led me to this program has been full of obstacles, setbacks, and challenges, to put it lightly. I am eternally grateful for the people in my life who have offered their friendship, mentorship, encouragement, empathy, humor, patience, and wisdom to me. You know who you are. Thanks for being a part of this wild journey with me!
As the Hawaiians say, “IMUA!” — Forward, with strength.
With Love & Aloha,
May 3rd, 2019 – Haliimaile, Maui