My name is Aurelie Richards (she/her) or Mishka.

I’m an educator, facilitator, consultant, guide and mentor.

My Practice

Presencing Facilitator

As a former Zen Buddhist monastic, I’ve been educating and counselling individuals, educators, medical practitioners, therapists, and parents on the joys of incorporating mindfulness and meditative practices into their personal and professional lives since 2011.

During that time, I’ve also been applying Theory U (developed by Otto Scharmer at the Presencing Institute at MIT) to community and organizational transformation.

The facilitation work that I do is moreover deeply trauma- and anti-oppression informed, and backed by trainings in somatics, attachment theory, Right Use of Power, the Wheel of Consent, diversity and inclusion (DEIB), and emotional freedom technique (tapping).

Resilience Coach

I earned my BFA from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University in 2010 and have over a decade of professional experience as a dancer and actor (stage, screen, and voice).

This background made me particularly attuned to the body – the personal human body, but also the group body, the pain body, the social body, the spirit body. Embodiment has been a fundament of my spiritual research, and so a natural outcome of that is my pursuit of becoming a resilience coach and trauma recovery guide.

My method is a research-based, polyvagal- and trauma-informed set of somatics exercises and facilitation skills designed to tonify the nervous system through self- and co-regulation.

I additionally offer the NADA protocol for addiction and trauma recovery, as well as moxa treatments for sensitive systems and immune tonification.

Somatics Educator

I’ve been practising intuitive healing since 2009, when I received private Reiki transmission, through apprenticeship. I went on to receive Shiatsu training from the Ohashi Institute in 2011.

As a somatics educator and facilitator, I credit long-term intensive trainings in Klein technique, Alexander technique, Kinetic Awareness, Body-Mind Centring, functional anatomy, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation, as well as Chinese medicine (channel theory and meridian therapy) with much of the theoretical and experiential backgrounding of my unique methodology.

A certified facilitator of the Resilience Toolkit (pending), I have added on the so-called “therapeutic tremor” to my repertoire, as a fundament of my facilitation and therapeutic approach.

Learn about my counselling and consulting services:

Resource Library

When you sign up for my newsletter, you get access to my mental health Resource Library, which I’ve been compiling for my clients over the years.

It has books, articles, apps, podcasts, media, and helpful websites all in one convenient and easy-to-navigate Wiki.

This is just a mini-preview of the literature I recommend in the full Resource Library.

To see the full list of books, visit my Bookshop Affiliate Page:

Clients + Partners

Catalyst Institute
Head of People and Wellbeing (HR)
Antioch University
Department of Applied Psychology
Deutschlandfunk Kultur
Voice Actress
Curatorial Collective for Public Art
Cultural Mediation
Housing Works
HIV Hospice Programming
Ponderosa e.V
Presencing Coach + Project Management
Blue Cliff Monastery
Mindful Living

Wake Up International
Monastic Delegation

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The content of this website represents the interests and activities of Aurelie Richards and not of the organizations mentioned above.

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