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My Mission

My passion and life’s work is to facilitate personal healing in the context of collective, societal transformation. I come from a place of loving and grounded presence, helping the people I serve return to a feeling of wholeness and empowerment. I do this by holding a space that is safe, trauma-informed and sensitive to race, gender, ability. This is my gift and offering: meeting you where you are and encouraging the deep health in you to shine forth.

I work with a wide variety of people, restoring balance to over-strained nervous systems, bones and tissues. I create and sustain long-term relationships with clients and community members, but also work with people who have short-term healing goals. I want to walk through the ins and outs of the healing journey with you and co-create a world that can hold us all in our uniqueness, with care and respect.
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Training and Certification

I've been fortunate to learn from some truly amazing teachers over the past 15 years. The healing modalities I use one-on-one are Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy and Remote Healing. I weave a variety of somatic trauma-informed techniques into my work and study healing justice principles. I've studied Interpersonal Neurobiology and Coherence Therapy, am a master Reiki trainer and 700-hour Certified Yoga Instructor. I have facilitated group classes, retreats and workshops for over a decade.
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My Path to Health

Like most people, I discovered somatic therapy and healing because I did not feel well-physically, mentally or emotionally. I was a philosophy major at a social justice-oriented college and have always been curious about science, spirituality and the body. I finished school confused about which way to go. After a number of years spent exploring different types of activism and outdoor work, I discovered shamanic healing and Zen meditation. Slowly, my mind-body relationship became healthier, happier; this excited me and inspired me to become a healer and yoga instructor, as the empowering and mindful movement that yoga provides had become a major part of my well-being. I became sober and stayed that way, and entered therapy. During this time I discovered Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy. It gave me a kind of healing that talk therapy couldn't-it went to the earliest roots of my struggles, transformed age-old patterns and began to heal me physically. I became confident, began to sleep well, become more connected to my community and became a dad. I went through an intensive training and developed a way to offer this work remotely to clients, via phone or video calls.

Over the past few years I’ve become a student of Coherence Therapy, Interpersonal Neurobiology and depth empathy. These studies have coalesced with group work in social and healing justice. I ask myself how I can be most effective today in bringing more fairness and balance into the world, and offer healing to more people.

There have been many teachers and mentors along my path who have provided me with deep learning and inspiration. I currently receive mentorship and support from Holistic Resistance, a group that works to dismantle racism by creating intimacy and fostering deep friendships.
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My Philosophy

I have found that the healthier and more resourced I've become, the more willing I've been to take a hard look at the many forms of injustice and imbalance taking place across the globe, and see the internalized systems of power and privilege that I am a part of and benefit from. I feel a responsibility to help bring more equality and balance into the field of healing arts, so I continue to learn about liberation strategies that reach towards all people, to create greater access. I offer low-cost sessions to people who need them, and free sessions to BIPOC community. I try my best to be an ally to marginalized people everywhere, and have a passion for learning.

Iam an active father and have worked hard to help my daughter feel secure and stable in her personhood, without enforcing gender roles or using shame. Integrating healing justice principles into my life and the work I do improves my ability to support clients from different backgrounds and cultural upbringings, and to be a more loving dad.

When/How I Work

During the current COVID-19 crisis I am only offering remote healing, and will be growing my distance practice over the coming years.

Remote Craniosacral Therapy, Telehealth and Distance Healing happen with either video (from a link I can send you) or via telephone. Clients can be in bed, on a couch or comfortable chair or lying down. We stay in verbal communication throughout the session and I can sense by proxy what is happening in a client's body, helping them to access deep relaxation, release stress and process grief; the body is realigned in a better working order and clients feel amazing. As with my in-person work, I am able to treat a wide range of ailments, and with the current COVID outbreak and national protests I am happy to offer sliding scale pricing for anyone who needs it.

Workshops and retreats are temporarily suspended. My online course will begin in September, running 8 weeks at 90 minutes per class.
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Professional, gentle, intuitive, highly-attuned: these are just a few words that come to mind when I consider the craniosacral and distance healing sessions I've had with Barbu throughout the last decade. Through his work I've experienced many positive physiological, energetic and emotional shifts, along with a heightened sense of awareness following his sessions—I couldn't recommend him more highly!
-Lindsay
"Barbu is a wise and compassionate listener and practitioner. He works from his home office and the space is warm and inviting, I’ve had several sessions and look forward to returning. Most recently, this work has helped me recover from a concussion caused by a serious car accident. Since the COVID-19 crisis I have been working with Barbu at a distance and it's been as good as in person. I am very grateful and feel amazing!"

 -Russell
During our session, Barbu gently took me to a place of utter and profound deep relaxation explaining what he sensed as we went. I felt held and healed. The issue with my hip has not bothered me since. There's more body awareness after our session and more choice on whether or not to tighten around the sensation, or to gently feel it, experience it and let it go.

-Zia

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Remote Craniosacral Therapy
Telehealth/Distance Healing
Online by-donation meditation Saturdays at 5pm Pacific
Online by-donation yoga classes Sundays at 5pm Pacific
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