Biography

Rachel Allen

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Rachel Allen has over a decade and a half of experience in the healing and expressive arts and is active in facilitating chant, drumming and movement to support healing and empowerment at yoga studios, retreats, conferences and other gatherings regionally and nationally. She has facilitated experiences at national events including American Holistic Nurse’s Association Annual Conferences in Carlisle, PA and The Music for Healing and Transition Program’s Biannual Conferences throughout the US and annually at the sold out Rhythm Renewal Retreat in Loretto, PA led by Jim Donovan. Rachel is a theme based yoga teacher and workshop facilitator and uses live music, breath, movement and yoga to delve into themes that encourage and support self acceptance and self reflection grounded in compassion and truth. She is a dynamic speaker and presents on many subjects at conferences and retreats regionally and nationally.

Rachel Allen

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Merging Music, Yoga and Community

Rachel Allen, B.A. Political Science/Sociology, is a Certified Music Practitioner, Sound Healer, Reiki Master, and an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher with a trauma informed/social justice framework.

rachel_harpRachel has over 20 years experience of working with therapeutic music, drumming, sound healing and yoga in a wide variety of community based settings.

Rachel teaches Creative Movement as Adjunct Faculty at Saint Francis University in Loretto, PA. and serves as faculty on Jim Donovan’s Rhythm Renewal and Revival Retreats.

Rachel is a graduate of the Music for Healing and Transition Program (MHTP), an international training and certification program and served on MHTP’s Executive Board of Directors for nine years. She continues her work in hospice as a Certified Music Practitioner for the past 16 years, providing live music at the bedside with voice and harp.

Rachel is a Reiki Level 3 Practitioner and a teaching Reiki Master through the Usui System of Natural Healing in accordance with the Essential Reiki tradition and synchronizes Reiki into yoga and music for optimal healing. Rachel has created and implemented a Reiki training for clinical staff focusing on self care. Rachel holds Reiki trainings yearly and offers Synchronized Healing sessions that incorporate sound, affirmations and gentle movement with Reiki sessions.

Rachel received her RYT 200 in 2012 and has received trauma informed/trauma sensitive yoga training from Off the Mat Into the World, The Breathe Network and The Trauma Center from the Justice Resource Institute in Massachusetts. Rachel is a member of Yoga Service Council and Yoga Body Image Coalition as well as a rostered healing arts practitioner with The Breathe Network, an organization dedicated to serving survivors of sexual violence through the holistic arts. She is a participating partner with the Commission on Hope which provides trauma informed yoga and parenting classes to individuals who are incarcerated and supports their reentry after release with the continuance of these programs in community based settings.

Other community partnerships delivering Trauma Sensitive Yoga and Expressive Music and Movement include:

  • The BottleWorks Ethnic Arts Center
  • Victim Services Inc.
  • Women’s Help Center
  • Torrence State Hospital in both the Forensic and Civil Units
  • Community Care Team, a support group for adults with HIV/AIDS
  • Tableland Cambria County, a program supporting people that need support entering the workforce
  • Alternative Community Resource Program, a school based partial hospitalization program for youth
  • Cambria County Prison

Rachel has presented trauma informed yoga and healing arts at conferences including:

  • Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR) in Harrisburg, Pa. June of 2015
  • The International Integrative Behavioral Health Symposium: Epigenetics, Neuroplasticity and Integrative Medicine in Hackensack, New Jersey in September of 2015
  • National Sexual Assault Conference in Washington DC in 2016 with Victim Services Inc.

Rachel is passionate about supporting and working with caregivers to reduce burnout and compassion fatigue and offers workshops and trainings nationally and internationally. In 2018, she led a Mindfulness for Trauma and Compassion Fatigue Training in several locations throughout the island of Puerto Rico post Hurricane Maria, and in 2019 led this training, sponsored and hosted by Q Shelter, in Queensland, Brisbane, Australia to those who provide services to those who lack housing in shelters and to people who are refugees and asylum seekers.

Rachel was inducted into the Artist Hall of Fame at the BottleWorks Ethnic Arts Center in 2016. She received the YWCA Arts and Letters Award in 2008 and The National Organization of Women Person of the Year in 2006. Rachel is co chair of the Unity Coalition of the Southern Alleghenies, a Social Justice organization committed to peace building, www.unitycoalitionsa.org.

Regionally, nationally, and internationally, she teaches and presents at conferences and retreats weaving live music, yoga, and creative movement into themes of compassion, self acceptance, and transformation. Rachel is committed to engaging people from all walks of life in the healing arts to create healthy, diverse, and joyful communities.