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.
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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 Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (ERYT200) with a trauma informed/social justice framework. She has 20 years experience of working with some of the most amazing people on the planet; hospice patients and their families, patients in a variety of health conditions, children and young people that live in poverty, deal with violence and neglect, survivors of sexual abuse and domestic violence, adults with mental illness and incarcerated women.
Rachel is also passionate about supporting and working with caregivers to reduce burnout and compassion fatigue. Rachel completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training with the Anjali School of Yoga in Central Pa. Rachel has over 200 hours in trauma informed/trauma sensitive yoga training from Yoga Service International, Off the Mat and Into the World and The Trauma Center from the Justice Resource Institute in Massachusetts. Rachel is a member of Give Back Yoga, Yoga Service International and is a rostered healing arts practitioner with The Breathe Network, an organization dedicated to serving survivors of sexual violence through the holistic arts.
Rachel co founded the Community Connection Team creating holistic opportunities for community building in marginalized neighborhoods and with survivors through the arts. She co created with Cambria County District Attorney Kelly Callihan and Beginnings Inc. an Early Intervention Provider, the Commission on Hope which provides trauma informed yoga, parenting classes and volunteer coaches to incarcerated individuals and supports their reentry after release with the continuance of these programs. Through the Commission on Hope, Rachel also teaches yoga in a homeless shelter and a center for recovery from addiction.
Rachel partners with The BottleWorks Ethnic Arts Center, Victim Services Inc, and Women’s Help Center facilitating trauma informed expressive arts and yoga to survivors of domestic and sexual violence.
Rachel has presented trauma informed yoga and healing arts at conferences including Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR) in Harrisburg, Pa. June of 2015 and The International Integrative Behavioral Health Symposium: Epigenetics, Neuroplasticity and Integrative Medicine in Hackensack, New Jersey in September of 2015. August of 2016, at The National Sexual Assault Conference.
Regionally and nationally, 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.
Rachel lives in Johnstown with her family. Their home is full of music, food, laughter, adorable pets, and many friends who become family.
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 Allen is a Certified Music Practitioner®. She works applying live music at the bedside as a tool for healing with voice and harp with patients in hospital and hospice units. Rachel is also a trained REMO Health Rhythms Group Empowerment Drumming Facilitator and utilizes vibrational medicine with voice, Native American Flute, quartz crystal singing bowls and drumming with varieties of groups including yoga classes. She is also a Wellness Consultant, teaching stress management, meditation and yoga within employee health programs, healthcare and throughout the region.
Rachel serves as an Executive Board member of the Music for Healing and Transition Program , an international certification program for therapeutic musicians. Through MHTP and other opportunities, Rachel has studied as an accepted fellow with esteemed composer Alice Parker at the Melodious Accord Institute and music and sound healing with David Darling, Fabien Mamien, Ruth Cunnigham, Libana, Silvia Nakkach, Russill Paul and Jim Donovan. She is co-founder of Kulani a West African Dance and Drum group hosted by the BottleWorks Ethnic Arts Center in Johnstown.
Rachel is passionate about integrating music, Reiki and yoga as a tool for healing, empowerment, and self-expression and to create and foster healthy, joyful communities. She traveled to Coastal Guinea, West Africa in January of 2014 for a month long musical immersion in the songs, rhythms and dances of the very roots of West African music. Rachel holds an adjunct faculty position at St. Francis University teaching Creative Movement and West African Dance through the Fine Arts Department. Rachel has two CDs released through independent music company CD Baby and available through CD Baby and I Tunes.
Rachel has received many awards and accolades including NOW Ellen D. Hoffman Person of the Year and the YWCA Tribute to Women Arts and Letters Award.