Laura Valenti is a dedicated Movement Medicine teacher and facilitator, an embodiment and trauma-informed coach, a somatic stress release practitioner, and a holistic sound and voice therapist. Her dance journey with Ya'Acov and Susannah Darling Khan began in 2009, and she immersed herself in their teachings for many years, even while facing cancer. Since then, she has assisted in various workshops and participated in seven Long Dances. Since 2017, she has served as a mentor for the School's students.
Laura has studied various healing arts for two decades, guided by her curiosity and love for learning. She has apprenticed to medicine people in the Americas and is a Moon Dancer. Her background encompasses law, sociology of migration, physical theatre, clowning, and human rights advocacy.
She shared her work with indigenous communities, individuals in drug and alcohol rehabilitation, refugees, survivors of domestic violence, and vulnerable children.
Currently, Laura is taking a new step in her journey, pursuing certification as a Somatic Experience practitioner—a path dedicated to her health and understanding her neurobiology and nervous system. She views this also as a natural progression in supporting the well-being of her community and addressing intergenerational and systemic trauma.
Laura's journey took an unexpected turn with chemotherapy-induced premature menopause. Rather than resisting this change, she embraced it as an initiation and rite of passage, believing firmly in the pivotal role of older women as wisdom keepers.
Presently, Laura interviews women to make their work more visible. She writes articles on embodiment, ritual, midlife and more and contributes to GodGirl Publishing House.
Currently living in Spain in an international community where she has access to the wilderness of the land and a slow pace of life, Laura started dancing when she was six years old after her mum died. She knew intuitively, since then, that dance was her medicine.
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