Denise Ellen Casey
My name is Denise Ellen Casey, she/her. I work with people of all ages as a storyteller, performing artist, Voice Movement Therapy (VMT) practitioner, group facilitator and mindfulness coach. I'm most interested in exploring, through body, voice and creative expression, what's possible, personally and collectively, when we turn our attention and curiosity to the parts of ourselves we're afraid to see, hear and feel.
A little bit about my walk:
At a young age, my own experiences with eating disorders taught me the power and possibility of a single voice as well as what can happen when that voice is not expressed. Instead of going to rehab for eating disorders, I lived and trained full-time for two years at a residential Buddhist monastery in Vermont where I later served as Director of Mindfulness in Education. In 2013 I was honored to co-coach the nationally recognized Burlington youth slam-poetry team Muslim Girls Making Change (MGMC). For several years I co-facilitated and co-created a 5-month mindfulness training program through the Vermont Education Health Initiative (VEHI) for public school teachers throughout Vermont. I joyfully created two original autobiographical plays, ‘Got This Voice’ and ‘Born of Belly’, that combine song, story, poetry and movement to look at the ways we carry, hold and heal stories in our bodies. When I became ill with autoimmune symptoms in 2016, taking cues from my learnings with eating disorders, I trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Amma therapeutic massage in order to look at the ways my body's expression of dis-ease were a reflection of a much larger picture of health. Prior to that I studied reiki, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, myofascial and craniosacral practices, as well as apprenticed with teachers of voice, movement, improvisation and dance. I trained for two years in Voice Movement Therapy (VMT) and am accepting new clients in Burlington, Montpelier and in Zoomland. I am currently working on my latest performance Playing the Game, about the games we play in order to belong. Touring for Playing the Game begins this winter, 2022/23.
Thank you to my teachers Rev. angel Kyodo williams, Lama Rod Owens, Lida Winfield, Gina Breedlove and Susan Borg who demonstrated for me again and again the courage and joy that's necessary and possible when we center liberation and love for all beings.