Your authenticity lives in your body. It can be nowhere else.


Joan Brooks

I am a Certified Rubenfeld Synergist and one of two people in the world licensed by The Ilana Rubenfeld Foundation to train and certify practitioners in the Rubenfeld Synergy Method of bodywork and healing.

In a day-long workshop in 1997, Ilana Rubenfeld, the founder of the Rubenfeld Synergy Method, demonstrated the powerful and effective combination of using touch and talk. Before the end of that workshop, I knew in my bones that I would learn and practice this work for the rest of my life and teach this profound healing method to others. Today, I am the Training Director of the Rubenfeld Synergy Method in the U.S.

My work is a powerful blend of Rubenfeld Synergy, years of magical priestessing, and my own unique methods for deep transformational healing from trauma and other forms of oppression.

I’m also a published author, with chapters in two books and poetry in magazines, as well as a public speaker. See the Media page for information.


I call myself The Wise Body Healing Priestess. I deftly use the innate healing ability of the body, combined with the profound wisdom of the Earth, to help clients discover, uncover, and recover their Wild and Dark Core, that place of ancient healing and wisdom that cannot be domesticated nor tamed.

“When you live from your Wild and Dark Core, you own your wildness, and you reclaim your authenticity and personal authority.”

Joan Brooks


As part of my evolution as a teacher and healer, I have communicated with Dark Mother Goddess for years, taking daily dictation and recording the wisdom I receive. I practice deep listening to the innate wisdom of the body, Dark Mother Goddess and my wild and dark core (my Wise Council), and the guidance and inspiration of the natural world.

My cats love to lay their warm bodies on my handwritten pages of wisdom from the Dark Mother Goddess.