About Hilary Lake
I am a activist expressive arts community ministry and somatic practitioner offering and co-creating individual and group spaces for embodied awakening to culture awareness, reciprocity and collective liberation. I identify as a white Slavic, Celtic, Baltic, Germanic, Norse, Greek queer non-binary femme living on Anishinaabe land also known as Petoskey, Michigan.
I created Moving in Grace for my masters thesis in divinity school to find my way through the darkness of feeling deeply isolated and alone. It was created with the desire to feel connected to and present with myself and others through all aspects of my body and being. I was at Harvard Divinity School studying Buddhist ministry wanting to save myself and the world. I also wanted to be a part of community. I had lived in community and was collaborating on building a non-profit Unitarian Universalist cooperative house. I had also run spiritual groups for years and yet a big part of me felt separate, lonely, and feared I would always feel alone. I was ready to break out of my shell and express my truth yet I felt crazy and overwhelmed. I was so scared to actually let people see me for fear that they would judge me and yet part of me was judging myself and them all along. I share all of this because I'm just like everyone else and through facing my challenges with creativity I've been able to be truly myself.
What helped me to integrate and shift from pushing myself to accepting and loving myself while alone and around others has been creating a space in which I can just be, feel and express anything that is going on for me. I wanted to rest into feeling what is present for me in my body, allow it to be fully accepted and acknowledged, and then to move with it and express it with others as we learn about how to create a healthy rhythm for ourselves in connection to each other and all of life. It has become a space in which I can accept my whole experience and where I can be in inquiry to learn how to love myself better so that I can learn to love others and allow them to love me as well.
This practice of Moving in Grace has evolved throughout my time living and working in a dance and artist residency retreat center called Earthdance and while co-owning and running a transformation retreat center called Nine Mountain both in Western, MA.
I also studied various healing practices including Infinity Practice, Somatic Bodywork (an ISMETA approved training) and have 15 years experience of studying Buddhism, meditation, ministry, shamansim and yoga in the US, Thailand, India and Nepal with various teachers including Margaret Wheatley, Gabrielli LaChiara, Malidome Some, Bonnie Bambridge Cohen, Ajhan Phangcham, Bill Pfeiffer, Lama Willa Miller, Lama John McKransky, Bernie Glassman, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Grandmother Kaariina, Chyoki Nyingma Rinpoche, Julie Woods, Grandmother Nancy Andry among others. I studied the Nepalese Buddhist temple dance practice called Charya Nritya (translates as dance as spiritual discipline) in Kathmandu, Nepal and have been a singer and dancer my whole life studying various forms from classical to improvisational. As a natural connector and community organizer I am honored to bring people together to honor the Earth, each other and the Infinite.
I have more recently been called to the practice of gender and race reconciliation after studying a restorative justice practice in circle called Walking in Balance with Grandmother Strong Oak found of Visioning Bear Intertribal Coalition. I co-created GraceBetweenRaces as an online forum for raw and honest sharing about race issues and race reconciliation. I was also a chaplain resident at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford, CT during the pandemic.
I am now offering practices to support white and white passing folks to embody white allyship as well as Sidereal Astrology that supports us to align accurately with the cosmos as a form of decolonized astrology. I'm also currently studying with the Maroon Liberation School and Daniel Foor of Ancestral Medicine.
If you feel called to work with me you can find a time here to set up a free consultation call.