HIDDEN WATER IS A NOT FOR PROFIT ORGANIZATION DEPENDENT SOLELY ON INDIVIDUAL DONATIONS
All our healing circles and family system circles are facilitated by Restorative Justice certified practitioners. The Facilitators are charged with holding the space for the circle to find it’s own voice, and to manage the ground rules according to the groups wishes. The circles lead themselves, and have their own wisdom. The powerful healing work that happens inside the circle is to the credit of each group member and how they have chosen to participate.
The work happening inside the circle is confidential and will be kept that way by both Facilitators and Hidden Water administration. This includes the names of anyone participating in the groups. The only exception to this rule, is if information surfaces that a child is being harmed or is in danger of being harmed. All facilitators are mandatory reporters, and Hidden Water will take action to alert the authorities of any information that might keep a child from being hurt.
Elizabeth is a social worker at heart. She has always been interested in the intersection of social work and the law. To that end, she attend Columbia University School of Social Work where she graduated with an MSW and a Minor in Law. She immediately went to work in the field of conflict resolution and has been practicing ADR since 1997. She has founded three programs in conflict resolution, of which Hidden Water is one, where she serves a Board President. She also founded and runs Small Business Arbitration Center with the aim of offering truly affordable, binding conflict resolution services to small businesses and their clients. Elizabeth is also the principal trainer at Planning Change, whose mission it is educate and empower individuals to affect meaningful change in the conflicts around them. In addition to the programs, Elizabeth works as a mediator, a coach, a shaman and speaks regularly at events and conferences.
Brandon’s career as an activist for LGBTQ+ rights and equality began when he came out as a gay man in 2007. He took part in the National Equality March in 2010 to repeal DOMA and support marriage equality and served a two-year term in the Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth. Since moving to the tri-state area, Brandon has become a Planning Change certified mediator and circle keeper with a focus on continuing to help his community and individuals heal from sexual trauma. Receiving his Bachelor’s of Arts degree in psychology from Eugene Lang The New School of Liberal Arts, he spent his academic career focusing on the intersection of trauma and the psychology of men and masculinity. Brandon is also a Usui Reiki practitioner (certified 2013) and professional photographer.
Brian has been a student of change for almost five decades. Since his freshman year in college he has intentionally engaged in social, organizational, and personal change. This experience has taught him two critical lessons which serve as a foundation for all the work he does. First, all change is personal; organizations and societies only change when the people in them change. Second, there are universal patterns of how people respond to changes in their lives; knowing and understanding those patterns significantly increases the likelihood of successfully moving through even the most disruptive changes. Over the years, Brian has worked extensively in the nonprofit and for profit worlds. He is an ICF-certified professional coach. As the founder of TransformingLives.Coach, Brian coaches individuals, couples, and teams as they face changes in their personal—and sometimes professional—lives. He also shares his years of learning through workshops, webinars, and articles.
Michelle has been a practicing mediator and trainer since completing the Planning Change Certification program in 2013. In her private practice she mediates cases from separation and divorce to small business disputes. Michelle was trained in Non-Violent Communication ten years ago and comes to alternative dispute resolution after fifteen years working in equity research at bulge bracket investment banks, and primary research/expert networks. In 2014, Michelle trained with Kay Pranis in the indigenous practice of Peacemaking Circles. Her work as an alternative dispute practitioner builds on her varied life experiences, management positions and successful careers in finance and as an entrepreneur.
Emily Iwamoto is a Boston native, recently moving to New York to pursue Restorative Justice work. She is now a Restorative Justice Coordinator for the Spring Creek Community School in East New York, Brooklyn. She is helping build a new Restorative Justice Program at Spring Creek to create alternatives to suspension and combat the school-to-prison pipeline. May of 2016 she completed the Restorative Justice Certificate Program with Elizabeth Clements and Kay Pranis. Emily is excited to be facilitating with Hidden Water NYC and hopes to bring an intersectional lens of race, gender and class in her circles.
Anne Marie has been facilitating group processes to address harm and hurt for many years. As a social worker and community development coordinator she used circle processes to support people with traumatic brain damage return to their families and communities after long periods of hospitalization. Employed as a workplace counseller she was first on the scene when organisations were shaken by traumatic or violent events, offering psychological first aid and critical incident debriefing to groups and individuals impacted by harm. Anne Marie has conducted many community and workplace conferences using circles of support and restorative conferences as a powerful processes to repair harm, restore relationships and settle on meaningful reparation. Anne Marie believes strongly that using a structured conversation supported by a transformative process gives power back to groups and communities so together they can set things right allowing true healing to happen and people to move on.
Anne Marie has a Master in Conflict Resolution and Mediation and is a qualified social worker.
Claire is an elite Personal/Group/Youth trainer, Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) and Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine(NASM). Her love of training is paramount. While working solely with private clients Claire found additional modalities to utilize on the road to wellness and incorporated Qi-Gong and Qi-Healing.
Trained and certified by Grand Master Tzu Kuo Shih, founder of Chinese Healing Arts Centers in Qi- Healing, Roger Jahnke (The National Qigong Association) as a Healer Within Medical Qigong Practitioner from the Institute of integral Qigong and Tai Chi and Master Mingtong Gu, founder of The Chi Center and Wisdom Healing in Sound Healing for the organs.
Claire co-founded Moore-2-Life-Fitness LLC and is the President of Radiant Health & Wellness, Inc. After completing the Restorative Justice Advanced training from Planning Change she is grateful to be facilitating Hidden Waters healing circles where she has gained unsurmountable insight, healing and guidance in advancing herself as well as others in finding their own medicine for Personal Training For The Soul.
Sethu Laxmi Nair seeks to generate personal and social transformation by addressing and repairing harm in relationships and developing creative responses to conflict.
A Mediator, Coach and Peacemaker, Sethu spends her time shaping and managing conflict responses at the Center for Creative Conflict Resolution for NYC government, facilitating Healing Circles at Hidden Water and supporting her family, friends and community.
Sethu has worked on family matters, small business disputes, non-profit staff and board challenges, community discord, and has provided conflict and leadership coaching. She develops specialized workshops on at the intersection of Relationships, Communication and Conflict.
Over the last 15 years, Sethu has supported various human rights and social justice organizations in New York and India. She holds a Bachelors in Women’s Studies from SUNY Purchase and a Masters in Economic and Political Development from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.
Glen Parker has been a restorative justice practitioner since 2011, and has conducted circles in schools and communities throughout New York City. He worked at New York Peace Institute for over three years where he most recently held the position of Restorative Justice Manager, overseeing NYPI’s delivery of restorative practices in matters referred from the criminal and juvenile justice systems in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Glen received his B.A. in Philosophy at SUNY Purchase and his J.D. and LL.M. (Dispute Resolution and Advocacy) at Cardozo School of Law, where is currently serves as an adjunct professor.
Manorah has a background in Human Development and passion for healing workplace conflict. More recently she has focused her career in Alternative Dispute Resolution. She has immersed herself in various trainings including; Mediation with The Center for Understanding, Employment Law Arbitration with Cornell University and Restorative Justice Peacemaking Circles with Planning Change and Kay Pranis. Currently Manorah is a mediator focusing on employment matters and facilitates Hidden Water circles.
Deborah Starr, Ph.D. Psychology, M.S. Narrative Medicine, is currently an Academic Fellow in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University. She is a licensed therapist in California, with a dynamic background in both psychology and neuroscience. Her dissertation and early work was with eating disorders and before pursuing Narrative Medicine, she spent ten years in litigation consulting. Her latest studies have led her to focus on how healthcare is delivered in contemporary culture, including wellness trends and end-of-life issues. She created an engaging animated film called “Plain Talk” to encourage people to talk about death/end-of-life concerns and to change the cultural norm on this topic. Most recently, Deborah produced a staged reading in NYC of the play, “Progressive & Irreversible” by Shirley Loeb, about Alzheimer’s disease. She is interested in using the arts as a tool for education and transformation including bringing difficult/taboo topics into the light.
Justin is a mediator, attorney, and restorative process practitioner deeply committed to innovative and holistic methods to help repair harm caused by incidents that are otherwise the subject of the justice system. As Coordinator for Criminal Court Mediations at the New York Center for Interpersonal Development (NYCID), he works with traditional stakeholders to address conflict using mediation as an alternative or compliment to criminal sentencing. Justin believes that by allowing the people most directly impacted by harm to have a greater voice and decision-making authority in how to respond, it vastly improves the chances for positive outcomes. Justin is a certified mediator with NYCID and Planning Change, and has a mastery certificate in peacemaking circles from Planning Change, taught by Kay Pranis. He also practices mediation and law in intellectual property and commercial matters, and coordinates a monthly reading circle on restorative practices in Brooklyn, NY.