Tao Sangha Madison WI
Your Therapist Monk
Born into a hard-working family in the U.S. heartland of Wisconsin, Deborah grew up wishing for the world to be a more kind and respectful place. In her 20s she developed an interest in health food, cooperative management and Japan while working in a tofu-making co-op. Training in conflict resolution, peer-counseling, and mediation led her to develop and teach a mediation program for teenagers. Next she explored bodywork and oriental medicine and became a massage therapist and acupressure specialist.
In 1992 Deb’s journey about health came full circle when she moved to Japan and encountered eastern culture and worldview. She is among the first members who studied Tao Shiatsu and Nembutsu chanting in Kyoto back in the 90s in Ryokyu and Mayu Endo’s living room. Four years of intensive training and immersion in eastern culture deeply clarified that physical, emotional, social, individual and group symptoms and pains are not separate from each other, that the source of healing is in developing our spiritual heart and health.
In 2000 established the Tao Sangha Healing Centre in Madison, WI. Shiatsu treatments and training, Nembutsu chanting and spiritual health classes are offered regularly at the center. Deb’s sincere and humble approach touches hearts and creates good relationships between the Sangha community and it’s neighbors and local organizations. She also enjoys spending time with children, growing flowers and organic vegetables in her garden, and playing ping pong.