Since childhood, Leann has been most interested in deep conversations and quiet introspection. She has found great interest in witnessing and understanding the inner workings of systems and individuals. She grew up in a small, rural Minnesota town, completed her first degrees in Family Life/Child Development and Sociology in a bigger, rural Minnesota town, traveled, then completed her Masters in Social Work at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, where she currently resides.
While learning about the human experience through these academic, Western lenses, Leann immersed herself in health and wellness modalities from Earth, Energy and community based traditions. She has found great emotional, spiritual, and physical freedom through Reiki, yoga, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Thai yoga bodywork, Mindfullness Meditation, journey work, and time with creatures and the elements outdoors.
As a MSW, Reiki Master Practitioner, RYT200, and Certified Sacred Passage Doula, Leann strives to embody and practice the tools she has acquired so as to be deeply present for those she serves. She loves organizing, spreadsheets, being a resource, and has creative ideas almost everywhere she turns. While this sometimes disturbs her sleep, she has been blessed with many collaborative opportunities and positions. She has served as United Way of Central Minnesota’s Multicultural Projects Coordinator (a national service position with AmeriCorps), Event and Student Coordinator at Devanadi School of Yoga and Wellness, as well administrative positions within medical facilities. Leann feels blessed to be guided in this life by the teachings that come through the clients at her private practice, New Moon Rising, LLC. It was reflection on her own grief, made visible through the brave grief of her clients, that brought Leann to the Conscious Dying Insititute’s Sacred Passage Doula Certificate program.
A lover of living life through the senses and physical experience, Leann can be found eating good food, listening to and, sometimes, playing music, cracking open geodes with extended family, soaking in the elements at the dog park with her pup, snuggling with her kittens, and dreaming of her next vacation with her sweet husband, Elijah. She has continued interest in personal evolution and believes it is not possible, responsible, or ethical unless access to this evolution is available equitably to all beings.