Shannon Thompson, Shakti Rising’s Founder/Visionary Director has 30 years of experience developing and cultivating transformation and leadership with diverse populations. She is a truth-teller, life-long learner, and priestess of alchemy pulling from various certifications which range from yoga to somatics, energy work to herbalism and flower essences, multiple trauma informed interventions to expressive arts, that are balanced with more traditional educational training in sociology, social work, and public health. She has worked in classrooms and jails, as well as corporate settings, with expertise in transdisciplinary approaches to addiction, trauma, and mental health particularly focused on women and youth. She is the Creatrix of Shakti Rising’s Apprenticeship program, 9 Gates of Transformation and the Transformational Recovery model.