Karen Pickles (Ceremonial Kindness Attendant + Co-Facilitator Intern)

Karen knows what it’s like to be surrounded by others and still feel marrow-deep loneliness. Through this sacred work with Rita, Karen has experienced the transformation from embodied despair into connection and belonging, making it possible to welcome home her own aching heart, and the hearts of others too. Karen holds reverence for the spiritual tradition of medicine ceremonies and the ancestral debt paid in advance for her life. When she isn’t supporting Rita’s team of authentic humans, Karen makes art, offers peer support to families with mental health struggles and runs an online self-care business. She has two adult children and an Italian grey-chi named Jackson.