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 hold empathy for the hearts of others too. Karen has 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 is deepening her relationships with her Mother and Birth-Mother and two adult children.  Karen is a maker who loves to pick rocks, create art, walk in nature and nurture her many beautiful friendships.