Lalli Dana Drobny founded KindMind - the Heart of Well-Being in 2002. Inspired by 12 years studying/serving at international meditation retreat sites, Lalli longed to somehow create spaces with others that allowed peace within to become more plentiful all around.
KindMInd was an experiment, a container to explore simple, authentic ways to BE - individually and in community. Live inquiry designed to support and strengthen mind/body/spirit collaboration and right/left brain integration, KindMind aligns with current interpersonal neurobiology research and focuses on client-based, experiential, contemplative, and creative practices.
For forty years, Lalli has explored the mind/body connection: Polarity with Nancy Risley, Somatic modalities concurrent with Marshall Rosenberg and NVC, Reiki with Jean Ferris, Psycho-Physical Therapy with Bill Bowen, Ayurveda with Susan Sartwell Turner, Iyengar Yoga with Sarah Tuttle, and Resonant Healing with Sarah Peyton.
Her curiosity and reverence for the unique ways we each learn and grow has been informed working with students at The University of Iowa, University of New Hampshire, Santa Barbara City College, Antioch SB, The Learning Center, Pacifica Graduate Institute, and the University of Phoenix (San Francisco).
For three decades, she has integrated arts and creative processes, feelings and needs (NVC), and contemplative dialogue into public education, work arenas, and civic organizations. Her focus often explores: What does it mean to be a Responsible Human Being?
Lately, Lalli calls herself an Accompanist. While that word often conjures up a musician who supports, collaborates with, sometimes even educates singers, choirs, or instrumentalists, Lalli accompanies Human Beings - our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual selves - in the Play of our every day lives.
Are you longing for a little support?Maybe with an area of stuckness (long-term or fresh), mourning, or grieving? Longing for more clarity or focus? Or maybe you just want to celebrate!
Humans are wired for connection; we do a lot better when we feel seen, heard, accompanied, when there is acknowledgment that, "Yes, I make sense."
Many of us didn't receive much resonance when we were little ones; we had to come up with our own wise strategies to survive, and thank goodness, we did. However, what served us well back then, now often confuses us. Many times, we just need to shine light on systemic crazy-making, disentangle, and begin again. Again.
KindMind sessions flow from the client's unique perspective and intention. With warmth and care, Lalli honors what your body/mind knows and remembers. She follows your flow and choices, listening to words, gestures, memories, images, posture, pace, rhythm, and silence.
A KindMind process session might include time travel and contract release, guided meditations, writing, doodling, movement, listening, letting go and/or hanging on, singing. We pay attention to what is and what wants to be expressed.
For ease and spaciousness, Lalli recommends 75 minutes for the first session; general sessions are 55 minutes.
Lalli creates welcoming spaces to to play/write/BE, to explore, experiment, create, give space to authentic Voice - individually or in groups.
Lalli received her MA in Writing from the University of Iowa and has been designing contemplative, nurturing spaces where folks can connect deeper with themselves, each other, and curiosity itself ever since. ]
Listening and asking good questions matters. The stories we tell and hear matter! Language is a powerful tool for self, relational, and systemic discovery. We are all in this together.
Lalli designed Writing Our Lives into Being in 2003 as a place to explore our relationship with growable traits - how roots of kindness, courage, authenticity, honesty, or acceptance to name a few - can support us individually and collectively. Over the last 20 years, all sorts of iterations emerged (authors, genres, issues) in venues across the country, based on community interest and the ever-changing times.
In 2020, responding to folks' despair and isolation, she began Write Now online Workshops (and smaller, ongoing writing Nests). Content honored joy and grief - in appropriate doses.
2023 is taking a healthy new twist: Writing Back to Being. The first offering Magic Carpet Write was a hybrid (online and in person at the Santa Barbara Yoga Center).
p.s. All sorts of writers and 'non-writers' are welcome. If you want to grow imagination, practice discipline and focus, enjoy fresh levels of resilience and well-being, connect with interesting others, experiment with a memoir ready to be birthed, or gain inspiration for manuscript already in progress, one of these formats might be the playground for you.
I'm delighted to be offering a mindfulness workshop at Santa Barbara Botanic Garden on Saturday, Sept. 9 from 8:30-10:30 am.
Being in Nature - Practice Mindful Wholeheartedness
For more information and to be one of the twelve participants, please register here: https://buy.acmeticketing.com/events/518/detail/64d2d4f5ea599c1a7d2e2692?date=2023-09-09T00:00:00
Contact Lalli If you wish to be included in upcoming workshops/classes for yourself or your group.
I did three sessions via Zoom with Dana. I can say without qualification these were the most productive 'therapy' I've had. Much longer more traditional therapy sessions achieved less benefit. I credit this both to the method of memory recovery Dana employs and to Dana’s calming, warm, inviting, non-judgmental engagement with me as a client, which by disarming defenses enabled me to retrieve and unpack moments of consciousness to a degree I had not previously experienced.
Dr. Stephen Vlastos, Emeritus Professor of History
I value the time Lalli shared with me. I felt a large part of the traumatic event of my mother’s suicide was released. How? I remembered an expression during our 2nd session - words I made up and held onto as that 12-year old who was not allowed to mourn. Remembering those words after all these decades helps me understand and finally “delete” one of my ongoing blocks that stops me from expanding. Clown/Artist/Writer, California, USA
I was at ease with Dana's technique. Even though it felt easeful she was able to open dark crevices and bring out what was truly behind what was happening for me. Once she helped bring some light onto issues I kept hidden, she helped me to process these issues. She gave me gentle guidance for approaching and then working with them. After our sessions I felt clear and confident about the best way for me to move forward. She has such a deep and loving compassionate heart. It made me feel safe and helped me to heal. She has a gift. Karen S, MS
When I think of Dana’s classes some of the words that come to mind are warm, safe, inspiring, rich, authentic, embodied writing.
Each session is a wonderful blend of old and new. There is structure and there are delightful surprises. Dana brings her experience as a meditation teacher and helps us get into the quiet and wise place inside. She creates a warm safe space so that the writing that happens is natural, brave and full of insights.
Dana also brings her experience as a language teacher and gives pointers on the craft of writing. She not only brings excellent reading material, but also helps us see why a particular poem or story works, what are some of the element that go into making a good piece of writing.
I love being a part of Dana’s writing community. I always go away feeling inspired and not so alone for the days when I do my writing practice on my own.
Sometimes our brains can make writing into a complex thing but in one of Dana’s classes I had the aha — writing is not complicated. You just notice the world around you or the world of your imagination and put that on the page. What could be simpler? Seema Chopra, Santa Barbara, CA