“Laughter, song, and dance create emotional and spiritual connection; they remind us of the one thing that truly matters when we are searching for comfort, celebration, inspiration, or healing: We are not alone.”
— Brené Brown
"I am the daughter of Carol June Champion and Christopher Johan Abrahamse, Canadian immigrants from Cape Town, South Africa, who chose the name Jill Penny Abrahamse for me a few days after my birth, Oct. 9, 1972. Later in life, when I met my life partner, my beloved Zach Sukuweh, I changed my name to Soasis to reflect more of who I am. Zach and I chose the family name Sukuweh together, which is the family name we share with our three sons."
Soasis has over 2 decades of experience as a Healing and Social Artist. She is a trained Holistic Health Practitioner, a certified teacher of the 5Rhythms movement practice, and a facilitator and trainer with Power of Hope and IndigenEYEZ.
Soasis had the privilege of studying at the International Professional School of Bodywork (IPSB) in San Diego, Ca. A curriculum dedicated to training, "psychologically senstive practitioners to assist people in times of transition." She studied both Eastern and Western modalities of bodywork and offers sessions that fuse together techniques from Thai Massage, Tui Na, Trager, and Swedish Circulatory massage. Each session is uniquely designed to meet the needs and desires of her clients.
Her study of Shamanism and shamanic traditions from around the globe are the foundation for the space she creates with her clients. Soasis was fortunate to study with shamans at the Naropa Institute, with the Kahuna Khalili of Hawaii, and was an apprentice of Gabrielle Roth for many years, to name a few.
As part of the immigrant community, born in Toronto, Soasis is honoured to have been invited by various indigenous elders and practitioners to learn and to participate in the medicine ways of various traditions and ceremonies of the Annishinabek, Lakota, and Coast Salish peoples which informs and infuses her sessions when needed and appropriate.
As a person of colour participating in the reinvigorating of traditional healing as a path to wholeness and wellness of body, mind, heart and soul, Soasis strives to approach healing from an indigenous perspective and has experienced the power of traditional medicine when preformed with respect, while honouring origins and protocols.
Soasis worked as a bodyworker, 5Rhythms teacher and workshop facilitator, and was on the Board of Directors at Hollyhock Leadership Learning Centre on the Klahoose territory of Cortes Island which was her home for over a decade.
feel free and sing along,
sing along and feel free.....