PULSE Innovators & Collaborators: Rebecca Macy.

Quick note before we go straight to the conversation with counselor & yoga teacher Rebecca Macy: she is co-organizing (there’s the collaboration theme again) a local retreat on Saturday, September 19 – the day after PULSE. If you’re the type who likes to balance out a day of action and connecting with a day of grounding and focusing, look for her invitation below.

And now: please meet Rebecca Macy!

How do you see your role in holistic & integrative healthcare?

The more experience I have in the healthcare world and as a human, the more I realize how important it is for our ideas of healthcare and what it looks like to continue to evolve. Early on in my psychology training I found the more holistic, humanistic ways of healing resonated with me as opposed to the pathologizing medical mode.

As I’m building my counseling practice, I’ve integrated nature-based and body-based healing into my work with the people I serve. To me, holistic and integrative healthcare means utilizing the natural resources within us and in the world around us; tapping into the wisdom of healing that we all have and sharing that wisdom with each other in the ways that we are gifted.

So I guess I see my role as sharing my gifts with the people I work with as well as receiving wisdom from others, clients and colleagues alike.

In what area(s) do you find we need more innovation or collaboration?

As a newer practitioner I think it would be great to have a system of mentoring and peer support set-up among the various holistic health professions, maybe according to specialization and interests. I think all of our different modalities of healing are still seen by some as very different, and it would be helpful if there was more integration and collaboration between all of us.

It would also be great if we could find a way to create better access to our services, specifically for people who are economically disadvantaged or who may live in rural areas or cities where holistic & integrative healthcare isn’t well received.

Are there any emerging trends or new ideas in healthcare that fuel your optimism?

I’m really passionate about working with trauma survivors, and it’s exciting to see all the new research and training coming out about how to create trauma-informed treatment and care across modalities. I also see more patient/client empowerment happening, encouraging people to become informed about their health and take charge of it, which I think is so important.

What are you creating in your own business right now?

I’m really excited to offer a day retreat, Be Grounded, the day after PULSE (9.19.15), combining yoga, meditation, massage, and healing foods at Be Nourished, a wellness center in North Portland. I’m collaborating with Kailyn Knight LMT, a local massage therapist, and Paige Common with Eatin’ Alive, to provide this unique combination of healing offerings to support self-care and transitioning into fall.

There’s still a few spaces available, and I would love to invite PULSE collaborators to attend at a special rate. If you’d like to join us, you can reserve your spot here:

How can other PULSE participants support your work and your vision? What resources or connections would you welcome?

As I’m creating my vision of what I want my practice to be- creating the space for people to heal using yoga, counseling, and nature- it’s always helpful to connect with other practitioners doing similar work, so I’d love to meet up with anyone interested in talking about our work together.

I’m also trying to figure out the best way to make trauma-informed yoga classes more accessible to the community; I’d appreciate any insight into studios, community spaces, or health-care agencies in town that may have the interest and space available.

Do you have any questions for the PULSE community?

As a community, how can we support new professionals in building successful, sustainable practices?

Many thanks!


  • Jennifer Marino on Sep 27, 2015 Reply

    Hi. My name is Jennifer Marino and I am a trauma-informed counselor and health supportive chef, specializing in healing foods, particularly qi tonics and Chinese 5 element nutritional therapy.

    I am currently co-creating healing dinners with holistic practitioners, particularly acupuncturists and herbalists and am interested in educating more underserved clients, in rural areas.

    I would love to collaborate with you!
    Please check out on of my communities, in the link, below.

    Looking forward to working with you.
    To the light,
    Jenn Marino

    • Rebecca Macy on Sep 28, 2015 Reply

      Hi Jenn,

      Thanks for connecting! I would love to opportunity to meet and discuss our work with each other and the opportunity to collaborate. It sounds like you’re doing some great stuff! You can email me directly at to set something up.
      Be well,

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