Let me introduce myself, I am Sophia Wise One Daughter of the Wind (birth name Sophia Hoffer-Perkins). I was a child mystic. I came into the world, and still am, a deeply sensitive, intuitive, empathic, and loving being. I am incredibly blessed to have had a family who treasured and honored my wisdom, and they kept alive the stories I came into the world carrying.
One of the stories I told as soon as I could speak was about my pre-birth. As I wandered around the place in heaven where all babies are, I was called in by God and shown two pictures and asked where I wanted to go. I looked at the picture of my mother, father, older sister, and brother and said, “send me there, they need my help.”
I grew up talking to relatives who had already passed, singing to God, and talking about all the lives we have had. A lot of children come into the world with profound knowledge and it gets squashed. I was lucky to be encouraged to share and tend to this information.
Although my spirit was nurtured, this world is still hard on a mystic aka an EMPATH. My mother and sister were chronically ill. My deep knowing that I was a healer combined with the inability to heal my family galvanized a deep pain and compassion in me.
My mother’s “mystery illness” in the 80’s, now known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, required her to search for healing support from the fringes. Here I began my patchwork training. By age 15 I was already trained in Craino-Sacral, clairvoyant readings, acquainted with my spirit guides, and experienced powerful transmissions of spiritual teachings.
I spent my summers attending, then teaching and staffing, and then owning and running (for 12 years with 28 friends) a Live Action Role Playing (LARP) summer camp for teens (#WFE – learn more for your teens here). This program is based in community, cooperative play and improvisational theater (not so much focus on point systems and gamer rules for those who LARP). This is where I practiced my magic and shamanic skills, playing magical beings, warriors, evil wizards, earth goddesses and more… you know, the usual :)
When I was 19 I lost my mind and chose to leave college mid-semester. I was diagnosed with Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD), which for me was the worst 2 days of PMS you can image but it lasted almost 14 days, the week before and then the week I bled aka I would loose myself for half of every month to a whirlwind of mania, depression, and pain.
I used my spiritual and alternative upbringing as the foundation to find healing for my soul, body, mind, and heart. It took over 6 years to get my self, my mind, and my joy back. I was able to finish college, become a licensed massage therapist, complete various trainings, gather a variety of skills, and work enough to be financially independent. I gathered everything I learned in a basket on that journey (and everything since then) and combined it with my nature, nurture, and training to create my tool box. Which is Me, all of me. I offer all I know, I have, and have learned.
I have been professionally empowering people to Know, Love and Express their Authentic Self for over 15 years.
I have been teaching at Omega Institute in New York for 15 years. I have thousands of hours of training in bodywork, healing practices, community development, women’s wisdom, menstrual reclamation, Red Tent practices, communication, theater, play, improvisation, community building, leadership, mentoring and liberatory pedagogy (educating in a way that sets ones mind free instead of bossing it into compliance). I have been developing and implementing empowerment and community development programs for kids, teens and adults since 1998. You can check out my CV if you want all the credentials.
I am obsessed with self-expression, freedom and liberation of people, the planet, spirit, and the mystery of all things. I am so excited you’re here!
Hey! Drop the beat — it’s time for a dance party!
BODY HIGH. FULLY EMBODYING OUR SOUL! That’s the goal and the path.
You — I am calling you out to be you. Because that’s the world I need, because that’s what the world needs.
It needs YOU and it needs PLAY. Your (our) playing is a powerful path to healing, and it can be the sweetest most sincere hug, deep still quiet, tear streamed face, or belly sore laughter. It’s life. Your life EXPRESSED. It’s love. It’s the way I go, and its the way I’ll walk you.
This work and journey is my activism. This is my prayer. In raw, wild, surrender and gratitude for life and for my teachers, and in humble honoring and ownership of my empowered, embodied, healed and healing self, I treasure the responsibility of walking with you.