The Teacher Corps

Desda has been developing and leading workshops for 20 years.  Illuminated Body for Professional Healers is her jewel – the class she has taught and refined most often, and which imparts the most basic elements of her work.  If the question is how to work with energy, the answer is:  recognize your own subtle anatomy and then move on from there.  This is the moment where you come to recognize the unseen mystery of who and what you really are; an individuated spark of divine light 40 feet across, with a physical body in the middle of it all.  We are much more than we thought, and so is our capacity.

To recognize and incorporate this knowledge was a turning point in Desda’s life.  To learn to teach it one of her major accomplishments.  To train others to teach it effectively is the culmination of a life’s learning and passion.

What may seem mysterious at first becomes second nature once you’ve experienced it.  If this is an essential aspect of what it means to be human, then how hard can it be?  Just to be shown the way will open your eyes to things you always expected to see.

These five individuals have successfully completed their training, and are actively leading Illuminated Body Workshops at this time.

2017 Illuminated Body Teacher Corps

David Kitts

David is a licensed acupuncturist, and our most senior CI Practitioner. He first began his studies with Desda in 1999 and completed his training as part of the first apprentice class in 2004. For years he has lead the Practitioner community to question the validity of everything and wrestle with concepts until they morphed into the useful living breathing procedures, alignments and clearings they are today. Without David’s inquisitive mind Desda feels her work would not have had the shape it now does. He never has accepted something as fact just because she says so, he always questions its validity and usefulness preferring to prove through application and evidence that CoreIndividuation indeed does work. He has contributed mightily to the lexicon discovering anatomical pieces, creating fascinating procedures, and pushing his teacher like an engine- something for which she is extremely grateful. David knows CI in his bones and after a year-long teacher training is excited to share the subtle anatomy and these amazing CI techniques as an official Illuminated Body teacher.



Lorin Kaufman

Lorin has a heart that wraps around you and lets you know every single little thing will work out just fine. A deeply spiritual person she was drawn to CoreIndividuation in 2004 and dove into the Apprentice Program just a year later. Certified as a Dance Therapist Lorin worked in clinical mental health care settings until co-founding Alchemia, a creative arts program for differently abled adults, which she managed for 16 years. Her spiritual practice informed her life choices and by 2008 when Lorin certified as a practitioner she had integrated the principles of CI into her life. In 2014 she went full time into developing her CI Practice bringing the depth and wisdom from a lifetime of wide ranging interactions with humanity into her healing mission. Lorin’s spirit soars when she teaches, her curious mind goes deep into what presents in a healing session and she brings focused dedication to the celebration of the sacred with every word. By living the principles of CoreIndividuation Lorin takes a stand for what is possible when love and light are tangible tools in life and “being open to the possibility” is a defining belief.

Jeannie McKenzie

Jeannie has the most amazing resume. She trained as a mime and a clown, teaches music to children, is a goat farmer who makes blue ribbon cheeses, is an accomplished violinist who plays with the grace of a Chi Gung teacher, which she also is… In fact, Jeannie is well underway developing CoreGung- a movement series based on the sacred anatomy. A sensitive and intuitive healer Jeannie is trained in Cranial Sacral therapy, Sound Healing, Chi Nei Tsang and she is a certified Barefoot Shiatsu Teacher. A true renaissance woman, Jeannie fell in love with CoreIndividuation in 2013 and the only course for her was Practitionership and mastery. Her instinctive curiosity and love of humanity brings light and love to every healing interaction. For her, healing is a spiritual endeavor and a longtime meditation practice informs her transformational work. To spend time with Jeannie is to glimpsing the blended world of natural magic and human expertise she inhabits.


Michaela McGivern

Michaela McGivern


Michaela took to CI like a duck to water in 2013. Her then boyfriend (now husband) signed her up for the entire course of study without even asking her! He felt the resonance between this body of knowledge and Michaela so vividly and he was right! She jumped in with the enthusiasm of remembered association and lifetimes of study and within a year was certified as a practitioner. Michaela begin her healer’s journey over 30 years ago as an Occupational Therapist. Over the years she has expanded her palette to include sound healing, numerous energy healing methods and shamanic training to name just a few. Her understanding of CI is deeply held and she brings the wisdom of 30+ years of experience to her personal understanding of this work.


Michael Margolis

Michael, already a global voice for transformation through his company, Get Storied, has been a student of CI for 15+ years. In 2012 he started on the road to practitioner training which he completed in 2014. Michael has an organic understanding of the essence of CoreIndividuation, which he applies in his daily life as a spiritual practice and foundation for working with corporate innovators, change-agents, and entrepreneurs. As an expert on narrative strategy and a long time client of Desda, Michael has incorporated the principles of CI and the subtle anatomy teachings into his work. He embodies the practices, sharing their potent influence teaching in front of audiences across 12 countries and four continents. Michael’s extraordinary use of language and his fine intellect bring new insights to the concepts of CoreIndividuation and the art of living a spiritually awakened life.



Quiana Grace Frost

After a lifetime in the healing arts as healer, mentor and workshop leader, Quiana credits her study of CI as imbuing new life into all of the “things” she has learned along the way.  A true catalyst, Quiana has a gift for creating a way forward to fuller expression, and we’re fortunate to have her representing CI by introducing new students to the fundamentals – being in relationship with your own greater self, your Sacred Anatomy.

Join certified CI Practitioner and Illuminated Body Instructor Quiana Grace Frost for a beautiful deep dive into the mysteries of your own Sacred Anatomy!




 Colleen Lindstrom

Colleen is a gifted Network Chiropractor and Craniosacral Therapist who specializes in working with children.  Introduced to CoreIndividuation just a few years ago, Colleen is now a certified CI Practitioner and Illuminated Body Instructor.

Colleen brings a rare combination of technical expertise and deep insight along with a fresh and unbridled enthusiasm for life and healing.  Her offices in Sausalito and Point Reyes display the sense of spaciousness and balance that she brings to her work.  Colleen is just beginning her teaching journey in January, and you are hereby invited to a magical experience!




Britta Fischlin


Britta is a seasoned coach and marketing professional, specializing in supporting her clients in achieving that profound yet delicate balance between their inner and outer lives. This involves bringing it all to the table, including our magnificent subtle anatomy, of which our physical body represents only a fraction of all that we are!  Britta is a certified CI Practitioner and Illuminated Body instructor, and is able to use the roadmap of your Sacred Anatomy to guide you to experiencing an entirely new way to your own authenticity.