As I look back over my life, I marvel that I have done so many seemingly different things. Yet each phase of life taught me something and all has contributed to who I am now and what I have to offer.
Early Years — Born with Gifts
Born the eldest child in a large family, with four planets in Cancer (the mother of the zodiac), I was a little mother by the time I was three. Nurturing and protecting came naturally to me, and these days I express that with the clients I work with.
I healed my grandfather’s scar tissue adhesions from surgery when I was three by stretching his arm above his head. My parents were horrified, but he could move his shoulder after that. I guess I was a natural born chiropractor!
Trying Things Out
I got a college degree in psychology and sociology, thinking that I wanted to be a therapist. Turned out I was right! It just took some circling around before I got there.
Not finding work as a therapist, I worked as a computer programmer for five years. I have that kind of logical mind, but I hated sitting at a desk and not working with people.
I went to chiropractic school in Portland, Oregon, graduated, and practiced chiropractic for three years in Mill Valley, California (in the San Francisco Bay Area), before moving on to a practice of natural women’s health care for another couple of years. At this time, my name was still Anna Harvey.
I discover tantra
I discovered Tantra yoga, a spiritual path that includes sacred sexuality. I chucked the professional career and began teaching Tantra groups and doing private sessions in sexual healing, mostly with women. I worked a lot with issues around sexual abuse.
I connected with Kevin Braheny Fortune, who helped me open my heart, expand my spirit, and love fully. We were partners for ten years, and we have lived together for more than twenty. He has been an incredible source of love and wisdom and support for me, as well as keeping me laughing!
Kevin introduced me to William Rainen. He is still a very influential spiritual teacher and mentor for me and has been for many years.
I founded a Tantra school, the Center for Divine Passion in Oakland, California, with Kevin Braheny Fortune. We taught many workshops and ongoing groups, trained teachers and assistants, and developed a curriculum for extended group experiences.
Leaving the City
Kevin and I moved from the Bay Area to the Sierra Nevada Mountains of Northern California. We live on ten acres of beautiful fir forest. It’s at an elevation of 5000 feet, snow country in the winter, and sunny and dry in the summer. Over the years, we have attracted a small community of like-minded friends who live on the land. We call our community Serenity.
Getting Even More Spiritual
I changed my first name to Satya, which means “truth”, in the sense of the ultimate reality that cannot be denied.
I got burned out on teaching and clients and took a couple of years off. I spent them mostly on my land in the Sierras. I call it my “Tantric nun” phase. I was celibate for three years, an essential realignment of my energies.
I started a mystery school, based at the temple on my land. It was a year-long program which included intensive private work with each participant as well as a group experience on each solstice and equinox.
I began teaching body-centered spirituality in Japan, and continued to do so for ten years. I specialized in teaching people how to express emotions.
I began traveling extensively around the United States, doing mostly private sessions in Tantra yoga and sexual healing.
A Time of Grief
I was privileged to be in relationship with Daniel Freespirit for three years. He taught me to open my heart and to have a lot of fun.
That relationship ended with his death in 2013.
The grief of that event was intense, and I took an extended time off to process it. My heart broke open, and I used that opening to plunge into the deepest healing I had ever done. I worked extensively with Will Bagley, who helped me heal my grief and open up my spirituality. I found a renewed connection with joy and the Divine, and I emerged saying, “There is so much fun to be had!” I took a new last name, Lila, which means “divine play”.
Finding new love
In 2014, I met my current partner, John Thompson, who is a mystic who does shamanic sound healing meditations. We came together just before the Year of the Wood Horse began, and we were both born in the last Year of the Wood Horse, sixty years before. We galloped through that year, playing on land with contact improvisational dance, and in the water, developing Otter’s Play. Now he lives at Serenity too. He is a wonderful partner who meets me in so many ways — spiritually, playfully, with cooking and gardening, and most of all, in the heart. We often combine our talents in teaching together. I am blessed to be with him.
“Satya is a laughing, loving person without a phony bone in her body. With emotional honesty and vulnerability, and with a hearty dose of wit, she creates a sacred space focused on healing and respect where I can feel safe to explore.”
– M. L., Storyteller
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