Erin Anderson’s life has been one of learning, education, and service “at best.” She grew up in Billings, Montana within the Lutheran church and attended UMass Amherst studying sociology and history with a concentration on the Black Arts Movement.
Her Masters is in Intercultural Youth and Family Development, which was housed in the counselor education program at the University of Montana in Missoula.
Her life work is centered on the importance of inclusion, equity, diversity, and culture, and Yoga has become her main tool for personal healing and social change. Conversations on race have been at the forefront of her life, finding teachable moments in all spaces: the service industry, banking, youth work, nonprofits, social organizing, & social media.
She believes Community happens through creation & growth of authentic relationships. “It’s having the really hard conversations first with ourselves, and then with our families and friends to disrupt the patterns of trauma & abuse in order to create sustainable social change.”
Erin’s life inspiration has come through her relationships -- her mentors Nelson Stevens, Malia Lazu & David Vendetti.
She believes that we must be intentional about both conversation & how we choose to create, act & respond.
“The combination of education and the application of what we learn in life experience are the tools to more deeply understand the roots of our personal histories/lineage - recognizing how and where it is stored in our bodies, & how we engage in meaningful release in order to better understand the truths from our pasts - to unlearn and reconnect to the beauty of ourselves & community. “