About Stephanie

Touching Worlds LLC connects the Heart, Mind, and Body

with Movement, Meditation, Music, Mindfulness & More



Completed a Master of Science in Applied Psychology from St. Cloud State University in 1997. After completing a Master of Science, I started a professional career in the field of Information Technology. I worked for IBM and other major employers for about 15 years and then I did part-time self-employment in social media for 6 years. In 2016, I got certified to teach Tai Chi for Health and began to teach classes at multiple YMCA Twin Cities locations. In 2018, I started Touching Worlds LLC to teach private lessons or group classes at various locations, events, and programs in person and virtually.

Formal Education

Bachelors and Master of Science in Applied Psychology from St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud MN, 1995 & 1997.

Project Management Fundamentals at IBM with 2 Graduate Credit by American Council on Education, July 2008

Doctoral Classes in Marriage and Family Therapy (Advanced Systemic Theory and Practice & Seminar) at Argosy University, December 2008.

Certifications

Tai Chi for Health Certified (Sun 21) Tai Chi for Arthritis Part 1 and Falls Preventions Instructor in 2016 & 2017 & 2019 & 2021.

Tai Chi for Health Certified (Sun 41) or Tai Chi for Arthritis Part 2 Instructor in 2016 & 2017 & 2019 & 2021.

Tai Chi for Health Certified - Seated Tai Chi for Arthritis Instructor in 2019 & 2021.

Tai Chi for Health Certified - Tai Chi for Rehabilitation Instructor in 2017 & 2018 & 2021.

Tai Chi for Health Certified -Tai Chi for Energy Part 1 Instructor in 2018.

Certified Practice Group Leader from Spring Forest Qigong in Nov 2020. No Expiration Date.

Certified Tai Chi for Better Balance Instructor in 2018 (1st version) from YMCA. No Expiration Date.

Tai Ji Quan Moving for Better Balance Instructor from Jan Voit, PT with TJQMBB, in 2022. No Expiration Date.

Certified YMCA Foundations of Group Exercise by ACE (American Council on Exercise), October 2016. Valid till October 31, 2023.

Certified Breathing Coach by Mind Body Science Institute in November 2019. No Expiration Date.

Workshops and Training

(In alphabetical order of teacher name and broken by a Style with the date at the end).

Adult Basic Life Support, Basic First Aid, and Emergency Oxygen with American Safety & Health Institute. YMCA, Burnsville, MN. August 2018.

Adult CPR/AED and First Aid with American Red Cross. St. Paul, MN. August 2016.

Adult CPR/AED with American Red Cross. YMCA, Minnetonka, MN. November 19, 2021.

Daisy Lee, Advanced Qigong to Release Stress for a Balanced, Joyful Life. Shift Network. Online. June - August 2020.

Daisy Lee, Discover the Zang Fu Gong Form with Qigong to Boost Energy & Release Stress for a Balanced Joyful Life. Shift Network. Online. March-May 2020.

Joel Ronningen (Ametrine Bodyworks), Taoist Breathing Class. Apple Valley, MN. November 2019.

Julia Assante, Last Frontier: Exploring the Afterlife and Transforming Our Fear of Death Workshop. St. Paul, MN. February 15 & 16, 2013

Linda Ebling, Radiant Lotus Qigong (Daisy Lee) Workshop. Plymouth, MN. January 16, 2019.

Linda Ebling, Spring Qigong (Weekly class). Online. April – May 2022.

Linda Ebling, Traditional Chinese Medicine and 5 Element Theory (weekly Call). Bloomington, MN. September- November 2016.

Mind Body Science Institute with Deanna Reiter and Troy Stende, Certified Breathing Coach Certification Training. St.Paul, MN. November 16 & 17, 2019.

Mind Body Science Institute with Deanna Reiter and Troy Stende, QiBreathing Workshop. New Brighton, MN. April 13 & 14, 2019.

Patricia Enstad, Intro to Esoteric Healing by International Network of Energy Healing, St. Paul, MN. December 1, 2, 3, 2017.(10-hour day)

Pir Shabda Kahn, The Mystical Power of Sufi Breathwork, Mantras & Sacred Sounds on the Shift Network. Online. April - June 2020.

Rev. Ron Moor, Esoteric Healing Classes St. Paul, MN. Fall 2014.

Saleem Chandler Yorkhall, Drinking from One Well: Embodying the Divine Names Through Movement. Online. January - February 2022.

Valeria Ohanian, Shamanic Drumming Circle (monthly) at Pathways Minneapolis, June 2020 till now.


Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (M.B.S.R.) weekly practice with Cass McLaughlin at Pathways Minneapolis. Online. May 2021 - now.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (M.B.S.R.) 9-Week Series with Michelle Jamiesonat at Pathways Minneapolis. Online. May - June 2022.


Spring Forest Qigong:

Spring Forest Qigong, Five Element Qigong Healing Movements - Qigong Course. Online. November 2020.

Spring Forest Qigong, Spring Forest Qigong One for Health Live Training with Munira Jiwa, Online. September 2020.

Spring Forest Qigong, Spring Forest Qigong Two for Healing Live Training with Sue Crites, Online. October - November 2020.

Spring Forest Qigong, mentors are Barb Palmer, Gadu Doushin in person in Minneapolis, MN, and online, and many other people with the Online Community, Eden Prairie MN. 2017 till now.


Tai Chi Chih:

Tai Chi Chih, Tai Chi Chih Intensive Workshop (Pre-requirement for teachers) with Sandy McAlister & April Leffler. Online. July 22, 23, 24, & 25, 2021.

Tai Chi Chih, Tai Chi Chih Intensive Workshop (Pre-requirement for teachers) with Sandy McAlister Online. August 4, 5, 6 & 7, 2022.

Tai Chi Chih, Tai Chi Chih Teacher Prep Classes with April Leffler. Online. July 2021 - October 2021.

Tai Chi Chih, Tai Chi Chih mentors are Marlena Vernon ongoing classes from June 2020 - June 2022, and Sue Bitney ongoing online and in-person classes from May 2021, Marie Dotts from May 2022 - Now


Tai Chi For Health Institute:

Tai Chi for Health Institute mentors is Bruce Tyler, Keith Root, Jeanine Robinett, Trish Gonzala, Melissa Schenck, Kimberley Sandberg, and Linda Ebling 2012 - now.

Tai Chi for Health Institute, Seated Tai Chi for Arthritis Teachers Training Workshop with Linda Ebling. Bloomington, MN. November 3, 2019.

Tai Chi for Health Institute, Seated Tai Chi for Arthritis Updated Teachers Certification. Meeting with Linda Ebling. Eagan, MN. November 20, 2021.

Tai Chi for Health Institute, Seated Tai Chi for Energy Teachers Training Workshop with Linda Ebling, Plymouth, MN. April 6 & 7, 2018.

Tai Chi for Health Institute, Tai Chi for Arthritis (Part 1 and 2), and Fall Prevention on Exploring the Depth Workshop with Dr. Paul Lam (Founder). Mendota Heights, MN. October 14 & 15, 2017.

Tai Chi for Health Institute, Tai Chi for Arthritis a Teachers Training Workshop with Linda Ebling. Bloomington, MN. May 14 and 15, 2016.

Tai Chi for Health Institute, Tai Chi for Arthritis, and Fall Prevention Teachers Training Workshop with Linda Ebling. Bloomington, MN. May 5, 2019.

Tai Chi for Health Institute, Tai Chi for Arthritis and Falls Preventions Teachers Training Workshop with Linda Ebling. Online. May 2, 2021.

Tai Chi for Health Institute, Tai Chi for Arthritis Part 2 (Sun 41) Teachers Training Workshop with Linda Ebling. Bloomington, MN. May 5, 2017.

Tai Chi for Health Institute, Tai Chi for Arthritis Part 2 (Sun 41) Teachers Training Workshop with Linda Ebling. Plymouth, MN. November 18, 2016.

Tai Chi for Health Institute, Tai Chi for Arthritis Part 2 (Sun 41) Teachers Training Workshop with Linda Ebling. Plymouth, MN. November 2, 2019.

Tai Chi for Health Institute, Tai Chi for Arthritis Part 2 (Sun 41) Teachers Training Workshop with Linda Ebling. Eagan, MN. November 20, 2021.

Tai Chi for Health Institute, Tai Chi for Diabetes Workshop with Dr. Paul Lam (Founder). Mendota Heights, MN. October 13, 2017

Tai Chi for Health Institute, Tai Chi for Rehabilitation Teachers Training Workshop with Linda Ebling. Plymouth, MN. November 4, 2018.

Tai Chi for Health Institute, Tai Chi for Rehabilitation Updated Teachers Certifications with Linda Ebling. Eagan, MN. November 20, 2021.

Tai Chi for Health Institute, Tai Chi for Rehabilitation Teachers Training Workshop with Linda Ebling. Bloomington, MN. May 25 and 26, 2017.


Tai Ji Quan Moving for Better Balance (TJQMBB)

Moving for Better Balance Teachers Training, YMCA Certification, Edina, MN. March 16 & 17, 2018

Tai Ji Quan Moving for Better Balance with Jan Voit with TJQMBB, Online, June 2 & 3, 2022.