REBECCA PLUMMER ROHLOFF, PhD
A former award-winning professor of arts education, now turned wellness pro, Dr. Rebecca is a certified 500 hr. Professional Kripalu Yoga Teacher, Transformational Life Coach, Reiki Master, Qoya Dance teacher-in-training, and visual artist. She has integrated over 25 years of teaching, research, and service into a holistic, healing model of self-inquiry and transformation called, Project Imaginarium.
After graduating from art school and campus mission work in 1991, she taught English in Japan, where she began a life-long practice of contemplative inquiry, creating, and exhibiting. While a high school art teacher in the Midwest, she completed her Master’s degree on the psychological effects of visual media culture on youth confidence and identity. Her doctoral thesis, also completed at the University of Illinois, Urbana in 2008, further investigated the experience of healing and liberation from mood disorders through painting and visual journaling as self-inquiry. During this time, Rebecca recognized the power of embodiment through the psycho-spiritual disciplines of yoga, meditation, and visualization to ground mental health, reduce stress and anxiety, and open the perceptive heart to grace and beauty.
Over the years she has been a committed member of various US-based arts associations, zen centers, Friends Quaker meetings and yoga studios. Her workshops and individual sessions combine sensory experiences using conscious breath, meaningful movement, creative visualization, and symbolic expression to shift negative or limiting stories, and build bridges of possibilities that speak the soul’s longings. She sparks others to courageously reach beyond limitations, and co-create the life of love longed to be lived. Dr. Rohloff is presently authoring a book, Project Imaginarium: Opening to Lifeforce to Steer Your Creative Transformation.
Given Rebecca's artistic flexibility that morphs between realism & surrealism, her prolific arts practice is often described as materially eclectic and stylistically whimsical. Rebecca’s studio work includes mixed-media acrylic collages, machine stitched fiber ‘paintings’ and wearable art. While traveling or vacationing, she enjoys using watercolors to capture outdoor street scenes. Her Wind Dancer mandalas, Rogue weavings, polymer clay jewelry, and 12x18” watercolors prints and gift cards of Antigua, Guatemala are popular at art festivals and local markets. Her studio collections have ranged from themes such as Barefoot Wanderings, Navigating Chaos, Troubling Mythic Visual Culture, the Global Community, Negotiating Guatemala, and more.
Her life partner, Peter Rohloff, a Harvard Global Health physician dually specializing in adult medicine & pediatrics is a core founder of Wuqu' Kawoq: Maya Health Alliance, a non-governmental organization that supports healthcare in Maya Languages with headquarters in the Kaqchikel Highlands of Tecpan, Guatemala. She lives in Antigua, Guatemala. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Kripalu 500 hr. Professional Yoga Teaher Training/ 2013 200 hr YYT 2013-2018
School of Transformational Life Coaching 2018
Usui Tradition in Reiki Level 1 & Master
Arts in Medicine, Shands Hospital 2008
Selected Facilitated Workshops
Align and Blossom:Imagineering Your Emergence with Embodied Mindmapping
Tuning Your Creative Compass for 2018: Setting New Life Intentions with Mapping
Radiance Sutras: A Valentine's Lovesong Poetry Reading
Creative Mindmapping As Meditative Journaling
Polymer Play: Creating Intricate Cane Design for Jewelry Making
2016 Marblehead Arts Fest, Don Howard Award of Excellence in Mixed Media
2013 Higher Education Art Educator of the Year, MAEA Massachusetts Art Ed Associatio
Negotiating Guatemala: Life With the Kaqchikel Maya. In Sextant, The Journal of Salem State University, Vol. XIX, No. 1, Spring 2011, pp. 21-31.
Solidarity, Global Scholarship, and the Ethics of Encounter: A Case Study From Guatemala. In E. Delacruz & M. Parsons (2009). Art Education and G.l.o.b.a.l.i.z.a.t.i.o.n. National Art Education Association.
Creative Interventions: Arts-based Living Pedagogy. In McCarthy, C. (Ed.). (2007). Globalizing cultural studies: Interventions in theory,methods and policy. New York: Peter Lang.
Beyond the Circus: Grounding A Visual Culture Pedagogy, in Duncum, P. (2006). Classroom practices in visual culture. Reston,VA: NAEA.