my name is amy elizabeth johnson howton.
i am devoted to creating more loving,
liberating, and life-affirming stories of who we
are and what is possible when we remember.
i offer my gifts in healing, facilitation + communal connection and writing.
my work over the past thirty years has focused in the areas of trauma, racial + gender justice, community building, and organizational leadership development.
the natural world has been my most enduring classroom, grounding my practice in living systems, systems thinking, and emergent theory. i have taught at the university-level and practiced in various contexts including higher education, community-based nonprofits, faith-based institutions with experience working with individuals, organizations, and in network-building. communities of practice as a model for transformative change have been a core focus of my research and practice throughout my and i continue to believe in the power of bringing people together through intentional cycles of action and reflection.
my most important training has been life and my own healing journey. with thanks to the lessons learned through occupying this white, female body, i draw on the wisdom gained from a life of unlearning social conditioning and ancestral wounds.
i hold an MA in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and a doctorate in Ecological Counseling. i am a licensed professional counselor in the state of Ohio, experienced in participatory action research, human-centered design, and trained in the Art of Hosting. i continue to focus study in the Christian contemplative and mystical traditions and somatic healing of trauma.
i've been privileged to have been in personal study and apprenticeship with elders, guides, shamans, healers, and spiritual leaders from various wisdom traditions and lineages including Margaret Wheatley, Jerry Granelli, Quanita Roberson, Fr. Richard Rohr, James Finley, Dr Barbara Holmes--and those with whom I share the intimate details of this human walk.