• Deb – Resume


    Tel. (831) 465-9298
    Fax (831) 465-9299

    email: Deb@healersforum.com


    Director, The Healers Forum (transforming from The Lionheart Institute, 2017). Director of classroom work in energy healing, transpersonal and depth psychology, professional practice, and group work fundamentals for adult learners working in the field of energy work, counseling, somatic healing, and bodymind balancing. Open for mid-life professionals and personal growth work.

    Faculty, Lionheart Institute of Transpersonal Energy Healing, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, San Antonio. Transpersonal and Spiritual Counseling, as well as teacher training for the characterology series. Facilitate ongoing elective programs for women (The Bad Girls; Stillness and Longing; Jealousy, Greed and Revenge), and relationship and sexuality courses with my husband Dan Buffo… Designing and facilitating weekend workshops for women, along with a year-long leadership program.

    Senior Dean, The Snowlion Center Healing School, Trimurti, France. Teaching faculty for the senior class of a four-year healing program for adult learners. Designing and teaching curriculum in a wide range of spiritual and psychological areas needed for helping healers move to professional competence. 1998-2003.

    Workshop leader and educator on sexuality issues in a spiritual context. Facilitator, Women’s Sexuality, an on-going workshop and support community. Co-facilitator for nation-wide program, Integrating Sexuality and Spirituality, for couples and singles. THE BAD GIRLS and WILD WOMEN TO WISE WOMEN, workshops, Paris, France and Kisslegg, Germany 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004.

    The Healers’ Forum, Co-partner, designed to teach classes and workshops on a wide range of healing – related subjects, including The Chakra System, Group Work as a Spiritual Practice, Intuitive and Symbolic Healing, The Energy Defense Systems, and more. Weekly and weekend seminars. 1991 – current.

    Counseling and Energetic healing practice. Including Reiki and hands-on healing. 1996 – current.

    Barbara Brennan School of Healing, Graduate, June 1996.

    Center for Intentional Living, Master’s degree equivalent in depth psychology, completed April 2002. Taught by Dr. Alexis Johnson, Dr. Judith Schmidt and Dr. Barbara Miller. External degree program taught in 4 segments per year, covering the world of early childhood development (with an emphasis on Winnecott and the British School), as well as Erickson, Piaget, Wilbur, Almaas and others. 1999-2002

    Consultant, Management of Chronic Pain and Wellness Training. Clients include psychotherapists, health professionals, community groups, and individuals dealing with pain and healing issues. Extensive public speaking. Clients included Hospice of Topeka, Stormont Vail Medical Center, Memorial Hospital, & American Cancer Society. Served as an associate presenter for public programs with Nursing Services at the Menninger Foundation. Workshops include Managing Stress, Management of Chronic Pain, Health and Wellness, Stress and Burn-Out, Visualization and Guided Imagery. 1980-82, 1990 to current.


    Trainer and Presenter, Professional Women’s Network, Abidjan, West Africa. Courses included: Introduction to Stress Management, Stress Management Retreat, and Public Speaking. 1988-1990.

    Management Consultant, S.A.. Intercon and the Rockefeller Foundation, Abidjan. Researched, wrote and edited business plan for small American-Senegalese company. Trained marketing staff and made sales calls. Audited and reported on theatre activity in Zaire for international foundation. 1988-1990.


    Publications include The Elephant Journal, Takepart.com, Tikkun, Massage Magazine, the Christian Science Monitor, American Theatre Magazine, CALLBOARD, Health and Fitness Connection, The Santa Cruz Sentinel, and African Farmer. On-going.


    2014- ongoing. Producer and Co-director, FIRE IN THE HEART, 22 artists performing in the art forms that saved their lives: gospel, hip hop, classical music; spoken word, film, dance and poetry. Currently available for tour after first two sold-out productions in Long Beach (California Women’s Conference) and Aptos, California (in conjunction with Cabrillo College Theatre Arts).

    Director/Educator, U.S. Information Agency. Africa. Directed program for professional theatre workers in all aspects of theatre work. Production of August Wilson’s FENCES named Best Play of 1988 by Uganda Theatre Groups Association. 1986, 1988

    Director, The Recovery Project, San Francisco. Co-creator and director of a health project for women in recovery from critical illness. Developed year-round program of classes created and directed a theatre production based on women’s stories about healing. 1984-1988

    Executive Director, Theatre Bay Area. San Francisco. Head of theatre trade association for San Francisco Bay Area, representing 3,200 members, staff of seven, 150 theaters. Fundraised one-half $400,000 annual budget; developed income-generating programs for the other half. Extensive travel and public speaking. Publisher and executive editor, CALLBOARD magazine. 1984-1988.

    Actor and Director, various venues throughout California, 1971 – 1990


    Educator, Dominican Hospital Patient Education Program, Chronic Pain 1990-1996

    Presenter, Management of Chronic Pain, First International Congress of Women’s Health Issues, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

    Instructor, California State University, Sacramento – theatre and women’s studies

    BEST OF SHOW: great life experiences

    Watching elephant babies play in the water while sitting in a steel box buried in the ground.

    Feeling the audience’s emotion, which helped me feel my emotion after our theater piece about my friend Kathy who died of breast cancer.

    Realizing that I might be happy in this lifetime.

    Learning, while working in Africa, that people have more in common than I thought, despite totally different circumstances.

    Having a marriage that grows and changes with someone I respect. Having friendships that grow and change. Being with my family.

    Playing HEDDA


    Master’s degree, Theatre Arts, California State University, Sacramento
    Bachelor of Arts, University of California at Santa Cruz
    Certified Massage Practitioner
    Third Degree Reiki Healing
    Graduate, Barbara Brennan School of Healing, June 1996

    Other post-graduate training:

    Center for Intentional Living graduate seminars in depth psychology – three-year program
    Cranial Sacral Therapy, Level 1
    Spirit Releasement Therapy
    Soul Retrieval
    Psychosynthesis training, 2 years
    Group Work fundamentals, The Concord Institute, 1 year

    Publications and references available on request.