Jean Esther, MSW LICSW


Jean is a psychotherapist with a private practice in Northampton MA, specializing in a mind-body approach in the healing of trauma. At the root of her work is over 40 years of training in meditation practice. She teaches in the Buddhist tradition at the Insight Meditation Center of Pioneer Valley ( in Western MA and IMS (Insight Meditation Society) in Barre, MA ( as well as across the US and Canada. In addition, she is a Continuing Ed faculty in the Smith College School of Social Work. Her work is also informed by training in Jungian Psychology, Somatic Experiencing, and physical theatre. 


Polly Howells, LCSW


Polly practiced psychotherapy in Brooklyn, New York for 38 years.  She now lives primarily in Woodstock, New York, where she is actively involved in the Transition Town movement. (  She helps activists navigate our turbulent, changing world, as a facilitator of The Pachamama Alliance’s “Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream” symposium, and Joanna Macy’s “Work that Reconnects.”  She is on the Advisory Board of Bioneers, a Santa Fe- and San Francisco-based environmental, social justice, and women's empowerment organization, and is also a member of the "Band" of Radical Joy for Hard Times (  


Janice Stieber Rous, ACAT BODY THERAPIST


Janice Stieber Rous is the creator of Body Dialogue, an integrative therapeutic system that reorganizes the body and develops a new mental feedback process that eliminates habitual dysfunctional movement patterns. It is a form of movement re-education that draws on the wisdom of the following systems: Alexander Technique, Stough Breathing Coordination, Qi Gong, and Yoga and Body Soul Rhythms (based on Jungian psychology and the work of Marian Woodman).  She teaches internationally, and has been conducting women’s retreats of this nature since 2003.  Janice is a former dancer, studying with the Martha Graham company since the age of twelve. She graduated in 1972 from Sarah Lawrence College, and holds a Master’s degree from Bank Street School of Education in Arts Education and Administration.  Her specialty has been arts and wellness from the inception of her private practice in 1981.


A BodySoul Community Workshop for Women

All three teachers have completed the BodySoulRhythms® Leadership Training Program with Jungian Analyst Marion Woodman, movement specialist Mary Hamilton, and voice coach Ann Skinner.


Mailing Address:

Polly Howells
PO Box 125
Glenford, NY  12433-0125