Christi Strickland, MA, has over 20 years experience as an educator, group facilitator, psychotherapist, skills trainer, and wilderness rites of passage guide. She earned her MA in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University and dedicated 5 additional years training in the MatrixWorks model of groups as living systems. She also has a specialization in implementing Motivational Interviewing in groups. In addition to TheStonepile, she co-facilitates trainings for facilitators of court mandated groups for the Office of Behavioral Health, through her collaboration with Instill Consulting. Christi serves as an adjunct faculty member at Naropa and for the past 16 years she has been teaching highly experiential courses in group dynamics, systems theory, community development, and leadership. She is currently working on several writings including an academic article on the imperative of group skills in higher education and a group facilitation guidebook entitled: "Groups: The Next Quantum Leap, beyond forming and storming." She is also the co-author of a group facilitation companion book for court mandated curriculums. Christi's facilitation style is holistic, direct, playful, informed and always oriented towards health, potential, and possibility. She loves the San Juan Mountains, seeds, flowers, waterfalls, good salsa, well placed lawn chairs, poetic run-on sentences (much to her editor's dismay), and is a student of dreams.
The stone pile, or cairn, is often used in the wilderness as a landmark, meeting place, and directional guide. As a symbol for Christi's work, it signifies the point along our individual and organizational work where we can stop, connect, and gather wisdom before proceeding. Christi's facilitation and trainings provide the kinds of spaces where skills can be developed and people come together around shared goals in a way that enhances organizational strength, cohesion, happiness, and creative problem solving. The stonepile also represents the rock solid support you will receive through working with Christi.