I'm Laura Anctil (she/they) and I'm a mother, community partner, dancer and medicine womxn. I currently reside on Stó:lō unceded land, the traditional territory of the Sema:th and Mathekwi First Nations and I identify as a white, queer, thin-bodied and neurodiverse immigrant with Italian and Celtic ancestry. I've been a Certified Birth and Labour Doula since 2008 and I also hold an MA in Social, Cultural and Political Thought from the University of Victoria since 2013. As I combined my learning around critical thinking, ethical practice and social justice with my skills of compassionately supporting bodies through altered, embodied birth spaces, I've landed on an energetic practice called Somatic Reiki, which I offer as a holistic and trauma-informed space for people to connect and relate to their whole selves. I currently work at my business SOMA Ritual Room as a trauma-informed Somatic Reiki Master and Ritual Practitioner, and I also assist Registered Clinical Counsellors in psychedelic group work (as a Gathering Facilitators) and as a second sitter for Psychedelic Assisted Therapy.
My learning over the years through mindfulness practice, sacred, somatic grief work, miscarriage and death doula experience, feminine shamanic and intuitive practices and Jungian Psychology all weave together to inform my life-long soul work of companioning others through embodied altered states, liminal transitions, interstitial energetic zones, and any journey inward towards the "edge" between worlds. In my personal life, I've discovered the rich relational beauty of incorporating ritual practice into my life that connects me with plants, animals, and non-human others in my world. This deep reconnection with the earth has been the foundation of my learning around how we can companion others through life's journeys and I seek to bring this interconnected presence into all the work that I do.
On my days off, I like magikal adventures in the woods with family, friends and familiars; singing loudly while driving, playing in different bands, poring over ancient and contemporary texts, and tending to my outdoor garden sanctuary.