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Rachel Astarte Piccione is an American Council of Hypnotist Examiners (ACHE) Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, a member of the National Association of Transpersonal Hypnotherapists (NATH), and a Certified Life Coach. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College, and a diploma in Mind-Body Wellness from Southwest Institute of Healing Arts. She is trained in a number of additional healing modalities including shamanism (from the Foundation for Shamanic Studies), holistic nutrition, and flower essences.
Rachel as been an adjunct professor of writing at a number of East Coast colleges including Philadelphia University, Bucks County Community College, and Emerson College.
She is an author of both fiction and non-fiction publications, all of which promote individual healing and wellness. Her book, Celebrating Solitude, is a cornerstone in her work with clients, as she encourages a regular Solitude Practice for better health.
Rachel contributed to Dr. Bernie S. Siegel’s 2011 anthology, A Book of Miracles: Inspiring True Stories of Healing, Gratitude, and Love. She was also a nominee for the Pushcart Prize in Poetry and was the 1996 Poet Laureate of Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
Rachel’s international work has centered on the promotion of cultural unity through the performing arts. Her feature script, “Little India,” was a semi-finalist in the 2006 American Screenwriting Competition and a 2006 Gloria Film Festival Screenplay Competition selection. In December 2006, her one-act play, “Middle East Side,” had its premiere reading at SALAAM Theater in New York City.
In addition, Rachel traveled to Udaipur, India in 2007 to work with the Non-government Organization (NGO) Mahan Seva Sansthan, through the Foundation for Sustainable Development’s ProCorp volunteer program. During her two-month tenure, Rachel wrote a documentary film script, “Mahan Seva Sansthan: Educating for Empowerment,” about MSS’s work in rural Rajasthan over the past two decades. She shot video footage in the villages, conducted interviews with villagers, and compiled film stills to be used in the documentary.
Rachel is an ordained clergy member, holding the title of Peace Counselor since September 2002. As part of her ongoing peace work, Rachel has given numerous readings across the country, and lectured at such venues as New York City’s New School on the topic of employing the arts as a means toward conflict resolution.