Biography: Artistry, Wellness, & Adventures.

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Professional Life:

Caroline currently teaches at Berklee College of Music in Boston. An Assistant Professor in the Liberal Arts Department, Caroline teaches traditional poetic form, academic writing, and her original Slam Poetry performance curriculum. At Berklee she collaborates often with the hit songwriter and teacher of the popular Stage Performance Technique classes, Livingston Taylor, and with Lyric Writing teacher and famed author Pat Pattision. Caroline facilitates Berklee’s twice monthly poetry open mic & workshop series called reVERB Poets, and coaches the award-winning Berklee Poetry Slam Team. She is also an educator with Berklee Online, Berklee’s accredited online college, where she teaches their only creative writing classes to date.

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Caroline worked for 12 years as a yoga, dance and meditation instructor, a doula (birth attendant), and was in private practice as a Somatic Therapist for over a decade, specializing in Craniosacral Therapy and Voice Work. Her areas of expertise relate to surviving trauma, overcoming creative blocks, and non-verbal communication. She is no longer seeing individual clients, but this cherished time in private practice continues to influence her teaching style and Caroline remains committed to genuine connections with her students. Refer to Upcoming Events for more information on Caroline’s public offerings.

In addition to her work at Berklee College of Music, Caroline is a regular Leader at The Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California, where she shares her original curricula (listed below) for staff and students. She is regularly featured as a performer and teacher at academic, cultural and healing venues across the world. Most recently, Caroline facilitated writing & voice workshops for the remaining descendants of Ni i’hau (“The Forbidden Island” of Hawaii) on Kauai at Ke Kula Ni i-hau, and in 2011 she was featured at the US Embassy in Serbia where she performed original work & led workshops about free speech for the first generation of youth to grow up post-Milosevic. Caroline also shares her work at such organizations as YouthSpeaks, Lesley University, Northeastern University, Brandeis University, the louderARTS Project, UC Berkeley and UCLA, among others.

retro1Caroline was featured in two documentaries, including a Lucasfilm, and appeared on Season 5 of HBO’s Def Poetry.  A past member and coach of multiple Poetry Slam Teams, Caroline continues to be a part of poetry performance victories on both national and regional stages. Her writing, which explores ideas of the sacred and tracks her belief that even the fiercest traumas contain within them the capacity for profound healing and beauty, has been published in literary journals, teaching guides, and anthologies including the 2005 National Poetry Slam Anthology High Desert Voices, the Harvard publication The Charles River Review, and she is published in Pat Pattison’s award-winning book, Songwriting Without Boundaries: Lyric Writing Exercises for Finding Your Voice. Caroline was a 2012 Pushcart Prize Nominee for her publication in Gertrude Press.  She was a 2013 nominee for Best Poet and was a recipient of the 2014 Steelgrass Residency on Kauai, HI. (See radio & print and video to learn more.)

Original Curricula:

  • Sacred Groove™, an ecstatic dance practice;
  • Awakening the Yogini: Extraordinary Yoga and Education for Women™;
  •  The CranioYoga Work: the artful synthesis of Restorative Yin Yoga and CranioSacral Therapy™;
  • Free Your Voice™.

Education & Training:

At age 15, after following legendary rock band The Grateful Dead around the country, Caroline relocated to Oxford, England where she studied creative writing, art history and philosophy at Oxford Tutorial College.  After studying and traveling in Europe, Caroline lived for a time in Colorado, and then also studied Fine Arts, Theater and English in NY and MA. In 1999, Caroline was awarded a BFA in Theater from Boston University’s College of Fine Arts where she graduated Summa Cum Laude and won the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence.  Her stage directorial debut dealt with the work of poet Anne Sexton and was chosen for review by the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. Caroline additionally earned a Master’s Degree from UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures, where she wrote and performed a thesis called “Inward Music: The Rug Dance Project.” The Project examined the witnessed and felt embodiment of intuition and gazed cross-culturally at sacred art.  At UCLA she also studied anatomy, dance movement therapy, choreography, site-specific performance, the politics of the body, and many movement techniques including the sacred practices of Afro-Cuban dance and drumming. Both the renowned movement artist/choreographer Simone Forti and the celebrated theater revolutionary Peter Sellars sat on her thesis committee.  While at UCLA she also studied at The Department of Theater, Film and Television where she served as a choreographer for films and was the Teaching Assistant for many of the “movement for actors” courses.

yogaCaroline is a devoted student of health and yoga pioneer Ana Forrest and is a graduate of her Foundational, Advanced, and Continuing Educational Forrest Yoga Teacher Trainings. Caroline also greatly appreciated her two Yin Yoga Teacher Trainings (one with Insight Yoga founder Sarah Powers and another with Boston-based acupuncturist and Sati Solutions co-founder Josh Summers), and she completed a Movement Leadership Training with Vinn Marti, originator of the conscious dance practice Soul Motion.  Caroline also loves to dance with her dear friends and guides Michael and Anneli Molin-Skelton, creators of Spiritweaves.

Caroline is a graduate of The Massage Therapy Institute of Davis, CA, and has completed multiple anatomy courses at the graduate school level. She is a student and practitioner of CranioSacral Therapy and SomatoEmotional Release, and is honored to be a Teaching Assistant for the Upledger Institute for Craniosacral Therapy. The most comprehensive and intensive CranioSacral Therapy training venue in the world, the Upledger Institute was founded by Dr. Upledger who is accredited with the groundbreaking discovery of the Dural Pulse and the creation of the term “CranioSacral Therapy.”

A registered member of the United States Association for Body Psychotherapists, Caroline has studied closely with bodywork and movement innovator Julian Walker, the Women’s Sacred Anatomy Project founder Ellen Heed, the Center for Movement Education and Research founder and director Judy Gantz, and the Men’s Yoga Tribe founder Jonathan Bowra. Along the way she also studied and trained in The Alexander Technique, Breathwork, Native American Ritual and Practice, Linklater Voice Work, Reiki energy work, and the Psychopharmacology of Trauma. Caroline remains a student and an adventurer, and she expands her expertise and perspective as often as she can. She feels incredibly lucky and wholeheartedly indebted to the many pilgrims, elders, friends, family members and mentors who lead the way and light her path.

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For a formal CV or resume, please contact: BookCarolineHarvey@gmail.com

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