About Beth Fairservis, MPC
Beth has been counseling individuals and mentoring families for over 10 years as Buddhist Pastoral and Body Centered Counselor, Birthing From Within® doula, child birth educator, Mother Woman® facilitator and creative arts teacher and climate change activist.
Beth has a Masters Degree in Pastoral Counseling from the Graduate Theological Foundation in Buddhist Psychology and Spiritual Leadership and the Hartford Family Institute in Body-Centered Psychotherapy and Subtle Energy Healing. She has a B.A in Philosophy and Film making from Vassar College.
Beth's journey into healing and arts activism began in the garden. After four years of study about the connection between philosophy, filmmaking and cultural transformation at Vassar College, she realized that to really learn about life on earth she needed to connect with the earth. In 1988, she dug her hands right in by starting an organic market garden on her parents land in Connecticut and founding the Active Benevolence League which delivered Fall harvest soups and clothing to the homeless in New York City. This work on the land literally rooted her understanding that being in right relationship with oneself is intimately tied to being in right relationship with the earth. Her father was an archeologist and his passing initiated a month long journey to Egypt where her family brought his ashes to the sacred site where he had worked with her mother since 1963. Her journey with photography began there as she discovered the synthesizing power of the arts to transform history, emotion, and spirituality with the present moment. She soon let the fields go fallow and joined the Children's Media Project in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. premiering her animated film "Eight Days of Eve" at the Hudson Valley Film Festival. Moving to the Pioneer Valley she immersed herself in improvisational dance and theater. She studied with Meredith Monk, Rachel Rosenthal, Ricardo Puccetti, Double Edge Theater and Sand Glass Puppet Theater. She has performed at Lincoln Center Outdoors, the Sharon Play House, Earth Dance, Northampton's APE Gallery, and many festivals and activist events. She produced a series of performance art events about seeds of awareness, and evolution which she performed in Northampton, Ma. and at the sacred site of Machu Picchu in Peru.
When her son was born, so too was born her passion to make the world better for him. For the past 13 years she has been producing large scale puppet parades, actions and performances in Northampton and at festivals and courthouses across Western Mass about Climate Change and our role on earth as caretakers of earth, air, fire and water. She also held Puppets in the Woods Summer Arts Camps and Homeschool Programs for children for 5 years. She recently co-founded MuZen Mindful Creative Theater with her husband Stephen Katz. MuZen is dedicated to transforming our world through creative truth telling, magical beauty, and lots of goofiness. For more information go to: www.muzen.org.