iele paloumpis

End of Life Doula, Herbalist, Dance Artist in Brooklyn, New York

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As an end of life doula, herbalist, dance artist and educator, iele paloumpis's work is rooted in somatic healing, plant-wisdom, trauma-informed griefwork, Tarot and some astrological know-how.

Under the direction of Donna Faye Burchfield and Jeffery Bullock, iele received a BA from Hollins University in 2006 . iele has practiced Tarot since 1995, most recently under the mentorship of Eva Yaa Asantewaa. iele feels grateful to have had the opportunity to study herbology under the tutelage of Rosemary Gladstar in the summer of 2014. iele has also received end of life doula certifications from Valley Hospice in Paramus NJ, Mount Sinai's Palliative Care Institute, and Deanna Cochran's Accompanying the Dying program between 2014-16.

As a disabled, trans, queer survivor from a working class background, they empathize across multiple axes of oppression and bring this awareness to their work as an artist, educator, doula and intuitive healer.

iele's dance work has been shown at New York Live Arts, the Brooklyn Arts Exchange, and through Movement Research in various settings, including Judson Church (2013, 2009), Open Performance, and the 2012 Spring MR Festival as a part of Mix Tape. iele has also had numerous showings in Philadelphia, including at The Painted Bride Art Center, FLUXspace, Studio 34, The Community Education Center, the Philadelphia GLBT Arts Festival, and at the Flea.

In 2012-13, iele was a Studio Series Resident Artist at New York Live Arts and worked under the mentorship of Trajal Harrell through the Queer Art Mentorship Program. iele was also a recipient of a BAX Fall Space Grant in 2013. Previously, iele co-organized there's nothing neutral about bodies, a discussion/workshop/group performance through CLASSCLASSCLASS (2011), and was a co-recipient of The Leeway Foundation’s Art and Social Change Grant (2010). As a performer, iele has danced for niv Acosta, devynn emory, Jen McGinn, Emily Wexler and Nina Winthrop, among others.

iele teaches dance improvisation, composition, theory and critique. they also offer workshops integrating neo-pagan spirituality with movement and healing.

  • Education
    • Hollins University