About M

Artist | Creative Entrepreneur | Facilitator | LGBTQIA+ Spiritual Care | People & Culture Steward

I work with others to build empowered communication and to create resilient, inclusive, and vibrant lives, communities, and workplaces centering agency, connection, liberation, presence, and wholeness. I am passionate about social justice and promoting peace, healing, and transformation at the individual, community, organizational, and societal levels.

Greetings! My name is M Rudder (they/them/their). I am Japanese-American, non-binary, trans, and queer individual currently living on unceded Pocumtuc/Nipmuc land. I hold an MSc. from Champlain College in Applied Conflict Studies with a concentration in Organizational Development, a BFA in Fibers & Textiles from Maryland Institute College of Art, and a certificate in Spiritual Direction from Still Harbor. I have studied aspects of Buddhism, Christianity, Daoism, Islam, and Judaism. I have learned from elders of indigenous traditions across the world – China, Mexico, Peru, South Africa, West Africa – and here in the US.

I am grounded in the fine arts, writing, trauma-informed embodiment and earth-based practices, restorative justice practices, anti-racism, peace circles, conflict management, and organizational development. I have worked inside the reproductive justice movement for 18 years and in support of indigenous communities and lifeways for 14 years. In the past, I have also been part of supporting education reform and destigmatizing mental health disorders. I bring the wholeness of my life and my experiences to this work and invite the people that I work with to do the same. We can no longer afford to live our lives in a way that disconnects us from ourselves, or those around us at home, in our communities, and in our workplaces.

When I am not in my studio writing or creating, I can be found meditating, playing with and learning from my dog, biking, learning about medicinal plants, spiritual traditions, and religions across the world, and spending time with my partner.

To learn more about my professional work visit my Approach and Experience pages.