Rev. Trella Dubetz, BFA, LMT
Trella (she/they) is imperfectly devoted to the spirit of creativity, healing, sustainability, intersectional justice, and aims to create trauma informed, safer space for healthy, harmonious connection in our world.
Her names mean Star of the Sea - Little Oak, and she comes from a family of Slavic immigrants who arrived in North America in 1914 as well as Welsh immigrants, and longer established German ancestors. Her paternal grandparents were Lemko, one of the indigenous people of the Carpathian Mountains, and her American story is inextricably woven into the lives of her ancestors- genetically, culturally, and spiritually.
As an ARTIST:
Trella actualize images using inks and mixed media, focusing many times on how the etheric, sacred, energetic and creative worlds are communicating hollographically. She also likes to make fun collages that honor the many faces of the human family, and to slap spray paint on old, rusted farm equipment at Phoenix Farm.
As a HEALER:
Trella has been dedicated to supporting others on their healing journey for nearly twenty three years, and her holistic practice, currently known as Sage Massage & Wellness, LLC, has been a healing nook in Lancaster County since 2012. She became a holistic minister practitioner, with a specialty in Upledger CranioSacral Therapy's umbrella of therapeutic methods in 2001, and also works with her own style of the energy therapy called Access Bars.
She is a certified Aroma Freedom Technique practitioner, licensed massage therapist, traditional Usui Reiki Master and more. She offers this spectrum of modalities to bring harmony to her client's mind, body, and spirit, and she's pretty darn good at it...
As a Mama:
Her highest honor in this life is to hold space and create a bridge from those that came before that arcs towards her daughter, and those that will be our future. She does this with a healthy dose of reverence and a heaping wallop of humor, laughter, and dance breaks in the kitchen.
As a Re-Wilder:
She is ever mindful of the fact that the land they are the current guardians of, Phoenix Farm, is unceded land from the Susquehannock, Haudenosuanee and most likely other indigenous North American people who traveled through Huntingdon County for eons. To honor all those that have come before, she works to restore the land, and bring it closer to its original form, re-establishing native species of edible and medicinal plants (elderberry, black berry, walnut, hickory, maple, red osha dogwood, and more), while offering food sources to the likes of many animal species- many of whom are endangered (i.e. Northern Harrier Hawk, Barn Owl, Bald Eagle).
She hopes that one day Phoenix Farm will be a place where all people can gather in compassion and curiosity to learn about the natural world, and the many incredible and valuable human stories that weave themselves into the patchwork of our history, society, and our connection to the planet herself.
Some more of the story:
Although a Lancaster County native, Trella has made a home for herself in numerous, incredible locations. Boston, Martha's Vineyard, Grass Valley, California, Sardinia and Milan, Italy are all areas she has lived, studied, or practiced- and they hold a piece of her heart.
Trella began her study of the mind-body connection through Tai Chi Chau'n Kung Fu, Kundalini and Hatha yogas, and chiropractic care in her teens due to health issues that were not being aided by the medical world. As she made her way through college, where she studied fine arts, Trella deepened her practices of yoga, meditation, a diet of whole foods, holistic therapies such as Reiki, contact improvisational dance, and because she went to college in Boston, she made a spiritual practice of going to the beach whenever possible! (Everyone should start there, yes?)
After graduating with honors from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Trella made her way to the island of Martha's Vineyard where she helped manage a health food store, taught ESL, and studied and lived on an organic farm. In 2001 she ventured in her mini-van cross country and ended up in Grass Valley, CA and attended massage school. It is in CA that she first used Young Living Essential Oils, but didn't fully understand and wasn't taught about the potency and effectiveness of these particular essential oils and products. After completing her level one massage training, she returned to Martha's Vineyard to work for the summer, saving money with intentions to return to CA for more massage and bodywork training the following fall.
When 9/11 occurred, plans changed, and Trella headed to NYC and worked throughout the 5 boroughs in fire houses supporting the rescue crews for 8weeks- an experience that forever changed her. After her time in NYC, she headed back to Lancaster to care for her ailing father, as well as continue her bodywork training through the Upledger Institute in Jupiter, Florida. The following spring, after her dad regained his health through natural and alternative care, she headed back to Martha's Vineyard, because she secured a position with an incredible chiropractic physician. For the next two years, she deepened her knowledge about the mind-body-spirit connection, homeopathy, nutrition, harmonic healing, and witnessed gentle and profoundly effective holistic care, to balance and support others, as well as herself. While on the Vineyard, Trella continued her study with the Upledger Institute, and realized deeply that CranioSacral Therapy would be her specialty.
In 2003, Trella left Martha's Vineyard to fulfill her dream of traveling through Europe. For months she wandered through the Netherlands, Germany, and eventually landed in Italy, securing work as a personal assistant, yoga teacher, and holistic care giver. After living and practicing in Italy, Trella returned home, became a mom, and joined the practice that her then husband had. For seven years she practiced massage, Upledger CranioSacralTherapy, and Usui Reiki in their home office, as well as for two physicians who are also acupuncturists. Her understanding of herbalism and botanical knowledge grew, as she herself faced a number of incredible health challenges including Lyme disease, severe back injury, and more.
Finally, after securing an independent space for Sage Massage & Wellness in Millersville in 2012, she was able to define her practice as her own. In the years since, she has continued her education with Upledger Institute, and is now a qualified teaching assistant with them. As well, she is happy to have partnered as a distributor with both Young Living Essential Oils and Bemer Physical Vascular Therapy- both are incredible, user friendly tools that she herself huge "A-HA" therapeutic moments with, and is happy to educate her clients and the public about their incredible benefits.
Trella is proud of her story- with its challenges and victories, and is deeply grateful to offer the many styles of bodywork that create space for bodies and minds to come together, harmonize, and balance, as well as classes about essential oils, BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy, nutrition, toxic-free living, and helping other connect to their own innate healing abilities.
Trella wishes you the very best in health, abundance, joyfulness, and living a life that creates HARMONY for you and your loved ones. She looks forward to partnering with you on your wellness journey soon!
May our stories be told with integrity and love, and may our lives be aligned with All That Is...