Peaks Above Clouds


Please note that these sessions are only open to current City of Minneapolis Employees.

11/29/21 A Note from Anna...

Dear City of Minneapolis Employees, 

I invite you and your colleagues in the city to the Somatic Skills for Stress Management that I am hosting over the next month for City of Minneapolis employees.  Please feel free to forward this email to folks who might be interested in learning skills to help support more ease and resiliency in their day to day lives.
Our stress and trauma levels have been high the past couple of years. We have experienced so much. Some things have shifted and still, there is much work to still be done in our city and communities. We have anger, hopelessness, frustration, despair and shame impacting our nervous systems and communities at escalated levels. This workshop offers participants an opportunity to learn and practice body based skills, such as breathing, focus and gentle movement to help settle our nervous systems and create more ease in our systems to help us survive another day to continue working for our families and communities to thrive.
This workshop will offer information about our nervous systems and teach participants skills that they can practice in their own day to day lives to offer healing and renewal in times of stress and trauma. The skills taught will include HeartMath techniques that focus on coherence between our hearts and brains and create new patterns of renewal. This somatic based work will support individual healing and stress management and also offer skills that support our communication with other people. 
I hope you will join me for this workshop once or more! I live, work, play, and love in South Minneapolis and love our communities deeply. I have worked with various city departments over the years on projects; the most recent was being a CreativeCity Making Artist working with NCR to achieve a complete count for the Census 2020. I am honored to have an opportunity to support the folks who work so hard on our City staff. I use these skills myself daily to survive and move our communities to thriving and hope to practice these skills with you over the next month. 
Sessions are offered during all three shifts – 11am, 5pm and 9pm between Tuesday, November 30th through Wednesday, December 22nd. Sessions are offered in four identity groups – Citywide employees (all employees are welcome), BIPOC identified employees, First Responder identified employees and White employees. 
To learn more and register for sessions, please visit:
This workshop was created in partnership with Regulatory Services and is offered to all current City of Minneapolis Employees. 
With deep gratitude for all you do for our communities, Anna
Founder, Formation Healing Arts


Attend somatic healing sessions to learn skills for stress management. 

Following the election and leading up to the upcoming trials, many City of Minneapolis employees are experiencing increased levels of stress and trauma. Learn skills to support your mental health and well-being and increase resilience to process the impact of the past 18 months and find more ease now and in the future.

Anna Meyer, founder of Formation Healing Arts, will lead participants through somatic-based practices in a dozen caucused somatic healing sessions Nov. 30-Dec. 22.  All classes will be 60 minutes long and held virtually on Teams. Each class is eligible for 250 wellness points, up to a total of four classes per year. 

Somatic simply means body-based. How do we work with our nervous systems to help us find more ease in our day-to-day lives when stress and trauma keep lingering? The skills we will be practicing are body- and mind-based skills to utilize in our own day-to-day lives to support coherence in our systems. HeartMath Institute's research demonstrates that practicing coherence between our heart and brain has powerful positive effects on our mental, emotional and physical health; stability and resilience. It also impacts our heart rhythms, rate, immune system, sleep quality, and overall energy levels. We will be practicing HeartMath skills as a part of these classes that are easy to apply to our day-to-day lives.

The sessions, organized as a follow-up to the Day of Racial Reckoning events in May, will be held in caucused spaces. In caucused spaces, folks who have similar experiences can come together to heal and grow in a way that reduces or eliminates the harm on staff identified as Black, Indigenous, Asian-Pacific Islander, Latinx, and people of color.  

These sessions are only open to current City of Minneapolis Employees. 

City of Minneapolis Employees: Learn more and register here.  

Learn more about Anna here.

Learn more about the science behind HeartMath here.