I Live Here: Jennifer Slater

Name & Age: Jennifer Slater 38

Hometown: South Florida, New York, Baltimore, Portland

Current Neighborhood: NE Alberta/ Concordia

How do you pay the rent and what is your slash? Yoga Therapist/Teacher, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner – Mental Health Trauma Therapist- Somatic Psychotherapist, Holistic Nutritionist, Fine Art Photographer

What do you create? Creating possibilities consciously

How did you land in Portland? I just kept hearing things about this amazing city called Portland when I was living in New York and I said.. I have to see if this is true. I came out for my birthday week in 1997 and knew right away that I wanted to move here. It took a year but I have never left.

What is the last book you read? Overcoming Trauma Through Yoga

Name your favorite tattoo. Well of course I have to say mine which is a clematis vine going from my shoulders to waist, but there are so many amazing ones out there and such artists that I would go with a piece Peter Archer did for my friend Yvette. It is so amazing that I can’t even describe it with due service.

What was the last thing you ate at a food cart? I do not eat at food carts much but when I do I usually go for the Thai.

Oregonian, Willamette Week, or Mercury? Mercury

What is your favorite bridge and why? I cross the Fremont almost every day and have to say it is amazing every time to see the view.

Stumptown Coffee or _________? Love coffee and tend to go to Extracto but tea is my choice usually and Townshend’s is an obsession. I love their many chai’s but the roasted coconut mate is super yummy.

Coast or Mountains? Can’t choose, I love them both so much. Just different driving distances.

Only in Portland moment? I was walking in my neighborhood and saw a mother and her little boy walking their goat. Only in Portland.

A favorite local business? Bye and Bye

Are you a car person or a bike person? Both, though I drive all over our 4 quadrants of town so much in a day that the car is mostly where I end up. Riding my bike across the bridges in the summer is a favorite pastime though.

If you could change one thing about Portland, what would it be? If I could change anything about Portland I would not live here. Though I do wish people would drive better and stop daydreaming.. from an  east coast driver here..

And finally, where can we find you on the web? Jenslater.com  You can learn all about somatic psychology, find my yoga teaching schedule, and just learn about me :)

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