Our Staff

Tracy Penfield
Artistic Director and Founder

Tracy Penfield

Tracy founded SafeArt in 2000 after 20 years as an Artist and Educator in Fiber Arts and Dance. Her experience in an abusive relationship from the age of 14 to 29 gave her a distinctive perspective on how her students were responding to creative expression. Wanting to work across the spectrum of prevention to recovery from traumatic abuse gave rise to the concept of SafeArt.

Before founding SafeArt, Tracy taught Modern and Creative Dance at Montana State University, Colby Sawyer College and Dartmouth College, and worked as an Artist-in-Residence in schools in Montana, New Hampshire and Vermont. Over the past 25 years, Tracy has performed both solo and with various troupes and collaborators.

In 2008, Altus Healing Arts opened as SafeArt’s home in Chelsea, Vermont. Tracy offers individual therapeutic sessions that combine energy healing, movement and voice in a process she developed, called Tracing. Tracy also teaches yoga, dance, weaving and mindfulness. Tracy has an interest in equine therapy, through which abused and neglected horses and people can learn from and be healed by each other in profound ways. In 2016, Tracy published A Curriculum of Courage: Making SafeArt, and has taken the book on tour in the Northeast.

Tracy believes in the power of the arts to create personal and social change. 


  • Schedule a session with Tracy: tpenfield@safeart.org; (802) 685-3138

Caro Bick 
Executive Administrator

Caro Bick

Caro Bick moved to Chelsea from North Carolina in 2006. She left North Carolina to remove herself from an abusive relationship and change her life patterns. After being here only a few months she met Tracy Penfield and was introduced to dance through Tracy’s Monday night Dance program. The freedom and opening she experienced created a balance she had never found before, and she was hooked!

Caro has spent many of her professional years as a Special Education teacher, working mostly with students who have behavioral troubles in the school setting. She began her career in this field in the mid 1970’s working with juvenile delinquents from the greater Boston area at an alternative school called Penikese Island School, located on a small Island off the coast of Cape Cod, where the boys learned basic skills such as farming and carpentry and cooking.

Caro spends those six months of the Vermont growing season working in perennial gardens around the Upper Valley, and in the winter she enjoys cross country skiing, riding her horse, and making home made cider.



SafeArt Partners

Yasmeen Hossain
Program Director and Healing Arts Facilitator

yasmeenYasmeen is a Healing Arts Practitioner at SafeArt. She co-facilitates group sessions, offers private sessions for adults and youth, facilitates the Healing Arts for Women group in Randolph and is a co-facilitator of in-school residencies.
Along with a number of other therapeutic modalities, she incorporates hands-on energy healing, chakra balancing, crystal medicine, mindfulness practices as well as guided meditation into her work.
Yasmeen grew up in a family of intuitive healers; her German mother taught her about the healing properties of crystals and herbs while her Bengali father passed on his skill of intuitive readings.  She has also studied under a renowned medical intuitive as well as a shaman in Alaska. She is currently in the final stages of finishing a PhD in Sustainable Development.
Yasmeen is an Intuitive Energy Medicine Practitioner. In her sessions she helps clients clear, re-energize and balance their energy body, bringing it to the optimum vibrational frequency for ideal health and well-being. In the process often deeper underlying issues are addressed, such as emotional trauma, soul wounds, the energetic origin of health issues, relationship karma, or unresolved emotional blockages. She uses chakra balancing, guided visualizations, targeted body movement, crystal therapy, oracle card readings, life coaching, art therapy and hands-on energy healing techniques. Her goal is to help her clients feel grounded, confident, loving, empowered, and connected to their life’s path.
  • Schedule a session with Yasmeen: yhossain@safeart.org 

Ali Palin
Healing Arts Practitioner

A Vermont-based artist, Ali began her involvement with SafeArt in high school when she joined the Performing Arts Ensemble. During her time in this ensemble she experienced the amazing ability of the performing arts to shed light on dark subject matter for middle and high school aged kids.

A few years later she found herself back at SafeArt, this time with a newly earned BFA from the Maine College of Art. With this education, in combination with her past experiences in the ensemble, she became a Youth Program Facilitator.

She is excited to provide an opportunity for young people to discover what she discovered herself at that age: the sense of empowerment that comes with understanding oneself through creative expression.

Art gathers itself in all corners of her life: from a walk in the woods to the desirable acoustics in the shower, from the revival of her vintage trailer to the way she styles her hair.

She encourages people of all ages to explore the creative power within themselves in an intuitive and inclusive way.


Sarah Lowry
SafeArt Intern/ Healing Arts Facilitator

Sarah Lowry has been an intern at SafeArt since September. She lives in Northfield Vermont and travels weekly to attend Lesley University in Cambridge MA where she is getting her degree in Mental Health Counseling, specifically Drama Therapy. Sarah currently co-facilitates many of SafeArt’s programs including HAICU, the Healing Arts for Women groups, and youth residencies around the state. She brings her experience in body-based trauma work into the facilitation and incorporates the elements of movement, play and improvisation within the group work. Outside of her work at SafeArt, Sarah is a body worker, a theater director, and the co-manager of the Plainfield Opera House.  She will be with SafeArt until August 2017 and looks forward to continuing the relationship beyond her internship.
Sarah Lowry is trained in Massage Therapy, Somatic Experiencing, and Drama Therapy. She works with body awareness, games, movement and trauma-informed body work to support clients in coming into contact with the memories and patterns (both physical and emotional) that cause distress in their daily life.  This can look like a wide range of activities and intensity levels and Sarah will work with each client to develop the right blend of diving in, story telling, playing, and relaxing that is necessary for each person. This work seeks to re-introduce clients to their body, and to work through that which is held there so that, over time, the body can begin to move where it was stuck, and the memories can have less power.
  • Schedule a session with Sarah:  sarahmlowry@gmail.com

Mitch Beck
Healing Arts Facilitator
Mitch Beck has been involved with SafeArt since 2004.  Her original involvement was as a severely traumatized woman in need of everything SafeArt had to offer.  As the years went by, part of her healing process involved organizing fund raisers, community awareness events and many, many art shows displaying the art created by the SafeArt Women’s Groups.  Mitch now works to bring art to children through work on the Art Bus and in the Tunbridge One Planet Afterschool Program. She is now a facilitator for the weekly HAICU women’s healing group.  Mitch truly believes in engaging the transformative power of the arts to prevent and heal abuse and other traumas.




Susan Hoffman
Healing Arts Practitioner
Medical Herbalist, Aromatherapist, Flower Essence practitioner, Plant Spirit healing, Intuitive Health and Nutritional counselor, Healing Touch/ Reiki and Focusing practitioner, palm reading, oracle card reading and animal communication.  Sessions can include any one or a combination of the above modalities depending on the situation and the preference of the client. Issues will be addressed at the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels as needed and can cover any area of concern. For a more detailed explanation of any of the modalities listed feel free to phone or email Susan.
  • Schedule a session with Susan: wildhillherbals@gmail.com ; (802) 685-2038

Alexis Smith
Healing Arts Practitioner
Alexis’ experience includes training in healing modalities such as massage, Reiki, hydrotherapy, movement therapy, acupressure and Asian bodywork. She is certified (CAP) and (ASHP) in the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy and Spiritual Healing with Dr. Rosita Arvigo.
Additionally Alexis spent over 9 years as an apprentice with Mayan midwife, Healer and Shaman, Ms. Beatrice Waite from Belize. Alexis balances her work with yoga, Dancing With Horses, and puppetry as a 27-year company member of the Bread and Puppet Theater.
  • Schedule a session with Alexis: freealexis@hotmail.com; (802) 685.3027; (802) 371-7239






Angelique Priscilla

Healing Arts Practitioner

Angelique Priscilla is a licensed physical therapist in private practice in Hartford, VT. She offers energetic and hands on bodywork, CranioSacral Therapy (CST) and Acupressure.  Often times this includes processing with the client, yet quite often sessions are silent. Angelique follows the inherent wisdom of the body, and allow for balancing and integration. Both CST and Soul Lightening Acupressure address the whole being… mind, body, spirit, and emotion.  Angelique loves these modalities because of how they address each aspect of self and assist with clearing and supporting growth and evolution of the Whole Being.

  • Schedule a session with Angelique: peace@angeliquepriscilla.com; (802) 296-7178
  • Please note: All session take place in her office in Hartford, VT.