Corinna Jeanne Moebius, Ph.D.

“This we know. The earth does not belong to humans, humans belongs to the earth. This we know. All things are connected like the blood which unites one family. All things are connected. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the children of the earth …”
— Chief Sealth/Seattle, 1854

Corinna Moebius, Ph.D. is an ecospiritual life coach (see Living Earth Coaching), consultant, and eco-cultural anthropologist passionate about re-awakening humans to their embeddedness in the web of life. She helps people engage in life change with courage and resilience, rooted in care for themselves, for communities, and for all beings that are part of the Living Earth.

In addition to coaching, teaching related courses, and designing and facilitating workshops, walking experiences, and rituals, she teaches a class each semester in sociology, anthropology or geography at Florida International University (virtually). A writer, she is working on her second book; her first co-authored book is a people’s history: A History of Little Havana. And on riverboat cruises, she lectures on the environment and on histories unmentioned in the “single stories” about people and place.

Dr. Moebius has a long background as a cultural ambassador who brings people from diverse backgrounds together and challenges stereotypes. In addition to her consulting on arts and civic engagement, she has produced and directed cultural festivals and events in the District of Columbia and Miami. A former award-winning child prodigy (French horn) and semi-professional musician, she later studied sacred Afro-Cuban dance for 15 years.

She’s designed and led more than a hundred walking tours and field trips, including trips to Cuba. Her Little Havana walking tours have earned her mention in National Geographic Traveler, The New York Times, NPR and other media outlets worldwide. Dr. Moebius practices regenerative tourism aimed at benefitting communities instead of exploiting them; she also serves as a consultant and subject matter expert on equitable and regenerative/sustainable heritage tourism. She enhances awareness of the power relations involved in shaping and narrating landscapes to reproduce ideas of racial superiority, domination of nature, etc. Her tours catalyze alternate ways of thinking, knowing and being.

Dr. Moebius has demonstrated a commitment to diversity, inclusion and equity throughout her career, worked tirelessly to improve processes, systems and content.

In 1997, she co-produced a symposium at Howard University on the need for online content created by, for and about people of African descent. As a consultant to planning and transportation agencies, city governments, regional coalitions, nonprofits, and other entities beginning in 2000, she has served as a subject matter expert on deliberative democracy and inclusive, multi-stakeholder engagement, especially in matters of land use. In 2020, she advised the City of West Palm Beach’s Racial & Ethnic Equality Task Force as a Senior Associate and later Director of Research & Education for the consulting firm Justice & Sustainability Associates. Both her M.A. thesis and Ph.D. dissertation focus on race, space and belonging.

Dr. Moebius wrote a federally funded “Youth Visions for Stronger Neighborhoods” community engagement curriculum and provided technical assistance for its implementation in after-school programs nationwide. A longtime community and civic leader, she is the former director of a South Florida civic engagement initiative, Imagine Miami, for which she developed and produced a series of popular “Changemaker” conferences as well as a summit on arts, culture and civic engagement.

She has facilitated numerous community dialogues and eco-social arts activities, creating opportunities for people to learn from each other, identify assets and opportunities, and collaborate for more equitable and sustainable communities. Awards, book and exhibit profiles, and extensive media coverage reflect the value of her contributions.

Education

Dr. Moebius has pursued an interdisciplinary education. She designed her own undergraduate major, studying cultural anthropology, cultural geography and communications. By the mid-1990s, she entered a Master’s program in Speech Communication that introduced her to Critical Theory, Cultural Studies, performance studies and organizational communication.

Even her Ph.D. in Global & Sociocultural Studies is interdisciplinary: cultural anthropology, cultural geography and sociology, with graduate certificates in Afro-Latin American Studies and African & African Diaspora Studies and coursework in public history. Dr. Moebius has also studied Deep Ecology and environmental architecture and received certification in Permaculture Design and Environmental Education Outcomes.

Dr. Moebius is open about her Earth-honoring spirituality and study of magic; she belongs to the Ancient Order of Druids in America and also practices shamanism and Earth magic. She has in-depth knowledge and initiation in Afro-Atlantic spiritualities, which are deeply interconnected with the natural world and developed as “religions of resistance” among enslaved, colonized and exploited peoples. She studied sacred Afro-Atlantic dance for 15 years.

Dr. Moebius currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland’s Mt. Washington neighborhood, in a Victorian house built in 1900, with a wrap-around porch. Active in her community, she is a board member of the Mt. Washington Improvement Association and works in the community garden. In 2021 and 2022, she participated in the Baltimore hub of the Presencing Institute’s ulab1x and ulab2x, a global incubator for eco-systems change. Dr. Moebius is an enthusiast of Baltimore’s live jazz scene, takes classes in Cuban casino (“salsa”) dancing, and is transforming her yard into a native landscape.

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