J. Nova Gump (AKA Nova Dawn Merrow)

About Nova and Terra Nova Somatic Arts

Nova is a queer, neurodivergent, single parent of two wild kiddos (pronouns – she/they). She has a combined 22 years of experience working in the caring professions as a doula, massage therapist, and nanny. Nova is also a classically trained vocalist, performance artist, visual artist, crafter, and avid practitioner of the alchemical arts. She has spent the last 20 years doing a deep dive into the study of holistic healing, mindfulness, trauma-informed care, and mind-body practices from a variety of traditions. A multi-passionate autodidact, Nova enjoys learning about everything from herbalism, philosophy, and science, to spirituality, and beyond. Most recently, Nova became a Certified Life Coach through The Dragontree and a Certified Yomassage™ Therapist. As a trauma survivor, Nova knows first hand how important it is to have an integrative, embodied, and trauma-informed approach to healing. She enjoys blending her training and experience as a doula, massage therapist, and life coach in order to bring her clients a uniquely transformative experience that holistically addresses the mind, body, and spirit in an optimally safe and supportive way.

Terra Nova Somatic Arts is a mind-body based coaching and massage therapy service. Our mission is to empower people experiencing stress, burnout, and trauma with simple, yet profound, ways to nourish their nervous systems, thereby, increasing their capacity to experience greater ease and wellbeing in their lives.