Catherine Durkin Robinson (she/her): Owner and End-of-Life Doula/Educator at Anitya Doula Services in Chicago.*
Catherine grew up in the Catholic community of Tampa. In her twenties, she converted to Judaism. Currently, Catherine is also a student of both Zen and Tibetan Buddhism.
In a thirty-year career, she organized movements to end apartheid and cosmetic testing on animals. She managed community recycling and supported freedom fighters in Ireland. Catherine also worked to restore voting rights to felons and to shut down animal exploitation at circuses. She continues advocating for medical aid in dying and decriminalizing psychedelics and other plant medicine.
She raised two sons in Tampa while working as an organizer, teaching at the high school and college level, and writing syndicated columns for Creative Loafing and The Tampa Tribune. Catherine then led the movement for education equity in Florida and around the country at Step Up For Students.
In 2022, she relocated to the Lakeview East area of Chicago.
Catherine holds a history and political science degree from the University of South Florida and graduated from The University of Vermont’s End-of-Life Doula Program.
She is a credentialed NEDA-Proficient member of the National End-of-Life Doula Alliance. Additionally, Catherine has logged over 100 volunteer hours with Seasons Hospice and LifePath Hospice. She also completed the LGBTQ+ Inclusive Training through Metro Inclusive Health, takes intermediate ASL classes at The Chicago Hearing Center, and is a board member and educator at End of Life Psychedelic Care.
Furthermore, she is the death doula/educator at the Diaspora Psychedelic Society in Jamaica and a private doula working in Chicago and the world at large.
In her spare time, Catherine enjoys yoga, meditation, running, and cycling.
She is fully vaccinated, background-checked, and fingerprinted through Care.com, Seasons Hospice, and Renewable Memory Care.