nominated for outstanding rock artist 9th annual LA Music awards

CYBIL GILBERTSON received her BA in DANCE from The University of California, Santa Barbara (’97). She has danced professionally since 1997 with Santa Barbara Dance Theatre, The California Coastal Project/Robin Bisio, LA Music Awards, SB NIGHTS, Santa Barbara Dance Alliance, Cirque Destino/Burningman Festival, Monterey Dance Collective, Esalen International Arts Festival and more. She has simultaneously pursued careers in Massage and Bodywork, Professional Pilates training and Yoga facilitation and has been teaching and practicing since 1999.


Cybil received her initial PILATES training from Noelle Stumpf and Adrienne Smith of Simpatico Pilates in 1999; to whom she is forever grateful. She also holds certifications from The Pilates Center, in Boulder Colorado and will soon complete her full comprehensive certification from BASI (Body Arts and Science International). She has also studied with Siri Dharma, Rael Izacowitz, Kristi Cooper-White and Sarah Bertucelli.

Cybil received her 200 hour YOGA certification from The White Lotus Foundation, in Santa Barbara, CA (2007). She also received certificates from Erich Schiffman and The Esalen Institute, where she assisted and studied in the “In-house Yoga Teacher Training” program with Johanna Holloman. She has also studied with Mark Whitwell, Thomas Fortel, Denise Zaverdas, Heather Tiddens and Eddie Ellner.

Cybil has taught at Blue Star Rising, Simpatico Pilates and Gyrotonic, La Playa Pilates and Wellness, The Esalen Institute (Big Sur, CA) and UCSB Department of Dance. She also completed an 18-month-residency at The Esalen Institute where she lived, worked and studied from 2005-06.

Cybil currently teaches classes and workshops at The Santa Barbara Yoga Center, Yoga Soup, The Santa Barbara Athletic Club and Dewild Pilates. (See the “teaching schedule” page to view class locations and times).


Cybil received her 200 hour certification from The Body Therapy Institute (BTI) in Santa Barbara, CA. She has also studied massage at Santa Barbara Bodyworks, The Esalen Institute; with Perry and Johanna Holloman and at Loi Kroh School of Massage, in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Her modalities include, Swedish, Deep Tissue, Thai, Reflexology and Esalen-inspired massage. All modalities are skillfully and lovingly balanced together for a session that supports deep unwinding and therapeutic healing of body, mind and spirit.

Cybil has had a private practice since 2000 as well as practicing at Le Reve Organic Spa, La Playa Pilates and Wellness, SB Training, Santa Barbara Athletic Club and Centerpoint Pilates.

*To make an appointment, please contact Cybil directly.



“NECTAR is a professional-level artist’s forum highlighting relevant social themes through the ARTS and EDUCATION.”

Cybil is the Artistic Director and founder of NECTAR; Santa Barbara’s newest and boldest creative forum started in October 2008. Every 3-4 months artists are asked to reflect on a relevant and “charged” theme using their artistic medium of choice (dance, photography, visual art, theatre, poetry, music and more). This investigation culminates in an evening length forum. In some of the evenings, the work of a specific non-profit will be highlighted and a portion of the proceeds will go to support their work. NECTAR is growing in love and popularity every day. NECTAR has collaborated with The Glendon Association, The Central Coast Doulas, The Santa Barbara Birth Center, Yoga Soup, Art Without Limits, All For Animals, Hospice of Santa Barbara, The Threshold Choir, The Community Counseling and Education Center, Transition House and over 200 independent artists. NECTAR is in-residence at Yoga Soup (, in Santa Barbara, CA.

NECTAR is an umbrella member with Art Without Limits and works under its fiscal receivership to apply for grants and receive donations. AWOL is a 501(c)(3) and insures the work of NECTAR as well as supporting its artistic growth and intention. Any donations or financial contributions can be made by contacting Cybil directly or by contacting Art Without Limits (

Cybil Gilbertson received the 2009 Santa Barbara Art’s Collaborative “Direct-to-Artist-Grant” She also received the Santa Barbara County Art Grant in 2011 to support her evolving artistry and directorship of NECTAR and it’s community-centered vision.

Please become a friend of NECTAR on FACEBOOK to find out more; inquire about becoming an artistic or educational collaborator, stay updated on upcoming forums, submit work or visit the photo gallery.

Growing up in Berkeley, California, Cybil was constantly surrounded by art. One of her favorite things to do as a child was finger paint. Her mother tells her she would spend hours with her easel and paints while her record player blasted musical favorites such as “Bob the Blob,” “Build Me Up Buttercup” and “Free To Be You and Me.” She has explored many mediums, but finds that watercolor and Sharpies are amongst her current favorites. Cybil studied art while at Alameda High School and also at UCSB, Santa Barbara Adult Education and The Esalen Institute.

Her work has been shown at UCSB Unplugged/UCSB Department of Dance, PULSE Santa Barbara, Burningman, and most recently at her one-woman-show, HIEROPHANT, at Arcobaleno Fair Trade/French Press Coffee on State Street in Santa Barbara.

One of Cybil’s favorite things to “play” with is the combining of text and images. In January 2010, she completed a small, 14-page, hand-illustrated key-ring book called, “FRESH BREATH INTO THE CLASSROOM; MEDITATION TOOLS FOR TEACHERS” to help classroom teachers, and teachers of all types, return to breath, stay present and integrate pieces of meditation and awareness into their daily lives and careers. This book was created for Professor Barbara Stein-Stover of Alliant International University to use as an instructional aid at the International Educators Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii (2010). Copies of “FRESH BREATH” are available for sale.

*Santa Barbara Yoga Center (MAT only) (
*Yoga Soup (MAT only)(
*Santa Barbara Athletic Club (MAT and apparatus)(
*Dewild Pilates (Apparatus only)(

**Private sessions available for parties, ladies nights, bachelorette parties and more.
*Centerpoint Pilates
*Santa Barbara Athletic Club