From a young age, I had a yearning to connect to the Unknown. I felt sure that there was more to life than what I saw with my eyes. I searched as a child, going alone to all the neighborhood churches. I went to bible study with my grandmother when I saw her during the summers. In my teens, I went astray – falling for spirits of a different sort – ones that would ultimately bring me to my knees. In my early 20’s I worshipped the God of Reason. I chased money, intellectual pursuits, relationships, jobs; none of which brought me true and lasting fulfillment. In my late 20’s I was so disenchanted that I decided a drastic new approach to life was called for if I were to go on. I chose to look at life as if God were everything. This was a turning point in my life and I was overcome with how drastically life began to change on all levels. I gloss over this, yet this was a seismic change in the way I perceived the world and it took a lot of struggle and heartache in order to get to this point. Instead of always looking to see where religious people were wrong, I began to look for where they were right. What followed was a succession of adventures through many faith traditions.
The next major turning point in my life came with death being an advisor. Within a few years I lost my beloved animals (2 dogs and 2 cats); my grandmother (my hero); as well as my father and mother, who passed within 3 months of each other. Needless to say, I was completely devastated and my grief spiraled out of control. I was in such despair I thought I may have to be hospitalized. The more I thought about it, the more the grief grew. Through a miraculous chain of events which included chance meetings, long forgotten and never read books gifted to me, prayer and meditation; I died. A new me was born – one I hardly recognized. I thought differently, I saw the world differently and I saw people differently than I had before. In short – I loved. The walls and veneers I had always built up before due to pain were blown down and I was one big marshmallow. My adventures continued through different faith traditions learning something new in each. What has emerged out of this journey is a deep and diverse training that encompasses spiritual direction, shamanic energy medicine, and end of life doula services.
Aside from spending time with family, I am an avid reader, writer, painter, meditator, animal lover, and tree hugger.
Training, Certifications & Associations
Training & Certifications:
Spiritual Guidance Training Institute (Interfaith & Interspiritual Spiritual Direction)
Gaia Wisdom School (Medicine Wheel & Meditation)
Gateway to Shamanism (Shamanic Energy Medicine)
The Four Winds Society Light Body School (Shamanic Energy Medicine)
Soul Midwives (Certified End of Life Doula specializing in Holistic Integration)
Living & Dying Consciously Project (Death as a Rite of Passage)
INELDA (End of Life Doula Training)
Shamans Without Borders
Spiritual Directors International Association
International End of Life Doula Association
National End of Life Doula Association