I have been working in the Healing Arts for 35 years. It was quite a circuitous, adventurous and challenging journey getting there.
Trying on many hats as a young adult —traveling the world, working as a camping tour guide, refinishing boats, coaching girls and playing intercollegiate softball – I had a lot of wonderful experiences. In my 30s, I ended my travel career and followed my heart overseas, but the love ran out before the visa. I was heartbroken, struggling with chronic health issues, had very little money and nowhere to live. I was at a difficult crossroads and needed a new direction and support. But what to do?
Have you ever felt called to something? Fortunately I did, and luck or perhaps divine intervention prevailed. I visited Heartwood Healing Arts Institute in Northern CA and immediately knew I had found my new home and new direction. I got more than I could have ever hoped for.
Living and studying in community
The year I spent at Heartwood gave me the opportunity to delve into a variety of courses in bodywork, counseling, personal growth, nutrition and hypnotherapy. I practiced yoga and tai chi and received certification in massage therapy, natural health education and acupressure. With an array of healing modalities, I was able to work on my own health issues as well. A whole new world view emerged, and my life was forever changed.
During the next 18 years I had a practice as a bodyworker and self-help counselor. I continued my studies in nutrition, learned EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), and attended many personal growth and spiritual workshops and retreats. All the while, I was not only growing professionally, but also personally, focusing on my own body, mind and spirit.
Another crossroads, another calling
At the point I could no longer withstand the rigors of being a bodyworker, I was at another crossroads. I hired a Life Coach to help me figure out my next steps, and found that Coaching was my next calling. It was the perfect adjunct to the work I had been doing. The Coaches Training Institute’s certification program started me on my way, and I have been Life Coaching since 2002. I have continued my studies to enhance my skills, and have found this path to be one of the most fulfilling and greatest joys in my life.
I have worked through and learned a lot in my life, doing my best to walk my talk to be more healthy and grounded on my path. In my view, life is a journey, a process of paying attention, being curious, taking responsibility, making better choices, opening one’s heart and mind, and ultimately loving oneself.
Education and certifications
- Graduate of Co-Active Leadership Program, Coaches Training Institute, San Rafael, CA
- Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, Coaches Training Institute, San Rafael, CA
- Certified Nutritional Consultant, Bauman College, Cotati, CA
- Certified Movement Therapist, Institute of Educational Therapy, Reuti, Switzerland
- Certified Massage Therapist, Certified Natural Health Educator, Certified Acupressure Therapist, Heartwood Healing Arts Institute, Garberville, CA