In the middle of the road of my life I awoke in the dark wood where the true way was wholly lost.
And so, in its 35th year, my own journey intensified with what is commonly called a "midlife crisis"; or as Brene Brown refers to it - "my unraveling".
During that time, when much of what I had been doing, practicing and believing stopped working and in fact began hurting me; I began a period of deep, soul- searching, healing and personal growth. My own experiences of practicing Reiki, Spiritual Direction, Yoga and Shamanic Holistic Care during that time eventually led me to discern callings to formally study each.
My life has been and continues to be positively changed and made more whole because of my practice of these disciplines. They have complemented and enriched my experience of the more traditional forms of self-care in which I engage and helped me break out of boxes that were suffocating my spirit, body and mind.
I respect all spiritual paths and recognize the need for compassionate soul friending in these times of stress and turmoil. You will find me to be an inter-spiritual, ecumenical friend to anyone sincerely desiring to explore their spiritual journey and deepen their relationship with the Ultimate Mystery whom I call, my Higher Power, the Beloved, Sophia, the Universe, and God.
When I'm not working, you may find me playing with the family dog, tending the chickens, kayaking, gardening, bird watching, fishing, cooking, crafting, reading many things - (especially poetry), watching Reds baseball or OSU football/basketball, practicing Yoga . . . daydreaming with a cat or two on my lap and seeing God's presence in all. I've been married to my best friend and partner in playfully living life since 1994.
A 2009 Graduate of the Wellstreams Ecumenical Training Program of Spiritual Formation,
My Usui Reiki training was completed with Sr. Breta Gorman at St. Mary's of the Pines in Fremont, Ohio and Jerry Hunt, LMT and RM of Massage by Design in
In March 2010 I was blessed to study with William Lee Rand at the International Center for Reiki and received a certificate as a Karuna Reiki Master Teacher™. In 2015 I received my Holy Fire Reiki Attunement from William Lee Rand and continue my studies with The International Center for Reiki Training.
In 2011 I received certification as a Animal Reiki Specialist through The Reiki Center in Grandview, Ohio. In 2014 I spent two weeks on pilgrimage to New Mexico with my peer group.
In 2017 I graduated from The Samyoga Institute of Yoga Teacher Training with my 200 hr Hatha Yoga Certification. I specialize in Gentle, Restorative and Yin Yoga and currently offer workshops and private sessions. In 2017 I began studies to receive an additional 300 hours of Yoga certification through the Samyoga Institute.
As part of my commitment to my own growth as a human being I meet monthly with a professional peer supervision group, my own spiritual director and therapist and also receive regular body work.
In addition, I attained a BA in History (minor in Theology, Social Studies concentration) from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, TX. In the early 1990s, I completed over 35 hours of Masters Level Studies in History and Religious Studies while on scholarship at the University of North Dakota.
Growing up on a small family-owned dairy farm, I milked cows, mucked stalls, picked stones, carried newborn calves, painted fences (like Tom Sawyer) and have been a tail sawyer, sap gatherer, sign painter, resident hall assistant, substitute teacher, computer lab assistant (before the internet), teaching assistant, secretary, nanny, volunteer coordinator, archivist, receptionist, building custodian and owned my own home infant daycare (for 14 years).
My professional memberships include: The Spirituality Network of Columbus, Yoga Alliance, and The International Center for Reiki Training. I adhere to the ethical guidelines of Spiritual Directors International and the International Center for Reiki Training. I have donated services to Katrina Survivors in New Orleans as well as to the Central Ohio Association of Geriatric Social Workers. I spent a year sharing Reiki weekly at Pets Without Parents, a no-kill shelter located in Clintonville.
I am available to provide Spiritual Direction, Reiki and Yoga for Retreats and other groups. Private Usui or Holy Fire Karuna Reiki (TM) classes for groups of 2 or more are also available.
By appointment only