Those who undertake the full journey into their grief come back carrying medicine for the world.
— Francis Weller

My Story, My work

Dia de los Muertos, November 2015.  Photo credit: Vagabond Ink

Dia de los Muertos, November 2015.  Photo credit: Vagabond Ink

Relationship tender, community builder, collaborator, educator, non-profit leader, mentor, mother, and wife of 28 years until my husband died of cancer in September 2015.

As I walk a path toward elderhood, I’m honored to bring real life credentials to my work.  I am now paying forward the support and wisdom I received through the regenerative process of spending significant time navigating the vast, dark river of grief, supported by community and guides.  

I learned through experience that there is a vibrancy of life possible through grief, that there can be incredible moments of joy and gratitude during times of immense challenge whether that's the current sorrowful state of our planet,  not getting what we expected, or the death of a loved one.  I learned to appreciate contrast and paradox, to surrender to what is over and over again, to hold my arms wide enough to embrace grief and gratitude, to allow grief to move through me and to transform me over and over again.  I discovered the degree to which I allow myself to touch deep grief is the degree to which I am able to experience great joy and fully show up in my gifts.  I learned that life challenges, even cancer and death, can be pathways to greater intimacy, community building and transformation.

You don't have to navigate these unknown waters alone.  

Tulum Mexico, November 2016

Tulum Mexico, November 2016

I am here to guide you on your journey whether your grief sources from consciously choosing to make a big change or a huge life plot twist has taken you aback.  Whether you're in between chapters or ready to take your first step into a new chapter, I can help you show up as your most radiant self and consciously create the life you desire.  We all need to fully show up in our gifts at this time in our history, and this work is my contribution to the collective.  


A deep bow of gratitude to the teachers and mentors who have contributed to my journey:  

Christopher Kuntzsch, Sobonfu Somé, Francis Weller, Stephen Jenkinson, and Jon Young

The deeper that sorrow carves into your being the more joy you can contain.
— Kahlil Gibran

Contact me if you'd like to schedule a 45 minute free consultation to see if we're a good match.  

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