Who benefits from this approach
- You're a woman* with a deep love for the Earth.
- You're seeking relief from feeling of anxiety, self-doubt, grief, disconnection, apathy.
- You've experienced relief from these feelings while in nature.
- You sense you're being called to a deeper relationship with nature. Perhaps a feeling you experienced as a child.
- You believe you can have a direct connection with the Divine, however you choose to define it.
- You believe mystical experiences are possible. You may have had such experiences yourself.
- You believe transformation is possible, and you'd like to explore the possibilities for yourself.
* My approach is designed for those who identify as female. All are welcome to this journey of healing and transformation.
How I can help you
Our work together will give you the tools to reawaken your personal, sacred partnership with Mother Earth. You'll learn simple and powerful approaches that create stillness in moments throughout your busy day, enabling you to gain fresh perspective, hear your intuitive guidance and experience inner healing.
You'll create increased self-awareness and self-trust, and deepened self-compassion and self-love. This enables greater discernment in your decision-making, and builds your confidence to take bold action (again and again). Your actions will be heart-centered, fully grounded and you will lead with love.
Your actions and results will be unique to your situation. You may be called to take action that feels inaccessible right now, and that would transform your life in beautiful, positive ways. This could pertain to any aspect of your life: career, health, relationships, spiritual growth, etc.
Why you need a coach
When you commit to feeling better through self-awareness and transformational inner work, it's exciting and fun. Especially when working in partnership with Mother Earth! It's also a challenging time. Because you will experience fears and self-doubt. You'll run head-long into self-limiting beliefs and thought patterns that don't serve you. This will all come up. And it can be loud at times. It can even sabotage your journey. You need and deserve the support, the guidance, the accountability, the perspective.
That's why it's essential to have a coach.
Mother Earth is central to my coaching
My approach doesn't treat nature as a "tool" or part of a "method." You have an ancient relationship with nature. You're meant to embody the sacredness of this relationship. Because you are inseparable from Mother Earth. As you embrace your sacred partnership with nature, you embrace your own sacredness.
My approach aligns you with Mother Earth primarily through inner work. Of course, spending time outside with nature is highly encouraged for loads of reasons. It'll benefit our work together in many ways. You can do this in your backyard, a public park or garden, or through walks around the neighborhood. Or, you can do it on long hikes, paddling trips and wilderness adventures. It's all beautiful, and your personal choice.
You'll find that our work together will help you remain connected with Mother Earth from indoors, which is vital when you're unable to get outside due to weather, illness or life events.
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Eco-Intuitive Coach & Teacher
Mom to Two, Native Gardener, Tree Talker, Motherless Mother, Eco-Healer
My lifelong, deep connection with Mother Earth has supported me through the most challenging times in my life. I know without a doubt it can be a profound source of support for you too.
Since childhood I knew my life's work would have nature at its center. This passion led me to a nearly 20-year career restoring and protecting rivers, streams, lakes and wetlands across the United States. My expertise was dam removal, an often complex, conflict-laden and highly successful approach to restoring rivers.
Hundreds of times I witnessed the powerful results of reconnecting people to nature in a healthy, thriving state.
Yet, as my career developed and responsibilities grew, it began feeling less like a passion and more like a job. I wasn't nurturing my sacred connection to the Earth, though I didn't realize it at the time.
Then, in 2011, my life was forever changed when my beloved 64-year-old mother died after a tragic years-long journey with Lewy body dementia. It was two months after her death that I gave birth to our first child.
Freshly grieving my mom while caring for our newborn daughter was a deep initiation into the Cycle of Life.
I found the most peace while in nature. It was there that I most easily accessed inner wisdom, stillness, strength and resilience. During this time my intuition began to reawaken after having been unconsciously suppressed for years. I heard messages and saw symbols and light while with the trees, plants and animals. I heard words in flowing waters. My ability to dream lucidly returned; something I hadn't done in years.
I began to feel propelled to evolve my life's work, but I dismissed the call at first and instead switched to work in environmental philanthropy. It was an admittedly poor fit for me, and I experienced new depths of self-inflicted suffering during that time. Yet, every time I deepened my relationship with Mother Earth, I found relief, healing and wisdom. Nature brought forth the clarity and courage that I held within.
In 2018, less than a year after having our second child, I created Our Natural Wisdom, my coaching, mentoring and teaching practice. And it's become clear that my life experience journey are tremendously valuable to my clients and students. My practice has grown each year -- as have I, in countless ways.
My formal training is through the Co-Active Training Institute. I'm deeply inspired by many coaches, teachers and healers, including Lisa Espinosa, Martha Beck, Sandra Ingerman, Kaia Ra, Sharon Blackie, Brooke Castillo and Marie Forleo.
Wisconsin is my homeland, and I've also lived for years in New Hampshire and New York State. I now reside in lovely Barrington, Illinois, with my husband, our two amazing children (ages 11 and 5), our rescue cat, and our ever-expanding native gardens.